Originally Posted by islay
Hi guys, Looking at photos of samurai or strike gold belts etc. Jpanese brands in general, I see they look more refined than custom belts made by artisans, like the edges are sharper and more uniform but I dont know if this is just a photo effect, I mean, does anyone has experience with these brands compared to a custom made bellt? maybe they have factory machines that do this?
Depends on the individual making the belts.
I started off with custom and "brand name" Japanese belts, and have come to expect a 'perfect' burnish as standard.
It's not to say that US craftsmen can't do the same (I've collected belts made in various countries outside Japan that have very good edge finishing)...I just think their average customer haven't come to expect the same standards as, say, Kawatako's (who makes Samurai and Stike Gold's belts) customers; if folks don't really care, why bother?
I don't think the difference lies in factory machines, it's simply the time/effot/technqiue that one is willing to invest in making a belt and how much extra $ customers are willing to pay for it.