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Commissioning my First Briefcase

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by furo, May 10, 2012.

  1. furo

    furo Senior member

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    Solid brass. It can be quite shiny depending on the mix and polish/coating used during processing. Here is a solid brass trumpet for comparison:

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    However, the brass may have aluminum to strengthen it, although this would not be in the form of an exterior plating.
     
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  2. black_umbrella

    black_umbrella Senior member

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    love the case. Definitely want some inside shots.
     
  3. PhiPsi32

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    Any inside shots forthcoming? Many thanks.
     
  4. furo

    furo Senior member

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    I sent it back to have a pocket removed so will be a couple weeks
     
  5. PhiPsi32

    PhiPsi32 Senior member

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    Understood, and congratulations.
     
  6. MyOtherLife

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    Simply beautiful Furo. Enjoy in good health and thank you for sharing these photos. :slayer:
     
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    Definitley seconded - just brass can be a highly lustrous light gold and is very pretty when polished properly. Of course if it isn't lacquered it'll tarnish over time but will age/patinate nicely and can be polished where as lacquered brass tends to look horrid IMHO, plasticy when new and and ages gracelessly.

    This is one of our buckles as another example, solid brass thats been polished, no coating/plating etc at all

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    Charlie
     
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  8. lostron

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    one of the best leather pieces i have seen. congrats
     
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    Nice bag. I love my Narragansett, custom enough for my liking and great leather.
     
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    Are we ready to disclose the maker of the briefcase?
     
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    I'm intrigued, I've been thinking about getting a briefcase recently. $400 sounds like a very reasonable price point.
     
  12. mez28

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    Likewise. Maker would be greatly appreciated.
     
  13. Jr Mouse

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    Nice looking bag.
     
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    Pretty soon. My review has been delayed because I sent it back to have a pocket removed from the interior.
     
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    davesmith Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    I feel like I came to this thread at just the right time.
     
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    I'm confused. Why the reluctance to disclose who makes the bag?

    With all due respect, what does your review have to do with providing the manufacturer?
     
  17. PhiPsi32

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    I get the feeling he doesn't want to endorse the brand if it doesn't meet the standard. I have no problem with this.
     
  18. Jr Mouse

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    Yes, I respect that.
     
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    Yeah. The case is made by The Sawyer Cabinet Co. The online store is here. It's a small operation out of PA that uses veg tanned bridle leather. Everything is hand made, with no machining involved.

    The pluses:
    • Price (very reasonable considering the amount of hand stitching and materials used)
    • Durable construction (solid feel, stitches look great, very few moving pieces to wear down over time)
    • Customization options (easy to work with, great responsiveness to questions, reasonable pricing)
    • Aesthetic (pleasing and simple to the eye, no awkward angles or proportions, subtle yet catchy, distinguishable from any bag I've seen on the market)
    • Shoulder strap comes standard w/ every bag (also made of english bridle, adjustable, and with brass hardware)
    • Hardware (solid brass available along with nickel - and placement of hardware is non obtrusive nor oversized)

    Minuses:
    • Veg tanned leather, as it comes, is highly susceptible to water stains (recommend treating this prior to regular use)
    • Used glue in some areas where stitching would be preferred (wrap around straps are double-layered but glued together... as of now the maker does not have a thicker side to work with but will be ordering that in the future, so expect this minus to go away when a thicker strap can be cut, eliminating the need to glue two straps together)
    • Heavy - not a minus for everyone, but when loaded with laptop and other materials, the bag can be burdensome. However, it's no heavier than the SAB cases of this size made of bridle leather

    Overall I'd rate this bag a solid 9/10 based on the limited use I've gotten so far. I'll continue to post pics down the road when I feel like it.
     
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