What is Top-Grain Leather?

What is Top-Grain Leather?

Top grain leather starts off as full-grain leather and is then sanded down removing all of the imperfections like nicks, marks and scratches that the hide received from the natural living habitat. Top-grain leather is the second most durable kind of leather that there is, and is the preferred choice by leather workers for its easily workable structure.

It is less durable than full-grain leather because the outer most leather fibers have been sanded off for a smoother balanced appearance. The removal of the outer most leather fibers allows an excess amount of exposure to things like moisture, drying, fungus and molds.

Top-grain leather does not age as well as full-grain leather and this is because the sanded down leather fibers are broken free from their natural structure there for preventing a smooth patina from growing. When top-grain leather begins to age it will still develop a patina, but the patina will not have the glorious sheen that is produced from well aged full-grain leather.


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