Successful falconers rely not only on their skills but also their equipment to get the job done. One of the many materials that falconers use for their falconry gear is kangaroo leather. This durable, high-quality leather is a top choice for many falconers. Here’s why:
What is Kangaroo Leather?
Kangaroo leather is made from the hides of Kangaroos. Native to Australia, Kangaroos stand apart from other animals used for their hides. This is because kangaroos do not have sweat glands in their skin. As a result, their hides are consistent and highly uniform as opposed to cows or sheep which have variations throughout their hides.
Why Use Kangaroo Leather?
Simply put, kangaroo leather is far tougher, durable, and resistant to wear than other types of leather. It’s considered the toughest leather in the world thanks to its fine, consistent, and uniform features. Kangaroos also have low fat content, meaning their leather will not lose any of its original strength during the tanning process. In addition to its durability, it is also versatile and can be split into thinner pieces while still holding up to 60% of its original tensile strength.
How to Use Kangaroo Leather in Falconry
Its durability, strength, and versatility mean that kangaroo leather is an excellent material for falconry gear. Depending on its thickness and weight, kangaroo leather can be used for the following items:
- Hood making
- Braided leashes
- And much more.
Additionally, the type of kangaroo hide you choose will depend on your bird. Light weight hides, for instance, are best for Merlin and Kestrel size birds. Medium weight hides for birds from 300 to 500 gram. Heavy weight hides for 500 to 800 gram birds and extra heavy weight for birds 800 to 1600 grams.
Mike’s Falconry offers a wide range of kangaroo leather with three different colors and four different thicknesses. To find the best kangaroo leather for your falconry gear, look through our inventory today.