Leather is made by tanning the fresh skin of animals like birds, pigs, dogs, cows and some of the other animals. You can also obtain leather from skins that would be finished into furs by choosing [D]e-hair (for rawhide/leather) before you start to tan them.
Availability and trading
You can acquire most leather on your own, by active hunting (hunting trips) or passive hunting (traps).
Leather by itself is not worth very much. If you plan to trade leather, it is best to first turn it into some form of clothing, such as leather belts.
Leather provides more damage resistance than fur, but is not as good at keeping warmth.
Leather bearing animals include:
Creating leather from fur
To create leather from fur, you must first clean the skin as per normal, and then 'D'ehair the skin via the 'H'ideworking menu. This requires open water for soaking, and takes 6 days for a 10lbs reindeer skin.
There are five qualities for leather, arranged from best to worst:
- decent (just reads "leather" in-game, the average/default quality")
Leather appears to have around the same value as fur.
As of UrW 3.60 and noted in its changelog, higher quality armour and clothing, made from higher quality leather and furthers, has greater protective and warmth values.
Items that require leather for crafting:
- Skins (for liquids)
Note: Either leather or fur can be used for cords and bandages.
URW Game Encyclopedia description
The official URW in-game encyclopedia (accessed by the key) describes leather thusly:
In clothing leather is used mainly for shoes, boots and belts. It's also used to complete some other garment for example with bands and thongs. More commonly leather is used in making of numerous pieces of equipment.
Leather clothing items, armour items and other leather items in the game.
In-game encyclopedia entry on leather
- Cloth - General article on cloth materials and cloth items.
- Birch bark - General article on birch-bark materials and items.
- Fur - General article on fur materials and items.
- Linen - General article on linen materials and items.
- Nettle fiber - General article on nettle-fiber materials and items.
- Wool - General article on woollen materials and items.