Smoked Leather by firehouse definition is leather gear worn and used by firefighters. The title “Smoked Leather” was inspired by a few big city firefighters who said “your shields look like they belong on old leather lids; nothing’s better than wearin’ smoked out leather”. Smoked Leathe This statement sums up what is seen hand-tooled into each and every one of our pieces from that moment on.

Smoked Leathe Tooling leather is not only an art form, but has been a long lost skill for some time and is mostly seen today in western style horse saddles and belt work. Our goal was to bring this traditional element back into the fire service by hand-carving and tooling every detail seen on each and every piece, Smoked Leather. But it wasn’t until teaming up with Ivan Rubio for the paint work that the image was complete and Smoked Leather was officially born. Today, Smoked Leather’s work has made its way from its birthplace in Northern California all the way across this great American freedom loving nation of ours. Smoked Leathe Not a trend, just back to American hand-made quality.

"It takes over 850 tool strikes to make one (1) Smoked Leather shield"

Smoked Leather is a small Firefighter-owned and operated business that focuses on the traditional hand-carving style of leather products geared for the fire service. All products are handmade from the artistic swivel-knife carving, the hand-tooled detail, to the delicate hand painted lettering. One piece at a time, It's a Pride thing!

100% hand-carved, 100% hand-painted, 100% made in America. No Laser Printers, No Letter Stamps or Press Plates!



THE LEGACY design is our artistic interpretation on a VERY old shield style mostly seen in b/w photographs of old timers working the job back when high-eagles were used to break out windows to ventilate. The Legacy like all the rest is completely carved by hand with the added look of stitching for the number and rocker panels […]

New Letternest & FD SCRAMBLE option

Announcing the Monogram option which is two or three letters over-lapping each other in the center of the shield in place of a number. Usually these style of shields are seen on sport fan helmets at sporting events and fire helmet shields where the firefighter isn’t assigned to a specific house just yet. This is an […]

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West Coast Fire Helmets Specializes in the Refurbishing, Restoration and sales of Leather firefighting helmets we are also a Liberty Art Works dealer  and Carry products from five alarm leather, DKE decals and GSP bourkes . To contact us please e-mail your questions at [email protected] or click the image.

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