Wednesday, February 5, 2014
1. Top grain/full grain leather.
A quality bag is made of the best leather, drum dyed so the color won't bleed.
Some manufactured bags are made of leather scraps in a process similar to creating particle board. Honestly, one way to tell is price. If you're out shopping and a leather bag is VERY inexpensive, the leather is either urine-tanned (as gross as it sounds) or made of urethane-coated leather scraps.
2. Nylon Thread
Any other type of thread will either rot or break.
3. Solid cast hardware.
Check for seams. If a buckle or ring has a seam then it will pull apart with use.
For a later post, I'll talk about bags that are pieced together - tip, a bag is more durable, the fewer pieces it is made with! If your strap isn't one continuous piece, it's a dead giveaway.