BLOG

LEATHER 101: LEATHER TYPES

LEATHER 101: LEATHER TYPES

There Are 4 Types of Leather:Full Grain,Top Grain,Genuine and Bonded Leather

What is Full Grain Leather?

Full Grain Leather comes from the top layer of the hide which has ALL of the grain,therefore,Full Grain.The natural surface of full grain leather burnishes and beautifies with use.It is the best leather money can buy and the only leather good enough for West Leathers

What is Top Grain Leather?

Top Grain Leather is the second highest grade because it is split from the top layer of blemished hide then sanded and refinished.This is how they get rid of scars and scrapes and light cow brands.Top grain leather does not age nicely with use.It is strong and durable

What is Genuine Leather?

Genuine leather is the third grade of leather and is produced from the layers of hide that remain after the top is split off for the better grades.The surface is usually refinished (spray painted) to resemble a higher grade.It can be smooth or rough.Ever heard of suede? Suede is tougher than cloth and is excellent for lining,but it is not a good idea to use it in areas where it gets stress

What is Bonded Leather?

Bonded leather is the dust and shavings of the leather glued and pressed together.It is the PT Cruiser of the leather world.pure junk.Leftover scraps are ground together with glue and resurfaced in a process similar to vinyl manufacture.Bonded leather is weak and degrades quickly with use.Most Bibles are covered with this

Do you only wear a belt a few times a week ? A genuine leather belt should do the job just fine

However,if you are wear a belt basically every day,a top grain or full grain leather belt might be the right choice