LEATHER 101

What you need to know to be dangerous!

(Copyright 2014 New Balance. This video was filmed on site at TASMAN Leather Group in Hartland, Maine, in support of their Made in USA campaign.
A Bluefoot Entertainment production Producer/Director: Daniel Horgan DP: Bryan Brousseau Camera B: Brian Connely Camera C: Daniel Horgan Tech: Bob O'Reilly Editor: Daniel Horgan NB CP: Kevin Tripp)

The first great lesson to learn is finding out what "weight" or "thickness" is required for your product. Once you have the desired weight it will be in either one of two different measurement styles, Ounces (oz) or Millimeters (mm). continues However, the USA is really the only country still using Ounces (oz), where much of the world communicates in millimeters (mm). This lesson is to help you be a more skilled buyer. 

 

The simple formula:

1 oz  = .4 mm

 

Example: 

If you are in need of 8 - 9 oz finished leather, but need to know in (mm)?

 

Solve:

Multiply your weight range in ounces by .4 to find the range in mm. 

 (.4 X 8)  (.4 X 9)

 

Answer:

Range (mm) = 3.2 - 3.6

Leather Weight (Cheat Sheet):

 

Ounces            vs.            mm

  2 - 2.5             =            .8 - 1.0

  2.5 - 3             =           1.0 - 1.2

  3 - 3.5             =           1.2 - 1.4

  3.5 - 4             =           1.4 - 1.6

  4 - 4.5             =           1.6 - 1.8

  4.5 - 5             =           1.8 - 2.0

  5 - 5.5             =           2.0 - 2.2

  5.5 - 6             =           2.2 - 2.4

  6 - 6.5             =           2.4 - 2.6

  6.5 - 7             =           2.6 - 2.8

  7 - 7.5             =           2.8 - 3.0

  7.5 - 8             =           3.0 - 3.2

  8 - 8.5             =           3.2 - 3.4

  8.5 - 9             =           3.4 - 3.6

  9 - 9.5             =           3.6 - 3.8

  9.5 - 10           =           3.8 - 4.0

10 - 10.5           =           4.0 - 4.2

10.5 - 11           =           4.2 - 4.4

11 - 11.5           =           4.4 - 4.6

11.5 - 12           =           4.6 - 4.8

12 - 12.5           =           4.8 - 5.0

12.5 - 13           =           5.0 - 5.2

13 - 13.5           =           5.2 - 5.4

13.5 - 14           =           5.4 - 5.6

14 - 14.5           =           5.6 - 5.8

14.5 - 15           =           5.8 - 6.0

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