This is an interesting hide. It's thick and has the great texture of buffalo, but it's stiffer, so I'm going with heavy cowhide. I bought it as a sample and it wasn't marked. The surface is dry so it will give a good amount of sting along with a solid thud. This one has a wider handle (1 1/4" dia). On a scale of 1 to 10 (Velvety Soft to Very Heavy Thud) this would be a 7+, with medium sting.