We reduced the thickness from 5mm to 1mm to make Wallets
At the lighter weight this super deep dark brown leather feels luxuriously smooth and has a tactile waxy finish reminiscent of Shell Cordovan
We call it Vintage OBT (Oak Bark Tanned) and we use the same hides for our range of Vintage OBT belts
If you want your leather to have an unmarked pristine finish Vintage OBT is not for you - the quality of the leather, workmanship and longevity is not compromised but be aware that the surface carries light scratching. This is an important part of the leather’s story.
The minor surface scratching and intense leather smell is a feature reflecting the age and strong provenance of this unique leather and doesn’t affect its durability.
Vintage Oak bark tanned leather produces superb edges so we prefer to expose them. Edges of lesser quality leather are not worthy of being exposed so have to be covered by a turning technique. Perfecting edges is probably the most time consuming procedure in making leather goods. There are no short cuts - we sand with finer and finer emery cloth down to 1200 grit to get a perfectly smooth burnished finish.