Leather is gauged for thickness, which is expressed in millimetres. Because hides are not the same thickness throughout, thickness is expressed using 2 numbers; Example: 2.0-2.4mm or 4.8-5.2mm.
Recommended Uses for Leather Weights:
- 0.6-0.8 mm: Generally used for linings and small personal leather goods.
- 0.8-1.2 mm: Used for wallets and lining belts, as well as women's shoes and garments.
- 1.2-1.6 mm: Craft weight leather, good for men's shoes and lightweight chaps.
- 1.6-2.0 mm: Intermediate weight, used for handbags, belts, and ideal for chaps.
- 2.0-2.4 mm: Ideal for work boots, handbags, and handbag straps.
- 2.4-2.8 mm: Popular weight for hand tooled handbags, contour belts, shoulder straps, knife sheaths, and small tool pouches.
- 2.8-3.2mm: Good weight for narrow belts, handbags, saddlebags, pistol holsters, knife sheathes and collars.
- 3.2-3.6 mm: Good for medium width belts, rifle scabbards, holsters, and motorcycle bags.
- 3.6-4.0 mm: For wide belts, halters, head stalls, bridles, breast collars and reins, tie straps and show harnesses.
- 4.0-4.4 mm: Used for saddles, halters, bridles, breast collars, reins, linesmen's belts, tie straps, dog collars and carriage harnesses.
- 4.4-5.2 mm: Perfect for saddles, stirrup leathers, driving and draft harnesses and cutting reins.
- 5.2-6.0 mm: Heavyweight leather used for custom saddles, stirrup leathers, work saddles, and work harnesses.