How to Tell if Your Crocodile Wallet Is Genuine?

We live in a world where certain things need to be genuine to make us stand out. This applies to our fashion pieces, our cars, our accessories, furniture and so on. There are a lot of things that are easily copied and made in a way that they resemble genuine and original to the untrained eye.

At least once in our lifetime, we bought something we thought is a genuine product, for a somewhat cheaper price, thinking we got a great deal, just to find out later on that it was a replica of a copy and that we were ripped off. These things are mostly seen in the fashion and accessory industry where watches, handbags, wallets, belts and other things are easily copied and replicated with cheaper replacement parts and materials that look apart but aren’t.

How many times have you bought a bag or a wallet in this case made out of genuine leather of any type, and thought that it will last us a lifetime, but it turned out to be a copy and synthetic material, or leather-like material that made us look silly? As you could read from the title, today’s topic is crocodile skin wallets and just how to tell if they are genuine? The first thing to do is find a genuine seller, and when you do make sure to protect it with something from, and the other thing is to learn how to spot fakes. Help for the other thing will be provided by us so pay attention.


One thing that you should pay real close attention to when spotting a fake crocodile leather is the pattern of the skin. When producing the fake genuine crocodile skin manufacturers tend to have some sort of a machine or a stamp that has a certain pattern. This should be your first red flag because genuine crocodile skin can’t have patterns that repeat themselves. Nature is fun and all but one thing that it is not is repetitive. This should be your first clue about the fake skin and fake wallet.

For the untrained eye it is somewhat hard to spot, but turn it around a few times and if it seems that a certain pattern or a scale is repeating itself on both sides then it must be a fake and production of a “genuine crocodile skin”. It also can’t be regular looking. Crocodiles have jagged skin and they will certainly have a few scratches or blemishes, so anything looking too perfect, probably is and it is probably a fake skin.

Another thing that isn’t supposed to look too perfect is the structure and design of the scales. Every crocodile is specific and every one of them must have a different design and structure of the scales. Some are bigger some are smaller, some more or less pronounced. The best way to spot this is to check all other wallets in that store and see if there are the same scales repeating with perfectly balanced design and structure. If you spot that steer clear it is another fake crocodile wallet.


The thickness of the skin is another thing that you should pay attention and it is a thing that is a lot easier to spot. If the skin thickness is uniform the “crocodile skin” is fake. Again, nature is hard to replicate and the thickness of the crocodile skin can’t be uniform in all places.

Another thing that is hard to sell as original and it can easily be spotted is the colour uniformity. No matter what quality dies or what type of manufacturer makes the wallet, genuine crocodile leather will in some places take less colour leading to discolouration and darker or brighter spots on the wallet. If you buy one that has perfect colour all around and where colour uniformity is the same you probably bought a fake croc skin wallet that is more easily died and made perfect.

If you are allowed to there is another easy way to test your new crocodile skin wallet. It is a water test that very few fake skin sellers will allow you to do. What you need to do is take one drop of water and place it on the wallet. If you see absorption and even spreading onto the surface you are dealing with a genuine croc skin wallet. If this doesn’t happen and the droplet of water easily slides off then you got yourself a fake skin material that absorbs water very hard or not at all.


Believe it or not, another way to quickly test the genuine leather from any animal out there is to smell it. Animal leather, despite all the preparation and chemicals that it goes through before it becomes an accessory, still retains some of its natural smell. In case you are buying a crocodile leather wallet then try and smell it and see if there is a distinct odour of animal lipids? If there is it is fine and you can buy it. If you feel a strong chemical and unnatural smell of synthetic resin you are probably buying a fake wallet, and you should stay away and save your money.

This is the one thing that can help you spot fake from genuine leather but it will be hardly allowed before you buy the wallet. If you already have one and if you are doubting its genuine status then you can use a controlled fire to see if your croc skin is real. Fire will make genuine croc skin char a bit and smell like burnt hair while the fake croc leather will immediately shrink and curl and smell like something burning.

Last but not least thing you can do is price check. If a particular wallet is too cheap to be true it probably is a fake one. Genuine crocodile skin wallets cost money and for that matter, every accessory made out of genuine leather is significantly expensive. Do not fall for big sales and price reductions because they will just make you buy fake things thinking that you got a real deal when you were ripped off. Even if there are some sales, holiday prices or price reductions they are usually very small, almost negligible in some cases. Keep this in mind and use some of these checks in the future to make sure you get the real deal.

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