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Dec 05, 2017

How to tell the leather

Nowadays,there are more and more leather products selling on the market, and more and more people tends to buy leather products. and the price from cheap to expensive.


so there is a normal phenomenon that each manufacturer or seller will say our products are genuine leather, which is deserve the price.

but it is not true, because the leather divided to many different types:


           a, full grain leather

           b, top grain leather 

           c, genuine leather 

           d, bonded leather

           e, fake leather


their price is quite different, the most expensive one is full grain leather, then from top grain, genuine , then bonded leather, and last is fake leather.


so now, few people knows how to tell the leather, today we would llike list some way for you to tell the leathers. please see below:


1, Press into the leather, looking for creases and wrinkles. Real leather will wrinkly under the tough, just like real skin. Synthetic materials usually just depress down under your finger, retaining rigidity and shape.

  press leather.jpg


2,Check the surface grain, the little "pebbles" and pores, for imperfections and uniqueness that signal genuine leather. 

  Imperfections, in leather, are actually a good thing. Remember, real leather is made from animal skin, and   

  thus each piece is as random and unique as the animal it came from. Very regular, even, and similar grains 

   often indicate a machine-made piece.

  • Real leather might have scratches, creases, and wrinkles -- this is a good thing!

    leather surface grain.jpg

3, Smell the leather, searching for a natural, musty smell instead of plastic-like or chemicaly. 

   If you're completely unsure of the smell you're looking for, head into a store that you know sells genuine 

   leather and test out a few bags and shoes. Ask if they have any synthetic pieces and smell those as well. 

   Once you know what you're looking for, the smell differences will be unmistakable.

  • Remember, leather is just worked animal skin. Fake leather is made of plastic. It seems obvious, but real leather will smell like skin and fake will smell like plastic.

    smell leather.jpg

4, Use the fire test, recognizing that it will likely ruin part of the good. 

    While there are few circumstances where burning a good is preferable to leaving it alone, this experiment    

    works if you have a small, hard-to- see area that you can test, like the underside of a couch. Hold a flame  

    up to the area for 5-10 seconds to test it out:

  • Real leather will only char slightly, and smell a bit like burnt hair.

  • Faux leather will actually catch flame, and smells like burning plastic.

    leather fire test.jpg

5, Bend the leather, looking for it to change color slightly is real leather. 

    Similar to the "wrinkle test," real leather has a unique elasticity when bent, changing color and wrinkling up 

    naturally. Fake leather is much more rigid and regular, and will usually be difficult to bend by comparison

bend the leather.jpg

so we had list some way for you to tell the leather, hope they are all helpful and can solve the problem for you.

and please remember that real leather rarely even cheap.


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Melody, which is experieneced with musical instruemnt straps for 10 years in china.



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