Supervisors grade all our leathers four separate times.  Our standards are coordinated regularly in group meetings.  The greatest emphasis is placed on the bend area (60%) followed by the shoulder area (25%) and the belly area (15%).
Grade Defects
     A or #1                         Very few blemishes
     B or #2                     Contains a few defects.  No brands.
     C or #3                     Contains more defects.  Generally not good for plain belts.
     D or #4                     Can have large brands and / or holes and other damage.
     Brand                     Hand sized brands.  Otherwise graded as above.