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Leather Guide for Thickness VS Ounces
#1
So I am working on a project now and for the life of me I couldn't remember the weight of my leather. So I found this guide online. Its a great help if you are not super familiar with leather weight.

This way you can look at this guide and get an idea of what other folks are talking about when speaking of ounces of leather.

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#2
Remember though that this scale is an approximation because weight is dependent on density not thickness, so don't take these numbers as absolutes.


Also it's important to realize that there can be significant differences between the weight vs. thickness and durability of leather depending on how the skin is tanned- veg-tanned, chrome-tanned, alum-tanned, etc. The former is usually the toughest and best choice, but it's also by far the most expensive. Unless your group has a rule against using other than veg-tanned leather, it's perfectly functional and looks okay as long as you properly color the edges (which will be very light compared to the faces). It is generally a bit less-durable, more flexible, and cheaper, but you can't tool it.

If you're shopping around for leather, remember that sometimes leather is coated with a synthetic material to give it a uniform, clean surface that is water-resistent and colored- while this can be removed, it's a big pain only worth doing if you get a SUPER deal I'd think. You really want a 'naked' hide (no coatings), that's top grain (epidermis side intact), not a 'split' or a 'suede'.
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#3
Very good points Matt. Thank you for posting it. Good for us all to know.
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#4
And as an extension to Brian's table.. those who buy their leather in metric thicknesses..

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#5
Excellent info guys! what thickness would be good for a hamata subarmalis?
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#6
I would make that out of quilted linen, although I might add leather reinforcements on the shoulder and chest.

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#7
That was my plan Crispus, but I am still not finding a source for leather, and all the old details are on my old computer!

Just found my last hope locally again, but they only sell hair covered hides! :?
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Quote:That was my plan Crispus, but I am still not finding a source for leather

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#9
Thanks Peronis!

Any Idea which weight would be suitable for subarmalis and perhaps pturges?

Sulla also posted a link to a great uk site which looks extremely useful!
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