Baseball gloves made with leather from Japanese black beef cattle bred in Miyazaki Prefecture — famous for its luxury wagyu beef — have attracted many fans, mainly among amateur baseball players, for their softness and distinctive fit.

A sporting goods company in Miyazaki city named Ballpark.com decided to manufacture the new product, named “Wagyu gloves,” in a bid to create a new local specialty utilizing high-profile Miyazaki wagyu beef, which is known nationwide for its delicious taste.

The major meat processing company Miyachiku has provided the skin of male beef cattle for the gloves. The leather is thin, light and its fibres are densely concentrated, characteristics that reportedly make durable, strong gloves that retain their original shape. The leather has a soft finish, due to the preservation of a sufficient amount of the oil originally contained in the skin.

From the japan news