This black cowhide is thicker than my usual black cowhide. This gives it a bit more weight on impact. The back is sort of fuzzy and a nice shade of gray, so all the colors combine well, and provide a good sensation. The red metallic doesn't show up as well in the full size photo but you can see it on the handle closeup. On a scale of 1 to 10 (Velvety Soft to Very Heavy Thud) this would be a 6, with light sting.