Comparative Characteristics of Kangaroo Leather
Vegetable tan kangaroo leather, as used in our braided goods, has about four times the tensile strength of equivalent cowhide. Lace cut from kangaroo retains its rectangular cross section when stretched, whereas lace cut from cow or calf leather will curl so that the grain side of the lace becomes concave, making kangaroo lace the preferred choice for fine braiding.
Glove tannage kangaroo leather will withstand about three to four times as many wear cycles of an abrasion test as the same thickness of deerskin. This conforms with experience in using kangaroo and deerskin gloves made by Geier Glove, where the kangaroo gloves outdid deerskin gloves by a factor of three in their first practical test, moving bales of hay.
Glove tannage kangaroo has about two to three times the tensile strength of deerskin and about three to four times the tear strength of deerskin. The combination of abrasion resistance and tear strength make kangaroo preferred for thin leather work gloves.
The advantages in physical properties of kangaroo leather over that from cowhide or deerskin are related to the tight and dense fiber structure of the kangaroo skin, as well as the multidirectional orientation of the fibers in the skin.
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