This starts a series of continuing education from Eagle Rock Fur.
A midwinter kill Buffalo hide is heavy, has long hair & is very warm. Our long Buffalo coats will keep you toasty even in sub zero temperatures. A coat of this type is so uncommon some furriers and most people do not what to look for quality wise.
The first thing you should do is to bend the hide or garment. If you feel any stiffness in this bending test then the hide has not been properly processed. Shortcuts were taken to reduce the cost of the hide.
If the bending test passes then look deep into the pile of the hair, look all the way down to the leather part of the hide. If you see particles that look like large dandruff then another part of the tanning process has not been done properly. The shots below are taken from an inferior processed hide.We have bent the hide double to expose the leather part of this hide. All of the red arrows are pointing to foreign material that should have been removed during the tanning process of this hide.
This is another part of the same hide:
We hope this will help you in your decision making process of buying Buffalo hides, throws, jackets or coats.