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Vintage Leather Backpacks

Are you looking for a vintage leather backpack? Steel Horse Leather, has the best vintage leather backpacks, which combine the natural beauty of handmade leather with the ruggedness of the vintage leather look. This results in an elegant, timeless style for your leather backpack. Our bags compliment formal or informal wear and make great companions on weekend getaways or long journeys. Our vintage leather bags have ample storage and can accommodate laptops and other devices, as well as other everyday items, all securely fastened with our handmade leather covers and metal buckles.

Handmade Leather Backpacks

The vintage leather of these bags and backpacks is soft to the touch but extremely durable and weather resistant. The design of the shoulder straps fit comfortably, all the straps are genuine leather, as well as the outer pockets attached to the main section. They are individually crafted by hand to meet your daily needs, they are multifunctional backpacks, made of high-quality handmade vintage leather. Functionality and durability combine with elegance and comfort. You can take it to school, work, or outdoor travel. Note that as this bag is made of a natural material, therefore, each bag is unique with a slightly different color.

The Freja Backpack | Handcrafted Leather Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather The Freja Backpack | Handcrafted Leather Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather
The Gyda Backpack | Vintage Leather Travel Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather The Gyda Backpack | Vintage Leather Travel Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather
The Calder Backpack | Handcrafted Leather Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather The Calder Backpack | Handcrafted Leather Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather
The Shelby Backpack | Handmade Genuine Leather Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather The Shelby Backpack | Handmade Genuine Leather Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather
The Faulkner Backpack | Handcrafted Leather Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather The Faulkner Backpack | Handcrafted Leather Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather
The Raoul Backpack | Handmade Vintage Leather Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather The Raoul Backpack | Handmade Vintage Leather Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather
The Ragna Backpack | Vintage Leather Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather The Ragna Backpack | Vintage Leather Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather
The Gosta Backpack | Handmade Vintage Leather - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather The Gosta Backpack | Handmade Vintage Leather - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather
The Felman Backpack | Handcrafted Leather Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather The Felman Backpack | Handcrafted Leather Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather
The Unn Backpack | Vintage Leather Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather The Unn Backpack | Vintage Leather Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather
The Tove Backpack | Genuine Leather Sharp Edged Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather The Tove Backpack | Genuine Leather Sharp Edged Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather
The Olaf Rucksack | Vintage Leather Travel Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather The Olaf Rucksack | Vintage Leather Travel Backpack - STEEL HORSE LEATHER, Handmade, Genuine Vintage Leather

What to Look for in a Men's Leather Backpack or Rucksack

Are you new to leather? If you are planning to purchase leather backpacks then you should first know a thing or two about leather. For example, there are three types of real leather out there. When we say real leather we mean organically made leather. These three types of leather are full-grain leather, top-grain leather, and genuine leather. Accordingly, the quality of leather goes from the best to the least good.

The different type of leather you choose matters. This is because each type of leather will have its own advantages and disadvantages. Much of which will depend on the preferences of the buyer. Like for example, full-grain leather might be the best quality among the three but it is also the most expensive. Or that top grain leather is has a more uniform and refined finish in comparison to full-grain leather. Likewise, if you are on a tight budget, there are genuine leather backpacks that have the perfect balance of price and quality.

The style and size of your leather backpack will also matter. Leather backpacks are heavier in comparison to nylon or canvas backpack. Accordingly, the bigger the backpack the heavier it is to carry. Find a middle ground between function and comfort especially for those with a smaller stature. Never compromise one for the other. Do not worry we are here to help.

Best Leather Backpacks

Among the three types of real leather, full-grain leather is the highest quality leather. It is the strongest among all leathers. Likewise, full-grain leather is very durable. It can withstand the test of time. and it is not easily susceptible to wear and tear. It is also by far the most unique among all leather types. Its uniqueness comes from its patina. The patina develops a unique pattern borne from the imperfections of the animal's skin. Unlike top-grain leather and genuine leather, its surface is full of scars and blemishes.

How can you tell if the leather is of good quality?

For the untrained eye, all leather might look the same. Telling the difference between the different qualities of leather might prove to be a difficult task. For one, high-quality leather-like full grain and top grain is much more expensive in comparison to genuine leather. However, the price is not conclusive nor is it a good indication for good quality leather.

The trick is to get intimate with the leather using your senses. By sight, you can discern full grain from other types of leather. Full-grain has unique patterns whereas the others are more uniform and refined. You can also tell by feeling the leather. Top grain, in comparison to full grain, is more flexible. Genuine leather is likewise more flexible than full-grain leather.

