We hear this question so often – “Which type of leather should we use for our Custom Emery?” The answer, of course, is there is no one right answer. They’re all great options – it depends on your situation. So here’s a brief guide regarding the three main types of leather we use to allow you to make the best possible decision regarding what’s right for your 1 of 1.

Japanese Kip leather is widely considered to be the highest quality leather for baseball gloves. It is very soft, supple, and durable, with a buttery texture and rich color. Japanese Kip leather is typically used in higher-end custom gloves, and it is a popular choice among professional players and serious amateurs who are willing to pay a premium for the best possible quality.

U.S. Kip leather is another high-quality option for custom baseball gloves. It is known for its durability and stiffness, which can provide a more structured and stable glove. U.S. Kip is typically used in mid-range to high-end custom gloves, and it is another popular choice among infielders and pitchers who need a glove that can handle repeated use and maintain its shape over time.

Smooth Cowhide leather is a more affordable option that is often used in entry-level to mid-range custom gloves. It is softer and more flexible than U.S. Steerhide, but not as supple or durable as Japanese Kip leather. Smooth Cowhide leather can be a good choice for players who are just starting out or who need a glove for occasional use, but it may not hold up as well over time as more expensive leather options.

Have another leather preference? Email us at [email protected] to discuss.

When it comes to choosing the right leather for a custom baseball glove, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The choice between Japanese Kip, U.S. Steerhide, and Smooth Cowhide leather will depend on a variety of factors, including the player’s position, playing style, and personal preferences.

With our options, our master craftsman always on call, and our best-in-class Diamond Maintenance Plan, we are confident you won’t find a better choice to Pursue Mastery than Emery Glove Co. Build yours today!

Mike Olshin

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