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buyer, on standard shipping method: Western coast buyer need
more days for package to arrive; North Eastern buyers need 3
days vary from 10 - 60 days so we would not recommend it. We
do use FedEx if the postage cost close to Post Office mail.
Customer need to pay import tax or VAT tax.
Generally speaking, we do not have responsibility for the loss if the package
your paypal or purchase order
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“imperfections”. It is cowhide leather, with oil &
wax tanned with the use of a special process. The bags have
scars, wrinkles and can even have a smell distinct to
leather at first. However our products are of the highest
quality, durable, sturdy and thick. The leather can last
more than half a century and may stay with you for the rest
of your life. The older the bag gets the better its
appearance will become.
leather is not painted leather or fake unlike those you find
in most supermarket stores. It’s common for fresh leather
bags to have a strong “leathery” scent but it goes away with
use. Please do further research if you’re not familiar with
quality leather products.
Pictures can never capture our products exactly, however we
offer to you the best possible renderings that photography
can provide. The first image in the picture gallery area or
listing window will always be the actual item for sale. We
have listed all items that we have in stock.
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We proud to provide unique, high
quality bags at affordable prices. Each bag is handcrafted from the
finest materials available and built to last for generations to come.
Our customer base includes world travelers, business professionals,
students, weekend warriors and “leather lovers” who appreciate our bags
as functional works of art and don’t mind being asked, “Great bag.
Where’d you get it?” several times a day
We begin with the real deal, full-grain leather, expertly tanned to
bring out its natural beauty, including all those wonderful scratches
and scars. These “imperfections” give our bags character and set them
apart from the mass-produced “cookie cutter” bags that seem to be
everywhere these days.
In a hand-made process, firstly the leather
is lined with premium suede and cut into one of several unique and
timeless patterns. Then the bag is hand assembled by skilled artisans
using thick nylon stitching. Stylish rivets and rings are added to
reinforce potential points of extra stress and wear and functional
nickel-plated buckles provide the finishing touch. The result is a
ruggedly elegant bag that actually gets better the more you use it.
Awhile ago I wore a
hole in my favorite pair of jeans, just when they were getting good. On
a whim I used a small piece of leather to patch the hole (pictured right).
At first the patch was a little stiff, but after a few weeks of wearing, it
softened up and took on a darker richer hue that looked pretty cool.
The same is true of our bags. Although full-grain handcrafted leather
looks great from the get-go, over time each bag will take on its own
unique appearance, depending on weather, environment, and how much it’s
used. With every trip a new series of “character marks” will appear,
each with its own story to tell. That’s how it is with high-quality
leather. So, if you’re looking for a flawless bag that’s made to
maintain a shiny vinyl-like appearance, our bags are not for you.
Our expert craftsmen realize that the weakest link in any
leather bag is the thread that binds it together. The first bag in the
picture (above left) was machine sewn with thread that is a standard in the
industry. This type of thread is subject to fraying, breaking and stretching
which creates loose seams. Our bags are hand sewn with heavy-duty nylon
thread, which like our leather is designed to last a lifetime.
Oil Tanned Leather
is the process of treating skins of animals to produce leather, which is
more durable and less susceptible to decomposition.
leather involves a process which permanently alters the protein structure of
skin. Making “rawhide” (untanned but worked hide) does not require the use
of tannin. Rawhide is made by removing the flesh and fat and then the hair
by use of an aqueous solution (this process is often called “liming”
when using lime and water or “bucking” when using wood ash (lye) and water),
then scraping over a beam with a somewhat dull knife, then drying. The
two aforementioned solutions for removing the hair also act to clean the
fiber network of the skin and allow penetration and action of the tanning
agent, so that all the steps in preparation of rawhide except drying are
often preludes to the more complex process of tanning and production of
leather. Before tanning, the skins are unhaired, degreased, desalted and
soaked in water over a period of 6 hours to 2 days.
accommodate this, old tanning agents, such as alum and salts were replaced
by newer chemicals.
Chromium tanning was invented in the 1800′s, which enabled a shorter time in
the entire process. In addition, instead of using clay lined pits, the
tanners began using rotating drums. The drums allowed the hide to be
subjected to the actual ’tanning’ step of the process more thoroughly and
tanning is without a doubt one of the oldest human activities. In
the beginning, skins obtained from hunting and livestock breeding could be
used for clothing or tents, but they became stiff at low temperatures, while
they rotted with heat. It was probably then that attempts were made to
render them more flexible and stronger by rubbing in animal fats; the first
rudimental tanning process is mentioned in Assyrian texts and in Homers
The name of tan is applied
to coarsely powdered bark which is obtained mostly from oak and hemlock
trees, although all barks contain more or less tannin, and in some countries
the extract of others is used. To tan a skin is to saturate it with tannin
in such a manner as to promote the slow combination of this principle with
the gelatine, albumen, and fibrine contained in the former.
