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Best untanned belts

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by alexwgoody, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. Crump's Brother

    Crump's Brother Senior member

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    Unlucky makes an amazing belt at an unbeatable price. I own two unlucky belts and bought several others as Christmas gifts for family and friends. You can find more infomation on Unlucky and his belts here: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...ight=horsehide

    this link won't work for me...not sure why
     
  2. ma1

    ma1 Senior member

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    I bought a belt from that barsony ebay store linked above. Sent in a best offer for $15 and it was accepted. However the belt is cheap leather (though it is one piece not bonded) and it arrived very dried out and with a crack right at the buckle that made it essentially useless. It's really stiff, cheap leather that feels like cardboard. I'll wear it until I can afford a better belt.
     
  3. ahjota

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  4. whatever123

    whatever123 Senior member

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    time to bump this thread

    my kenton soreson veg tanned 2 months of consistent wear.

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  5. mike868y

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  6. mikecch

    mikecch Senior member

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    ^^ Nice sorenson belt there (it's got the same buckle as my Unlucky belt :p). I asked him a few months ago whether he would consider doing a belt heavier than 10 oz, but got shot down [​IMG] How thick is the leather on yours? I really would recommend Unlucky (Scott's) belt!!! If anything, other than his great handiwork, the ability to customise the belt and incorporate rivets into the final make-up is just awesome - not to mention you get your pick of leather weights. Also, Corter seems to be doing some great stuff, but I've never owned a piece. For those living in Asia (especially Taiwan), check out "Ken's" belts or one of his collaborations with a denim shop called 'faith'; Angelos also does some really nice pieces - his hand-craft is on the same level as Red Moon and The Flat Head, if not better. Obbi Good is another great one - check out their stuff on the mynudies thread. Really clean and novel designs, the burnishing is always superb, the hand-stitching neatly done... And finally, if you want the most uber natural leather on the face of this planet, check out the belt thread on SuFu...will have some pics of 15oz+ oak-bark tanned leather belt by Terry coming soon. Of course, there's always the Japanese brands to fall back on. For a great bang for your buck, I would suggest avoiding expensive names like Red Moon, Samurai, The Flat Head, etc...go with KC's (they make some of Samurai's stuff), Dolce Vita (house brand of Clever, excellent crafting and choice of leathers), Kawatako (for some very well made Tochigi leather), etc So yeah, either buy them from a private leathercraftsman or a specialised leather company - better value, higher quality.
     
  7. NoahRose

    NoahRose Well-Known Member

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    ^^ Nice sorenson belt there (it's got the same buckle as my Unlucky belt :p).
    I asked him a few months ago whether he would consider doing a belt heavier than 10 oz, but got shot down [​IMG]
    How thick is the leather on yours?

    I really would recommend Unlucky (Scott's) belt!!!
    If anything, other than his great handiwork, the ability to customise the belt and incorporate rivets into the final make-up is just awesome - not to mention you get your pick of leather weights.

    Also, Corter seems to be doing some great stuff, but I've never owned a piece.

    For those living in Asia (especially Taiwan), check out "Ken's" belts or one of his collaborations with a denim shop called 'faith'; Angelos also does some really nice pieces - his hand-craft is on the same level as Red Moon and The Flat Head, if not better.

    Obbi Good is another great one - check out their stuff on the mynudies thread. Really clean and novel designs, the burnishing is always superb, the hand-stitching neatly done...

    And finally, if you want the most uber natural leather on the face of this planet, check out the belt thread on SuFu...will have some pics of 15oz+ oak-bark tanned leather belt by Terry coming soon.

    Of course, there's always the Japanese brands to fall back on. For a great bang for your buck, I would suggest avoiding expensive names like Red Moon, Samurai, The Flat Head, etc...go with KC's (they make some of Samurai's stuff), Dolce Vita (house brand of Clever, excellent crafting and choice of leathers), Kawatako (for some very well made Tochigi leather), etc

    So yeah, either buy them from a private leathercraftsman or a specialised leather company - better value, higher quality.


    How does one get in contact with Unlucky? I'm really interested in getting a belt.
     
