Here are some of our sturdiest leathers, the ones we suggest when the request is made, “I want my Bible to last forever.” While we can’t guarantee that kind of longevity, we can tell you that some leathers will last longer than others, and we would like to steer you to the right ones if that’s your goal.
All these options come complete with “Holy Bible” on the spine or face (if the material is imprintable), one ribbon marker and new leatherette end pages.
These prices are assuming your Bible has an intact sewn binding. If the pages are falling out or the binding is glued, we would need to repair that with cord insertion ($22.00). Can’t tell? See our blog post.
This Bible’s cover is not soft and cuddly, but still feels great in your hand. It’s tough and made to last long. We hand-dye it here and it can be blind-stamped and tooled for you. The leather is great for the personal to large size Bible. Pictured is a medium to dark brown. Also available in tan, saddle tan, and mahogany, but remember — results vary on a hand-dyed product.
This Bible’s cover (American West II) is made of good, strong English calfskin with a hand-rubbed antiqued finish. Available in medium brown, dark brown (pictured), tan, saddle tan, or mahogany. The flexibility is medium and best for a personal size or large size Bible. This leather, like the rustic goatskin, can be blind-stamped and tooled, and since it is hand-dyed here, will have varying results.
Pebble Grain Cowhide
Great for medium to large Bibles and available in fifteen popular colors, including black, brown, tan, burgundy, maroon, navy, and forest green (pictured).
We also have several cowhides that are even thicker, in chocolate (pictured left) and distressed walnut, as well as our “bomber style” cowhides in camel, hazelnut, and cherry (pictured below).
We call this look the Outback Bible, made from drum-stuffed, hand-dyed (medium to dark brown), antiqued leather made from government-culled imported Australian kangaroos. This is a firmer leather, but it’s easily tooled. Kangaroo leather has one of the highest tensile strengths on the market. It has a wonderful smooth grain and leather smell. Kangaroo needs to be special-ordered and paid in advance.
Mission grain pigskin
Sturdy standard grained leather with a semi-glossy finish and medium flexibility. This leather is both sturdy and economical, but it doesn’t have to be stiff. Available in black (pictured), mission grain is an impressed, linear texture, like a grained calfskin.