This is an unusual piece for us. The outer layer is stiff thick black cowhide, cut thinner and intended to deliver a lot of sting. The inner layer is thick black bullhide, cut thinner and intended to back up the the Sting. Black and Yellow Warning Handle, just in case. On a scale of 1 to 10 (Velvety Soft to Very Heavy Thud) this would be a 7, with a lot of sting.