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Horse Hide vs Cow Hide

This is a discussion on Horse Hide vs Cow Hide within the CrossBreed Holsters forums, part of the Forum Sponsors & Commerce category; What are your thoughts cow hide vs horse hide? If location is part of ur decision I live in Indiana....


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Old 03-05-2011, 07:36 PM   #1
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Horse Hide vs Cow Hide

What are your thoughts cow hide vs horse hide? If location is part of ur decision I live in Indiana.
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Old 03-05-2011, 07:59 PM   #2
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From the FAQ at www.kramerleather.com

"Is horsehide really better for holster making than cowhide?
Horsehide is an extremely dense, non-porous leather. Until the end of the 1930's horsehide was the leather of choice for products that required extreme durability. The density and non-porous nature of horsehide which makes it such a durable leather, is also the reason that horsehide does not dye uniformly in colors other than black. If multiple pieces are crafted from horsehide and dyed tan or mahogany, there is a very good chance that each piece will have a slight color variations. Black will be uniform. These color variances are considered part of the natural beauty of horsehide and attest to it's authenticity. Horsehide holsters will last longer and withstand considerably more abuse than a cowhide counterpart. U.S. Navy SEAL TEAMS use our horsehide rigs for extended salt water operations. Cowhide will not stand up this kind of use. YES, there is no question about it, horsehide is more durable than cowhide. This however, is not say that cowhide doesn't make a fine holster that will provide many years of hard service if properly cared for. But, if you want the ultimate in holster leather, horsehide is the answer.
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Old 03-05-2011, 08:00 PM   #3
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There is a big difference, this is from our FAQ page

Q2. Should I get a holster made of horsehide?

Answer: Horsehide is a denser and tighter grained flesh than cowhide. This results in it being more moisture resistant. Customers in very humid climates or who tend to sweat heavily find this to be a useful option as horsehide tolerates dampness better. Horsehide is only available in natural as it's moisture resistance can also cause it to not take dye well. Additionally, the natural finish is very attractive on Horsehide.
Horsehide is a limited option as it is not always available, during times when it is not available, the option will be removed from the selections. In other words, if you see it, you can order it.


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ok guys I know I have read that I wanted person opinions
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My apologies, I thought perhaps a direct answer to your question was in order.

My personal opinion is that you don't need it in IN, unless you sweat alot.

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Old 03-05-2011, 08:23 PM   #6
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I've worn a cowhide supertuck and minituck for about a year now. Can't say I see any reason to get the horsehide. Granted, its a personal opinion, and we all know what that means. I sweat a LOT, but i've never had any issues with my cowhide. I'm just south of ya in Ky.
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Old 03-05-2011, 08:25 PM   #7
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Hey Mark what is that current wait on orders like if I place one in the next o lets say 10 minutes?
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Hey Mark what is that current wait on orders like if I place one in the next o lets say 10 minutes?
$10 says he says 4-6 weeks.

From some others who have ordered recently it looks like a little over a month.

In my opinion it is worth the wait!!
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$10 says he says 4-6 weeks.

From some others who have ordered recently it looks like a little over a month.

In my opinion it is worth the wait!!
^^^^ I ordered on jan 26th and got mine yesterday. (love it)
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Old 03-05-2011, 10:09 PM   #10
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Here's a nice write-up by Andy Arratoonian of Horseshoe Leather. He's been making holsters longer than most of the people out there. He knows leather, and sees no advantages in horsehide.

Holsters in Cowhide or Horsehide from Horseshoe Leather
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