@DWFII Question, you have said in the past that you generally like to choose hides with a dense grain structure and such. I noticed that some leathers, while not "grainy" have a more pitted surface than other due to hair follicles. Other than aesthetics does this sway your choice? Is there anything inherently worse about this particular hide?
All other things being equal, I will always choose a leather that has less, or less apparent, "hair cell." I suspect a good part of this is the age of the animal. Calf...esp. young calf...seems to have less hair cell, probably because the hair is finer and "new growth." But I think the tanning has something to do with it, as well. I have noticed that veg tans...again esp. young calf...tend to have less hair cell. One of the nicest leathers I've run across is the St. Crispins's Baby Calf that A.A. Crack markets. it's essentially a pre-dyed veg crust.
I don't know that hair cell by itself is a particular hallmark of poor(er) quality...although, again, I suspect it has some correlation with the age of the animal...but it doesn't present as well as finer leathers and, if nothing else, it's much harder to get a spit shine simply because you have to fill all those hair cells before the bulling begins.