Leather for Belts, Harness and Saddle

In this category you will the most suitable leather for belts, saddlery and harness making, with Made in Italy quality. This kind of leather is usually more thick and square shaped so it can be cut without waste.

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leather for belts, harness and saddlery

Leather for belts: Main features

When we talk about leather for belts, we usually refer to leather of bovine origin, with a thickness high enough not to have to be joint with a lining or with a type of leather for internal thickness (for example crust or synthetic material) and such as to be able to give the belt a sufficient consistency. In theory, the leather for belts should also have a shape suitable for the purpose (square) but there are also cases in which irregular forms are also used due to aesthetic or functional requirements.

Veg tan leather for belts making

With the term leather for belt making, it is specifically meant to refer to vegetable tanned leather with a thickness of at least 3-3.5mm, which alone give a particular consistency without having to be joint with other materials. In particular, the belts for motorcyclists have thicknesses exceeding 4mm (10 oz.) and without the characteristics of vegetable tanning, which allows to obtain a greater swelling of the leather during tanning and a greater consistency, these thicknesses would be difficult to achieve.

Leather for belts: which one to choose?

When it comes to choose the right leather for belt, there are many types of bovine leather that can lend themselves to this purpose, but given the length that is usually required (120-130cm for men's belts and 90-110cm for women's belts) it is it is preferable to use leather hides (whether thin or thick) with a regular and square shape. When the skin is still in its raw form (usually after the slaughter phase the raw hides are put under the salt to guarantee the conservation), before being tanned, it is cut into different parts: the square shoulder and the double butts (or double bend), that have considerable dimensions and particularly regular shapes are the favourite materials for those that are looking for leather for belts. The shoulders and the butts are obtained from the "noble" parts of the whole cow or bull hides and they represent respectively the upper half (shoulder) and the lower half (double butt) of the whole animal, net of the lateral parts (bellies). In these cases, the cost of the finished leather hides rises considerably compared to other different kinds of cuts such as the "sides" (the raw whole skin simply divided in half before tanning) because there is much more waste and the various parts obtained from the subdivision must be worked with techniques and procedures different from one another. The sides skins, finer and lighter, can be used for belts in case you need to make fashionable or trendy products (with particular prints and effects) but it must then be coupled with another material to reach the appropriate thickness for the creation of a classic belt. Therefore, there is no universal rule for defining leather for belts, but certainly the characteristics of minimum length and yield of the cut are essential. Obviously, we must also pay attention to the possible holes on the skins, serious defects of the grain and cuts on the flesh side that should be avoided as the height of the belts (ranging from 3 to 5cm) for their width (90-120cm), must always be free from defects.

How to create leather belt strips

When we talk about leather strips for belts making, we mainly refer to the strips that are obtained from belt manufacturers during the processing and cutting of square-shaped leathers; obviously even a small craftsman or a private person, thanks to the products on sale on this site, is able, using only a ruler and a cutter, to be to obtain the leather strips for belts that he needs, comfortably at home and avoiding the costs of the industrial cutting. For example, a first-grade double butt allows to obtain at least 20-25 belts that can be cut both vertically and horizontally.

Leather for harnesses and bridles

Leather for harnesses, although similar in many respects to the leather for belts, mainly needs a greater development in length and more important thicknesses. The product par excellence that is usually used in the field of horse harnesses, such as bridles, is the bull dorsal with thicknesses greater than 4mm (10 oz.) and lengths greater than 200cm, this partly unites the characteristics of leather for harnesses with leashes training for dogs also in need of "extra" lengths. Furthermore, leather for harnesses usually requires a "special" tanning process, based on oils and special greases, which make the leather resistant, soft and flexible but not elastic, to prevent it from stretching with use.

Leather for saddlery

The leather for saddlery and the saddle leather hides need certainly a less length and compactness compared to leather for bridles: in fact, leather for harness must not be elastic and must be particularly stable, instead saddle leather hides have to be softer and more plastic (a feature that is obtained by adding a higher percentage of fattening during tanning). Finally, even the thickness of the leather for a saddle must be lower than either the leather for belts or harness.

Leather for belts, saddlery and harness: Online sale

In our website Buyleatheronline.com you will find a category dedicated to the online sale of leather for belts, saddlery and harnesses. Each leather is carefully described in its characteristics thanks to the technical data sheet and the search for the right product is easy and immediate. In our constantly updated catalog, you will find double square thick shoulders and bull butts ideal for belts, oiled front shoulders for saddles, smooth and printed calfskin with fashion effects that lend themselves to the creation of saddles for motorcycles and belts of the latest trends. If you are not sure about which product is best suited to your needs, you can always contact customer service and request advice or a free sample.