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    best leather for cuff strap?

    What is the best leather for a cuff strap? There are different ounces/thicknesses of leather: 4oz, 6oz, 8oz, etc. Different types of leather have different characteristics. I had my first cuff strap made about a year ago and since then I've become more interested in understanding leather qualities.


    The cuff strap I had made a year ago is pretty good but I think the leather is a bit thick and stiff and I can most likely identify a better quality leather for my next cuff strap. Can you share any knowledge regarding leather qualities for a cuff strap? What type of characteristics do you look for? Tanneries, leather types, finishing processes, etc?

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    Re: best leather for cuff strap?

    red latigo

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    Horween Shell Cordovan.
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    Re: best leather for cuff strap?

    Quote Originally Posted by chuasam View Post
    Horween Shell Cordovan.
    What do you like about horween cordovan leather?

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    Re: best leather for cuff strap?

    Horse has a radically different type of connective tissue and has very little stretch and is very strong but quiet susceptible to damage from sweat. Ultra expensive.

    Red latigo is at the other end of the stretch gamut and is extremely tough. Moderately priced.

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    Interesting I was under the impression that cordovan shell was extremely durable. Some shoemakers seem to sell a "premium" line made of shell cordovan. If sweat damages cordovan then I would think that snow would destroy it since snow tends to wear most leather

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    Quote Originally Posted by random512 View Post
    Interesting I was under the impression that cordovan shell was extremely durable. Some shoemakers seem to sell a "premium" line made of shell cordovan. If sweat damages cordovan then I would think that snow would destroy it since snow tends to wear most leather
    Does well with water but you have to get the salt out.

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    Does well with water but you have to get the salt out.
    I would think that a special finishing treatment would help protect cordovan from salt. I generally don't spend time outside in hot humid weather. Will light, normal perspiration (not sweat) from the wrist eventually wear down a cordovan watch strap in < 5 years of wear 2-3 times/week?

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    Re: best leather for cuff strap?

    try camel leather, I'm not an expert, but an expert relative of mine adores it to bits
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