Originally Posted by dieworkwear
Curious, how many leather tanneries are there in Japan, and do many Japanese producers use them? I have a card case made from Japanese shell cordovan, and quite like it - at least for the purposes of a card case - over the stuff from Horween.
I`m not sure of the total number, but Himeji, Hyogo Province, alone has about 80 or so tanneries in operation.
Tochigi Leather is perhaps the best known (located near Tokyo), and are favored by quite a few known leather manufactures.
Shinki Hikaku is the only one in Japan that can produce Shell Cordovan (though there are other horsehide tanneries).
Warmcrafts Manufacture brand is a subsidiary of Shinki Hikaku.