Leather Terminology / Other Leather Terms


Definition of Skive

To skive leather simply means to thin or reduce the thickness of its outer edges to achieve a desired thickness.

The reduced edges get thinner towards the leather’s ends, making it simple to fold, create bends, and hide seams and stitches.

Skiving of leather can be done using a machine or by hand with a skiving knife.

skiving leather with a leather cutting (skiving) knife

Skiving leather helps to improve the overall quality and appearance of the final leather product.

Example of Skive in a Sentence

"They had to skive the leather before stitching it up."

Synonym: shave

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What you see as Popov Leather today began in my kitchen in 2013. Creating a business wasn’t my main agenda; all I needed was a flat leather wallet that suited my needs.

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little girl stitching a DIY Popov Leather wallet

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