In some instances, you can also tell the quality of leather by its smell. Although it is not much on the quality of the leather itself but on the process of making it. More specifically during the tanning phase. Different methods of tanning, for example, vegetable tanning and chrome tanning, will affect the quality of the leather. We only use full grain vegetable tanned leather in our backpacks. This makes for a bag that can last for a very long time and age with a beautiful patina.

What are the best backpacks for high school?

The best backpacks for high school are those you are comfortable wearing. Of course, they have to be made out of light material for teenage kids to carry every day. Likewise, it must be strong enough to carry all those textbooks, papers, and occasionally a laptop or tablet. These backpacks must also have a compartment or two to store extra things. Moreover, backpacks for high schoolers should be durable. It must both withstand the daily use and the abuse. And last but not least, it should also look cool and with style. Nothing turns heads more in highschool than a cool-looking backpack. Sometimes you also need portability and that is where a mini leather backpack can come into play.

Types of Leather for Leather Backpacks

There are three types of leather. Real leather that is. They are full grain leather, top-grain leather, and genuine leather. Each having different qualities. Real leather has the highest among the three. Next is top-grain and then genuine leather.

These three types of leather are made of animal skin or leather hide. The animal skin or leather hide goes through a long process of change. They are skinned, tanned, and finally cured to create the leather we all know and love. This process will either take a long time or a short time to finish. Depending on the leather making method. Different methods also produce different types of leather. These methods may involve sanding, splitting, or buffing the leather hide. Another is to assemble different leather hide scraps to make one whole fabric.

It is also important to distinguish real leather types from fake leather. Also known as faux leather, these "leather" are not made of real animal skin. On the contrary, they are a product of synthetic materials that imitate how real leather looks and feels. Thus they are fake. Even more so, we do not consider faux or fake leather as leather at all. An example of fake leather is PU leather. It is created from polyurethane, a plastic with a similar feel and aspect to real leather.

Full Grain Leather

What is full grain leather? Full-grain leather is basically, animal skin that is cleaned, tanned, and cured as is. "As is" meaning that the animal skin is left untouched and its natural grain remains intact. Full grain leather has the highest quality among all leather. It is stronger and more durable in comparison to top grain leather because of the natural grain. The natural grain contains most of the strong fibers that keep the leather strong and durable. In other words full-grain leather is tough. Its toughness however has its downside since it becomes harder to work with. Manufacturing full-grain leather requires more costs and manpower, which is one of the reasons why it is expensive.

Another interesting thing that full-grain uniquely possesses is the patina. Patina develops only for full-grain leather. It develops along the natural grain of the leather. It does however require time to age the leather into its beautiful vintage look.

Top Grain Leather

Genuine leather, the lowest quality leather among the three. Its strength is significantly inferior to the top-grain and full-grain. It is still however very tough and durable but not as breathable in comparison to the full-grain. Genuine leather's price is also significantly lower. It also has the least demand among the leather.

Genuine leather comes from the remains after the top layer is split off to make top-grain and full-grain leather. Splitting leather is often necessary especially if the leather hide is too thick to work with. Likewise, when it has too many imperfections that manufacturers can not turn it into full-grain leather.

The remaining leather goes through the tanning process just like top-grain and full-grain. Genuine leather however does not have a natural skin finish. Most of the time manufacturers use chemicals to give genuine leather a look similar to top grain leather. They use a combination of artificial grains, spray painting, and pattern embossing to imitate the top grain surface.

Genuine Leather

Genuine leather, the lowest quality leather among the three. Its strength is significantly inferior to the top-grain and full-grain. It is still however very tough and durable but not as breathable in comparison to the full-grain. Genuine leather's price is also significantly lower. It also has the least demand among the leather.

Genuine leather comes from the remains after the top layer is split off to make top-grain and full-grain leather. Splitting leather is often necessary especially if the leather hide is too thick to work with. Likewise, when it has too many imperfections that manufacturers can not turn it into full-grain leather.

The remaining leather goes through the tanning process just like top-grain and full-grain. Genuine leather however does not have a natural skin finish. Most of the time manufacturers use chemicals to give genuine leather a look similar to top grain leather. They use a combination of artificial grains, spray painting, and pattern embossing to imitate the top grain surface.

