Our leashes are handmade from the highest quality leather found anywhere, period! The leather we use is 5/8" wide and specially treated with oils, thus making it ultra soft and requires minimal upkeep. Most leashes take YEARS to break in, ours have that feeling right out of the box. These leashes are used by trainers and dog handlers all over the world. Once you feel the quality, you won't use anything else. We only use the highest quality Brass hardware on our products!