Tanning is a general term
used for the process of converting animal skins to finished leather. Animal
hides and skins absorb tannins to keep them from
decaying and to keep them pliable. Technically, the term “tanning” refers to
the process by which collagen fibers in a hide react with a chemical agent
(tannin, alum or other chemicals), but the term leather tanning also
commonly refers to the entire leather making process.
The most common tanning
agents used in the U. S. are trivalent chromium and vegetable tannins
extracted from specific tree barks.
The best tanning
factories/companies are from German, USA, Italy. Most of them use oversea branches
to do the tanning process. They export fresh raw cowhide to South
Asia, like Vietnam or India to remove the fur and blood (heavy pollution);
after that, the dry and cleaned products sent to other countries to do the
final process, like tanning; then import back. Mexico also produces some leather; the leather from Mexico
normally is thick and stiff. One of known leather company based on
Texas who sell leather bags online has tanned factory on the board in Mexico and
produce quite heavy leather bags as well.
Most bag repairs do not require special tools. If you have basic sewing
skills, it will be much easier for you to utilize the free resources
available on youtube. Basic tools: needle, nylon thread, rivet, screwdriver or
hammer. Tandy leather has over 200 stores around the world and provide
everything you need. Or Wal-Mart, Amazon or
eBay etc. We do have some spare parts in stock
just in case our customers need to replace a loose or missing part/item.
Wal-Mart, Amazon or EBay are also great avenues for finding spare or
engineered industrial nylon is used on our products. You can find the exact
same nylon available at Tandy Leather Factory. Other companies like Ohio
travel bag sell accessories as well. Wholesale amounts may be the only
We use two different kinds of rivets
for our bags: double cap and heavy duty screw
rivets. Double cap rivets cost $0.06 from Tandy Leather, which is
the most common type you can
find in the market. To install it, it requires a special tool, like a Craftool Rivet Setter and Hammer to punch the male cap into the female cap.
The front end of the male cap will explode inside the female cap causing it
to fasten. Otherwise it may become loose or it may eventually fall out. For key areas we use copper made
screw rivets that are specially manufactured from
hardware factory. This type of rivet is coated with nickel and it will not
rust if it gets wet. It is also easy to install. All you need for
installation is a screwdriver, and a pair of pliers. However, if the rivets
aren’t tight enough, it might spin out over an extended period of time.
Thick leather can also push outward and against the rivet, causing it to
spin out as well. Fidgeting with the rivets may cause them to slowly spin
Leather Care and Maintenance
The leather we sell is oil tanned leather. Oil tanned leather has two
categories: light oil tanned and heavy oil tanned. Most of our bags are
heavy oil tanned. The heavy oil tanned leather has more wax oil inside,
which will protect the leather and preserve it for a very long time.
can add oil with wax to the leather at anytime, if you choose to. Any oil
you apply to the leather will darken its color. The leather will also become
smooth and shiny.
The light oil tanned leather has two
different leather finishes: one is the raw looking finish; another is a hard
finish, which mean
the outside has a rich oil coated surface. Certainly you can apply oil to
the raw looking finish and the leather will become smooth, shiny and darken
as well. Even if you apply different color oil, the leather will
change to the color you apply.
However with the hard-finish oil
these same rules will not apply. The surface has the color sealed into it.
If you happen to scratch it, you should
buy the same color shoe polish, mink oil, or any other leather oil of the
same color to apply upon the scratched area.
Along with the bag, there is a tag on it. If
you want to experiment with color change
or test, you can try on that small piece first to see how it works out for
right side images include three different finished leather bags for
Recommended leather oil products would be
colorless shoe oil, lexol oil, mink oil, or something similar.
from Russia applied milk oil on her L81 model bag. She turned the raw brown
finished bag into a dark shiny finish in just several hours. (pictures to
have lifetime support. As long as you have the bag, we will help you fix any
issue you may have with the bag. If the bag arrives to you defective, has
missing parts or the wrong item. We will take care of it for you.
G For more information or suggestions on how to maintain your bag, please
check our blogs at the Vagabond Traveler website. Frankly to say, it is
rough leather bag, not an unblemished finished leather bag. The leather was
tanned by oil, not paint. Scratches are very common and you do not need the
special care or maintenance to have them removed. Some fans of leather use
different leather solutions or oil to change the color of their bag and it
is totally a personal choice. Enjoy your bag for the long haul!
Return, Refund and
are not pleased with your purchase, you may return it for exchange or
refund. Provided the item is in the same condition it was in when you
received it. Returns must be processed within 14 days. If you un-wrap the
item(s) or move any parts there will be up to a 10% processing and handling
charge. Return postage paid will be deducted from total refund if not a
product defect, damaged item or wrong item shipped.
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