  8. whatever123

    whatever123 Senior member

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    ^^ Nice sorenson belt there (it's got the same buckle as my Unlucky belt :p). I asked him a few months ago whether he would consider doing a belt heavier than 10 oz, but got shot down [​IMG] How thick is the leather on yours? I really would recommend Unlucky (Scott's) belt!!! If anything, other than his great handiwork, the ability to customise the belt and incorporate rivets into the final make-up is just awesome - not to mention you get your pick of leather weights. Also, Corter seems to be doing some great stuff, but I've never owned a piece. For those living in Asia (especially Taiwan), check out "Ken's" belts or one of his collaborations with a denim shop called 'faith'; Angelos also does some really nice pieces - his hand-craft is on the same level as Red Moon and The Flat Head, if not better. Obbi Good is another great one - check out their stuff on the mynudies thread. Really clean and novel designs, the burnishing is always superb, the hand-stitching neatly done... And finally, if you want the most uber natural leather on the face of this planet, check out the belt thread on SuFu...will have some pics of 15oz+ oak-bark tanned leather belt by Terry coming soon. Of course, there's always the Japanese brands to fall back on. For a great bang for your buck, I would suggest avoiding expensive names like Red Moon, Samurai, The Flat Head, etc...go with KC's (they make some of Samurai's stuff), Dolce Vita (house brand of Clever, excellent crafting and choice of leathers), Kawatako (for some very well made Tochigi leather), etc So yeah, either buy them from a private leathercraftsman or a specialised leather company - better value, higher quality.
    mike your such a stud...so informative [​IMG] actually, i was just reading about unlucky belts (thanks to you), and just shot him an e-mail regarding a new bag, wallet, and belt. plus, i live in the same area that he is so hopefully i can check out his place, if possible. anyway, i love the ks belt. it is a little over 3/16 thick, just a little bit under a 1/4 inch. i have had some samurai belts over the years (that are a little thicker), but for some reason i really love the way this one fits. its thick, but not to thick. and i love the buckle. and you keep talking about terry dear, but i havent been able to get a hold of him yet. hope this helps...
     
  9. mikecch

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    mike your such a stud...so informative [​IMG]

    actually, i was just reading about unlucky belts (thanks to you), and just shot him an e-mail regarding a new bag, wallet, and belt. plus, i live in the same area that he is so hopefully i can check out his place, if possible.

    anyway, i love the ks belt. it is a little over 3/16 thick, just a little bit under a 1/4 inch. i have had some samurai belts over the years (that are a little thicker), but for some reason i really love the way this one fits. its thick, but not to thick. and i love the buckle.

    and you keep talking about terry dear, but i havent been able to get a hold of him yet.

    hope this helps...


    Much thanks, so I see the Sorenson belt is under-quoted in terms of thickness?
    Probably closer to 13 oz than 10 oz?
    13 oz is my cut-off, because in my experience most cattlehide under that tend to loose it's 'form'...and that's no good because I need my belt to hold onto large ammo pouches and the like.

    Mmm, another belt I would also like to try in the future is a Matsu belt.
    Apparently the guy has a stall at the Rose Bowl Flee Market...but me being in Australia, I haven't been able to contact the guy - if anyone has details, I'll much appreciate it [​IMG]
     
  10. robbie

    robbie Senior member

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    I really like the Corter belt that Blue Owl has, its on sale too making it even more appealing.
     
  11. Jump Around

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    Sorry for being a bit offtopic but what is the purpose of a natural belt? Is the end game to have the belt turn dark brown like most belts but done through time and wear(like fades on denim)?
     
  12. wj4

    wj4 Senior member

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    Sorry for being a bit offtopic but what is the purpose of a natural belt? Is the end game to have the belt turn dark brown like most belts but done through time and wear(like fades on denim)?
    My guess would be to make your own patina? Kinda like with jeans and leather jackets.
     
  13. lemmywinks

    lemmywinks Senior member

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    Yea that is the point. So you can feel good about yourself after you look at it.
     
  14. mikecch

    mikecch Senior member

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    Sorry for being a bit offtopic but what is the purpose of a natural belt? Is the end game to have the belt turn dark brown like most belts but done through time and wear(like fades on denim)?
    Doesn't actually turn proper-brown for a few years. It goes through different shades of tan, brick and then brown - incredibly versatile too. The colour/patina and grain texture changes are things that are unique and rarely found on pre-dyed belts. Add in individual scratch marks, indentations, etc to make it much more personal. Plus, the process is a whole lot of fun.
     
  15. adamha21

    adamha21 Senior member

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    Has anyone mentioned Kenton Sorenson? You can find his products at Context. I own a belt and wallet and the leather is top notch.
     
  16. whatever123

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    Has anyone mentioned Kenton Sorenson? You can find his products at Context. I own a belt and wallet and the leather is top notch.
    yes. i posted mine above. i have had my ks belt for a while but it only has two months of consistent wear on it. i was working on my samurai curve for a while.
     
  17. spacemanvt

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    i love my tanner goods belt, the only issue i have is the way the buckle is held to the belt. they use this huge button screw things, which causes it to stick out a bit from my waist. and sort of dig into my lower stomach sometimes (after eating)

    i need a belt that stitches that part of the leather to the buckle.... any ideas?
     
  18. entrero

    entrero Senior member

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    No matter what you try, the snaps are in the way. It's a design fault, usually belt makers take into account the added thickness when using snaps.
     
  19. mikecch

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    i love my tanner goods belt, the only issue i have is the way the buckle is held to the belt. they use this huge button screw things, which causes it to stick out a bit from my waist. and sort of dig into my lower stomach sometimes (after eating)

    i need a belt that stitches that part of the leather to the buckle.... any ideas?


    Other than buying a new belt or stitching the leather together yourself, I don't think you have that many options [​IMG]

    Many high-end belt makers do hand-stitching for the buckle fold, it's quite easy to find.
    Alternatively I could recommend using punch-through copper rivets, as they tend to stick out less than the Chicago-screws.
     
  20. entrero

    entrero Senior member

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    How do you get rid of the snaps? I thought of drilling, but that might destroy the belt...
     

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