According to my 10-year experience, the quality of a hand-crafted wallet is determined by the quality of raw materials which directly affect the appearance of such products. I recommend buying a men’s wallet made of natural raw animal skin or leather. Believe me, this is the best choice. Raw leather is the oldest material with which a man learned to work with – it is soft, durable and aesthetically pleasing. Artificial leather for wallets will bring nothing but disappointment.
Different types of natural leather for wallets
Below I will share my thoughts on picking the best natural leather types used for crafting wallets. There are several types of leather you may buy to craft a wallet or purse:
- matte leather (crust);
- patent leather;
- classic – fine cowhide leather that is 0.5 – 0.8 mm thick;
Crust leather type maximizes the natural look of this material. Over time it rubs off, becomes darker and smoother. Take into account mechanical damage: scratches on this leather type are visible, but they can be easily eliminated. This leather type for wallets is chosen by 70% of our customers.
Patent leather type offers an additional coating (lacquer) to natural protective properties for saving it from external influences. It may have scratches but the end-product looks extra charming.
Fine cowhide leather is a classic choice. Such leather type looks very elegant but it is good only for crafting thin wallets for credit cards.
My top 3 leather types for wallets
After reviewing all these features and types, I picked a few brands that produce leather ready for crafting wallets:
- REED Leather HIDES is 100% cowhide type that is about 0.8 – 1 mm thick;
- Craft Real Leather Hide is made of lambskins (thickness: 0.6-0.8 mm);
- Black Leather Hide is another lambskin type that is up to 0.8 mm thick;
Instead of summing up, I’d like to share how I work with leather when crafting wallets.
If you do not like leather bricks as wallets, it is recommended to take the piece not thicker than 1.5 mm (up to 2 mm on the front part). The thinner and softer the leather, the more convenient it is to cut it with a roller knife, as an ordinary knife causes longitudinal force during cutting and in such a way it tightens and deforms the leather.
With proper diligence, you can also cut with a well-sharpened kitchen knife, the main thing is to make sure that the leather piece does not crawl out when you apply the ruler.
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