Why fish leather?
Fish leather has been used for centuries in Iceland, for everything from bags to clothing and shoes. There were not a lot of native animals and traditional leather to use, but there were a lot of fish! As the saying goes, "Necessity is the mother of invention."
What is a wolffish?
There are 3 types of wolffish. We use the spotted wolffish, or Anarhichas Minor. This is also known as a leopard fish, atlantic catfish, spotted catfish, seawolf and wolf eel. In Britain and northern Europe it is called Scotch Halibut, and is known for being a popular dish and regarded for its oil which is similar in quality to cod liver oil. It does not have traditional scales like a salmon or catfish, it is “scaleless” fish, meaning its skin is smooth. Some may consider it to be an ugly fish, but we think it is beautiful and unique!
Where is the fish leather from?
The leather is tanned and produced in a small town of 3,000 people in Northern Iceland. It is caught in the ocean a few hundred yards away, shipped directly to Wyoming, and hand-crafted into your one of a kind leather good.
Does the leather smell like fish?
No, there is no distinctive fish smell. After the tanning process is completed, it smells similar to other leathers. This is of course the most common question we get, and we understand why. When you carry yours, you will get used to answering this question too!
Is it as strong as traditional leather?
Fish leather is generally stronger than traditional leather pound for pound due to natural cross-linking of the fibers. While this imparts greater strength to our products, it does require some technique modifications versus more traditional leather work design.
What else is the fish used for?
This is an important point. The wolffish leather is a by-product of the local fishing industry. It is initially caught as a food source, then the skin is used to make leather. Also, the oil is used for many purposes.
How do I clean the fish leather?
Clean it like you would one of your favorite other leather goods. Before shipping we use Pecard leather dressing to condition each item. We understand that you may be apprehensive to use a different product on your new unique handcrafted item, so with each order we send a few scraps of fish leather for you to test your own preferred leather cleaner/conditioner on first.
Is Crazy Horse leather made of Horses?
Absolutely not! It is often called this, but its original purpose was to make saddles for horses. It is full grain leather, which is the highest quality of leather available. It is made of the outermost layer of the hide. The fibers within it are more parallel and tightly bound than lower layers such as top grain leather or genuine leather. Not only does this mean it is stronger and more durable, but also allows for the uniqueness of the individual hide to be displayed. Any scars in the skin from fencing, a bite mark or even a brand will be shown. While 99 percent of the leather does not have any markings, we try to creatively place all of the markings for full effect. We use it to accent the beauty and uniqueness of the wolffish leather. Not only does it provide a more solid background for the brown spots of the wolffish to be fully appreciated, but it is a more rigid base to build off of from a design perspective. While our main focus is using 100 percent fish leather, designs including saddle leather have their own special place in our brand and your pocket!.
Why use Bison leather?
First of all, Wyofish leather goods are handcrafted in Wyoming, and the Bison is the state animal. Second, Wyofish leather goods are handcrafted in the United States, and the Bison is the national animal too! Click here to learn more about the Bison. Finally, Wyofish leather goods are handcrafted in Wyoming, and nothing personifies the Old West like Wyoming. Thats WY we use Bison leather.
How is Bison leather different from Cow leather?
The main difference, appearance wise, is that Bison leather is not stretched, whereas cow is. This allows for the individual markings of the animal to show through in the hide, again imparting a distinctive appearance to each specific item. While some people argue Bison leather is stronger than cow leather, we just know if it is good enough to hold up to wolf attacks in Yellowstone then it is good enough to hold up to your daily life.
How do I clean and protect Bison leather?
We recommend that you clean and condition it just as you may any other leather. All of our goods, regardless of leather type, are conditioned with Pecard leather dressing before they are shipped from Wyoming to you. We are in the Big Horn Basin, which is considered high desert, to there is low humidity and things dry out faster. Thus we condition ours more often than someone may do so living in more humid Florida, but as a general rule, 3-4 times a year is a good idea.