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One of the questions we get asked on a regular basis is “what’s the difference between grain and split leather?”
Since we make work gloves using both types of leather, we thought it would be good to breakdown the differences between them. This is your ultimate cheat sheet for understanding the difference between grain and split leather.
Split leather is the term most often heard within the glove industry, but you’re probably more familiar with its other name: suede.
When the leather is first removed from the hide of an animal, it’s extremely thick. So, the first thing we do with the leather is split it cross-sectionally, into layers. The bottom layer is made into what we call “split-leather.”
When it comes to work gloves, split-leather has several different advantages:
Grain leather is the top layer of the leather after it’s been split apart. Grain leather is more expensive than split-leather because of its appearance. Since it’s more aesthetically appealing, grain leather is usually found in commercial goods like purses and shoes.
But in the safety industry, we value abrasion resistance so we use split-leather whenever possible to craft our gloves.
Want to learn more about leather work gloves? Read The Bad-Ass Guide to Leather Work Gloves by clicking the photo below!
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