It could be a bit confusing when it comes to the question of full grain leather vs. genuine leather. Technically, genuine leather is real leather, but "full grain leather" are the words you're looking for. Why do so many people associate genuine leather with this assumption? The product clearly says "authentic" in its name, but is it so? The first layer cut from the skin is called full-grain leather. This is the highest quality leather and the most durable part because it actually has to protect the animal from all the elements. This leather develops a beautiful shine over time and will only get better with time. However, this part of the leather also has "imperfections" such as healed scars, insect bites, wrinkles, grain, etc. These are all natural characteristics of full-grain leather, and that's what makes it unique and one-of-a-kind. - Nice look. The four main grain types of leather are Full Grain, Top Grain, Corrected Grain, and "Real." If you're a leather lover like us, you might be wondering, "What is full-grain leather?" and "How is it different from other types of leather?" In short, full-grain leather is recognized as the best type. As you will soon learn, not all leathers are created equal, and the quality of different types of leather can vary greatly, but we have tried to keep it all simple. Essentially, leather is made from the raw hides of animals, usually cows (but other animals are not uncommon). There are many other factors that define "good" leather, such as tanning (as described in the Vegetable-tanned cowhide leather section), but the texture of the leather is one of the most important - we'll focus on that. It's called "full-grain leather" because it's the grain pattern of the outermost layer of the hide. It is the strongest part of the leather, and it produces the most durable leather. Above all, full-grain leather has a natural leather finish. This has not changed, so any natural marks that are sometimes classified as "blemishes" will be visible to the naked eye. So, for example, if the animal has certain bruises, bite marks, wrinkles, or even marks, these will remain after the leather is tanned. This makes each piece of full-grain leather completely unique. Other factors, such as where the cows were raised and how they were handled, can also contribute to the different appearance. Free-range cattle and cooler climates generally produce better, thicker, and healthier hides. Full-grain leather also develops a natural sheen over time, giving it a more authentic or "vintage" look and feel. So if you see a piece of leather that has character and an artisan-style, it's likely to be full-grain leather, which is the leather we use for all of our products. We wanted to combine modern design and functionality with a more traditional full-grain leather aesthetic. Our leather is natural full grain leather. This smooth full, grain vegetable tanned leather is very soft because more fats and oils are used in the tanning process, and the surface finish is extremely poor. Leather has become a universal term in the retail industry and can mislead consumers. You might think that a genuine leather item means it is high quality, but that's not always true. Generally, a product or item described as "leather" means that it will be significantly lower artistry quality than full-grain or full-grain leather. Genuine leather is made of the lowest quality leather parts and is essentially a plastic surface. The surface can be smooth or grainy in its structure and can be both soft and firm in its hand. So how do these other types of leather, especially full-grain leathers, compare to full-grain leathers? Of course, the type of grain is important, but it should be noted that the degree of tanning of the leather is also an important factor in your consideration. There are two main methods of tanning leather, chrome tanning and vegetable tanning: the former uses chrome-based chemicals for tanning, and the second uses natural plant extracts. Vegetable tanning is less common and more expensive compared to other types - so it's used almost exclusively on full-grain leather. The naturalness of vegetable tanning is also largely lost if used on lesser quality leather. In our work, we have found that full grain vegetable tanned leather ensures that your leather is of the highest quality and longest life of any combination of grain and tanning. For example, in our products, we use premium cowhide leather, combining that traditional full-grain leather treatment with the functionality and beauty of the modern design. Basically, deciding which type of leather is right for you usually comes down to a combination of attributes: product, preference, and price. It is important to consider these three aspects in turn. For people with small children or pets, or if you're looking for extra soft leather, some products (like a full-grain leather sofa) may not be the most practical option - as full-grain is naturally more sensitive. On the other hand, a briefcase, a wallet, or a full-grain belt are perfect for this type of leather. Don't choose anything just because we say so. Let your personal preferences come into play! Different people like different types of leather. It's a matter of taste and how long you want it to last. As a general rule, if you are looking for a more natural or "true" look of leather, you will probably want higher quality. Whole grains, especially vegetable-tanned ones, acquire a patina over time, unlike inferior grains. The more expensive, the better and the more durable it is. Depending on your budget, you may need to compromise slightly on quality. When choosing between full-grain or full-grain leather, full-grain leather is usually the more affordable option. Again, both tend to cost more than texture corrected and genuine leather, which can be much cheaper. Whatever you pick, make sure it's right for you. If you have any questions about leather, its making, or our products, do not hesitate to contact us.
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