Ultra Double Black Retzuous 4

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  1. I’d like to hear your remarks on the comfort factor as well. Since we typically spend almost an hour a day wearing tefillin, I think comfort should not be overlooked. I recently had my tefillin straps replaced, and they are much stiffer than I’m used to. It’s been a few months now, and they aren’t bothering me as much — either because they’ve softened up a bit or because I got used to the stiffness — but I still miss my old straps. I was told “they don’t make tefillin straps like they used to.” Within a given level of kashrus, are suppler straps invariably more expensive?

    1. My feeling is that breaking in fine leather is part of the beauty of any leather item, retzuzos included. If it doesn’t need breaking in it probably won’t last all that long. I find that slightly heavier retzuous last longer and stretch less than ones that start out soft. There may be some truth to the statement, “they don’t make tefillin straps like they used to.” I admit that I have trouble finding the same kind of consistency in retzuous that I would find in leather products made in the goyish world. I’m not 100% sure why this is. It may have something to do with the paint that is used. Many times I see very old black retzuous that have basically not faded, and on the other hand I have seen many retzuous that are at best a few years old and they have already faded to the point of not being kosher. Right now the two main retzuous companies that I offer are Leifer and Landau. I am watching and waiting. I have chosen them by feel and instinct, but the final judgement can only be made after many years have elapsed.The Landau retzuous are more expensive $142.50 per set on average (I sell them by the meter and most of the time I use 7.5 meters), and they are slightly heavier, but they break in nicely and are relatively soft to start with. Thanks for contacting me. Melech Michaels

  2. A pair of the all-black retzuos were purchased for me from our chaver, Rabbi D. Melamed, about 8 years ago. Not only have I never had to paint them, but they are quite comfortable! The head retzuah seems to have stretched somewhat, though, requiring adjustments to the knot.

    1. I have ultra double black retzuous that don’t stretch so much. I try to evaluate if they are going to stretch a lot before I purchase a batch.

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