I have to say I have grown weary of the teacore hullabaloo since getting into leather jackets. I used to see it as a plus, but now I'd much rather a full aniline dyed through finish. I dislike the "chipping" which occurs with pigment finishes designed to age quickly. The way CXL topcoat fades, a more subtle gradient, is how I'd prefer "teacore" to look as it gets worn.Ok so here's the now discontinued brown pony vs cow vs pigment dyed shinki hh.
The pony is dyed all the way through.The cow and pigment dyed shinki have a natural flesh side. Some people call that teacore which is a term I hate.
When I think of teacore leather I think of fast aging leather. Which might be true for the pigment dyed shinki because the topcoat scratches off relatively easily.
The pigment dyed leather shows 0 color depth, whereas the pony and cow show nice color depth with a slight pull up effect.
Reddish brown: (discontinued) pony
Walnut brown : Italian cow
Chocolate brown : pigment dyed shinki
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I was put off at first when I realized the cow wasn't dyed all the way through, I though it would be similar to the pigment dyed shinki which scratches very easily, showing the yellow core. But they're quite different actually. It was a lot harder / very hard to scratch through the cow's topcoat. I think this cow leather will age beautifully with the brown fading at abrasion points instead of chipping away like the pigment dyed shinki.
I image it'll age like this Thedi cow which also has a natural flesh side. What's not to like about this!?
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