When we set out to make a waxed canvas & leather bag, I didn't want to create some flimsy, cheap feeling, run of the mill canvas bag. I wanted to find out what it would take to make the highest quality canvas bag you can make. It turns out there's a whole lot more to canvas than most people realize. Here are 3 things that make our canvas unique:
Canvas is made of woven cotton. And most mass-market canvas bags use an un-waxed thin cotton canvas. Often a 6oz. or 7oz. weight. The "better bags" on the market tend to use a 10oz. weight canvas. So of course we decided to use 18oz., the thickest and most durable Martexin Original Wax you can get. (It's actually 24oz. after the wax and finish is added). But don't worry, the bag is not heavy to lift.
Most canvas bags are not made of waxed canvas. So using waxed canvas is itself an upgrade. And like any fine craft, there is art and science involved. We use only Martexin Original Wax canvas, an American heritage canvas supplier that's been around since 1838. Here's some background directly from the company:
"Martexin Original Wax is a cotton-based fabric impregnated with Martin Dyeing & Finishing Company's proprietary formula that gives the fabric lifelong resistance to inclement weather, while cotton fibers allow it to breathe. As the fabric ages, it develops a well-worn and comfortable patina. The Martexin formula consists of food and pharmaceutical grade waxes, and is completely non-hazardous. The Martin family has been involved in dyeing and finishing of textiles in the United States since 1838. The method, application, and formulation of their waxing process are tightly guarded family secrets, which have been passed down through father to son for seven generations. Martexin Original Wax is environmentally friendly and is available domestically from the same family that has supplied the United States market for over 170 years."
This stuff is truly amazing. We actually invest more in this canvas than some bag makers do on their leather. So there you have it. Is there any doubt you're getting the "good stuff"?
Twill is a type of weave, characterized by a diagonal pattern. It is thought to be durable and aesthetically desirable. Twill is often a sought after fabric weave in the apparel industry. Most mass market bags do not use a twill fabric. They will use a simpler and often weaker weave that simply doesn't hold up over time.
So our twill weave not only adds to the strength and durability of the product, but it creates a unique look that gives this bag some added character.