Leather is a natural product, and like anything natural it is not always perfect. It is this natural imperfection that attracts the leather aficionado. Leather will have markings that are considered “nature’s signatures,” and this is what relates to the public that the product is genuine leather.
Leather will have several different types of these natural markings:
These are the result of the cattle being bitten by various types of insects. These bites result in tiny scars.
These are the result of the cattle being scratched in one way or another.
Cattle like to scratch their necks on the rails of fencing. This scratching can result in a neck burn if the cattle scratch too hard or very often.
Cattle sometimes get manure on their hides. Since this is a very irritating substance, it can result in a burn on the hide if the cattle cannot remove the manure soon enough.
Holes are usually man-made. They are the result of removing the skin to gain access to the meat.
BARBED-WIRE or OPEN-WOUND HEALED SCARS
Sometimes the cattle get their hides caught in barbed wire. This results in a tear in the hide. These healed scars, however, are just as durable as the parts of the hide that aren’t scarred.