Vegetable Tanned Saddlery Leather
This is traditional vegetable tanned saddlery leather normally used for carving and tooling because of its supple smooth characteristics. We use high-quality durable Grade A - American made leather that has subtle natural drum dyed colors. Fades and patinas beautifully. It is not as stiff and waxy as English bridle leather.
English Bridle Leather
Vegetable tanning leather is the oldest form of making leather and English bridle is a finishing that is traditionally very waxy, thick, heavy and stiff that takes awhile to soften. During certain climates and drier environments the waxes in the leather "bloom" to the surface in a haze. This highly sort after effect authenticates true English style bridle leather. You buff it out with a cloth and oil conditioner.
We only use Grade A full grain vegetable tanned English bridle leather from American tanneries and upon request imported UK English bridle leather depending on availability.
The USA and UK bridle leather are very similar. Both come from the same high-quality steer leather. The UK bridle leather is stiffer, waxier and has a greasy top coat, eventually, when it softens and gets drier it becomes similar to the American bridle leather you would get new.
The USA and UK bridle leather colors are similar except the London Tan as you see below, but again when the UK London tan darkens and patinas it would come close to the USA London tan.
The UK bridle leather is imported and may have an upcharge depending on availability. Some colors like the Green, Blue and Red are very hard to get so they might not even be available.
Other types of leather available