A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to get some veg tanned horse butt strips from Horween that were big enough to produce a messenger bag. Here is what it looked like then. I wonder what it looks like today. This stuff develops a great patina.
Genuine English bridle that is actually from England – NOT the stuff made by American tanneries – is pretty incredible. It comes with a coat of tallow on the surface of the hide and can be buffed to a very nice shine. It also works great with my double tongue stainless buckles. I just wish I could get it a little thicker. This belt is 11/12 oz. and a dark Havana brown.
I recently purchased a side of veg tanned 9 oz. water buffalo to see what it’s like. It’s a dense, rugged leather that should wear well. I decided to make a bag from it. The straps on this one are Horween veg tanned horsehide. The exterior back pocket is Hermann Oak veg tanned steer. There are 3 big Horween front quarter internal pockets. The buckles and clips are solid brass. The rivets are copper and the d-rings are stainless. If anybody is interested in this one it is $200.00 + shipping. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more pictures.