What is Top Grain Leather?

Top grain leather is the name given to leather that retains the grain of the outside hide, but is split so some of the lower layers are removed. Exactly how much of the leather is split off depends on what you are using the leather for, and can vary greatly.

Top Grain Leather vs Full Grain Leather

So if we are comparing Top grain leather vs full grain leather, what is the big difference? There isn’t a huge one. Full grain leather is thicker, and oh so slightly stronger. Only slightly though.

Leather Gloves

If you didn’t want your gloves to be super heavy, top grain leather would be a good option.

The reason top grain leather exists is because there are some things that are a little bulky if made out of full grain leather. For example, if your goal is to have as slim of a wallet as possible, you can use top grain leather to maintain the strength of the wallet without your wallet bulging out of your pocket. All the benefits and attributes of full grain leather apply to top grain leather as well. The terms are often used interchangeably, since there is such a slight difference.

What is Corrected Top Grain leather?

Remember how we talked about leather’s natural beauty? Corrected top grain leather gets rid of that. It is just normal top grain leather that has been sanded and buffed a little on top to get rid of any “imperfections”. I personally don’t like correcting leather, because I think that those imperfections are what makes the leather beautiful.