On the advice of Hardy Amies, who once said that a man should buy the most expensive belt he can afford, I'm thinking about getting an alligator belt. In my search, I found this company, Artisan. I just spoke the with the owner over the phone and he seemed nice enough. Of course, I had to ask him how he's able to sell alligator belts at such a low price. He claims that everyone gets their skins from the same farmers, and that in the end, it just boils down to brand name. I asked him if there was any difference in constructions, and he said no, which made me suspicious. As many of you know, a single piece construction for such things demands a much higher price than something that has been pieced together. It seems like he should have at least mentioned that. He allows returns, so I might try him out anyway. However, I thought maybe we could start a discussion on how to determine the quality of alligator leather belts (or crocodile, if you prefer). I assume characteristics such as fewer pieces sewn together are desirable (a belt made from a single strip being the best) and stitching should be fine and neat. Are there other dimensions? I've read somewhere that the variations in scale is something to look for. Some people like larger scales, but this seems like a matter of preference. Tail leather, as I understand it, has larger scales, while the belly leather will go from big to small. Seems like just an aesthetic choice. Thoughts on other makers are welcomed as well.