One of the things that I like most about leather is how many different types there are. There are literally hundreds of different ways to achieve a preserved hide, and this allows the maker to (occasionally) have a field day trying out different leathers for different purposes. Recently I got my hands on some front quarter horsehide from Horween tannery.
Horsehide is fascinating because it falls into three distinct, and very different categories. You have Shell cordovan, which comes from the butt and is very very dense, yet still very pliable making it excellent for shoes and assorted small leather goods like wallets and card holders. Above the Cordovan, the hip section is a long narrow piece that is thicker than the Shells, yet not as dense. It is a completely different leather but is fantastic for boots, wallets, even small bags. Now when you get above the hip section of the horse, you get the “front quarters,” which are much lighter in weight, and are extremely soft and supple making it perfect leather for jackets, since it is stronger than cowhide of equal weight. It is truly beautiful leather, and perfect for an all leather knife roll, which is something I’ve had on the back burner for a while now.
It’s not clear whether I will continue to make these, it really depends on the demand. Let me know what you all think, and shoot me an email if you are interested in one of these. They will be very limited for now, so swoop one up while you can!
Im working on some other new stuff as well, hoping to fill some gaps in my product line: