The uses of sharkskin

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Sharkskin is covered with an amazing number of denticles, like tiny modified teeth, extremely hard, implanted directly in the dermis. Like sharks’ teeth, they fall and grow back again, up to 50,000 each year!

The structure of sharkskin provides for excellent penetration in water and very silent movement. Man has applied this principle to improve hydrodynamic performances under water and for swimming apparel. Sharkskin has other qualities, especially as a powerful abrasive long used as a rasp by carpenters, cabinetmakers... and chefs!

Once abraded and tanned, the leather is tough, supple and waterproof. It was used in Japan to sheathe the hilts of samurai swords and armour. In Morocco, it supplies the raw material for a kind of leather known as “Boroso” or simply “shagreen” used for decorating precious objects like jewel boxes and bookbinding.

In France, it became popular in the 18th century thanks to Jean-Claude Galluchat, master leatherworker for King Louis XV. After falling somewhat into oblivion, shagreen (chagrin or galuchat) enjoyed a second golden age in the 1930s, with the Art-Deco style.
Today, it has regained its popularity, giving rise to new creations. Luxury leather goods make considerable use of this prestige material.
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  • Response How Shark skin Shark skin can be used as a rasp by carpenters, cabinet makers or cooks. Once abraded and tanned, it gives a soft leather, waterproof and robust. The Japanese used it to coat the handles of samurai swords or armor. In Morocco, it provides the raw material of what is called the "Boroso leather" or more simply "grief", which adorns precious objects such as jewelry boxes or book bindings.
    Monday 7th May 2018 at 08:52
  • How is shark skin treated pls?
    Sunday 6th May 2018 at 14:46
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