We receive a lot of questions regarding the material on the palm and fingertips of our Tiburon and Guide Gloves.
- What is it?
- Why is it so durable?
- How does it remain tacky when wet?
Much of my ongoing work is the global search for the best materials for each part of the products we make.
One of my favorite materials we use is Armortan Oiltac leather produced by Pittards Leather Company, based in Yeovil, England, a purveyor of fine leathers since 1826.
I find the material so interesting because our industry has tried to improve upon this natural material, however to this day a synthetic copy still does not match the quality, durability and feel of this leather we use on our Tiburon and Guide Gloves.
The finest leather in the world for gloves and soft shoe leather comes from the Hairsheep (‘Cabretta’) from Ethiopia and other sub-tropical regions. This leather is thin and tough with a structure that gives it both strength and dexterity, which is hard-wearing and comfortable.
To ensure continuity of supply and quality, Pittards works with local farmers and tanners in Ethiopia. The skins are all by-products of the local meat industry.
After removing the hair, all skins must be tanned. It converts the skin into a stable, consistent condition that can be worked on in many ways to produce different types of leather.
After tanning, the leather has a distinctive blue shade, “WET BLUE”. This is a function of the chrome (III) salt used in the tanning process.
The skins are then dried and sorted according to type, weight and quality. This sorting ensures that only the best material for the particular product is used in the manufacturing process.
After the material has been sorted it is dyed and the leather begins to have some of its final characteristics.
Different processes are used to produce different properties in the leather, such as water repellency or oilskin for tackiness. Once dyed, the leather is dried and worked to develop the natural inherent suppleness skills.
Leathers are then tested for various technical properties such as water resistance, color fastness, oil and stain resistance and strength, depending on the specifications of each product.
European (CEN and BS) and International (ISO) test methods are used, and Pittards staff are included in the committees who establish these tests for the whole leather industry.
Pittards research and development team is committed to innovation, development and understanding of new technical properties.
We have designed the KUIU Guide & Tiburon gloves with Pittards Oiltack leather on the palm and fingers wrapping around the fingertips to ensure durability, dexterity and protection. If you have not experienced this product on a hunt I highly recommend it.