Customer Care

Click here to read our Customer Reviews!

Click for
Chilhowee Gift Certificates
Chilhowee
Gift Certificates

Click for our Free Newsletter

BBB Accredited Business

Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed


Hide Information

These close-up images show the difference in grain characteristics between the leather options. Because the images are enlarged, the grain patterns appear larger than they will when you hold them in your hand.

· To compare the thickness of each hide, Click Here.
· To find out more about leather, Click Here.

Buffalo Hide (5 and 8 oz)
Elk Hide (5 oz)
Buffalo hide leather
Elk hide leather
Cow Hide (3 & 5 oz)
Cow hide leather

 

LEATHER THICKNESS CHART:

In the leather industry, leather thickness is typically specified in terms of weight. Every ounce of weight is equivalent to 1/64 thickness. This table will help you understand the thickness of leather recommended for our different products.

Here is a conversion chart so that you can compare the thickness of the leather options.

Ounces
Fractional Inches
Millimeters
1
1/64
0.41
2
1/32
0.78
3
3/64
1.19
4
1/16
1.60
5
5/64
1.98
6
3/32
2.39
7
7/64
2.78
8
1/8
3.18
9
9/64
3.58
10
5/32
3.96

Good quality Leather products always begin with the Leather itself. Your highest quality products will be made from large pieces of Leather that have been graded for blemishes, thickness and uniformity of grain. Virtually all leather has blemishes. The severity and amount of blemishes determine what type of product it will be used for and for what price. Most Deer and Elk hides are called Naked Leather and are not treated with any sealant product which smoothes out and masks blemishes. This is why the products made with Naked Leather are so much more pliable and expensive - because they use a higher grade of leather with few blemishes.

Protected Hides:

These Leathers (most cowhides, bull hide, and buffalo) have combined the best aspects of a natural product (Leather) and have utilized tannery technology to create a product that is more uniform in appearance. The leather is also sealed so that water or other liquids are less likely to stain products made with protected hides are more easy to clean and maintain. Most leather clothing is made of this type of leather.

Deerskin and Elk Hide: Natural, Pure, and Naked

These are Leathers that are colored with transparent dyestuff, like Deerskin and Elk hide. This means you are able to see the actual surface grain markings. These Leathers have very little or no protective treatments applied to them. Because these leathers do not rely on a Finish or sealer to smooth blemishes like in Protected Leather, the grade of the hide must be much better to produce quality products.

Follow us on Faceback

Chilhowee Gift Certificates
Gift Certificates
Make Great Gifts!

View Cart | Checkout | My Account | Contact Us | About Us | Ironclad Guarantee
Customer Reviews | FAQuestions | Free Newsletter | Sitemap | Privacy Policy

Chilhowee Motorcycle Leather • Sales & Service 877-223-1602 • customercare@chilhowee.net
© Copyright 2001-2014 Chilhowee Motorcycle Leather

Frequently Asked Questions