Smoke Commercial Brain Tanned Elk

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Our commerical brain tanned hides have every characteristic of fully and naturally brain tanned leather. They will have a strong bonfire smell.


Leather Information

  • Style of Leather: Brain Tanned Elk
  • Color: Smoke
  • Square Feet: 16-32 SF
  • Thickness: 3 - 8 OZ (1.2 - 3.2 MM)
  • Temper: Soft
  • Finish: Natural Matte
  • Tannage: Commercially Brain Tanned
  • Blemishes: These hides are from wild elk so most hides will have bullet holes, arrow holes, scars and scratches


Please Note

  • These hides have every characteristic of fully brain tanned leather.  They will have a strong bonfire smell.
  • These hides will have natural edges and blemishes as they are wild elk.
  • This leather cannot be sold outside of the United States.


Why Brain Tanned?

Brain tanned hides are the only hides that can become wet and dry without losing their softness and flexibility.   Most leather will stiffen and lose pliability.

When a hide is smoked, the non-water-soluble oil in the smoke bonds with the water-soluble oil in the hide, making all of it non-water-soluble.  The smoke then provides lubrication to the fingers within the hide, which is what keeps the leather soft.