Leather comes in many forms and types, which refer to the tanning process and the splits of the leather respectively. The highest quality type of leather, full-grain leather, refers to leather made from the first layer of the hides that have not been sanded or buffed to remove imperfection, and looks the most natural and would develop patina over time (The aged look of leather). Other leather types of lesser quality used for leather goods are as follows:
- Top-grain Leather: Split layer separated and surface sanded with a finishing coat on top, and does not develop patina over time.
- Corrected-gain Leather: Leather with artificial grain pattern imprinted on top.
- Split Leather: Leather made with the fibrous part of the hide with an artificial layer applied to the surface, with leather grain imprinted on top.
There are many more types of leather used for different purposes at different price points; for more details, click here.
Being one of the fundamental elements of our products, our leather selection process is meticulous.
Our selection of the leather for making Blacksmith-Labs holsters are:
1. Texture - the look and feel of quality genuine cowhide should be soft and strong, and does not tear easily
2. Smell - quality tanned genuine leather exhibit sharp odor that resembles rubbing alcohol, and should be pleasant to the nose
3. Finish - quality full grain leather do have irregularity and distinctness, and this is what we look for to make every holster truly unique.