How does buffalo leather compare to cowhide leather?
well ... buffalo leather is thicker and more sturdy ... and cowhide is well, thinner a;nd lesss sturdy. but try a beefalo hide. those are thee best ... sturdy, comfy and thick for scratches!!!
Full grain cowhide leather is considered very strong and durable because of its thickness. However another kind of very strong and lightweight leather is kangaroo leather, which many consider to be the strongest leather around. Kangaroo leather is 10 times stronger than cowhide leather. If you buy a "leather jacket" of good quality nowadays, it will likely be made of Kangaroo leather, because it retains it's toughness, though being very thin and flexible.
The best quality leather is known as Full Grain. This is the top split of the leather (also known as the hair split) but where no buffing, sanding or correcting has taken place. The Full Grain then can be pigment coated or aniline dyed. This will always be the softest and best quality leather, it will also be the most expensive. Cheaper quality leather comes from the top split but has been sanded or buffed…
hide is made by scraping the skin thin, soaking it in lime, and then stretching it while it dries. Like alum-tawing, http://wiki.answers.com/wiki/Rawhide_(textile) is not technically "leather", but is usually lumped in with the other forms. Rawhide is stiffer and more brittle than other forms of leather