Are you looking for a what type of skin to make a cute bag with? You have arrived at the perfect place! In this article we are going to teach you everything you need to know about cowhide, its benefits, advantages and properties.
Cowhide is usually the most used for the manufacture of bags, wallets, footwear, and purses, and as its name indicates, this type of leather comes from cows. It is usually of very good quality and very versatile, but since it is the skin of a non-domestic animal, it usually presents marks on its skin.
At Curtidos Menacho we have a wide variety of cowhide available for your choice, explore our catalog and you will surely find the ideal one for you.
What are those beneficial properties of cowhide?
Historically, bovine leather has been used by our ancestors since the beginning of time and is still used today. It is no coincidence to measure the time of use of this leather with the benefits of using it.
How do I determine the quality of cowhide?
It is usually determined by the location of the hide. Cowhide can be divided into 5 sections.
In the stomach of the animal there are two segments, in the lower part that is included in them the abdomen in addition to the front arata. This part is usually the one with the least quality and usually brings imperfections and defects.
The best leather and more resistant than the previous one named, is that of the part of the two hocks of the upper part of the cow, that is, the skin of the back. It tends to have more strength and fewer defects, but without a doubt the best part of the cowhide is the frontal spine, at the back of the cow's head.
Durability and resistance of cowhide
Cowhide skin has several properties that make it ideal for making bags, wallets, clothing, hats, belts, footwear... This skin is thick and resistant, making it less likely to break.
Bags and wallets made with cowhide are usually flexible, breathable, ductile and can be dyed or left with natural finishes. It is very durable, its aging is good and it can last up to 5 times longer than other types of leather, always giving it the necessary care.
The best quality cowhide is full grain leather. It is the type of bovine leather that can be found at the highest level on the market and is located under the hair. The skin that is found under the epidermis of the animal is the most resistant since it has closely connected skin fibers.
Chemical properties of cowhide
Let's go a little deeper into those beneficial properties.
This type of property is rarely parsed and is very important. This humidity will change with the conditions that the skin is exposed to, and as we mentioned before, it is important because they almost always condition the physical properties.
The amount of fat that the animal's skin has is highly controlled by the tanner and has properties in the finished product since the rasa gives flexibility and handling of the skin.
The pH of the skin is analyzed to determine its acidity or alkaline. The range goes from 0 to 14, the value being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline. The normal level of a leather should be between 3.2 and 5.5, a very low and low ph can cause much faster aging.
Physical properties of cowhide
The chemical properties of leather can condition the physical characteristics that are going to be mentioned below.
- High tensile strength.
- Tear resistance.
- Very high resistance to bending.
- High puncture resistance.
- Good thermal insulation.
- Large amount of air that is a very poor conductor of heat and therefore provides comfort.
- Water permeability.
- Leather is warm in winter and cool in summer.
- Elastic properties so that it can be modeled and retain its new shape without problem.
- Resistance to wet and dry abrasion.
- It is inherently resistant to heat and flame.
- Fungus resistant.
- Resistant to chemical attack
If you want to know what best quality cowhide we can offer you, take a look at our leather catalog and you will find what you are looking for.