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post #16 of 18
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Generally speaking (there may be some developments I'm not aware of) glossy alligator is a dryer vegetable tannage than the matte. The gloss on what is known as "bombe'" alligator is produced by burnishing the surface with glass(?) rollers...some heat may be generated which is not good for veg tannages.

The matte alligator that I work with is much more supple and I believe longer lasting potentially than the bombe'.

Only two significant differences between American alligator and Nile crocodile...price and the size of the tile. Croc will have a smaller average tile than gator for a skin of relatively the same size.

Thanks for the information, this gave me the confidence to choose a matte version over a glossy style.

 

http://www.johnallenwoodward.com/johnallenwoodwardhome.html

 

I went with one of their hand braded versions.

 

 

post #17 of 18
I can't think of a single item that could be made in alligator or crocodile for which I would choose the glossy finish rather than the matte. Of course, I make...or have made...a fair number of alligator/croc boots, some alligator, or alligator trimmed, shoes, belts wallets and check book covers. In my personal opinion, they all look better with the matte finish--more natural, if nothing else. With a little neutral cream or polish the leather will gleam with an inner glow/warmth that, unlike the glossy does not look plastic and actually improves with age. I haven't made anything from the bombe' finished leather for over 30 years. I just don't care for it side by side with the matte.
post #18 of 18
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I can't think of a single item that could be made in alligator or crocodile for which I would choose the glossy finish rather than the matte. Of course, I make...or have made...a fair number of alligator/croc boots, some alligator, or alligator trimmed, shoes, belts wallets and check book covers. In my personal opinion, they all look better with the matte finish--more natural, if nothing else. With a little neutral cream or polish the leather will gleam with an inner glow/warmth that, unlike the glossy does not look plastic and actually improves with age. I haven't made anything from the bombe' finished leather for over 30 years. I just don't care for it side by side with the matte.

Good to know, thanks again sir.fing02[1].gif

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