Full Hand

Leather Terminology / Leather Types


Definition of Full Hand

Full hand is the term used to describe the texture and feel of leather.

Leather with a full-hand is one that's soft and supple, with an irresistibly smooth, velvet-like texture (which most leather enthusiasts actually find irresistible).

Full hand leather is generally used to make high-quality leather products often characterized by a unique feel, texture, and appearance.

There are several factors known to affect leather's full hand, including:

  • The tanning process that was used to cure the leather: Some tanning processes have very harsh chemicals known to make leather stiffer
  • The breed of the animal used to make the leather: Older bovine animals generally have a tougher skin than young caves and goats.
  • The finish process used on the leather: Leather finishes can intentionally make products feel tougher in order to create the intended product.

The full hand of leather is a crucial determinant of its quality. Leathers with a full hand are highly sought after and used to make durable, high-end luxury leather products such as wallets, totes and shoes.

Such leather products are often robust and full-bodied, having slightly swelled through tannage and fat-liquoring.

Example of Full Hand in a Sentence

"I love full hand leather bags. They’re thick and comfortable to touch."

Synonyms: round hand, full round hand

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Written by Ryan Popoff

Ryan Popoff is the creative mind behind Popov Leather wallets, iPhone cases, belts, watch bands and journals since 2013. With a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts, my leatherworking journey began at home. I wanted to create a simple leather wallet that could fit into my front pocket and — to my delight — it was a hit with family and friends. Hopefully you love our honest, quality leather goods too! Read more