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tfar

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Belts
« on: March 16, 2010, 01:03:47 am »
Belts seem to come up again and again as a subject. I recently looked into the matter because some of the nicest straps I had are a tad too small now but I still want to use the awesome buckles I got. I haven't made a decision yet and will probably need to get two or three belts. Most of these can be ordered customized and would look great with jeans. The prices are much cheaper than the Japanese belts and I doubt that the leather quality is inferior. Some of them are tooled or Western style which would actually go well with the Western shirts from IH. There are also elephant, shark and horsehide belts featured.

So here are some links to sites I thought were interesting:

http://www.santassleighbells.com/belts.html

http://www.jedcoleather.com/jedcobelts.html

http://www.thebeltman.net/shark.htm

http://wileybelts.com/Web_store/Html/Products/products1.html

http://store.lucchesecowboyboots.com/luwefalebe.html

http://www.raftersgunleather.com/Belts.htm

http://www.kreis-ledermanufaktur.de/index.htm (click on Gurtel)

http://www.riverridgeleather.com/products.php?cat=1

http://www.granitestationsaddlery.com/belts/

http://www.filson.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2092378&cp=2065674.2065685.2065697&parentPage=family

http://www.brettparsonsofwarwick.co.uk/Parsons%20English%20Gentlemans%20Belt%20Price%20List%202008v4.pdf

Well, that should get you started.

Till

 

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Re: Belts
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2010, 01:17:35 am »
Read my mind. Nice work!
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Re: Belts
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2010, 02:17:10 am »
Cool. Let us know what your faves are. I can't really decide yet. Probably will want the shark belt from the beltman. Looks very nice and I have a beautiful Native American sterling buckle to go with that.

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Re: Belts
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2010, 03:41:52 am »
Yeah. I think it's nice to have belts to match the shoes or leather jacket and also with different buckles. Some belts come with Chicago screws to change the buckles. I actually have some very high quality belts that came with sturdy snaps. They have never opened accidentally and it is very easy to change the buckle. I'd prefer those to the so-called Chicago screws.

Thinking about getting one of the Santa Sleigh Belts, a shark belt and a replacement for my lizard Lucchese strap. Or I need to lose four inches of waist. That'll be really hard. ;)

Till

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Re: Belts
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2010, 12:55:57 pm »
I get belts from here: http://www.elliotrhodes.com/

Endless permutations and they have a v.good (zero cost) repair/re-size service.


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Re: Belts
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2010, 01:03:50 pm »
Quick smartphone pic of current belt in situ. The strap is unlined and about 5 mm thick.


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Re: Belts
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2010, 01:13:35 pm »
Interesting buckle. Kind of Cartier Santos inspired with those screws. IS that one from the site you posted?

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Re: Belts
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2010, 01:15:44 pm »
Yeah, its from Eliot Rhodes. The front buckle screws are faux but the buckles/straps are all swappable.
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Re: Belts
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2010, 07:31:22 am »
Till, I purchased a belt from 'The Belt Man' last night. Thanks for link and advice.

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Re: Belts
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2010, 07:48:05 am »
nope. keepin' it plain and old skool...1.75 Bullhide tan, 35"  7 hole, chrome square buckle (and jar of Leather Preservative)
I tried to buy lanyard from Tanner, site wouldn't take any of my credit cards......think my wife had a busy weekend !

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Re: Belts
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2010, 07:50:34 am »
Awesome! Let me know how you like it, Stewart. I will pull the trigger on one of the Santa belts. And when more money is available I want to get that shark belt from the Belt Man. Looks great! I have shark shoes and a shark watch strap. So that should fit nicely. ;)

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Re: Belts
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2010, 09:38:12 am »
Till, I saw a show a whiles back about a shoe maker who uses tanned fish skin for leather - do you know who that is?


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Re: Belts
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2010, 11:27:27 am »
Thanks, Till, font of knowledge as usual.

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Re: Belts
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2010, 08:07:59 am »
Thanks, Giles.

Here are some belts from my collection both still fit but only on the first or second hole and not on the third as they should. Shame on me! That's why I am on the look out for some replacement belts.

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The black belt is about 17 years old. Worn very often. It is by John Egenes, Beltmaker of Santa Fe. Still in wonderful shape. Too bad I'm too fat now. ;) The buckle you see on it is a recent Christmas present from my GF. It's a sterling silver buckle inlaid with semi-precious stones by the famous Zuni artist Ernie Ohmsatte. I'm very proud of it.

The brown lizard belt is a Lucchese belt that I bought at the same time as the black belt. The buckle set on it is also sterling. Heavy as all out. It's by Douglas Magnus of Santa Fe.



The buckle above is from Sky West in Albuquerque. It's solid brass inlaid with wood and bone. If you look closely you can see tiny brass stars in the sky. I bought it at the McDonald Observatory here in Texas. Wasn't even very expensive. The belt is a double bridle leather belt which is very soft yet sturdy. It feels similar to cordovan leather when you handle it but it's cow. I got it about five or six years ago from a belt maker in the Marais in Paris. It was around the same price as Tanner belts. I use that super often and the edge finish is still fully intact.

To finish up, a pic from a silver buckle and bracelet set that's waiting also for a new strap. I got the bracelet in 1990 somewhere between Santa Fe and Taos. It is signed by Tom Hawk, which is a nice anagram (tomahawk). I later found out that he is quite a famous Navajo silversmith and this is his trademark design, except that it's rare to get one with 8 lines.  I found the buckle about three years later by hazard in Santa Fe, too. It is hallmarked LT but I don't know who made it. It fits the bracelet perfectly.

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Enjoy!

Till

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Re: Belts
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2010, 10:05:27 am »
Just emailed Rafter's Gunleather for a shark belt (cost is half of what the beltman charges) and santa belts for a black double layer leather belt. Will let you know how it works out.