A big thanks goes out to Scott of Don’t Mourn, Organize! for this lovely present!
Horween’s shell cordovan in whiskey, backed with vegetable tanned pig-skin, hand-stitched into a very cool card case 🙂
This shell cordovan is a very beautiful piece of leather, standing out from the crowd with its grain-less surface and high oil content.
The colour and shine changes dramatically with lighting angle / intensity.
Modern shell cordovan has a soft temper, and is immediately quite comfortable to use – no wonder Wolverine become famous pioneering shell cordovan work footwear!
The surface, though, scratches more easily than other leathers, but also buffs away to an even colour & texture like no other leather can.
The backside of the shell cordovan is very smooth, and has a structured, grain-like surface.
I’m still a little confused regarding the tissue type that shell cordovan is produced from…
(Edit: it is indeed a dermal leather from the butt cut, but treated so that the corium side has that old-school wax-calf appearance…shell cordovan is in fact a type of rough-out!)
The pig-skin ain’t bad either – IMO a very under-rated and under-used leather.
The grain is tough, and it ages well.
Scott’s stitch work is very neat as always:
Into the sunlight~
Finally, closer up – I hope these photos illustrate my point of the shift in colour tone!
Shell cordovan is a fantastic leather, and Horween’s version – although a bit on the expensive end as far as ‘common’ mammalian leathers go – is certainly worth the expense if you’re after a smooth, soft handle and an unmatched shine!
It’s a real shame that shell cordovan, and other horsehides in general, is not produced as much these days~
If you’re lusting for some shell, Scott does have a few colours available, but it goes without saying that stock is limited 😛