Depending on types of leathers, there are different methods used to burnish (or smooth out) leather edges by leather artisans across the world.
At Mollum Vellum, as a part of customising options, you may be able to see an option to choose either treated or hand painted leather edges for some (especially vegetable tanned leather products) of our collections. We use professionally proven quality leather burnishing substance, Gum Tragacanth, to smooth out leather edges for our vegetable tanned leather collections. We hand paint leather edges after the burnishing process - we need minimum 2-3 days to dry products and repeated application of colorants and the burnisher.
The above image was taken to show you some differences on painted (top second) and treated leather edges (bottom two layers) - I was meant to prepare three card wallets including raw edges but forgot to leave one out! Please bear in mind that the case for treated leather edges, it requires more burnishing process than our current image as we only applied edge burnisher twice for the photo shoot.
The top layer of leather is to show you an example for raw leather edges. Without any such treatment, raw leather edges tend to have sharp finish after the cutting and some people may find it 'too sharp'. One thing to note is that even though raw leather edges have sharp finish, it may become 'smoother' after using it for a while. Because leathers are generally absorbing moisture from owners and the air and leather edges are more likely to become smoother and darker as much as how its owner uses it throughout the day.
So which one is your favorite?
Oh! If you wonder where you can find our Simply Almond leather card wallet in this image, please follow here.