What is Full Grain Leather?

What is Full Grain Leather? Quite simply it is the best grade leather and best quality leather. Full Grain Leather is the very top of the leather and the outmost layer of leather. Many confuse Full Grain Leathers with Top Grain Leathers. Full Grain Leathers have all of the natural markings of the original animal hide because the leather hasn’t been buffed, sanded, or snuffed to remove the natural grains and markings. The natural markings and grains in Full Grained Leathers tell a story because they show the history of the animal.  A full grained leather has loads of character and style since it has infinitely unique patterns, textures, and sometimes scars or brands.

Are there scars and brands on your leather goods?

Our coasters and mouse pads will sometimes have scarring or branding on them. However, with use, these scars and brands will develop a patina and become smoother the more they age. We have it from gamers, developers, every day computer users that any scuffs in the mouse pad will not cause issues with most mice these days.

Identify Full Grain Leather

To identify full grain leather look for unique patterns, textures and quality. Don’t confuse faux leather textures with natural textures. If you’re looking for an example of natural leather textures check out our leather purses, standard legal pads, flight bags, or other large items since all of our leather goods are handcrafted from full grained leathers.

Full Grain Leathers last long, age well, and have character

Full grained leather lasts long and ages amazingly. If you leather that will stand the test of time, full grained leathers are what you’re looking for. As full grain leathers age they don’t wear out. Instead the leather develops an amazing burnished patina looking much like a well worn saddle. The more you handle and use a full grained leather good, the better it will look and the more character it will develop.

Full Grained Leathers Cost More

Full grained leathers cost more to buy and is more difficult to work with so higher skilled Leathersmiths need to be employed to work with it. But despite the extra cost to the consumer up front leather goods made from full grains last much longer than other leathers. That means that the overall cost to the consumer is much lower over time and they get a better, longer lasting, and more beautiful product. Depending on how hard a person is on their full grained leather goods, they can be passed down and used for generations. This unique quality leather is worth every penny.

Benefits of Full Grain Leather

One large benefit of full grain leather is that it breathes. Full grained leather less moisture from prolonged contact because of its extra breathability. This quality is important in products like wallets, purses, or saddle bags which may be handled frequently or get wet outdoors. Full grain leathers don’t crack, tear or peel like cheaper or faux leathers do. These natural leather qualities are important if you want your leather good to last a long time. Full Grain Leather is also very easy to care for. There is no need for polish or other chemicals. At the Buffalo Billfold Company, we recommend that you simply use a cloth to wipe of any dirt that accumulates over time.

What does full grain leather look like?

Full Grain Leather

This photo of Full Grain Leather was taking at the Buffalo Billfold Company. It shows the high quality unique leather created from our own leather tanning recipes.