13" Grandfather Case

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Product Overview

This leather case is excessively over-engineered with no breakable parts like snaps, zippers, or magnets. The stitching is purposeful with only 5 stitches per inch so there's more leather between the needle holes and fewer holes to start a tear. Stress points are reinforced with steel or copper rivets. The hinge is made completely of leather - it will never rust or break. You can use the sturdy handle to carry it when you're on your daily commute, or you have the option to wear it on your shoulder or crossbody.

Watch the fascinating "How It's Made" video below to see how the leather Grandfather Cases are made at our factory. 

Leather - We only use full-grain leather, which is the strongest and most resistant cow leather you can find. It’s called “full-grain” because none of the leather is shaved off. The full toughest top layer is still there. That’s why it’s so thick and strong.

Lining - The inside is lined with pigskin, which is even tougher than cowskin, instead of being lined with some brittle fabric with flowers on it that rips and tears with minimal use.

Thread - Everything is sewn together with the strongest thread we can get, marine-grade polyester. It's the same stuff sail makers use on boat sails, and those things take a beating from high winds everytime they’re used. It’s much better than using the typical nylon thread because it never decomposes, so it’ll hold the case together forever.

Hardware - We only use 316 stainless steel so it will never rust, gives the leather case a great look and even more durability.

Product Details
100-Year Warranty
13.25” W x 9.5" H x 5.5” D (OUTSIDE)
11.75” W x 7.5” H x 4” D (INSIDE)
Weight: 4.0 lbs.


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  • 5
    Durable handmade case in the perfect size for keepsakes

    I have the 10” Grandfather Case in tobacco, the 13” Grandfather Case in DCB, the 15” Grandfather Briefcase in chestnut, and the Grandfather Overnight Case arriving today in chestnut. Needless to say I’m crazy for these cases. From my earliest days of collecting vintage Hartmann cases of similar construction in belting leather, I’ve always loved this boxy old school style. I was shocked when I saw that Saddleback was reviving this style, but I’m grateful. Even when not in use, they make excellent display pieces and storage for prized keepsakes. The 13” is probably the Goldilocks size for this purpose. The proportions are perfect. You won’t go wrong with any of them, but everyone I know who has bought the 13” case absolutely loves it. I’ve had to sell much of my leather collection to afford these, but I was glad to do it. I’m even considering selling some of my extremely rare pieces made from hides recovered from the 1786 shipwreck of the Dutch ship Metta Catharina in order to afford new Grandfather Collection pieces that might be on the horizon.

  • 5

    This case is absolutely beautiful!! I expected it to be well constructed but in person it looks so much better! It’s not as heavy as I thought and it looks amazing in dark coffee brown. It’s soft but the construction is tough. This case is amazing!!

  • 5
    Pure work of art

    I rarely submit reviews. In fact, Saddleback is the only place I’ve bothered to submit one for. The 13” Grandfather case is a pure work of art. While it could be used as a carry bag, I find it a bit small for that. Instead, I use it to store items I want to keep safe and the occasional trip to the range with one of my smaller pistols. I’m eyeing one of Dave’s pistol cases next!

  • 5
    Excellent Product

    All I can say is, if you can get one of any color, get it! I am very pleased with the quality of the build.
    Dave- Please make more 15 inch units.

  • 5
    "It's A Beauty..."

    Dave wasn't lying. This case is a work of art and wonderfully functional. The craftsmanship is second to none. This size seems perfect for my daily commute (I do not carry a laptop). The pockets are stuffed full of wallet, keys, chargers, cords, knife. I also carry a moleskine, two bear trap pencil cases, eyeglass case, work papers (folded in half) and medications (because I'm old and probably wouldn't remember then otherwise). And there is still plenty of room if I wanted to bring along a book and a bite. Very impressed.