Dec 13 2010

What is the difference between full-grain and top grain leather?

Category: Arts & Crafts


Full Grain Leather is outermost layer of the hide. It is leather that has not been corrected or modified outside of removing the hair. Full grain leather is often seen as the most authentic type of leather because it maintains all of the texture from the original cowhide. Top-grain leather is the same as full grain leather but the cowhide that is used is most often severely distressed or defective. To remedy this, top grain leather is typically sanded and then a finish coat is added to the surface. It is usually less expensive and has higher resistance to marks and blemishes than full-grain leather.

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