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Significance and Use
4.1 Break depends on the fiber structure and on the relation between the grain and other strata of the leather. A fine break, or a grain pattern which shows many fine wrinkles when it is bent to form a concave surface, as it is in the vamp of a shoe, reflects favorably upon appearance and serviceability. A coarse break, on the other hand, where a few coarse wrinkles are formed on bending the grain to form a concave surface may indicate that the grain layer is separating from the corium or main stratum as in pipey leather. Shoes made from fine-break leather are more attractive and tend to wear longer than shoes made from coarse-break leather. (See MIL-STD 663 and the ALCA Journal).4
1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D1517 Terminology Relating to Leather
D1610 Practice for Conditioning Leather and Leather Products for Testing
ICS Number Code 59.140.30 (Leather and furs)
UNSPSC Code 11162300(Leathers)
ASTM D2941-13, Standard Test Method for Measuring Break Pattern of Leather (Break Scale), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.orgBack to Top