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703 Buena Vista Boulevard
The Villages, FL, 32162
United States

352-732-3145

Specializing in hand crafted Argentinian products;  Gaucho Knives, fine Argentine cowhide leather bags, purses, wallets, belts and well as exotic leather & a verity of reptile skin merchandise. We also have an exquisite line of solid .925 sterling silver & 18kt gold jewelry, suited for the equestrian, non-equestrian, ladies and gentlemen customers. We as well, have a unique line of hand crafted gift items from Buenos Aires, Argentina South America!

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Eel Skin ~ Silk of the Sea

Susan Wood

Why Eel Skin?

 

Eel leather is remarkably smooth and supple, lightweight and two to three times stronger than cowhide leather. Eel skin is referred to as 'the silk of the sea' for its silky, smooth, shimmering colors. And ... over time and use, the soft supple skin becomes even more luxurious! Each product piece has its own uniquely natural variations in markings, color & texture, keeping in mind, it is a skin from its wild environment, not factory produced!

Its rich color sheen is instantly recognizable, with a moist looking pinstripe pattern and exotic qualities. Eel leather is fairly water resistant with a great absorption rate and is easy to maintain. Accidental exposure to water will most likely darken your eel skin but only temporarily .... No need for panic! The color will return as the skin dries. If you need to, soak up excess water by blotting it with a paper towel or soft cloth. (do not rub or stretch your eel skin product when it is wet) 

You may have been told that old wise-tail ... Eel skin demagnetizes your credit cards. Or eel skin will 'set off' alarms at airports. Really? NO, forget about all that ridiculousness! You will absolutely love any eel skin product you purchase! 

                                                   GENUINE EEL SKIN PRODUCTS 

                                                  GENUINE EEL SKIN PRODUCTS 

Mama Mia! ~ Mother's Day Is May 13th

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Mother's Day is not only for remembering Moms but for all those women in our lives that are so important! Here are few gift giving ideas along with a special discount code.

 100% Fine Alpaca Over-sized Scarf / wrap -  Tiwanaca Scarf  - Click here for all the details (special discount code - MOM)

100% Fine Alpaca Over-sized Scarf / wrap - Tiwanaca Scarf - Click here for all the details (special discount code - MOM)

 100% Fine Alpaca Ru / Wrap - Click this link,  Black Ruana  for all the product details. (special discount code, MOM)

100% Fine Alpaca Ru / Wrap - Click this link, Black Ruana for all the product details. (special discount code, MOM)

 Genuine 100% Full Grain Argentinean Leather Shoulder Bag -  Click here  for full product details. (special discount code, MOM) 

Genuine 100% Full Grain Argentinean Leather Shoulder Bag - Click here for full product details. (special discount code, MOM) 

 Flowers Everyday! Cross-body Styled Bag - 100% Genuine Argentinian  Floral Leather  / Cowhide.  Click this link for complete details. (special discount code - MOM)

Flowers Everyday! Cross-body Styled Bag - 100% Genuine Argentinian Floral Leather / Cowhide.  Click this link for complete details. (special discount code - MOM)

                                           Wrist-let  or Grab & Go Bag! Perfect for the 'on the go gal'!

                                         Wrist-let or Grab & Go Bag! Perfect for the 'on the go gal'!

 Hand crafted by the skilled hands of Argentine Artesianals using solid .925 sterling silver, accented in 18kt gold.  Click here  for product details (special discount code - MOM)

Hand crafted by the skilled hands of Argentine Artesianals using solid .925 sterling silver, accented in 18kt gold. Click here for product details (special discount code - MOM)

Special Springtime Gift Giving Ideas

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It is Springtime again and the season of newness, gives way to beautiful new trends in fashion and style. With Springtime birthdays, Easter & Passover, Mothers Day and Graduations for most of us, we thought it a good time to highlight some of our newest pieces of wearable art as well as offer you some unique gift giving ideas!

                     Click here for full product details -  Bandolerita Floral Leather Cross-body Bag

                   Click here for full product details - Bandolerita Floral Leather Cross-body Bag

        Our Unisex Alpaca Silver Belt Buckle & Belt Leather - Click  here  for all the details

      Our Unisex Alpaca Silver Belt Buckle & Belt Leather - Click here for all the details

  Get all the details, click here -  'Love Knot' cross  pendant.& braided neck chain.  www.PiecesOfArgentina.com

Get all the details, click here - 'Love Knot' cross pendant.& braided neck chain.  www.PiecesOfArgentina.com

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Eel Skin - Money Clip / Credit Card Wallet

EEL SKIN ALSO KNOWN AS THE 'SILK OF THE SEA' IS AN OUTSTANDING CHOICE IF YOU WANT A WALLET THAT LASTS! CLICK THIS LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION. 

