Different Types of Leather
Types of Leather
The major difference between all types of the leather is there density, thickness and texture.
Cow Hide-least dense, less scaring (full grain leather products will likely show some minor markings)
Bull Hide- increased density (when dye compares to horse hide)
Why does bull hide have more density than cow hide?
Good question. Bull hide also known as steer hide (old cow) that has been compressed between high pressure chrome or stainless rollers to compress and increase density. The back of the bull hide is pasted to retain the density as well.
The process as which it takes to receive the density of the bull hide is similar to that of the horse hide.
Horse hide is slightly denser than the bull hide. A horse hide may be more repellant to moisture than that of the bull hide and cow hide. When comparing a horse hide belt to a bull hide belt the horse hide may be slightly thinner (1-4oz). However, horse hide may be shiner when dyed compared to the bull hide due to horse is more oiler.
Exotic leather like elephant, caiman, sting ray and shark are great durable leathers. There texture is much more define than the others leathers. Exotic leather is a dense material is also helps with the resistance of moisture. Seasonal changes, fashion trends and price of meat (by product) can affect the production of exotic leather.
All the different leathers can be assembled to be part of a high quality gun belt.
How to choose which leather is best?
The major factor in choosing which leather is your own personal preference.
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