A couple of weeks ago I got an email newsletter from Steven Siegel and in it he mentioned having some English Calf. I’ve used English Kip before and while it was good for bovine leather honestly I didn’t think it justified the higher price over regular kip. When I saw he had English Calf I figured I’d try some out…and he had a coupon for it in the email!
I ordered a full hide of it and at the time it was $150, however I just peeked at his website and it’s now $175 for a full hide. The English Calf I was sent was good clean skin (no brands or big scars) and while light feels fairly strong. We’ll see what happens when I start to cut it up and braid with it!
My plan is to make some 8 plait bullwhips out of this English Calf. I might get adventurous and go for a 12 plait, but we’ll see how the leather is with an 8 plait before I make that determination. Here’s what the leather looks like:
If you don’t know the difference between kip and calf, it’s basically age/size. Calf is a young cow and kip is a teenage cow. I think this is usually not actually sorted by age but by the size of the full hide.