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What is the softest/smoothest type of leather? - 12-14-2009, 04:18 PM

What do you think is the softest/smoothest type of leather?

I was told Kangaroo and baby goat were.

Any other options?


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12-14-2009, 08:11 PM

I will vote for the Kangaroo, I have done 2 so far and they are soooo soft IMO.
  
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12-14-2009, 09:21 PM

Soft or cushy wrap leather is not desired by many. There are, however, several smooth leathers that are just beautiful and they have a firm temper or stiffness to them. I have about 5 different types and they all have variation in degree of sheen and hand (how they feel). For matte black, veg kangaroo and oil tanned water buffalo are hard to beat. Italian calf or French calf are high gloss and semi gloss sheen wraps that look terrific and feel nice on the hand too. There are others. In general, more labor on a smooth wrap versus a textured one--especially one that is glossy. I hope that helps and doesn't confuse you.

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12-15-2009, 11:19 PM

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12-16-2009, 12:23 AM

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What do you think is the softest/smoothest type of leather?

I was told Kangaroo and baby goat were.

Any other options?
I have had both Italian calf and Kangaroo wraps on my cues. Steve Klein put a wonderful piece of Kangaroo on a PJ I had of his. My hands tend to sweat a little and it was perfect. The Roo wrap was also easy to clean and condition. As for the Italian calf, it feels butter soft. Its a very fine piece of leather. Mike Bender put one on the cue he made for me (and currently is my player) and it feels fantastic. You do not want to let the cue go in your shooting hand when you stroke. Mike's wrap work is flawless. The Italian calf is a bit more sensitive than the Roo when you clean and condition it but the result is a beautiful gloss sheen finish. I would recommend Lexol or Zymol leather cleaners and go really 'light' on the cleaner when using. Well! that is my .02 cent worth of experienced info. I hope that helps and good luck getting what you exactly want. Remember! you have only one shooting hand so treat it well!
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12-16-2009, 09:08 PM

I talked to one cuemaker the other day, they said kangaroo is soft, but has texture on it. And Italian calf is also soft, maybe not quite as soft, is smooth and slick and has no texture.

Any other thoughts, guys...?

Kenny Koo recommended baby goat, but I never even heard of it before...


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12-16-2009, 10:01 PM

Roo is used in high end bike racing suites. It depends on the type of Kangaroo the leather is from and where it is from.
Almost all roo leather is softer than calf and roo leather is very strong.I doubt it will make the cue jump any better, but maybe if you get a better grip it will.
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12-16-2009, 10:08 PM

Kangaroo is sexy, sultry, makes me horny!

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12-16-2009, 11:31 PM

Was over JoeyinCali's and he had a piece of Kangaroo and it was far and away the softest leather I have ever touched. It is going to be beautiful on my new Purpleheart he is working on!
  
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12-17-2009, 06:33 AM

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What do you think is the softest/smoothest type of leather?
I was told Kangaroo and baby goat were.
Any other options?
I knew a man who made gloves and his choice was deer. I bought my wife a couple pair of his deer gloves and they were unbelievably soft.


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12-18-2009, 12:25 AM

Any more comments on Italian calf or baby goat?


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02-08-2010, 10:42 AM

So what would be your choice between kangaroo and italian calf?


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02-08-2010, 07:07 PM

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I talked to one cuemaker the other day, they said kangaroo is soft, but has texture on it. And Italian calf is also soft, maybe not quite as soft, is smooth and slick and has no texture.
all the Kangaroo i have had was smooth with no texture at all.it is also very strong,stronger than cow.

i haven't seen baby goat but i have seen baby lamb on a jacket and it is just as soft as kangaroo if not softer and i would imagine that the goat and lamb are the same.

i think anything baby will be texture free.
  
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02-08-2010, 07:14 PM

as far as softest, lamb skin is the softest i have ever felt.


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02-08-2010, 07:20 PM

The point where strength and softness cross is Kangaroo. It is my choice after Elephant. Kangaroo has no noticeable texture, and it is smooth to the touch.


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