This buffalo hide is a garment weight. That means it's about the same thickness as my regular cowhide (a bit more than a dime, maybe) It's strong and thuddy. Gorgeous and effective. Yummy in many ways, On a scale of 1 to 10 (Velvety Soft to Very Heavy Thud) this would be a 6 with next to no sting. More tails so it is almost a mop flogger.