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How to determine the quality of leather?

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How can I tell if certain leather goods use quality leather? I can line my Tramezza's up to my old rainy day kick around shoes and I can tell you which one is nicer, but other than the shine, I am hard pressed to describe the differences. Does anyone here know a lot about how to determine the quality of the leather with the naked eye?
 

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With modern methods of "cheating" it is hard even for experts to determine the quality without destroying it.
 

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Originally Posted by habituÃ
With modern methods of "cheating" it is hard even for experts to determine the quality without destroying it.

Though some SF members, just with a quick glance, can determine whether the leather is corrected grain or not.

How do they do that?
 

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Originally Posted by mg428
Though some SF members, just with a quick glance, can determine whether the leather is corrected grain or not.

How do they do that?


That is quite easy: The leather looks very polished, almost like plastic and is missing any natural skin marks.
 

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As a *very general* rule, if you bend it, cheap leather will form many small creases whereas better leather tends to form fewer, larger creases.
 

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