Distinguish the differnce between Real & Bonded Leather

You love luxury and elegant leather strap watches. You are interesting in having a quality leather watch straps with many eye-catching designs. But do you have enough experience to choose genuine leather strap products? Refer to some tips to distinguish genuine leather and bonded leather strap below to get the best quality products!
First things first: No, bonded leather is not real leather. Yes, it has real leather in it – but how much is questionable at best. Bonded leather is quite literally from the bottom of the barrel. Leftover scraps of leather are shredded and ground to a near pulp, then bonded together onto a fiber sheet using polyurethane or latex. The varying degree of actual leather in the mix (versus chemicals) affects the smell, texture, and durability of the product. 

1. READ.

Real leather: It seems obvious, but read the tag or label. If it’s real leather, it will proudly say so. If you see “100% leather,” “full-grain leather,” “top grain leather,” or “genuine leather,” you’re headed in the right direction. 

Bonded leather: If the label doesn’t say anything at all about the material, it’s probably bonded leather (or even faux leather, which is completely synthetic). Full or top-grain leather and even genuine leather are always proudly noted. Also, check the price tag. We love a deal as much as the next guy, but real quality leather, particularly full-grain leather, is much more expensive to work with than bonded leather, so if the price seems too good to be true – it probably is.

2. LOOK.

Real leather: Look at the surface of the leather. Real leather is a natural material made from real animal skin. It’s surface structure will not be completely uniform and will include blemishes and imperfections. (Hints of imperfections are a good sign in leather.)
Bonded leather: The surface of bonded leather is uniform because it gets resurfaced and imprinted by a machine (usually to mimic the grain of higher quality leather – so watch out). A very regular, even texture pattern is a sign that it’s a machine-made piece.

Real leather: Remember again, real leather is a natural material. So, when you run your fingers across it, it doesn’t feel perfectly smooth. Press your finger into the leather – the surface will stretch and wrinkle a bit, like skin. 

Bonded leather: When you run your fingers across bonded leather, it feels cold and unnaturally even. Also, when you press your finger into the surface, it doesn’t act like skin. Rather than stretching or wrinkling, the bonded leather simply depresses under your finger while still retaining its shape.
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As we all know, the properties of animal skin are hygroscopic. So just by dripping 2-3 drops of water on the surface of the leather strap, we can partly tell the quality of the product. Genuine leather will soak up water and bonded leather will cause water droplets to spread and overflow from the surface.

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One of the tips that makes it possible to distinguish between genuine and bonded leather is to try with high temperatures. Genuine leather is animal skin, so when exposed to high temperatures will smell organic. In contrast, the fake leather will burn and have a characteristic burning smell of plastic or nylon.

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If we pay close attention, we will notice that products made from artificial leather are always shiny and smooth. But products made from animal skin are completely different. Especially in the cuts along the border around the wire, if it is genuine leather will appear fringed, framed edges and fake leather, the opposite.

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