Welcome back to another post about Top Grain leather. Today, we will be talking about the 2nd highest quality leather, called the Top grain leather. Previously, we explored that the top grain leather is the leather that undergone some surface alterations. If you missed out on our previous post, you can click here to read all about it. However, there is more to top grain leather than just knowing what it is. Therefore, we will be exploring more information about top grain leather today.
What is Top Grain Leather (Source: Drmenstyle.com)
One of the important factors which makes leather products very popular is that they are very durable. However, not all types of leather are of the same durability. Of course, full-grain leather is the most durable, followed by top grain leather and then split leather (Genuine, bonded, etc). The reason top grain is less durable is that some of the natural grain’s are removed from the surface. It is the natural grains that give the leather its durability.
Top vs Full Grain Side View (Source: ltleather.com)
Though top grain leather is still under the range of high cost, it is definitely less costly than high-quality full-grain leather. Unlike full-grain leather, it is easier to process and manufacture top grain leather into its end product. On top of that, you do not need such a high-quality rawhide to process into top grain leather. Besides that, top grain leather is more commonly used and therefore, easily available.
Unlike full-grain leather, most top grain leather will undergo some form of surface alteration. As much as this process gives the top grain leather protection, it removes away the natural ability to breathe. This causes the top grain leather to be less comfortable as it cannot remove heat as easily. On top of that, there is also less circulation of air between the leather and the skin.
Out of all the leather, full-grain leather ages the best. Due to its natural breathability, full-grain leather is able to absorb bodily oil and develops a nice patina over time. This is the opposite of the top grain leather. With reduce breathability, the top grain leather cannot absorb the body oils. Therefore, most top grain leather do not develop a patina, which helps in the aging process. Finally, there is also a risk of cracking especially the lower grade top grain leather.
Vegetable-tanned leather patina (Source:thirteen50leather.com)
However, there is one thing that top grain leather does better is in terms of appearance. Of course, full-grain leather displays more of the natural markings of the animal hide. However, most top grain leather with surface alteration either removed the blemishes or completely smoothen it. Therefore, top grain leather has a more uniform appearance. The color is also more consistent as compared to full-grain leather.
Full-grain aniline close up (Source;Ledezentrum.de)
Top Grain close up (Source:charmgaran.ir)