The test methods of ASTM D2212 cover the determination of the slit tear resistance of light leathers such as shoe uppers, gloves, and upholstery. This test method is designed to measure the load required to tear leather at a slit cut perpendicular to its surface. Tanners and leather buyers have found that it gives an indication of the resistance of the cross-sectional thickness of leather to tearing. It is of particular value in estimating the durability of leather to withstand tearing stresses encountered in the manufacture of shoes, garments, and upholstered products.

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