 HAND CRAFTED IN ARGENTINA - GET ALL THE DETAILS ON THESE HANDSOME REGIONAL KNIVES.  CLICK HERE

HAND CRAFTED IN ARGENTINA - GET ALL THE DETAILS ON THESE HANDSOME REGIONAL KNIVES. CLICK HERE

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Heavy Bridle Leather Belt with Solid Brass Buckle 

AN AWESOME BELT MADE OF HEAVY BRIDLE LEATHER WITH A SOLID BRASS BUCKLE.

THIS MIGHT BE THE LAST BELT YOU EVER BUY! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS & SIZING.

Carbon Steel Gaucho Knife Blades vs Stainless Steel Knife Blades

Susan Wood

South America, especially Argentina, is known for their unique, authentic, hand crafted Gaucho knives!

There are several styles of Argentine knives, each style being made for a particular use and function. Depending on the knife style & intended use, a blade is crafted to compliment and complete every piece.  Therefore it would be of interest to know the differences between carbon steel and stainless steel knife blades. 

The Pros and Cons of Stainless vs. High Carbon Steel Knife Blades

When it comes to knife blades, there is a laundry list of metals that can be used. But generally speaking, there are two classifications in knife blades, stainless or high carbon steel knife blades. Each has their pros and cons and for the most part, you are just trading the shortcomings of one with the strength of the other. It all comes down to what you are willing to sacrifice on and what you are hoping to get. But which knife blade is stainless and which ones is high carbon?

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel blades generally have at least 12% chromium which does two things for the blade. This makes the blade able to resist rust and corrosion a lot better than high carbon blades but the downside is stainless steel is generally softer than high carbon knives. This means that although they are relatively easier to sharpen, they also tend to lose their edge just a tad quicker than harder, high carbon blades. Some of the most widely used stainless steel blades include 440’s (A, B and C), AUS 6, 8 and 10 and of course the Japanese made VG-10 which is one of the most sought after blades in the world. But stainless steel blades are definitely not perfect. So here are the advantages of stainless steel blades.

Durability. Stainless steel knife blades are generally tougher than high carbon blades. Tougher but not necessarily harder. There is an ongoing debate between the definitions of the two because, for the longest time, they have been considered synonyms. Stainless steel blades do not rust, chip or stain easily. Technically speaking, stainless steel can still rust but it resists it a lot better than high carbon knives.

Flavor Preservation. Stainless steel knives do not require any protective or non-stick coating so there is less chance of contaminating your food is you do use it for food preparation. Stainless steel also tends not to leach off its metallic properties onto your food. Some discerning pallets sometimes can tell if the knife used in the preparation of the food was high carbon because it sometimes leaves that slight metallic taste.

Recyclable. Stainless steel is one of the most recyclable materials today. They are in fact almost everywhere metal is used. This means that if you do happen to wreck your knife, which is quite hard to do with stainless steel, you can always have it recycled. It’s a simple way of helping Mother Earth.

Appearance. Of course, the biggest pull of stainless steel knives is the fact that they look good for a very long time. Less time used in maintaining the knife gives you more time to do what it is you like to do.

High Carbon Steel

Carbon is the hardest element and knife blades made from high carbon steel is no exception. The strength and hardness of the blade makes it ideal for edge retention which means less time required for edge maintaining the blade but since it does not have a drop of chromium, it has a very poor rust resistance capability. This means that you need to thoroughly clean the knife after use and make sure that you guard it against moisture before you store it. More commonly used on fixed blade knives, high carbon knife blades are known to last throughout the years. I would bet my bottom dollar that you’re grand-daddy’s fixed blade knife blade is made from some kind of high carbon steel, most likely 1095. There are a lot of professional chefs and survivalist that swears to the quality of high carbon steel blades but here is a short list of the advantages of having a high carbon blade on your knife.

Sharpness. There is simply no matching the sharpness that high carbon steel blades have. With skill and a lot of time, you can get a stainless steel knife sharp but not to the level that high carbon steel blades. That added level of sharpness allows you better precision in cutting and requires a lot less effort thus making the knife a lot safer. This is the main reason why professional chefs still prefer high carbon steel for their personal knives.

Affordable. Of course, the price of a knife generally depends on various factors, but high carbon steel knives tend to be a lot more affordable than their stainless steel counterparts. I didn’t use the word cheaper because you might get the wrong idea. High carbon steel blades are cheaper in price, not in quality.

 Hardness. High carbon steel blades are a lot harder than stainless steel which makes it a lot more dependable on precision cuts. Most blades for hunting knives are made from high carbon steel specifically because of this reason. One may argue that high carbon rust easier which makes it a terrible choice for an outdoors environment but that can easily be resolved by some proper knife maintenance.

