Cow Hide Grades
- The best quality leather, money can buy.
- Top layer of the hide and includes all the natural grain.
- The surface has not been sanded or buffed to remove imperfections or blemishes.
- Has unique natural surface with scars, marks or pores.
- Extremely breathable.
- Extremely strong and durable (natural grain has the strongest fibers).
- Ages, burnishes and will develop natural patinas over time.
- Second highest quality of leather.
- The natural grain of the outermost layer has been sanded, buffed to remove imperfections and blemishes.
- After removal, it is imprinted with an imitation grain, giving it a more uniform finish.
- Thinner and more pliable than Full Grain.
- Less breathable.
- Less strong and durable.
- The outermost finishing prevents it to develop natural patinas over time.
- Less expensive than Full Grain.
- The drop split is rough on both sides. after leaving the tannery it is called “suede” or “split”.
- Created from the fibrous part of the hide, once the top grain layer has been removed from the hide.
- Has an artificial layer applied to the surface and embossed with a leather grain.
- Not real leather, partially leather (~20%) and synthetic material.
- Made of leftover scrap leather pieces, shredded and grounded to pulp and then glued together with polyurethane or latex into a fiber sheet.
- Uniform surface because it gets imprinted by machine.
- Has a plasticky, chemical odor.
- Lowest and cheapest of leather.