as we all know that the product made from leather are very expensive, and they a class apart from any synthetic fiber due to their natural, rich and elegant finish and everyone want to use a leather product but now there so many goods are made up of fake leather and claim that is a real leather so If you are planning to buy a top-quality leather product, which is quite expensive, you must be able to tell genuine leather from synthetic on your own
Distinguishing Real Leather From Fake.
Check the surface grain, the little “pebbles” and pores, for imperfections and uniqueness that signal genuine leather.
Real leather might have scratches creases, and wrinkles this is a good thing Note that as manufacturers get more skilled their designs are better mimicking real leather This makes buying online where you only have a picture very difficult to do
Press into the leather, looking for creases and wrinkles
Real leather will wrinkle under the tough just like real skin Synthetic materials usually just depress down under your finger retaining rigidity and shape
Use the fire test, recognizing that it will likely ruin part of the good
Real leather will only char slightly and smell a bit like burnt hair Faux leather will actually catch flame and smells like burning plastic
Smell the leather, searching for a natural, musty smell instead of plastic-like or chemical-y.
Remember leather is just worked animal skin Faux leather is made of plastic It seems obvious but real leather will smell like skin and fake will smell like plastic
Note the edges, as real leather has rough edges where faux has even, perfect edges.
Real leather is made of many strands which naturally fray around the edges Faux leather made from plastic has no such strands meaning the edges are cleanly cut
Bend the leather, looking for it to change color slightly in real leather
real leather has a unique elasticity when bent changing color and wrinkling up naturally Faux leather is much more rigid and regular and will usually be difficult to bend by comparison
Drop a small amount of water on the good, as real leather absorbs moisture.
If the good is fake, the water will simply puddle up on top But real leather will absorb a small drop of water in only a few seconds telling you quickly if it is genuine
Know that real leather goods are rarely ever cheap
If a deal seems too good to be true, it likely is. Real leather is expensive. While all real leather goods are much more expensive than fake
Which type of leather should buy?
Purchase “full-grain” leather for only for the most high-end products
Full-grain leather only uses the very highest layer of skin which is the toughest most durable and most beloved
Search for “top grain leather” to get high-quality goods at a much more reasonable price
The most common “luxury” leather is top-grain which takes the layer of skin just below full-grain and works it lightly to remove imperfections It is smoother and more consistent than full-grain but easier to work as well keeping the price down
Stay away from “bonded leather,” which is made from the ground up and glued leather shavings
Because the quality is less impressive bonded leather is often used for book covers and other smaller less worn items