Why do we not use softer leather like ANILINE leather? We use Top Grain Cow Hide and Kevlar. Here is what one company on the internet says about Anilene Leathers: "ANILINE leather’s are very porous and delicate and do not perform in everyday use as well as protected leather. Being porous the ANILINE will absorb dirt, oils and grime and these will eventually block the pores of the hide and ruin the feel and finish. It is also susceptible to fading, even with indirect sunlight the colour can change dramatically. The low durability factor means that basically it cannot be cleaned. It will also mark and stain rather easily. An easy way to determine if leather is too delicate is to take your fingernail and run it across the leather and see if it leaves a trace mark."