Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Equus Leather, Aug 10, 2011.
Looks nice! Could you post pics of the satin finish on the nickel buckles?
Do you think satin is more dressy than polished after patina sets in, all other things being equal?
Yup, we're just waiting for a batch of nickels to arrive, I'll satinise one as soon as they have one and post some pics. It works really well, they come out a very light straw colour with a similar surface to the brass buckles
Do you offer the satin finish on the quick release buckle? I like the brass ones but feel they're a bit too flashy fully polished.
Yup, not a problem. The website should have the option but let me know if you'd rather just order through me.
The polished buckle is a reject due to the flaw in the tounge but was used for photographic purposes - it wouldn't be used for an order. Hopefully illustrates the difference for nickel buckles though.
Excellent. Are the sizes for the quick release buckle limited to 1 1/4 inch because nothing larger can fit the buckle or would it be possible to get slightly wider (not quite as much as 1 1/2 but a bit closer to that) belts?
1 1/4" is it I'm afraid, thats the internal diameter of the buckle so we have to cut the strap no wider than that. Sorry!
Just a heads up for those still after a belt using the Bakers Australian Nut after the limited edition run sold out. We've got them on the website now - not limited edition but the same leather and craftsmanship and our usual selection of buckles and finishes. We've reduced the price a fraction to help those who now have to pay VAT so even bigger a saving for those outside Europe!
For those who didn't see the original thread these are made using leather tanned at the last tannery in the UK to tan traditionally using Oak Bark. It takes somewhere between 12 and 24 months from the cow to finished leather and the end result is beautiful, flexible and long lived leather.
The belt is here.
A quick photo or two, though there are an awful lot on the forum that are probably better.
An essay by the BBC about how the leather is tanned - this started the forum limited edition run and is very good. The chap pictured is Andrew Parr the owner.
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I am very likely going to order a Baker belt and am in the process of deciding what options i would like. A couple of questions:
Do you have a picture of a belt with a metal keeper and are they only available in brass? Is the purpose of a metal keeper purely aesthetic?
Does the leather roller actually help prevent the belt from getting creased by the buckle?
Is there any functional difference between a nickel or stainless steel buckle?
I haven't any pictures of a metal keeper on a Bakers belt, I don't believe any of the last run had them. I'll attach a photo showing one on a Sedgwick belt though. They are only available in Brass or Sterling Silver at the moment. They are largely aesthetic although I suppose one could argue that they will last longer - a metal keeper has a lifespan of forever unless it has something very nasty happen to it whereas a leather keeper is organic and thus has a finite lifespan. That said we've never had a customer who needed a keeper replacing so I suspect the difference is rather academic in practice...
Regarding the leather roller, it will help to a certain degree. Leather to leather is always kinder than metal to leather. On a brass buckle the leather roller would certainly help prevent the coloured mark brass can leave on leather over the decades.
Functionally nickel and stainless will do exactly the same job. The nickel buckles have a stainless steel tounge which is the part of the buckle under greatest stress and both buckles should last until an archeologist digs them up and wonders why people would use such a low tech device. Nickle is much prettier than stainless and is available in the West End, which the stainless isn't andy the nickel lustier and finish is better, but stainless is far whiter than nickel and won't tarnish. Kind of horses for course, which probably doesn't help!
The picture below is a sterling silver keeper - the brass version is just the same in shape but obviously no hallmarks!
Just a reminder for people - there is a discount coupon available for use at the start of the thread. Given we're at 10 pages I shall repost so its easier to find!
StyleForum10% will unsurprisingly get you 10% of all of our products on the website. For non European customers the 20% VAT will be deducted as well when you create a user account and/or log in so you will shop at 30% below the inc VAT price on the website.
I'm definitely going to order a belt in Australian Nut here - matches a pair of shoes I have perfectly.
I think I'm going with West End, but am undecided on the buckle color. What do you all think would work best in a business casual setting?
I'm leaning towards 1 1/8 " belt + nickel, satin finished.
The only thing I'm not sure if I like is that the tongue is stainless steel while the belt is nickel - so they are slightly different colors. Also, could that cause some corrosion problems over time?
In a business casual setting I'd go for the nickel as well, it exactly what I wear for smart casual. The brass (IMHO) is a little bright unless your a gold coloured accessory person. The tounge of the nickel buckle is a slightly different colour and if thats an issue its one of the few things about the belt we can't change, but the contrast is quite pleasing to my eye and those that have bought them seem to like them. As much as anything the tounge really isn't that visible in use, but even when unbuckled I don't think its visually a problem. These things are very personal though and I understand everyones taste is different.
Regarding corrosion, I understand where your coming from (I own a land rover made from aluminium and steel that suffers from galvanic corrosion). I've had these buckles on my own belts for years though and I haven't seen any problem.
Hope this helps,
Thanks Charlie - I'm pretty sold on nickel at this point. For business casual, should I go with the shiny or the satin finish you think?
Also, that picture you posted above with the two buckles - is that the nickel version?
If these are nickel, I'm having a hard time deciding. I generally prefer less flashy, but the satin finish on the left here looks a little too bland to me. Since you can see them in person, which do you think looks best for biz casual?
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