Originally Posted by kolecho
What does "unblocked keepers" mean?
Its possibly easier to answer in reverse. A keeper is blocked when a square block type thing, normally a loop stick, is pushed through a keeper after its stitched to stretch it just the right amount to make it easy to use and give it a squarer, more finished appearance. The keeper will probably have been dampened a little to help it hold the shape and also will probably be tapped with a hammer to give it crisper edges. A lot of this is for appearance, it gives the keeper a more finished appearance and is one of the things that show you wether someone is working to a standard or to a profit margin. If its done properly it should mean the keeper is just the right size for the strap in use and isn't either too tight when new or really ugly and gaping like a lot are. We also re-crease the face whilst we do it - again just helps get the finishing touches right.
I suspect that if you just think a belt is just for holding up a pair of trousers the difference in blocked or not is at best trivial, but it makes a enough of a difference to those who like things to be right that no keepers ever leave here without it being done.
Very quick and not very good photos......
An un blocked running keeper
Keeper on a loop stick
A blocked and re-creased running keeper