Shopping cart


What is Crazy Horse Leather?

What is Crazy Horse Leather?


Crazy Horse Leather is a unique leather type that undoubtedly stands out from the rest and its name comes from the leather that is used for the creation of horse saddles and which is also known as Saddle Leather.

What is Crazy Horse Leather?Crazy Horse Leather is actually made of the highest quality full grain cowhide which guarantees that it will withstand many years of use and abuse. Full grain cow leather is the strongest and most durable leather, which implies that it will only intensify its wonderful charm over time.

Full grain cow leather is the strongest and most durable leather

Deciding to purchase a Crazy Horse Leather Bag is an excellent investment in having a bag that lasts for years to come. Our Full Grain bags stand the test of time and are extremely durable. It is the only 100% full-grain natural cowhide that has actually been specifically treated to be the strongest and durable leather on the market


Crazy horse leather starts by taking a 100% natural cowhide of the utmost quality. The leather is then treated by applying a special type of wax to a full grain cowhide surface that has been polished and softened, which gives it particular qualities and characteristics that are different from any other type of leather. This procedure results in the friction of the treated area changing its color and hue.

The leather is then treated by applying a special type of wax to a full grain cowhide surface. However, it does not leave a waxy feel afterwards.

The unique and special kind of treatment allows the natural characteristics of the leather fibers to shine through. Small scratches, marks, and natural color differences suddenly become the highlight of our bags and are exactly what gives our leather that special kind of vintage style and timeless rustic features. The richness of these small imperfections coming together to create a vibrant texture can be seen in our Dagny Weekeder shown below. Our Full Grain Crazy Horse Leather Bags are made to last. They are perfect for weekend getaways to escape the city and be immersed in nature and excellent partners for the day to day elegant city escapades.


The Dagny Weekender | Large Leather Duffle Bag


Crazy Horse leather will absorb the natural oils from your hands, this natural process will make the leather develop a shiny layer making the product look even more wonderful than before adding character to the chosen piece. When you suffer a scratch, it will change color and give it a worn vintage appearance. This allows you to make your new article look robust and mature revealing the hue of the leather's natural color while protecting the leather fibers below.


What makes Crazy Horse Leather so special?

Its handmade process is what makes Crazy Horse Leather so special and keeps it beautiful day after day. The most important feature is wax, which is highly resistant to water and other liquids, which when applied to leather, protects the fibers much better than other substances used in common leather goods. We know that Crazy Horse leather bags still look great after 20 years or more, with a strong leather strap that still look great. If you think about how beautiful saddles can be seen after enduring years and years of use, understand how our Crazy Horse leather bags can be so durable.


What is Crazy Horse Leather? Steel Horse Leather


Crazy Horse Leather bags are unique due to their handmade nature 

Nor does it stain fabrics or clothes. Because of this, it is the ideal leather option to make vintage style leather bags. Each crazy horse leather bag is handmade, therefore, all Crazy Horse Leather bags are unique due to their individual manufacturing process and the fact that they are made entirely of natural material, therefore, each bag that is made has a slightly different color creating a unique heirloom. They are also simple to clean


How is crazy horse leather made?


Crazy Horse Leather is made with the highest quality materials, supplied by the best suppliers in the field. The leather used is full grain cowhide that is of the highest quality in terms of color and strength.


Crazy Horse leather is produced by highly skilled craftsmen utilizing only the finest quality 100% natural leather. This rich full-grain cowhide is treated with natural wax, then hand finished to excellence-- developing a water-resistant leather that is durable, lovely, and buttery-soft to the touch.


Crazy horse leather is made by applying a thick layer of a special type of wax to a full grain cowhide surface that has been smoothed and polished to give it a shiny and smooth feel. The wax will improve the fibers of the leather and cause small changes in the tone, shape and appearance of the material. This gives it a timeless appearance that ages beautifully over time, to increase the vintage look that Crazy Horse Leather is known for.


Through the process that is applied to full grain cowhide, it is guaranteed that this leather will withstand many years of use and abuse without wear.


The Dagny Weekender | Large Leather Duffle Bag



We are 100% Confident in the durability of our Full Grain Crazy Horse Leather Bags.

The durability of Crazy Horse natural leather comes from the combination of handmade processing techniques and also the fact that we use only the finest quality of leather. Genuine natural leather can be found in three standard grains. Here is a quick overview to understand their key differences:


- Full Grain Leather: This is the highest quality of leather in the world. Full-grain leather is valued for its vintage and rustic look and feel and its ability to stand the test of time. Crazy Horse leather is produced using the greatest quality full-grain leather that has been treated with a special coating of natural wax to form water and weather-resistant leather that is as tough as it is stunning. The leather is rubbed and polished to a light sheen that highlights the natural inconsistencies of the material. This unique process provides each bag a striking rustic appearance with the special ability to convert regular bumps and scratches into gorgeous differing shades that increase the bag's beauty with time.


- Top Grain Leather : Top grain leather is a thinner leather where the natural second layer of the leather has been shaved down. This results in a material that is more pliable and easier to work with, but not as durable as the Full Grain Leather used in our bags


- Corrected Grain Leather : This leather is still considered genuine leather, however it has been severly processed and changed. The top layer has been sanded down to remove the natural inconsistencies of the materal while the back layer has also been shaved down to allow for more pliabilty. This leather is often made using scraps of leather from various hides. The top is then finished to create a uniform look. This leather is not as durable as Top Grain Leather and is far from the quality of the Full Grain Leather that we use in our Vintage Leather Backpacks and Handmade Leather Duffel Bags



Why is Crazy Horse Leather so Durable?

Crazy Horse Leather is so strong due to being made of only the best quality leather. This means the leather uses the full thickness possible from only high quality hides. The unique look of the leather surface contributes to the vintage appearance and its prized use in making the perfect leather product.

Why does the crazy horse leather feel 'waxy'? and looks like it has scratches on it.

The wax coating used in Crazy Horse Leather makes it extremely resistant to weathering, it also makes it very durable capable of resisting wear. The wax also protects the leather from damage related to water or moisture, therefore, the water will not damage it.

The good thing about Crazy Horse Leather is that each bag is unique due to the wax and special manufacturing that makes each bag distinctive, causing the items to look worn and rustic, quickly developing their own appearance and character with regular use. The healed scrapes and scratches of the natural leather below create a special kind of shade and over time turn into a gorgeous patina.


What are the advantages of Crazy Horse Leather? 

Naturally, crazy horse leather can accumulate some scratches with the daily routine, therefore, rubbed and scratched areas can change in color tones, but this will only improve the vintage look of the bags, allowing the beauty of the Leather to be the real attraction. It will develop a beautiful patina over time that truly shows the leather's natural color and shade.

Crazy Horse Leather Backpack

Crazy Horse Leather is also extremely strong and durable because it is made with excellent quality full grain cowhide, so it will withstand many years of use. We choose this type of leather to make our bags because it can resist the friction and abuse that saddles support while improving their beauty and appearance over the years. Traditional leather bags can begin to harden, crack, or break, after only one or two years of use if you take care of yourself regularly. The durability comes from the wax that is applied to the leather. A Crazy Horse leather bag can last decades with very little maintenance and care. So even when it changes color, the durability of the leather remains the same.


Here at Steel Horse Leather we only use the finest quality Full Grain Leather


Each duffel bag, backpack, wallet, and messenger bag is carefully crafted by Leather Artisans and has a unique vintage look that ages beautifully. You can be sure that your bag and small leather goods will be long lasting and perfect for weekend adventures or daily outings. It a purchase that you can make with confidence.


Take a look at our Handmade Leather Bags