I was told this hide is buffalo and it does have that texture, but it's a garment weight (3-4 oz). For comparison my usual buffalo is moccasin weight (7-8 oz). So, it's got the sensation and there are 40 tails for thud. I think the color is amazing. On a scale of 1 to 10 (Velvety Soft to Very Heavy Thud) this would be a 5+ with very little sting.