Leather quality and types that can be good for journals: Buying leather journals and notebooks have now become easy as you can shop online and choose from a wide range of materials and design.  The leather component is the major attraction of journal and notebooks as it contributes to the looks. Looks are important because it tells about the personality, style, and taste of the person who possesses the journal or notebook. People have a fascination for some unique design or form of leather journals and diaries and to get the one that would be completely matching with your expectations; you must have some knowledge about the leather that goes into its making.

The looks of the journal and its longevity depend on the quality of leather and craftsmanship.  While you can rely on some brands that are well known for its superior craftsmanship, you must know which type of leather would be capable of creating the style and looks you want. All leathers cannot produce the same style and finish because of the inherent limitations. Some leathers might be suitable for producing highly polished finish while some others might be good for slightly dull and matt finish. The price of leather journals would also vary according to the leather quality.

To decide what kind of leather would match with the sort of leather journal you want to buy, the information that you would find this article should be helpful.

Whichever animal leather you like

Although cow leather is widely used for making leather journals and notebooks, leather derived from the skin of other animals like buffalo, deer, elk, kangaroo, ostrich, pig and lamb are available as well. The longevity of leather together with the feel and look are factors that contribute to the choice because each type has its advantages and disadvantages.  Using fancy leathers other than that derived from cowhide can be a bit complicated due to various legalities and restrictions about its use in the country or state.  If you decide to use some unique leather, check the legalities to ensure that it does not infringe the law.  However, you would usually come across five types of leather used for making journals that we have discussed in detail below.

Full grain leather

Cowhides are thick and usually split to obtain two distinct layers of hides that form two different types of leather. The underside of the hide is the top grain, and the other side is used for full grain leather that belongs to premium quality. This type of leather preserves the imperfections on the surface of the hide which would have otherwise been removed by buffing or sanding.  Full grain leather lasts the longest. As you keep using full grain leather, plating develops on the surface that gives it a beautiful look.

Top Grain

Top grain leather which is the underside of the hide is robust and has high durability. Thus it is suitable for use in furniture upholstery, and when used for journals, it could even last a lifetime. Top grain leather goes through a process of sanding for removing the visual imperfections on the surface for providing a more uniform look. This leather is ideal for use in jackets, wallets, and purses that undergoes rugged use. Like full grain leather, the appeal and beauty of top grain leather enhance when used for a long time.

Corrected grain

Sometimes, lesser quality leather that has some imperfections can create good looking stuff with some neat finishing. To give a different look to the hidden surface, tanneries usually apply an artificial grain to the surface while removing the imperfections by sanding or buffing. This kind of leather produces a synthetic surface, and if you want to conceal the embossing on the surface, you can do it with the dying process.

Split leather

Split leather is the most fibrous part of the leather that you get after removal of the top grain from the hide. Depending on the thickness of leather that you need, it is possible to split the leather into various widths known as flesh split and middle split. This type of leather is less durable as it is more fibrous and has low strength. Although the appearance is more uniform than grain leather, its longevity is much less.

Simulated leather

This type of leather is not leather at all as it does not use animal hide. Instead, some leather by-products and plastics are used for making this. It looks just like leather, but it is not. Some leftover leather is shredded and then bonded with latex or polyurethane on a fiber sheet made from thin cardboard or nylon.

To check the genuine quality of leather, press it with fingernails, and if it leaves a mark on the surface, it is a sign of pure leather.

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