Gunny-Gear leather leashes & collars are built to last, made by hand in Glendale Arizona with full grain bridle leather produced in the United States. The leather strap is cut from the prime portion of the hide; the edges are beveled, burnished, and then dyed (when required). The appropriate treatments, finishes are applied to seal out elements to ensure longevity and comfort. The hardware is then applied, utilizing only the finest quality solid brass, nickel plated solid brass and stainless steel hardware available.
Gunny-gear only uses American leather no exceptions – American tanneries are environmentally responsible for their waste product and have their own water treatment facilities on site and neutralize product and chemical waste to minimize any environmental impact. Tanneries in other countries especially China and India dump chemicals in rivers and pollute the air, groundwater, and surrounding environment.
Most Gunny-gear leather is from Wickett & Craig founded in 1867 in Pennsylvania and their leathers are the premium choice for use in the manufacture of personal leather goods (luggage, business cases, shoes, handbags, dress/casual belts) and K9 / equestrian products (harnesses, bridles, saddles, leashes, collars and other quality strap goods).
Wickett & Craig high-quality leather begins with the best raw material using only top-grade North American steer hides which have been carefully selected for quality and consistency. Next, lime fleshing and gentle pit–tanning over a period of 3 weeks ensure uniform crust leather which is further enhanced by the drum dyeing and re-tanning process. Wickett & Craig uses only the finest tanning ingredients and proprietary tanning formulas which have been developed over years to produce leathers that are one-of-a-kind. Their unique hot-stuffing method drives an all-natural combination of oils, waxes, and tallow deep into the hide fibers which guarantee our products retain their natural beauty and quality for years.
Full Grain Leather is the best leather money can buy and the only leather good enough for Gunny-gear. It comes from the top layer of the hide which has ALL of the grain, therefore, FULL grain. The natural surface of full grain leather burnishes and beautifies with use. Some companies sort of spray paint their inferior leather to try to make it look like full grain leather, but it just ends up looking like someone spray painted some cheap leather.
Top Grain Leather is the second highest grade because it is split from the top layer of blemished hide then sanded and refinished. This is how they get rid of scars and scrapes and light cow brands. Top grain leather does not age nicely with use. It is strong and durable, but not good enough for Gunny-gear. They sanded off the strongest fibers of the hide leaving mainly the horizontal (easily pulled apart) fibers. By the way, did you know that leather shavings are used as filler in cheap dog food? The bigger the pile of shavings in the dog food, the bigger the piles elsewhere.
Genuine Leather is the third grade of leather and is produced from the layers of hide that remain after the top is split off for the better grades. The surface is usually refinished (spray painted) to resemble a higher grade. It can be smooth or rough. Ever heard of suede? Suede is tougher than cloth and is excellent for lining, but it’s not a good idea to use it in areas where it gets stress.
Bonded Leather is the PT Cruiser of the leather world… pure junk. Leftover scraps are ground together with glue and resurfaced in a process similar to vinyl manufacture. Bonded leather is weak and degrades quickly with use. Most Bibles are covered with this.