Nubuck Leather is a specific tannery finished, top grain leather, where the majority of the natural grain has been removed by sanding, resulting in a velvet like finish and then tannery dyed. Nubuck can stain from grease and is not usually suitable for everyday use items such as a wallet. However, given the care with which pilots handle their pilot logbooks, the Nubuck leather is "fit for purpose".
PILOT LOGBOOK COVERS
Work in Progress - Sparrowhawk Leather Nubuck Pilot's Logbook Cover.
NZCAA Logbook Cover (Nubuck) & NZCAA Licence & Medical Certificate Wallet
Nubuck leather is quite flexible, but can "hold its own shape" in a logbook cover. Sparrowhawk's Mocha Nubuck pilot logbook covers are customised with laser engraving: Sparrowhawk's pilot wings and your name. Nubuck leather can not be embossed or carve.
Sparrowhawk Leather' Nubuck Pilot Logbook Covers are available to fit NZCAA 1373 (current edition), CASA (Australia) ATC (Aviation Theory Centre) and AirServices Australia pilot logbooks (standard logbook covers at a moderate price. No penholder, Licence Pocket or other options available with these logbook covers.)
This simple, but effective Slimline Passport & Card Sleeve slips easily into a Flight Bag, storing your card sized Pilot's Licence and passport. laser engraved with name and wings. Also useful for regular travellers who want to protect their passport and store a primary card.
NUBUCK LEATHER CARE
Prevention is better than cure for Nubuck leather. Nubuck will stain with grease. While there are water proof stain repellants available from companies such as Pelle Leather Care NZ, such as used for Nubuck shoes, careful handling with clean hands is essential. Pelle also stocks a Nubuck Cleaner. This may be used for spot cleaning, but not over the laser engraving.
Fiona Ritchie, Leather Artisan, Sparrowhawk Leather