PU Leather + Vegan Leather Backpacks

If there is real leather then there is also fake leather. This fake leather is an imitation of the real organic leather. Unlike real leather, they are synthetic and not organic. Another name for fake leather is faux leather. Likewise, many people call fake leather vegan leather. Vegan because it is leather that does not involve harming any animals nor does it involve using any animal skin. PU Leather is commonly used in items such as a purse, handbag, or tote.

We commonly know two types of fake or vegan leather. These are PU Leather and PVC Leather. Both are made with synthetic materials. Accordingly, PU leather is polyurethane while PVC leather is from polyvinyl plastic.

If you value quality, it is wise to avoid any synthetic leather or vegan leather. They are significantly inferior to real leather. Inferior even in comparison to the lowest quality real leather. They are not as strong as real leather. Making them unfit to carry heavy loads. Fake or vegan leather is also not as durable as real leather. They easily crack and peel off especially for PU leather since it is made of thin materials

While they look like real leather and may feel like real leather, they are nowhere as great as real leather. Especially for leather backpacks. Leather backpacks are supposed to carry many things. They are also meant for various activities, indoors or outdoors. Thus the activities frequently expose leather backpacks to different elements. Elements that will harm them. A backpack should not easily be a victim of wear and tear. Especially leather backpacks. While they are indeed a cheaper alternative, they are not good investments.

 

Benefits of Buying Real Leather

What are the benefits of buying real leather? And most importantly should you buy real leather? The answer is definitely a yes. Real leather is strong and beautiful. It is a proven fact that its quality is far superior to its synthetic imitations. Likewise, real leather is very durable in comparison to fake leather. While both are vulnerable to the elements, real leather does not crack and peel of as easily as fake leather.

While they may look the same and feel the same, through daily use, you will notice very significant differences. However, because of the advancements of our technology, manufacturers have been making imitations as real as possible. It has reached the point that it has become a difficult task to tell them apart. This is very true especially for those who know nothing about leather.

It does not take an expert to tell good quality leather from a bad one. At most times it is as easy as checking the label and the price. Manufacturers often label their products with what kind of leather it is made from. Likewise, it is apparent for good quality leather costs more. These tips however are not very dependable. To get a conclusive answer in telling the quality of the leather you must have to get intimate with it. Use your senses to discern good quality from bad. Look at it. Feel it. Take a whiff at it. To know more about telling real leather apart from fake leather click on the link below.

Real Leather vs Fake Leather: How To Tell Them Apart

Hardware, Zipper, and Stitching

Of course, what makes leather backpacks great are not only the type of leather it uses. Hardware, zippers, and stitching also play an important role in its greatness. A quality leather backpack is only as good as its stitching. Imagine having to own a full-grain leather backpack, but it cannot handle the load you are carrying because of bad stitching? What use is the leather if what holds it together is not up to its quality? Therefore you must pay attention to every detail to ensure the leather backpack is of overall high-quality.

Moreover, high-quality backpacks use YKK zippers to close and secure the backpack. YKK zippers are generally known as a very dependable type of zipper. They are heavy duty and reliable. Most of the time they are found not only on bags but jackets, jeans, and other clothing as well.

How to Care for Your Leather Backpack

A very important aspect whenever you own leather backpacks or even any other leather product such as a briefcase is taking care of it. It is important yet many disregard it. Many think that just because leather is strong and durable that they can abuse it as much as they want. To keep your leather longer you must take care of it. But how do you take care of your leather backpack? There are two important steps in taking care of your leather backpack.

Cleaning

The first is cleaning. Cleaning your backpack is important because dust, stains, and other elements that attach to lInk stains for example are the worst things to happen to leather. If you do not clean it right away then it might stay there permanently. Likewise, you should know how to clean your leather. Cleaning leather is a very delicate process because the leather itself is also delicate. Despite its toughness and durability there are cleaning products that will ruin your leather. Even submerging your leather into water is a big no-no. While there are leathers that are water-resistant like oil-tanned leather, it does not mean that you should submerge them in water. Trust us, it will ruin your leather, especially if you do not try it off quickly.

If you want to know how to remove an ink stain from your leather backpack click on the link below.

Steel Horse Leather Co. | How To Get Ink Out Of Leather

What is oil-tanned leather?

Just a little segue, since we mentioned oil-tanned leather it is best to explain it as well. In the process of making leather there are three main steps: skinning, tanning, and curing. In the second stage, there are different methods of tanning. To name a few, there is vegetable tanning, chrome tanning, and of course oil tanning.

