What’s the difference between grain and split leather gloves?
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:
1. Split-leather has high abrasion resistance: This has to do with its dense fibers and how
they lock together.
2. No synthetic product offers anything close to its level of abrasion resistance.
3. Split-leather has amazing puncture resistance.
4. Impressive flexibility compared to other types of leather.
5. More water resistant than grain leather.
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.
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