Custom Bridle and Harness Leather Ranger Belts

So you are probably wondering what the difference is between harness leather and bridle leather. Is bridle better because it costs more? Not really, it depends on your use, and what you like. Bridle just costs more because the tannery does more stuff to it.

Bridle Leather refers to the way that a piece of cow hide is finished at the tannery. Bridle leather has both the Flesh and Grain side of the leather hot stuffed with tallow and greases internally, and drum dyed for deeper color penetration. It is finished with wax and is not oily or greasy to the touch. This stuffing and finishing is generally a labor intensive process, thus expensive. Only the best grades of leather are treated like this.

The harness leather we use for belts is of the same grade and quality but without the tallow and grease stuffing. This allows the Grain side (top side) to be softened with water and tooled or embossed. It is then coated with oil to lubricate the fibers in the leather, antique dyed by hand, and finished with wax. The Flesh side can be left natural or sealed to make it smooth and resistant to moisture. When you receive your belt it doesn't need any treatment or conditioner, we have done all that for you, just use and enjoy.

The harness leather is sometimes referred to as Oak Leather, Vegetable Tanned, or Tooling leather.

Ranger belt parts cut, beveled, burnished, dyed, and waxed, ready for assembly.

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Ranger belts assembled and ready for final stitching

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