Edge Retention. Because they are harder, they also tend to hold their crazy sharp edge longer. This means that you do not have to worry about sharpening your knife every 5 minutes and you know that you will cut through anything especially when you need it most. One thing’s for sure, you can skin a deer faster with a carbon steel blade that a stainless steel one.

Conclusion

As with almost everything in the knife world, it all depends on what you prefer. No blade is perfect. There will be something that a blade will have and lack. It all depends on what are you willing to give and sacrifice for what you aim to gain. Stainless steel may be recyclable but high carbon blades will not burn a hole in your pocket. High carbon steel may be harder that stainless steel but stainless steel chip a lot less than high carbon. When it comes to looks, some prefer that clean shiny look of stainless while some appreciates the patina of a high carbon knife that shows that it has a lot of experience. As they say, to each his own.

 

 

 

 

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ALL ABOUT ALPACA FIBER

Susan Wood

Alpaca fiber is a natural renewable fiber with a wide range of applications. It is classified as an animal protein fiber like sheep’s wool, mohair, cashmere, llama, vicuna, camel, qiviut, and yak. There are, however, special characteristics in alpaca fiber that set it apart from all the other animal protein fibers. Lets explain a few things...

Alpaca is a single coated animal, and the fiber generally does not have to be dehaired like cashmere, llama, camel, qiviut, and yak. This leads to greater yields of fiber after processing.

Alpaca fiber comes in two types, huacaya and suri. There are differences in the two: huacaya fiber has crimpy waves and grows in bundles, while suri fiber is straight and grows in locks. Huacaya reflects light as brightness, suri reflects light as luster.

Alpaca is flame resistant, meeting the standards of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s rigid testing specifications as a Class 1 fiber, the safest level of flame resistance for use in clothing and furnishings.
Alpaca is resistant to external water penetration like wool, but can slowly wick away perspiration because of its unique ability to act like cotton in moisture regain. These factors are what makes alpaca feel lighter than wool, but warmer than cotton in cool, damp conditions.
Alpaca is water resistant, making spills easy to clean up before water saturates the fiber allowing stains to develop. It is also adsorbent to oils, meaning that the oils do not penetrate the fibers, but merely cling to the fiber for easy cleaning without harsh chemicals.
Alpaca is free of lanolin, and thus can be processed without the need for high temperatures or harsh chemicals in washing. The lack of lanolin also minimizes the likelihood of allergic reactions to those who are sensitive to wool, which contains lanolin.
While the type of fabric dictates the level of thermal insulating properties, alpaca fiber has a high natural thermal conductivity level, but also can “breathe” due to its lighter weight by volume.

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All About Knife Blades

Susan Wood

When it comes to knife blades, there is a laundry list of metals that can be used. But generally speaking, there are two classifications in knife blades, stainless or high carbon steel knife blades. 

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The Paris of The South - Buenos Aires

Susan Wood

 

Stunning architecture, cosmopolitan atmosphere, the latest fashions and trends, intimate side walk cafes, a prized destination for savvy world travelers: it’s no wonder that Buenos Aires is often called the South American Paris! It is the most European city on the western shores of the Atlantic. The Argentinian capital is characterized by its wide boulevards and Haussmann architecture, meaning an architectural copy of Paris, France, is stunningly breath-taking! A city of approximately 3 million, they are of a proud Italian and Spanish heritage. However, this sophisticated Argentine city is not concerned with imitating the inimitable French city; its people would much rather celebrate their own rich culture and live up to their hot, steamy reputation!  Visitors will enjoy European charm, South American warmth, and unique Buenos Aires vibrancy!

The 'capital', as it is usually referred to, is the most influential and populous cities in all of South America. It is a true cultural hub known for their serious attention to beef steaks & Melbac wines, hand crafted leather goods & regional handy crafts, dancing the Tango and 'The King of Sports - polo!

There is much to explore in Buenos Aires: whether you love history and architecture, dance and music, or shopping, this Argentine city promises to be a glamorous, exciting trip full of surprises and probably the trip of your lifetime!

 

 

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                                                         Buenos Aires, Argentina S.A.

GIFT GIVING IDEAS FOR ALL THOSE BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES, GRADUATES & WEDDING PARTY GIFTS,

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    WE HAVE MANY SUGGESTIONS FOR GIFT GIVING IDEAS For Him or Her !

      

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Equestrian and non equestrian pendants of solid sterling silver with 18kt gold accents

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Hand crafted wallets, cases & coin holders of beautiful Argentinian cowhide

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BEAUTIFUL, HARD TO FIND, AUTHENTIC 100% GENUINE CARPINCHO HIDE WALLETS, HAND CRAFTED IN ARGENTINA! 

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 Click this link to see all our handsome belts - https://www.piecesofargentina.com/belts/

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