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J&fj baker russian calf - black - 1.8/2.0mm
J&FJ Baker Russian Calf is made form young English locally sourced Ox hides, J&FJ Baker & Co Ltd have undergone the development of replicating this historic leather. Pit tanned for some 14 months in three types of tree bark (Oak, Willow and Birch) and a minuscule amount of fish oil. A final dressing of dubbin and birch oil has resulted in a mellow, luxurious, distinctively smelling, well rounded, old fashioned looking piece of leather.
Over the last few decades, Russian Calf has developed a folk lore type reputation particularly since the discovery of the hides on the seabed of Plymouth Sound on the wreck of the Metta Catharina. Having received permission from the Duchy of Cornwall, these hides have been raised in small quantities ever since. Nowadays, the situation is too dangerous and diving and recovering of skins has now ceased.
Produced by English tannery J&FJ Baker & Co Ltd.
- Embossed, Medium Handle, Natural Character, Oils, Strong Smell
- Average skin size
- 18 - 22 sqft
- Cut section
- Whole Hide
- Oak Bark, Vegetable
- Popular products
- Accessories, Bags, Belts, Bespoke Footwear, Cardholders, Wallets
- Minimum order
- 1 Skin
I Can’t See Your Prices?
Our prices are quoted based on quantity order. If you would like to know any prices before receiving your samples, then please Contact Us quoting the leather articles you are interested in.
How Do I Order?
Once you have chosen your selected skin(s), you need to Contact Us with your order.
Please state the article description fully, how many skin(s) you would like and include any special requirements. (e.g., Small or Large skins)
We will require a 50% pro-forma deposit to begin preparing your order. The deposit is based only as an estimation of the average skin size.
The accurate skins size and shipping charges will be added to the final invoice for payment. Once your order is ready and packed, we will email you a final invoice to pay so we can despatch the goods.
What Are The Shipping Costs For Leather Skins/Hides?
For UK destinations please see the pricing info below. Generally, our parcels are delivered the next working day, but can take longer during busier periods. For International Orders & Additional handling (overweight) – price by quotation. All below prices are subject to the addition of VAT.
Small: 79x10x10, max 30kg: £12.50
Medium: 129x10x10, max 30kg: £16.50
Large: 131x17x17, max 30kg: £20.50
Extra large (wide): 119x32x16, max 30kg: £30.50
We can deliver to most international destinations by quotation. Contact Us.
How to choose your leather
If you are new to buying leather, it might seem a little overwhelming with so many choices. Fear not! We are here to help you through this process. There are however a few key things to consider. Remember we highly recommend you take advantage of our Free Sample Service before you commit to buying. There’s nothing better than seeing, touching and smelling the leather!
The most seemingly obvious choice. We often use a reference rather than a classic colour name. For example, ‘Black’. This colour reference will appear after the article name in the title and before the substance.
J&FJ BAKER RUSSIAN CALF - BLACK - 1.8/2.0mm
2. Substance (Thickness)
An important consideration when selecting leather. Our articles are grouped in substance categories in the filter to help narrow your selection down. This substance reference will appear at the end of an article, after the colour reference.
J&FJ BAKER RUSSIAN CALF - BLACK - 1.8/2.0mm
The above example indicates that skins/hides from this particular article will generally have a substance from anywhere between 1.8/2.0mm. This is a guide, and on occasion may fall slightly outside of this range.
What exactly are you looking to make with the leather? If it’s a Belt, you’ll likely need a thicker leather at least above 2.0mm. If you are making Costumes/Garments you would need lightweight leather around 0.8/1.0mm. It’s important to do your research on what substance is required when making you particular product. If you see a leather you love but is perhaps too thick in substance, then you can consider splitting down using our Splitting Service.
3. Animal Cut/Skin Size
Animals come in all shapes and sizes, so naturally this relates to the skin/hide size that the tannery tan to produce the desired leather. You can find a diagram on each article page, which shows you the estimated dimensions of the article for an average skin/hide.
If you are only making small products such as wallets and Accessories then likely most types of skins/hides will work for you. If you are looking at Upholstering large furniture, then you would need to look at whole hides or larger half hides. Please Let Us Know if you have any specific pattern sizes when placing an order.
After colour, probably the most appealing aspect of your leather! The characteristics of your leather are the real selling point of your product. You can choose from a variety different options that we’ve categorised in our filter to help you choose. Looking for a clean Contemporary look? Metallic or Embossed? Or how about Rugged and Distressed? The choice is yours…
5. Other considerations
Tannage – This relates to how the leather is tanned and the processes involved.
Appearance – Similarly another characteristic relating to the surface look.
Handle – The touch and feel of the leather.