Hi folks, posted this over one Reddit and it was fun to hear what people have heard over the years from customers or even other leatherworkers…let’s talk misconceptions and myths common to our craft!
I’m sure over the years a lot of us have gotten customers who will insist on something they’ve heard on the internet about a particular type of leather is true, insisting that I do or don’t use a specific type of leather because of something they’ve read.
Here are a few that I hear frequently some are very egregious, others just assumptions that are more or less harmless:
- Full grain leather is the full thickness of the original hide. (probably the most demonstrably false of the bunch).
- Genuine is a specific kind of (low quality) leather
- Leather that has a light edge isn’t fully tanned
- “x” type of leather is the best (veg-tan, full grain, bridle, CXL, etc…we all know there are a lot of good leathers)
- All veg tan is natural veg (not that people say it but they get confused if I show them a “normal” leather like Essex or Dublin that happens to be veg).
Anyway those are a few I’ve heard…one bonus one I heard just this week: “You wouldn’t want to use veg-tan for a backpack because it will bleed color”…
Obviously some of these have a grain of truth that got exaggerated.
Which ones have you heard that bother you?