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post #76 of 135
strap:

78496_1.jpg

in saddle leather



78458_1.jpg

79200_1.jpg

79199_1.jpg

damask buckles here


or a mokume gane buckle:
81543_1.jpg


or in forged titanium
83974_1.jpg



if you are into
this sort of belts
post #77 of 135
If you are into that kind of buckle it must be said those look really very nice.

Charlie
post #78 of 135
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Originally Posted by BubblyMasquerade View Post


When you started out I thought your prices were great. Now I think they suck. Thats pretty much it.
Fair enough, but the leather I use now is about 3-4x more expensive (and much nicer) than what I initially used.
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I'm sure you do a great job. Its just that there are so many other people that offer a strip of leather at a lower pricepoint than you. Yes I know you put a lot of work into it, but the disparity in leather quality is not that great between yours and unluckys. There may not even be a difference.
Well, if you find a particular belt that is cheaper and want to discuss the differences between them, by all means. The only ones that I know of that are markedly cheaper and worth mentioning are Corter's standard belts. But, then you get a belt that is screwed together and the edges are entirely untreated. To me, leather quality is important, but not nearly as much as the workmanship.
post #79 of 135
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Originally Posted by zissou View Post

Fair enough, but the leather I use now is about 3-4x more expensive (and much nicer) than what I initially used.


Well, if you find a particular belt that is cheaper and want to discuss the differences between them, by all means. The only ones that I know of that are markedly cheaper and worth mentioning are Corter's standard belts. But, then you get a belt that is screwed together and the edges are entirely untreated. To me, leather quality is important, but not nearly as much as the workmanship.

Thank you for clarifying and sorry for being so harsh. I guess I'm just annoyed with the large amount of belt makers that have just seemingly popped up out of nowhere. For what its worth I think you offer better goods than corter or tanner. Especially tanner. Tanner gets a lot of love which I don't understand. Meh its probably just another forum circle jerk.
post #80 of 135
There are a couple of more business-oriented brands out there that make me wonder why they are so popular. But, hopefully, folks will be able to recognize quality stuff from mediocre.
post #81 of 135
Zissou, just let hater's hate. If you wanted to charge a mio dollars for one belt made out of paper, then that would be OK. You set your own prices, remember that.

You aren't doing any good by trying to justify your prices or quality.


Please keep in mind, that I'm not saying anything negative about your quality or work. I just don't think you are handling this too well.
post #82 of 135
^ lol what
post #83 of 135
I just think it is unneccesary for him to defend himself like that.
post #84 of 135
Hey, I'm just trying to be honest (not angry). I think pricing/quality is a good discussion to have. I'm not trying to convince anyone that they should buy a belt from me- just explaining my philosophy on the topic.
post #85 of 135
I would pay a million dollars for a paper belt if it Self Edge was selling it- LOL!!!!

In all seriousness, there is definitely a difference in quality on the stuff out there. However, onus is on the buyers shoulders to do homework before buying. Plus a little supply and demand at play. Hows that for some economic theory? happy.gif

@Zissou: keep on keepin on! Hope to hit ya up soon for one of your card cases, which I think is brilliant (and have never seen another):

500
post #86 of 135
Here is how I see it for the <$100~ belts.

If you really want some nice custom job and really work out the details because you want a unique belt, unlucky is your man.

Other than that, for a generic jean belt, you can't go wrong with Tanner, Corter, zissou, or Hollows Leather. There's also Leather Goods Connection and I really thought about getting a belt from Narragansett leather. There's also Saddleback Leather and Filson. I think some of these makers are ok with light customization, but nowhere near as much as unlucky.

Pretty much all the belt makers I've listed above are all fairly competitive and prices should range from about $50 to $100. I think Narragansett is a little cheaper.

After that it's all pretty much in the minor details. Slight variations in leather type or thickness, ways the belt is held together (screws vs stitching), different types of buckles offered... Some things to note are that Corter and zissou are one man operations, not exactly sure about Hollows. Every brand I've listed is really a brand you can not go wrong with. You can however go wrong with picking a random jean belt from Nordstrom Rack for $10 and calling it a day.

Look up the few makers and try to see if there's one that wins out over the other, or some that lose out over another. I really like Saddleback Leather company but their belt really doesn't do it for me because I am a fan of the 5 hole belt. I know Tanner offers a black belt buckle. That could be something that wins you over. Some of you guys might like 2 prong belts... List goes on.
post #87 of 135
I don't always wear a belt, but when I do, I prefer to wear zissou.

Stay steezy, my friends.
post #88 of 135
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Originally Posted by lemmywinks View Post

If you really want some nice custom job and really work out the details because you want a unique belt, unlucky is your man.

+1 (Scott's the shit)

Tho I'm still eyein a $1M paper belt made by Flat Head!!!
post #89 of 135
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Originally Posted by mikecch View Post


The jesus belt biggrin.gif

Its actually based off a gun belt I saw in a Clint Eastwood western. I think it was A Fist Full of Dollars but I'm not positive.

Sadly, even though I came up with the design, I never ended up getting one from him. frown.gif
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strap:

78496_1.jpg

in saddle leather



78458_1.jpg

79200_1.jpg

79199_1.jpg

damask buckles here


or a mokume gane buckle:
81543_1.jpg


or in forged titanium
83974_1.jpg



if you are into
this sort of belts

Damn Phage. Those buckles are fucking awesome. Too bad it would cost me over 3 bills to buy one. frown.gif
post #90 of 135
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Never heard of them before. Links?

Sorry it has taken me forever to respond to this.

Cause and Effect is the shit. It's a one man show, the dude's name is Billy Moore and he's based out of TN. His website has nothing on it, but he's been featured on Valet and All Plaidout.

I'll post some pictures tomorrow of what styles we have in the shop...
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