Oil tanning is the process of tanning leather after the initial vegetable tanning. This method uses natural oils, typically fish oil. Oil tanning makes the leather soft and flexible making it easier to work with. More importantly, it makes the leather highly water-resistant. Holding long exposures of moisture is really great quality for leather since water has degrading effects on the fabric. While it is water-resistant it is not waterproof. Make sure to dry your leather as soon as possible.

Conditioning

While cleaning is good for the leather it often leaves the leather dry because of the soap or other cleaning products. Conditioning your leather with a leather conditioner helps the leather renourish its fibers. This will keep the leather strong and durable for a very long time. It will also protect the leather from harmful elements such as sunlight. We suggest that you condition your leather at least two times a year. This practice will ensure that your leather is in tip-top shape. It also increases the longevity of the leather.

More on what leather conditioner does to your leather. Click on the link below.

Steel Horse Leather Co. | What Does Leather Conditioner Do?

How to Clean a Leather Rucksack

Cleaning a leather backpack is the same as cleaning other leather products. Taking care of leather is a delicate process. There are a few cleaning products that may be harmful to leather. Likewise, exposing your leather to water for a long period of time will degrade the leather. Thus, to clean leather you will need the proper tools and cleaning products.

We suggest you use saddle soap or other leather cleaners. If you have none you can use a mild shampoo or baby soap as alternatives. Handwash your leather, NEVER clean it on the machine for two obvious reasons. The first is that you will be submerging the leather in water. The other is the machine will be rough on the leather and it may cause the leather to tear. Just use a smooth clean cloth to dampen your leather and to dry the same as well.

After you clean your leather backpack and it is dry, make sure to condition it. This will protect your leather from dirt, dust, and other harmful elements. Conditioning also nourishes the leather fibers and makes the leather last longer. In conditioning leather backpacks, make sure to condition them regularly especially when you use them daily.

Nonetheless, no matter what type of leather your backpack is taking care of the leather is necessary. Whether you own a real leather backpack or fake leather clean it regularly at least. You can only however condition real leather since fake leather cannot absorb the conditioner.

Can a Leather Backpack Get Wet?

We get our things wet once in a while and leather backpacks are no exceptions. While there are leather backpacks that are water-resistant, they are in no way waterproof.

Being water-resistant means that it can hold of exposure to moisture for longer periods of time without the leather degrading. However, it can still get wet and will ruin your leather if left too long. Waterproof on the other hand means that exposure to moisture will have no degrading nor harmful effects to the leather. Raw leather is permeable and therefore absorbs water. While you can make your leather resistant to water, making it absorb less moisture you cannot make it 100% waterproof.

Real leather of all types should not get wet. Water of any type will have adverse effects on the suppleness of the leather. Moreover, leaving it untreated will turn the leather brittle and crack. To avoid any damaging we advise you to properly maintain your leather. Cleaning and conditioning are the first lines of defense. You may also use leather sprays to protect your leather from moisture. It is quick and convenient however it may change the hue of your leather. It is, therefore, best to avoid using leather sprays.

How to Store a Leather Backpack and Rucksack

Since leather backpacks are durable most of the time they can handle the abuse of wear and tear. However, it is best to store your leather backpacks where there is no direct sunlight. This may dry up and damage the leather. Likewise, you should not store it near damp or wet areas. Long exposure to any moisture will also damage the leather. It will turn brittle and crack or peel off.

You may also want to cover your leather backpack with a dust bag if you won't be using it for quite some time. We do however advise that you clean and condition your leather before tucking it away for safekeeping.

What are the Benefits of Owning a Leather Backpack or Rucksack

Purchasing a leather backpack is a big decision to make. It is overall quite an expensive thing to own. And you might be second-guessing yourself on the big purchase that you are about to make. However, we can assure you that owning a leather backpack is a great investment.

While its price point is high leather backpacks offer quite a number of benefits. It is strong and we cannot stress that quality enough. It is reliable not only with its strength and the capacity it can carry but because of its water-resistant qualities as well. Leather backpacks are also very durable. They are made to last a lifetime and perhaps even more. This is something that they call the long-lasting heirloom quality. Because of its longevity, a leather backpack may be passed down from one generation to another.

Furthermore, we can assure you that our handmade leather backpacks are the best of the best. Here at Steel Horse Leather Co., we work only with the best Leather Artisans to bring you genuine, high-quality leather. And because it is handmade there is great attention to every detail.

Leather backpacks are not only an investment for you but for the next generation as well. With every year that passes by, it grows into something stronger and more beautiful. Not only is it a bag of style and function but it is also a bag filled with memories as well.