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The stuff that looks like leather?

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  1. N_Cook

    N_Cook Guest

    Fibrous stuff used for equipment carrying straps, belts etc. Looks very much
    like leather but splits quite easily, anyone know what it is called/how its
    made/material ?
  2. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    I've seen it called "faux leather" and there was a very good either 'How
    it's Made' or 'How Do They Do That?' programme on Sky which covered it. If
    you went to that programme's website, they might list all of the ones that
    they've made ... ?

  3. N_Cook

    N_Cook Guest

    Leatherette seems to be the cloth type material, but is it used for more
    structural purposes, ie thicker ?. How do you know whether some bit of
    expensice equipment is being carried around in a case with a carrying strap
    made of this inferior material.? Is there a simple test? ie not microscope
    plus substantial knowledge.
  4. In the UK it's known as Rexine. In the US leatherette?

    Leatherette -- as far as I know -- is the leather equivalent of particle
    board -- or turkey loaf. It's ground-up leather bits formed into a
    leatheroid substance. It's been around for at least a hundred years --
    probably twice that.
  5. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    I've always known Rexine and Leatherette to be very obvious plastic
    look-alikes for proper leather (Dansette record players and the like). I was
    assuming that he was talking about the stuff that is virtually
    indistinguishable from the real thing, and is actually used to make
    furniture as well.

    The "How It's Made" programme was episode 110 broadcast on 17th Feb 2008,
    and the item was "Synthetic Leather"

  6. N_Cook

    N_Cook Guest

    I don't know how to tell the difference , in advance of any problems.
    The main materials difference seems to be that genuine leather is rip-stop
    but once a tear starts in the faux stuff it soon propogates into a full rip.
    But I don't know how to tell the difference , in advance of any potential
  7. I've always known Rexine and Leatherette to be very obvious plastic
    Leatherette is not plastic. At least, not in the US. Please see my preceding

    I'm not sure I've ever seen imitation leather that truly resembled the real
    thing -- though I've seen vinyl-on-cloth that briefly fooled me. The trick
    is to make the surface dull, and give it an appropriate pattern/texture.

    Anybody remember DuPont's Corfam, their attempt to capture part of the
    leather market? It had two major problems. It had sharp edges when cut, so
    wing tips looked rather silly. Worse, it didn't stretch, so the shoe had to
    fit perfectly when you bought it. It wouldn't break in to your feet.

    Synthetic leather would be essentially indistinguishable from the real
    thing. The term should be "artificial" leather.
  8. Jim Yanik

    Jim Yanik Guest


    I always wanted to raise naugas for their naugahide.... :cool:
  9. Destructive testing comes to mind. :)

  10. Leatherette seems to be the cloth type material, but is it used for more
    Simply throw away the strap (or case) and buy one you know is sturdy.

    The good cameras I own came with sturdy woven-fabric neckstraps you'd need a
    carpet knife to easily tear apart. Nevertheless, I replaced them with Tamrac
    leather-and-cloth straps.
  11. Bob Larter

    Bob Larter Guest

    If it's the same stuff I'm thinking of, you can usually see the ends of
    the threads on the cut side of the material. On the really cheap stuff,
    you can see the weave on the non-textured side.
  12. Bob Larter

    Bob Larter Guest

    I've never seen wingtips that didn't look silly, no matter what they
    were made of. ;^)
  13. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    I'm merely quoting what the official episode guide called that segment of
    the programme.

  14. It depends on who's wearing them...
  15. UCLAN

    UCLAN Guest

  16. N_Cook

    N_Cook Guest

    I'm totally confused now. I was going to take a photo of some of the faux
    stuff. You could scrape the material wiht a finger-nail and the "leather"
    comes away as fibrous dust.
    I was going to compare it with a leather belt that the same scraping
    produced no sloughing.

    But looking under a x30 microscope the belt is composed of semi-random woven
    mix of grey and 2 tones of brown stringy looking stuff - so artificial.
    Perhaps the dusty one is real leather , after all, but over time the
    collagen or whatever breaks down from some biological process.
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