That Awkward Break-In Phase


There’s nothing better than a new baseball glove. Whether you take months to decide on the perfect web and pattern or stumble upon glove at first sight, buying a new baseball glove is a moment you never forget. At Buckler, we know how personal the process can be -- which is why we care so much about bringing you an incredible selection of amazing leather. But we also love talking about what happens after you get your glove: the all-important breaking-in phase.

When you were a kid, this was probably a topic of fairly heated debate. The ballplayers in your neighborhood each had their own unique strategies for breaking in their gloves -- and, if you were like us, your way was always the best way. The methods themselves, past and present, run the gamut: just play catch, cook it in the oven, put it in the dishwasher, dunk it in water, soak it in glove oil, douse it in kerosene, pound it with a sledgehammer, use a wooden mallet, cook it over a charcoal grill, chew on it, put it under your mattress, put it under a car tire, wrap belts or bands around it, make sweet love to it, throw it off your roof, cook it in the microwave, steam it in the bathroom, and on and on.

Now, some of these are real techniques; others (we hope) are nothing more than old wives' tales. Either way, breaking in a new glove is what really makes it your own. It’s what makes you cringe when someone asks to try your glove on or play catch with it. It’s why it fits only your hand like, well, a glove.

We’d love to hear from you about what methods we’ve left off our list, or what has worked best for you over the years. Send us a note or a tweet. Let’s talk baseball gloves!

All images are courtesy of our friends at wikiHow and are definitely NOT endorsements -- not for your Buckler leather, anyway! -- for the wacky breaking-in methods shown.

The BucklerKevin Byrne