• Forte (FE)
  • Forte (FE)
  • Forte (FE)

Color Guide

FE 4070 Blue Jay FE 4069 Frigate Bird FE 4043 Gyrfalcon FE 4042 Crested Goshawk FE 4041 Indian Mynah FE 4048 Hawaiian Hawk FE 4049 Pomarine Skua FE 4050 Great Horned Owl FE 4044 Bald Eagle FE 4036 Spotted Eagle FE 4034 Mandarin Duck FE 4023 Trumpeter Swan FE 4061 Prairie Grouse FE 4059 Crested Lark FE 4051 Brown Pelican FE 4026 Lyrebird FE 4027 Pintail Duck FE 4032 Tawny Owl FE 4011 Piping Plover FE 4014 Broad-Winged Hawk FE 4012 Brown Thrasher FE 4016 Ash’s Lark FE 4031 Cactus Wren FE 4040 Skylark FE 4054 Kookaburra FE 4039 Golden Plover FE 4038 Burrowing Owl FE 4037 Golden Eagle FE 4030 Cliff Swallow FE 4028 Wood Thrush FE 4010 Golden Finch FE 4009 Cooper’s Hawk FE 4029 Pintail Sandgrouse FE 4033 Imperial Eagle FE 4035 Ring-Necked Pheasant FE 4055 Snowy Owl FE 4053 Desert Lark FE 4022 Giant Petrel FE 4008 Harrier FE 4021 Barn Owl FE 4007 Mississippi Kite FE 4080 Pallid Harrier FE 4079 Great Gray Owl FE 4024 Marsh Hawk FE 4004 Hummingbird FE 4006 Sandhill Crane FE 4020 Ruffled Grouse FE 4017 California Condor FE 4019 Spectacled Owl FE 4052 Sanderling FE 4003 Kestrel FE 4005 Caracara Eagle FE 4002 Bohemian Waxwing FE 4077 Kittiwake FE 4045 Ringed Plover FE 4078 Gray Parrot FE 4013 Wood Duck FE 4046 Sparrowhawk FE 4001 Prairie Falcon FE 4076 Osprey FE 4075 Royal Tern FE 4068 Lanner Falcon FE 4047 Steppe Eagle FE 4065 Reed Warbler FE 4066 Harpy Eagle FE 4067 Great Skua FE 4056 Cormorant FE 4071 Razorbill FE 4073 Swallow-Tailed Kite FE 4058 Canadian Goose FE 4072 African Crowned Eagle FE BLCK Black

Forte (FE)

Forte is a full grain, aniline dyed leather. Developed to meet the technical requirements for the aircraft and automotive industries, Forte receives a specialized finish and retannage for added durability. The premium select material used to produce Forte originates exclusively from the Piedmont and Tuscany regions of northern Italy. These regions provide some of the world’s finest selection of raw material which is available in limited quantities. The durable characteristics of this leather make it suitable for a wide range of applications, including high traffic areas for contract and residential installations.

  • Content European cowhide
  • Origin Italy
  • Hide Size 55–65 ft2 (5.1–6.0 m2)
  • Thickness 1.0–1.1 mm
  • Weight 2.5–2.75 oz / ft2 (763–839 g / m2)
  • Grain Full
  • Grain Texture Tight
  • Tannage Chrome
  • Dye Aniline
  • Finish Medium H18
  • Primary Uses Upholstery, handrails, rugs, wall panels, architectural applications
  • Industry Automotive, aviation, contract, hospitality, marine, residential
  • Maintenance Wipe with a cool, damp cloth. For tougher soiling, use a pH-balanced soap and rinse. Repeat, if needed. Occasional use of Spinneybeck Finished Leather Cleaner, Conditioner & Protector or Finished Leather Maintenance Kit is recommended. Other leather cleaners such as saddle soap or household cleaners that may contain harsh chemicals, alcohol or ink removers should never be used.
  • Custom Custom colors available
  • Special Services Flame treatment, perforated, and embossed available with an upcharge
  • Colorfastness to Light Class 4
  • Colorfastness to Crocking Class 4–5 (dry), Class 4 (wet)
  • Flammability ASTM E 84: Class A (flame treated)
  • Boston Fire Dept BFD IX-1: Pass (flame treated)
  • CAL 117: Pass
  • CAL 133: Successfully used in CAL 133 applications with Firegard F187 fire backer material or equivalent (flame treated)
  • Cigarette Ignition Resistance NFPA 260: Class 1
  • FAR 25.853(a), Amendment 25-100, Appendix F, Part I (a)(1)(i): Pass (60 second vertical burn), Pass (12 second vertical burn)
  • FAR 25.853(c), Amendment 25-100, Appendix F, Part II (a)(4) and (5): Pass (oil burner – fire block)
  • IMO Resolution A.652 (16): Pass
  • IMO Resolution A.653 (16) Part 2 and 5: Pass (flame treated)
  • Durability + Strength Abrasion ASTM D 7255: 4,000+ cycles (CS-10 wheels), 300+ cycles (H-18 wheels)
  • Breaking Force ASTM D 2208: 150 lb
  • Elongation ASTM D 2211: 30–50% at 50 lb
  • Flex ASTM D 2097: 70,000 flexes
  • Slit Tear ASTM 2212: 15 lb
  • Tearing Strength ASTM D 4705: 25 lb
  • Tongue Tear ASTM D 4704: 6.5 lb