Types of Leather

Jun 24 , 2020

Derifix Leather

Types of Leather

Full-grain leather refers to hides that have not been sanded, buffed, or snuffed to remove imperfections on the surface of the hide. The grain remains to allow the fiber strength and durability. The grain also has breathability, resulting in less moisture from prolonged contact. Rather than wearing out, It develops a beautiful patina over time and is generally used for high-quality leather bags and accessories. It’s the best leather than you can buy and the only leather that we use.

Top-grain leather is the second-highest quality. It is almost the same as full-grain leather, but with the top few millimeters sanded or buffed off, in order to remove blemishes and imperfections. A top coat is applied, in order to preserve its beautiful appearance, since top-grain doesn’t develop a patina over time. However, these types of leather are very flexible, soft and durable, and they are less expensive and easier to handle than their full-grain counterparts.

Corrected-grain leather is any leather that has had an artificial grain applied to its surface. When a hide doesn’t fit the standards to be turned into full or top-grain leather, it is generally used to produce corrected-grain leather. An artificial grain is stamped onto it, and it is often dyed in order to hide any blemishes or mistakes in the grain stamping process. It is used as a cheaper alternative to other types of leather.

Split leather is leather created from the fibrous part of the hide left once the top-grain of the rawhide has been separated from the hide. During the splitting operation, the top-grain and drop split are separated. The drop split can be further split into a middle split and a flesh split. In very thick hides, the middle split can be separated into multiple layers until the thickness prevents further splitting. Split leather then has an artificial layer applied to the surface of the split and is embossed with a leather grain. Split leather is commonly used in low-end leather bags and accessories.


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