LOL! Saw the thread and HAD to post. I too used to be under the impression that python was very delicate. Then I met the Nancy Gonzalez specialist at NM and she explained to me that they are NOT delicate at all. Python is very durable and you can carry it in a downpour and not worry at all! She had an NG soft python tote in her hand and was squishing and twisting it and I almost fainted. But she showed me how durable the scales are. I don't know about you but whenever it rains I am always a bit in a panic depending upon which bag I have!Hopefully Larkie or Maxter will come by and read your thread. They should be able to tell you all about the durability of the leather.