Supervisors grade all our leathers four separate times and generally follow U.S. Government "KKL" specifications.  Our standards are coordinated regularly in gorup meetings.  The greatest emphasis is placed on the bend area (60%) followed b 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.