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Everyone, I wanted to share my experience having a MTO belt buckle made by Mark Kielty of Mark Kelty buckles. I am writing this prior to receiving my buckle based upon completion of the buckle by Mark and his mailing the item (I should receive it this week). There have been some great stories on here recently of artisan's work (mainly from Naples) and I wanted to let people know about my experience working with Mark, an American artisan. Mark's website is: http://www.mkelty.com/ I chose the Bentley Buckle set (with keeper) in a custom size (1 and 1/8th") with a special hammered matte finish. A similar example in gold in 1" is seen here: http://www.mkelty.com/#!1%22---b-u-c.../vstc1=bentley The project started off approximately 3 months ago with a call placed to Mark. We spoke at length regarding what I was looking for in a belt buckle, and what he could do. He is quite flexible, and I thought his pricing was solid (and appropriate) and timing of work are fair (I was not in a huge rush to have the order completed, and some production issues arose that delayed completion of the set). He started working on the set soon after receiving payment (within two weeks), often keeping me up to date via either phone or email, with descriptions of what stage the process was in and whatever arose during the process. His communication was A+. He also provided photos without me asking and promptly emailed them to me. He is quite detail oriented and personable, and able to complete an order via phone. If you want something special, please consider contacting Mark. I will update this post once I get the buckle and keeper.
post #2 of 11
nice! i've always liked the one you hafta buy another belt first before you can buy. that one is very simple and elegant.
post #3 of 11
Congratulations on finding an artisan to work with. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
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post #5 of 11
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Got it today. His photo is best, but I will try and get some additional photos up (provided by him most likely). Will update more later. Fast shipping (sent friday from Wash / got it in NYC today - USPS priority) - really nice item. Again, it was a pleasure working with Mark. I can post some positives (and things I'd like improved or would have done differently) later as well. Overall, great experience, will return as a repeat customer.
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Guys - sorry if this was not clear, but the buckle in the above photo is a photo of MY custom buckle and keeper set. This was a one off and I worked with Mark on the details. Small quick mentions about how it could have been improved: 1) would have a different tongue 2) would have some sort of box to store the buckle in - it came wrapped neatly in tissue paper.
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http://mkltphotos.smugmug.com/Buckle.../5204276_5gfjs

More of the belts can be seen above.

here are more photos of my custom buckle and keeper set:


Front:




Back:

post #8 of 11
Price? Is that a garnet or a ruby? Why put it where it is invisible, unless you are planning on fleeing the Third Reich sometime soon?
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Ruby. Why put it someplace visible?
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Ruby.

Why put it someplace visible?

You are a very strange person.
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Price?

Is that a garnet or a ruby? Why put it where it is invisible, unless you are planning on fleeing the Third Reich sometime soon?

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You are a very strange person.


I like the idea...I'm going to start using small stones on the back on buckles for special clients...
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