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Saddleback Leather “Tank” Backpack vs Marlondo Leather Backpack Review

Editors Note: This is an out of date review. The latest Marlondo Leather Backpack compares quite favorably against the SBL backpack. Prolegomena: a discursive introduction I impressed it upon TJ that I retain the full copyright for this piece and TJ is permitted to use it so long as he publishes it in full. He is a good friend to me, …

Thrux Lawrence – First Store Opening In Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Thrux Lawrence is a relatively new men’s dry goods company that focuses on leather and canvas materials. They are local to Coeur d’Alene, my hometown, so I have been able to see their growth over time and enjoy the single-minded focus on quality. Tanden Launder, the founder, is a good friend of mine and invited me to the grand opening of …


New Belt From A Simple Leather Belt Co. – The Cinch Belt – $49

There’s a cool new belt from the Ohio based leather belt company aptly named, A Simple Leather Belt Co.. You may not have seen this kind of interesting belt buckle before.

Saddleback Leather Squared Backpack & New Tobacco Leather Review – Episode Two

This is a continuation of my ongoing review of the Saddleback Leather Squared Backpack which I am doing in video form. The text below is the transcript of the video. You can see/read episode one here. – I have been out hiking for a few hours now. You can see the sun is starting to go down. It’s really gorgeous down here in …

Saddleback Leather Squared Backpack & New Tobacco Leather Review – Episode One

This is the first video review in a series reviewing the Saddleback Leather Squared Backpack. The text below is the transcript of the video. You can see/read episode here two here. Hi folks! This is TJ with Best Leather and for this review I’m going to do something a little bit different. I received a Saddleback Squared Backpack. Saddleback sent me one to …

We Are Updating The Leather Company Directory, Update Your Listing

Leather Company Directory Update. Here’s how to get your company listed in the new directory in 2 minutes. Hello! BestLeather.org is going to have a new Leather Company Directory soon and we would like your company in it with updated information to help our readers choose a company to buy from. This month 2,200 people visited the directory. This update …


UrbanCow Leather Mouse Pad Review – $22

Most leather mouse pads are crap. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of good options on the market. But for some reason since they are so simple it allows for a lot of shortcuts to be taken. Most of the mouse pads you see on Amazon take the shortcuts. The easiest way to see this is if they …

Opus Handmade Journal Review – $45

There is a small company on Kickstarter called Opus. They are selling, amoung some other really neat things, a leather wrapped journal. Kate Burrow from Opus sent me one to check out and share with you guys. I’ve seen these hand bound notebooks but moleskines have always been my choice notebook because of how many pages they hold. What pops …

Blackthorn Leather Bifold Wallet Review – $85

The three easiest ways to identify a quality leather product right out of the box are stiffness, squeak, and smell. This is a stiff, squeaky, and smelly wallet.

Far Horizon Traders Sahara Bag – Six Month Checkup

This is a guest post written by Peter who is a drafter at a foundry. He has been using the Sahara bag for six months. You can read the original review of the Far Horizon Traders Sahara Bag here. wear Even in the intense environment of foundry work and the dirt and grime that can be acquired there, this bag …


Conditioning / Refreshing Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots With Lexol Leather Cleaner And Obenaufs Conditioner

These boots haven’t seen conditioner for months. Shame on me. It’s about time they get some attention. I figured I would document the process photographically so you can see the transformation and effect produced by the products.

Demonstration Of The Darkening Effect That Neatsfoot Oil Has On Light Colored Leather

I treated my tan leather motorcycle jacket entirely with Neatsfoot Oil to condition and darken it. The transition was from a very light tan dry leather to a rich honey colored leather which looks very desirable. If you don’t want your leather to darken do not use Neatsfoot Oil. Here is how it turned out: Untreated and needing conditioning partially conditioned …

Beautifully Made Leather Belt Advertisement from John Neeman

John Neeman, a boutique durable goods maker in Latvia, has produced this lovely video of their process to make a leather belt. Video after the jump.

Viveo Leather Camera Strap Review – $45

DSLR leather camera straps are abundant. Here’s a pretty good option from Viveo for a shooter who doesn’t need to transition between straps often.


21.8% Off At Renaissance Leather

I just received this “Government Shutdown Sale” email from Renaissance Leather. Not a bad time to pick up a few things. They have excellent prices their laptop bags.

Best of Etsy: W Durable Goods On Product Design

A characteristic to watch for on Etsy, a region replete with copycats and low quality, is creativity and a passion for quality. I present to you W Durable Goods, a creative company passionate about quality and sustainability.

About The Old Swiss Army Leather Bags

Did you know you can buy leather bags that are up to 100+ years old? It’s true. The Swiss Army used leather bags on their army pack horses, particularly the Freiberger breed which were known for their endurance. The horses and mules lightened the load for soldiers and allowed them to cover much more ground in strong fighting condition. While …

All About the Famous Chromexcel Leather from Horween Tannery

Chromexcel is a massively popular leather right now. I asked Phil Kalas from Horween about Chromexcel and what makes it so unique and desirable on wearable products.


E3 Supply Co Camera Wrist Strap Review – $35

Wrist straps for cameras are a great way to keep your kit minimal for a stroll around the city, and this one is quite an impressive option.

Thrux Lawrence Launches KeyPost Kickstarter

The keychain is a simple device. Its sole purpose in life is to hold your keys together. While each of us use some variance of a ring or clasp, they generally all have the same thing in common: they make a racket. Not this one.