5 Pairs Of Black Raw Denim (Part 1 of 2)

5 Pairs of Black Raw Denim - Part 1

3Sixteen+ 711BSP Close-up (source: selfedge.com)

The standard image of jeans is good ol’ indigo-dyed, 5-pocket jeans. But not all jeans are standard “blue jeans” (e.g. Naked & FamousPomegranate-dyed jeans). In today’s post, we’d like to shed a bit of light into the rather dark world of black raw denim.

Known for fading differently from traditional indigo jeans due to the difference in dye, there’s been increased interest in black jeans lately. In no particular order, we present 5 awesome pairs of black raw jeans.

1. 3Sixteen+ – 711BSP

3Sixteen+ 711BSP

3Sixteen+ 711BSP

 3Sixteen+ 711BSP

  • Weight: 18 oz.
  • Fit: Straight leg, medium rise
  • Denim: Unsanforized 3Sixteen+ Original Japanese selvage denim
  • Weave: Low-tension 5×5 Warp x Weft
  • Dye: Low-Viscosity Sulfur
  • Made In Japan
  • Price: $300.00
  • Available at: Self Edge
2. Iron Heart – 7301S Black
Iron Heart 7301S Black

Iron Heart 7301S Black

Iron Heart 7301S Black

The Jeans are selvedge, but the outer-seams do not show it.

  • Weight: 21 oz.
  • Fit: Slim cut
  • Denim: Sanforized Iron Heart Original Japanese (non-showing outer seam) Selvage denim
  • Material: 100% Zimbabwe Cotton
  • Made In Japan
  • Price: $400.00
  • Available at: Self Edge
3. Pure Blue Japan – XX-005BK


  • Weight: 14 oz.
  • Fit: Slim-Straight Cut
  • Denim: Unsanforized Pure Blue Japan Original Japanese selvage denim
  • Weave: Low-tension
  • Made In Japan
  • Price: $275.00
  • Available at: Blue In Green
4. Imperial – King Black
Imperial King Black

Imperial King Black

Imperial King Black

  • Weight: 14.25 oz.
  • Fit: Bootcut leg, low yoke.
  • Denim: Sanforized Imperial Original Japanese Selvage denim
  • Made In Australia
  • Price: $270.00
  • Available at: Self Edge
5. The Flat Head – 4001BK

The Flat Head 4001BK

A Half-Selvedge out-seam is used.

  • Weight: 14.5oz
  • Fit: Slim Cut
  • Denim: Unsanforized Flat Head Original Japanese selvage denim
  • Dye: Low-Viscosity Sulfur dipped, post-weave sulfur top-dye
  • Made In Japan
  • Price: $335.00
  • Available at: Self Edge

Stay tuned for Part 2.

Stay Raw!

– Sean
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An enthusiast for all things denim, vintage and manly; speaker of Japanese; Rawr Denim's Managing Editor. When he's not being a grammar-nazi, he can be found finishing his degree in East-Asian Studies.

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  • Ken

    No Dior MIJ 19cm black? Bad post is bad.

  • http://profiles.google.com/svanthul Shaun Van’t Hul

    i’d really like to see some pictures of black denim fading…thinking about getting a pair.

    • Supernova33333

      I believe it changes from denim to denim depends of the dyeing process. 
      1. 3Sixteen+ – 711BSP from the dye description it looks like it’s all sulfur, this would only  fade into gray.If in the process the first dips were in indigo (and prolonged enough) even a sulfur top would fade in light blue.However i feel to say, to me a sulfur-only dye (no indigo at all) does only share the process with what i define denim, in spite I do love the look of it.

      • Anonymous

        Good insight. Some of them are dyed in indigo first. It just achieves a different effect.

        Stay tuned for our upcoming post on Overdyed denim, as well.

    • matthew white

      can black denim fade as well as the indigo? especially the imperial black kings cuz i’m thinking of getting them..

  • BGDdrizzy

    Two words: Black Nudies ???

  • http://www.thedescendingnude.com Style1artists

    How about a month of Fade Friday in black! That way we get a cross section of jean to compare with.

    • http://www.rawrdenim.com Rawr Denim

      @1b8a301bfb916a4fa79b82f105722972:disqus Will need to do some digging, but not a bad idea. Thanks!

      • http://www.thedescendingnude.com Style1artists

        Cool. I look forward to it and i’m sure i’ve got some black denim knocking around so will have to get on the case too.

  • Carter
    • Anonymous

      Good eye. However, those are overdyed. I’m cooking up a special post just for overdyed jeans. Just y’all wait & see…

  • bryan solid

    Working on a pair of black Naked & Famous myself. I have four different jeans in rotation, so no mad fades yet, but I can definitely see where they’re starting to work in and I think the end product (not that there’s ever an end) will look really good. I’ve started using my N&F’s to bike messenger in to speed up the process. Solid jeans.

    • matthew white

      do they fade?

      • http://twitter.com/crumpLezones Huy

        Not as well as Indigo jeans.

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  • Cerbera

    The Flat Head has a zipper instead of button fly (which was a disappointment).  Good fit, but nowhere close to the PBJ’s or Samurai.  

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