Additional leather questions...scratch and water resistance...

  1. Hi all. I am working on my "list" after reviewing HG's amazing leather book...

    I am interested in resilience of the various leathers. Would appreciate your feedback in terms of rankings below (based on what I have gathered from reading). Please help me adjust order as needed... :flowers:

    Most to least scratch resistant:
    Fjord (also heaviest)
    Togo, Clemence (soft leathers)
    Chevre (lightweight)
    Swift
    Vache Liegee
    Barenia
    Evergrain (embossed evercalf), Epsom (embossed, lightweight)
    Chamonix (matte)
    Evercalf (similar to box, softer feel), Box (glossy)


    Most to least water resistant:
    Fjord, Ostrich
    Epsom
    Togo, Clemence, Chevre, Vache Liegee, Swift (wipe down after rain)
    Barenia
    Box
    Chamonix
    Croc
     
  2. Wow! Good work SoCal!

    My only question is isn't Vachee Liagee is supposed to be right up there with togo and fjord as far as scratch resistance and durability? More so than Swift I think???
     
  3. Sounds right to me. I can vouch for Clemence not scartching easily. When we were walking around SF DH and I kept bumping into each other and his watch kept hitting my Evelyne. No scartches whatsoever were left. Thank goodness! :lol:
     
  4. Agreed. I'd also like to add that Barenia is just slightly above box in scratch resistance but the scratches can be rubbed out. I am rubbing my Barenia every half an hour.
     
  5. Thanks! Okay, draft number two...

    Most to least scratch resistant:
    Fjord (also heaviest)
    Togo, Clemence (soft leathers), Vache Liegee
    Chevre (lightweight)
    Swift
    Evergrain (embossed evercalf), Epsom (embossed, lightweight)
    Chamonix (matte)
    Barenia (can be rubbed out)
    Evercalf (similar to box, softer feel), Box (glossy)


    Most to least water resistant:
    Fjord, Ostrich
    Epsom
    Togo, Clemence, Chevre, Vache Liegee, Swift (wipe down after rain)
    Barenia
    Box
    Chamonix
    Croc
     
  6. Oh, am I going to drive you batty.:angel:

    IMO scratch resistance:
    Fjord, togo, clemence
    Chevre
    Vache liegee
    Epsom
    Swift, Evergrain (can rub out)
    Evercalf (can rub out)
    Barenia (can rub out)
    Chamonix
    Box

    Water resistance:
    Fjord
    Togo, clemence, ostrich (ostrich responds well to fluids, but I wouldn't go into the shower with it)
    Buffalo
    Epsom
    Barenia
    Box
    Chamonix, Croc, alligator

    I have no experience with vache liegee or chevre in the rain.
     
  7. ostrich is missing from the scratch-resistant list.
     
  8. does anyone know where lizard falls into the mix regarding scratch resistance and general hardiness?

    thanks!
     
  9. Ostrich I place around Epsom.

    Lizard doesn't show scratches, but because the scales are so fine I would take care so that the scales don't come off.

    Disclaimer: The above list is merely my opinion, that's all, just my opinion. Plenty of room for splitting hairs.
     
  10. HG, I will not go batty...I really want to know!

    Okay...next draft...

    Most to least scratch resistant:
    Fjord (also heaviest), Togo, Clemence (soft leathers)
    Chevre (lightweight)
    Vache Liegee
    Epsom (embossed, lightweight), Ostrich
    Swift, Evergrain (embossed evercalf) (can be rubbed out)
    Evercalf (can be rubbed out)
    Barenia (can be rubbed out)
    Chamonix (matte)
    Box (glossy)

    Most to least water resistant:
    Fjord
    Togo, Clemence, Ostrich (wipe down after rain)
    Buffalo
    Epsom
    Chevre, Vache Liegee, Swift (wipe down after rain)
    Barenia
    Box
    Chamonix, Croc, Alligator

    Can anyone confirm experience with chevre or VL in the rain?
     
  11. Chevre does fine in the rain, but it was not a soaking rain. I just wiped it off.
    I have had Buffalo get literally soaked and it dried to look perfect.
    Rain can permanently spot shiny croc. Don't know about matte croc and don't want to find out.
     
  12. which one blisters in the rain? i need to look out for that...
     
  13. In descending order:
    Chamonix
    Box, croc, alligator
    Peau porc
     
  14. ^^I needed to know that too--it gets pretty rainy here. Great info SoCal and HG! Thanks!
     
  15. LOL...croc wasn't initially on my own list, but it is great info to have...just in case... Orchids, all credit goes to HG...she has all the info, I am just a motivated shopper...

    Most to least scratch resistant:
    Fjord (also heaviest), Togo, Clemence (soft leathers)
    Chevre (lightweight)
    Vache Liegee
    Epsom (embossed, lightweight), Ostrich
    Swift, Evergrain (embossed evercalf) (can be rubbed out)
    Evercalf (can be rubbed out)
    Barenia (can be rubbed out)
    Chamonix (matte)
    Box (glossy)

    Most to least water resistant:
    Fjord
    Togo, Clemence, Ostrich (wipe down after rain)
    Buffalo
    Epsom
    Chevre, Vache Liegee, Swift (wipe down after rain)
    Barenia
    Chamonix
    Box, croc, alligator
    Peau porc