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Full Grain Leather Bags | Full Grain Leather Meaning

Full Grain Leather Bags | Full Grain Leather Meaning

What are Full Grain Leather Bags made from?

Full grain leather bags are made from full grain leather which is the highest quality of leather that comes from the top layer of the hide. It contains the entire grain layer, making it the strongest part of the hide since its fibers are tightly woven.

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Full grain leather

Full grain leather is very durable, rather than wearing out it develops a patina during its lifetime. Leather Patina is the weathered look of full grain leather, which occurs over time when the leather oxidizes. The patina gives the leather a unique look and is also considered as a hallmark of quality in full grain leather. This is the type of leather we use in our Crazy Horse Leather.

Where does Full Grain Leather come from?

Full grain leather is obtained from the layer just underneath the hair of animals. Being the outermost layer, it is the strongest and most durable kind of leather. This is because the grain pattern in this part of the hide is very tight, thus also being able to resist moisture very well.

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Animals from which full grain leather is obtained include cows, goats, kangaroos, pigs, sheep and also alligators.

How is Leather Made?

Making full grain leather takes place as follows:

Raw Material preparation

Once the hides arrive in the tannery they undergo preparation as follows:

  • They are packed in rock salt for preservation, where they are folded and stored in pallets for up to thirty days.
  • Haired hides are normally placed in soaking drums for a couple of days. This removes salt, dirt and some soluble protein.
  • Hair removals follow, where the hides are dipped in substances such as lime, which not only removes hair but also softens the hide.
  • The hides are then split horizontally by a splitting machine, which then produces the different layers of leather such as top layer( which is also full grain)
  • The physical part of the fat is then removed through a process known as slicking.

The next stage of making full grain leather is tanning.


This is the process through which leather is made more durable and less susceptible to decomposition by permanently altering the protein structure of the skin. Vegetable tannage is used in this case, where the hides are loaded into drums with a mixture of vegetable tanning agents. The drums then rotate up to eight hours. This process makes the leather durable, soft and supple.

The final stage of making full grain leather is crusting


The hides are then thinned, re-tanned and undergo lubrication. Re-tanning modifies the physical characteristics of the leather to suit its final use. The final stages involve processing through to dried crust. Such processes include oiling, brushing, padding, spraying and glazing.

Weekenders and Duffle Bags

We make our Handmade Full Grain Leather Duffel bags with an elegant look to always stand out, with a clean fresh look. The bags are stitched to perfection, making sure to pay attention to any small detail. By doing this, we are able to undoubtedly achieve a sophisticated design which we believe is the best of its kind. Having being made out of full grain leather, our duffle bags are strong and durable. This ensures all your items are safe inside at all times. We believe this is the perfect weekend bag to carry all your clothes and other items.

Full Grain Leather Duffel Bags
The Dagny Weekender | Large Leather Duffle

Vintage Backpacks

Full Grain Leather backpacks are elegantly handmade to suit your daily needs. With durable straps that fit comfortably, carrying our backpacks has never felt better. The bags have ample storage to accommodate laptops and other devices. They are individually crafted by hand to meet your daily needs, they are multifunctional backpacks, made of high-quality fullgrain leather. Functionality and durability combine with elegance and comfort. You can take it to school, work, or outdoor travel. The bags have a unique look, with a fresh timeless style.

Full Grain Leather Bags Backpacks
The Asmund Backpack | Genuine Leather Rucksack

Handmade Messenger Bags

Our Full Grain Leather Messenger Bags for men are spaciously designed with stylish inner compartments. Carrying your items will be a breeze as the safety of each item is ensured. The handmade leather messenger bags make ideal companions for all your work-related needs. With large storage capacity and an easy switch from shoulder bag to a leather briefcase, this should come as an easy pick.

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The Welch Briefcase | Vintage Leather Messenger Bag

These bags are sturdy, made of high-quality full-grain leather, and are capable of safely carrying books and laptops up to 15 inches, as well as any other item. Our handmade Full grain leather Messenger Bags are made of high-quality leather, which guarantees a reliable and durable product, with a natural color that develops over time.

Leather Tote Bags

These bags are sturdy, made of high-quality full-grain leather, and are capable of safely carrying books and laptops up to 15 inches, as well as any other item. Our handmade Vintage Men's Leather Messenger Bags are made of high-quality leather, which guarantees a reliable and durable product, with a natural color that develops over time.

Genuine Leather Tote Handbags
Full Grain Leather Tote Handbags

What are the advantages of Full Grain Leather?

Full grain leather is extremely strong and durable, so our products will serve you for many years to come. It is the finest quality of leather, that has inspired many artisans for thousands of years. Its breathability ensures that less moisture penetrates from prolonged contact.

Each animal hide is different, so the animal markings of the full grain leather give the product a unique look. Since full grained leather is very difficult to work with, so its products are high quality crafted materials.

Full grain leather develops the much desired “patina” over time, which gives the leather a glossy sheen. Leather Patina is the main reason people fall in love with natural leather. The definition of aging beautifully.

Every full grain leather product at Steel Horse Leather is carefully crafted by skilled artisans giving each product a unique and sophisticated look. Our mission is to ensure that you find the right bag, whether for business, traveling or just a perfect fit going out for the weekend.

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