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  • Full-Grain Leather Vs. Genuine Leather

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    Full-Grain Leather Vs. Genuine Leather

    What's The Difference?

    We get that question a lot. Most people will be familiar with the "genuine leather" stamp on leather products that you see in department stores. Department store pricing also comes with department store quality, poor craftsmanship and cheap materials. We decided to do something different here at Main Street Forge.


    What Is Full-Grain Leather?

    Full-grain leather is the highest quality leather. It describes a piece of leather that has the complete grain of the hide intact. Full-grain leather is the most durable and capable of holding up to wear and tear over years of use. We believe that full-grain leather is the only option when it comes to accessories and apparel because of its longevity.

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    Including the entire natural grain with full-grain leather means that each piece is unique, and has its own character. No two pieces will be the same which means that your belt, wallet, or handbag will be one-of-a-kind! As full-grain leather ages, it develops a patina and remains breathable which makes it very sought after.

    Providing the highest quality at an affordable price is our main goal at Main Street Forge. We can provide you a belt or wallet at a price that is competitive with the imported junk, while providing a lifetime warranty and assurance that your product will last decades.

    Check out our full-grain leather wallets here --->  Leather Wallets

    Check out our full-grain leather belts here ---> Leather Belts

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    What Is Genuine Leather?

    Genuine leather is a marketing term designed to mislead consumers. It aims to provide reassurance that the product is high quality and is "real" leather. In reality, genuine leather couldn't be farther from actual quality leather. Genuine leather is the bottom of the barrel when it comes to leather grades. It is comprised of two pieces of low quality leather sandwiched between a piece of plastic and then stitched together.



    The problem with genuine leather is that it is not durable, will not age well or patina, it has no grain character, and the stitching begins to fall apart shortly after initially being worn. While it is technically still leather, it is low grade, highly processed leather that is extremely cheap to make. The "genuine leather" stamp is a lie to consumers.

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    Full-grain leather and genuine leather are polar opposites of each other. While each are still technically leather, they do not compare when it comes to quality and durability. Full-grain leather is far superior and can be found nowadays around the same price point. Do yourself a favor and make sure you're buying high quality leather beforehand to ensure your favorite leather products will last years to come!