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RKSTRAT
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"Clapton is Good"
Sep 5th, 2017 10:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"40mm metallic buckle. 1.5" genuine leather with synthetic coating."

I try to avoid anything synthetic in belts, but its good to know that they are working out for you!

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Sep 5th, 2017 11:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Nordstrom rack nearby. Got a brown top grain leather belt a few years back and then a black one fairly recently. Each was a tick under $50 but they are more structurally sound then any of the Dockers belts I bought at JC Penney after 3 years of daily wear.
The black one is from Mezlan..they apparently do some high end stuff...handmade in Spain.

RKSTRAT
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"Clapton is Good"
Sep 5th, 2017 12:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I have a Nordstrom rack nearby."

Yes, I am looking at dress belts there!

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Sep 5th, 2017 01:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There is NO question that Chris knows and understands the cost/quality/value equation.

Chris a "fancy boy?" Again, no question!

mfitz804
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Godzilla the Thread Killa
Sep 5th, 2017 06:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looking at the canvas Mission Belts for casual wear, looks nice. I may just order one.

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I'm Uncle Sam, that's who I am
Sep 5th, 2017 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Fancy or Nancy? More a traditional sort who values things that are made well, last, and, most importantly, were bought on sale!

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Sep 5th, 2017 06:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got a "Katahdin Iron Works" belt from LL bean last year and have been impressed with it's quality. Thick full hide leather, brass buckle, well worked and finished. Soft and fine; should last a lifetime.

LL Bean belt

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

I'm Uncle Sam, that's who I am
Sep 5th, 2017 07:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And they probably guaranty it as long.

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Sep 6th, 2017 03:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think I've told this story previously, so apologies if you've heard it. Anyway I'm old now so I'm allowed to repeat stuff. When I was a boy, from age 10 or so, I always bought belts from a traditional saddlery shop in my home town. The saddler had belt blanks hanging in the shop but made yours while you waited and cut it to your size. They cost very little - I think the first one I got was £0.40 - and Arthur would adjust them later for free if you needed extra holes or a repair. He made beautiful saddles and bridles too, also bags.

Since then I've loved leather and the smell of it takes me right back to Arthur's shop. The nearest I've ever found to the belts of my youth are made by the wonderfully named Hrothgar Stibbon in Bristol, England (link below). I phoned him once about an order and he said his aim is also to recreate the old craftsmanship I'm looking for. He does custom guitar cases too, but I'd be afraid to ask the cost. I've got three of his belts and they are excellent.

Hrothgar Stibbon

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Sep 6th, 2017 06:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got a Kirkland Costco leather belt. Brown with white stitching. More of a jeans belt than a dress belt. Nice leather. I wear it nearly every day and it has held up very well so far. About 2 year old now.

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Godzilla the Thread Killa
Sep 6th, 2017 07:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ordered a Mission Belt, via FDP Amazon link, on my last day before Prime expires. Will post my thoughts when it arrives.

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Sep 6th, 2017 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Charlie Macon, Thanks for that! Gates all the way! I have bought the leather weave belts so I can adjust daily, but they crack leaving a bunch of frayed crap. I might go back to my Military belt!

Military belt on Amazon

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Sep 6th, 2017 10:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

MFitz, I hope you enjoy it! :-)

RKStrat, even though my two leather belts have a "synthetic coating" (cough, cough, pleather, cough), they've held up remarkably well with no cracking or peeling. There are other brands of micro-adjustment belts that use top grain and full grain leather, but they're more costly, and, more importantly (in my opinion), don't look as good. SlideBelt (linked below) has a full grain leather belt for $85, but the browns all have a hokey, faux-patina, burnished fade that's been sprayed on. I think it looks cheap, and doesn't match the finish of the shoes I own.

SlideBelts full grain leather

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Sep 6th, 2017 10:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It looks like SlideBelt offers top grain leather belts with much better looking finishes, as well as regular, "genuine leather" models, but the color selection is similarly poor.

SlideBelt top grain leather

mfitz804
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Godzilla the Thread Killa
Sep 6th, 2017 08:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"MFitz, I hope you enjoy it!"

Thanks! Just so happens I need a couple new belts. I'll try this one and then maybe go for a brown leather one next.

RKSTRAT
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"Clapton is Good"
Sep 7th, 2017 10:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I started this thread, I mentioned:

"On the other hand, I don't want to spend $50 on a belt."

But bring it on! Nice stuff!

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Sep 7th, 2017 10:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I do the made up blank and fit them to the customer, usually around $50 if I don't add a buckle.

Tandy has decent blanks too, and are usually happy to help you finish it off.

Once you got the belt down, guitar straps are a breeze. Depending on the level of custom tooling they can go for decent money.

I gotta do some more Irma prep. Later.

Weaver leather Belt blank at Amazon, belts ain't rocket science,

RKSTRAT
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Sep 11th, 2017 04:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Found a nice belt at Nordstrom Rack!

Just what I was looking for, a nice casual belt.

From Will Leather Goods. Marked down from $70 to $50 t0 $20!

Of course I went to the Nordstrom Rack some miles away, as they have the best selection. Spent probably $15 on tolls and gas to get there :-).

External link

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Sep 11th, 2017 08:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry that I just saw this thread. I've been a Jos A Bank customer for more than 30 years, and when I daily wore a suit or sport coat for business, they were my absolute retailer of choice (before their bizarre sales strategy and acquisition by Men's Wearhouse. BUT...to the point of this thread, they're having their leather belts for $39 as their "Deal of tha Day" today.

Sorry for the late notice, but it's hard to beat their quality.

Leather belts $39

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Godzilla the Thread Killa
Sep 12th, 2017 05:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got my Mission Belt, and it's really nice! Going to wear it a while and see how it holds up, but I see another belt or two in my future.

Thanks again, dudesweet!

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