Dark Brown 6-7oz Shrunken Calf – Accessory Grade
We have partnered with the German tannery Perlinger to bring you exclusive access to shrunken calf hides. They are used world-wide by bespoke leather goods makers and the top leather goods companies. Products made from shrunken calf are some of the most highly-valued and sought after leather goods available.
These hides have a natural full grained surface. They are not buffed nor corrected and each has a unique grain texture. The shrinking process pulls the surface closer together, subsequently resulting in a much more visible and deeper grain. Because the hide is shrunk, it also creates more durability and thickness but without the hardness of other similar hides. These are combination tanned hides with the color running through the full thickness of the leather.
Thickness and temper
2.4-2.6mm in thickness. This is equivalent to 6-7 oz or 3/32 – 7/64 of an inch (0.09″ – 0.11″). The feel of the leather is slightly springy and is light for the thickness of the hide. These shrunken calf hides have a mellow temper and are flexible and soft for their thickness.
What does Accessory Grade Mean?
Our main offering of shrunken calf hides are considered ‘handbag’ grade. This means large, unblemished areas to work with throughout the hide. The hides offered on this page are considered by the tannery to be accessory grade hides. These hides have a few marks on the surface; far far fewer that what most tanneries consider their ‘A’ grade. Perlinger Leather, in its extreme adherence to quality marks these hides as accessory grade and we are able to offer them at a slightly lower cost.
We offer four types of hide sections to match your project needs.
One entire hide of calf leather. This includes the bend, shoulders and belly of the hide. Since a calf is smaller, a full calf hide is about as much leather as side of cow hide. 20-25 square feet
One side of a hide. This is half of a whole hide split at the top (the back). It runs from the neck to the rear and is composed of a single shoulder, a bend and belly. 10-13 square feet
Single Bend plus
We offer calf bends which includes the what is traditionally a single bend but also includes the belly underneath the bend. 7-9 square feet.
Our offer of calf shoulders includes the what is traditionally a single shoulder but also the foreshank which is usually part of the belly. 6-8 square feet.
These hides are sourced from a very small selection of German Simmental cattle. Only the hides with the best surface quality are selected. They are produced sustainably and will be available in limited quantities. These three factors mean that the cost per square foot is higher than commodity leathers.
We recommend to only use this leather for your best projects and most premium products.
We don’t add any handling fees to our leather price and we offer free shipping to US destinations.
As with all of our products, we offer a 30 day money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your purchase.