I discussed the matter of the $64.95 shell cordovan belt with my friend Greg Kramer, one of the world's pre-eminent holster makers. Most of his holsters are horsehide, and he has a very close relationship with Horween Tannery. He found the $64.95 price to be literally incredible. He said that a belt fabricated from three pieces of shell cordovan should run about $200 to $300, with the higher figure being more likely. One can make a two-piece belt, but it's hard to find shells big enough since big draft horses are much less common these days. He could only surmise that belts at this price are stitched together from small pieces. He informed me that Horween takes four months to tan a shell. Some of the Asian tanneries take about two weeks, and the quality is not nearly as good. He had looked at some shell cordovan from another US vendor (not Horween), and he said it felt like cardboard. Is it possible that these belts are from this low-grade cordovan? Sorry to come across as a "spoiler" or wet blanket in this business, but I am a firm believer in the old maxim, "When a thing sounds too good to be true, it generally is."