Definition of Edging

Edging is a technique that involves smoothing and polishing the rough edges of leather. The process gives leather a clean, finished look and also prevents the edges from fraying over time.

To start off, leather is cut to the desired shape and size. The edges of the leather are then smoothed and shaped using a specialized tool called an edger, which is similar in shape to a small plane or chisel. 

The edger shaves off any rough or uneven areas of the leather's edge, creating a smooth and consistent surface.

Once the edges are smooth, the leather is sanded or burnished to further refine and polish the edges.

This process can be done by hand using sandpaper or a burnishing tool. It can also be done using a specialized edging machine.

There are several different types of edging techniques that can be used. They include:

  • Beveling: Cutting the edge of the leather at an angle to create a sloping, beveled edge. It's often used for decorative purposes or to create a smooth transition between two pieces of leather.
  • Creasing: Using a creasing tool to create a decorative groove or line along the edge of the leather. This technique creates a finished look and adds texture to the leather.
  • Painting: A way of adding color or contrast to a piece. The edges are first sanded and polished, then painted with a special leather edge paint or dye.

We don’t crease our leather products as a form of decoration because we want them to look as natural as possible, but we burnish our belts to make them resistant to fraying and moisture. Check out our belts with burnished edges.

Everyday Belt


Brigadier Belt


Example of Edging in a sentence

“My grandfather makes leather items. He spends plenty of time edging each item to give it a nice finish.”


Edge finishing, edge sealing, edge beveling.

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