Originally Posted by Sator
Kangaroo is said to be the toughest leather weight for weight in the world and for this reason RMW chooses thinner skins. Kangaroos are as common as rodents in many parts of Australia - contrary to popular misconception they are not an endangered species. Kangaroos skin is much more coarse grained than other skins because they are left to roam around in the wild and accumulate small scars during the animal's lifetime. It is suitable for casual wear.
Some of this is a little off, but only a little.
Kangaroo is not currently considered an endangered species"”this is correct. But, Kangaroo is still illegal in New York State"”they never changed it after Kangaroo was removed from the endangered species list. As far as I know, this is not enforced.
Also, the Kangaroo population is closly tied to the amount of rain fall in Australia. The last I checked in on the situation there was an ongoing draught and lots of starving roo's. This could mean that they are heading back towards the endangered species list. This also means lower quality hides (poorly nurished aminals, more cuts from fighting for resources, etc.).
Oh, and RM makes some great stock whips too
One note. The RMW store in NYC is seriously overpriced. I would get my sizing right and then order from someplace else.