Is "Handcrafted Leather" real?

Contributor: Willow Wand Willow Wand
I am assuming it means it is NOT real leather. Am I right? Wrong? Please tell me why?
12/03/2011
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Contributor: Ghost Ghost
Indeed, you are wrong. "Handcrafted leather" means that the artisan acquired raw leather and then "crafted" it. This can mean any number of things: tanning, dying, printing, tooling and otherwise altering the original "raw" leather into the finished product. It means that the product was, at some or all stages of manufacture, built with human hands rather than at a factory.
12/04/2011
Contributor: Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
Elnoa's right. And imitation leather is usually called "faux leather" or "leatherette".
12/04/2011
Contributor: Willow Wand Willow Wand
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Originally posted by Alan & Michele
Elnoa's right. And imitation leather is usually called "faux leather" or "leatherette".
Thanks to you both I had some "Handcrafted Leather" cuffs, but they smelled like plastic, not leather, so I figured they were fake :/
12/05/2011
Contributor: Chirple Chirple
Leather can have funky and smelly dyes / finishes, so maybe that accounts for the smell.
12/05/2011
Contributor: Cherrylane Cherrylane
Additionally, it doesn't take much to call something hand crafted these days, so it isn't exactly a guarantee of quality either.
12/05/2011
Contributor: IrishLassie IrishLassie
I think sometimes that that is correct, however, I also disagree with that. I have a friend who's dad does leather-work. He makes shoes, bags, gun holsters, etc.
12/06/2011
Contributor: GenderSexplorations GenderSexplorations
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Originally posted by Cherrylane
Additionally, it doesn't take much to call something hand crafted these days, so it isn't exactly a guarantee of quality either.
Used too be a good guarantee of quality though!
12/07/2011
Contributor: AndroAngel AndroAngel
The way to tell if they're real leather or artificial is to do the "pin test". You heat a pin in a candle flame, then apply it to the leather, if it goes through without you pushing, it's artificial leather, if it doesn't go through, it's real. Faux leather melts.
12/07/2011