Firm, grippable, light and yet balanced, Leather Head footballs are a real pleasure to catch, carry and throw. Unlike the official NFL issues, these balls are built to better fit in the hand of a layman, a size that’s much better suited for tossing between friends. While crafted to the exacting standards of an artisanal product, this ball wasn’t made to sit on a shelf looking pretty. The leather used is a tough American-tanned skin originally developed for heavy duty boots, so you know these balls can take a serious beating. Along with meticulously sourced materials, carefully designed cutting dies, and hard-earned skills, Leather Head footballs are checked for quality at every step. Handmade one at a time from start to finish, the quality is consistent, yet each iteration is distinctive. And like all the best things life, they only get better with age.
Whether in the backyard or park, while camping, or at a tailgate party, the only instructions for use is to get out there and play. As saltwater is bad for leather, we ask that you avoid throwing the ball into the ocean - and maybe try and keep it out of Fido's mouth while you're at it. This football doesn't require a lot of TLC. Clean off the mud and dirt with a damp cloth after play, and every once in a while rub a small amount of leather conditioner into the surface. Each Leather Head football holds an unconditional lifetime warranty. Should it come to that, the ball may be returned to Kaufmann Mercantile for an exchange.
This entire football is made by hand in a workshop described as bearing a closer resemblance to one from the 19th century than a modern factory. Starting with a full side of leather, patterns of each panel are hand-placed to avoid weaknesses and brands in the hide. They are then cut by hand with a special cutting die and a manual die press, and scorch-branded with the Leather Head logo. The ball is assembled inside-out with an industrial sewing machine, then inverted with a little elbow grease and a sturdy stick. A rubber bladder is inserted and the ball is finished with rawhide lacing. Normally leather work generates hundreds of pounds of scrap leather waste. But this company generates nearly none, using the scrap leather as stuffing for a line of old school medicine balls. All the leather used for Leather Head footballs are American grown and tanned.
Heavy duty football that’s meticulously crafted to withstand serious play. Supple, American-tanned blue leather and rawhide lacing. Made by hand in Glen Rock, New Jersey. Also available in Brown. (more info)
19.5 inches (49.5 cm)
Rawhide leather, nylon string, rawhide lace, butyl rubber bladder
Glen Rock, New Jersey
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