Full Grain Leather vs Genuine Leather
Have you ever asked yourself these questions? What is Full Grain vs Genuine Leather, or what is the difference between Cowhide Leather vs Genuine Leather? Did you wonder what the meaning of "split leather" is and is embossed leather real leather?
Why do so many people associate "Genuine Leather" with the assumption that this product, that clearly says that it is "genuine leather" with high quality and something truly "Genuine", after all, the name does imply that and people assume that it is the best and only true quality leather? What if that was a total lie to make you believe that you're buying a "genuine leather" product? Technically "Genuine Leather" is real leather but only be definition.
If you wanted to know what the difference is between Full Grain, Top Grain, Genuine Leather or Split Leather this article will will reveal the secrets behind those big words - let's start - with more questions!
- Which one is the best quality leather?
- Which one lasts the longest?
- Genuine leather vs full grain leather, what's the difference?
- Is full grain leather real leather?
- Is split leather even real leather?
- Most importantly - which type of leather should do I want/need?
Why are there so many words for "leather"? Is leather not just leather? Generally, leather is sold in these four forms:
- Full-grain leather
- Top-grain leather
- Genuine leather
- Split leather
- Bonded leather
Let's start with the hide, leather hides (rawhide) have to be sliced/split because a hide is generally too thick (between 6 - 10 mm) to be used in almost any type of manufacturing. They are usually sliced to get about 4-5 layers out of them. Here are the five different layers or types of leather with a brief description and their unique characteristics.
Full Grain Leather
The first layer that is sliced/split off the rawhide is called Full Grain leather. That is the highest quality grade of leather and the part that is the most durable since it actually had to protect the animal from all the elements. It is also the most expensive part of the hide, that is what we use to create our beautiful DiLoro leather wallets, leather pen holders and leather pencil cases, leather watch cases, or your high-end leather backpacks, briefcases and handbags, just to give you a few examples. This is the type of leather that will develop a beautiful patina over time and will only become more beautiful with age. However, this part of the leather will also show 'imperfections' such as healed scars, insect bites, wrinkles, veining, etc. all of which are natural characteristics of Full Grain Leather, and that's exactly what gives it that unique, one-of-a-kind look.
Top Grain Leather
The next layer will be the Top Grain leather, also known as Embossed Corrected-grain leather, which is still good quality leather. It does not have the same characteristics and uniqueness that the full grain leather has. In most cases this top grain layer has had an artificial grain applied to its surface since it has been sanded and buffed to take away imperfections. With the top layer removed, the Top Grain Leather will have a more uniform finish, but it won't be as durable as full grain leather.
Split Leather aka Genuine Leather
Genuine leather is typically a split grain or bonded material also known under the general term Genuine Leather. It is created from the fibrous part of the hide left once the top-grain of the rawhide has been separated, or split from the hide. Split or Genuine leather usually has an artificial layer applied to the surface and is embossed with a leather grain (bycast leather). Split leather is also used to create suede. The strongest suede is usually made from 'grain' splits (that have the grain completely removed) or from the 'flesh' split that has been shaved to the desired thickness. Suede is "fuzzy" on both sides and it had its moments of fame depending on the fashion trends.
Last and in this case, least, Bonded leather. Made from leftover scrap pieces of leather that are shredded to a pulp. These shreds are then bonded together using polyurethane or latex on top of a fiber sheet. There’s no way of telling the level of organic leather material versus chemical, unless the manufacturer tells you which is very unlikely. It’s obviously very cheap, so it is popular in furniture upholstery and other commercial uses.
DiLoro Leather products are made from the highest quality Full Grain Leather, the strongest and the most durable leather. For some articles we may also use Top Grain Leather, this is usually done when an even, more uniform look is required for the product.
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