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Equus Leather - Bridle Leather Belts - Official Affiliate Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Equus Leather, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. am55

    am55 Distinguished Member

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    How do you keep the brass buckle shiny? It's barely been a week and mine has already started getting quite dark, which doesn't shine back out. Brasso?

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  2. saurabh

    saurabh Senior Member

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    I would like to know as well.
    My buckle looks like this now after approx 1 year.

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  3. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Distinguished Member Affiliate Vendor

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    We dont laquer our buckles for a couple of reasons. First off a lot of people actively like brass buckles to look aged and develop a nice patina. Secondly, while lacquer can help initially Ive always found when it gets older it chips, and then the buckle has a horrible appearance like chipped nail polish or something. As a result, these buckles will look good forever, but you do need to polish them if you want to keep them light coloured.

    When the buckles are being prepared for use we polish them on the wheel so they are perfect, and then treat them with a micro crystaline wax called Renaissance thats usual used in meuseum preservation work to protect the shine. Its not a permanent treatment though and it'll wear off. If you want to go back to shiny brass after its tarnished we recomend (and sell) a Cape Cod Cloth, buffed off well and followed by Renaisance. The Cape Code stuff is nearly magically good, and much cleaner than say Brasso or similar

    Our care stuff is here

    For a never tarnishing gold finish, probably the best thing is actual Gold. Just like the Palladium buckles, 23kt Gold finish is totally doable and a lovely finish for suit wear

    Charlie
     


  4. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Stylish Dinosaur

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    can you do the 23kt gold finish on damascus buckles? if so, cost?
     


  5. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Distinguished Member Affiliate Vendor

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    Interesting question. I think the answer is probably yes, the buckle is steel so it will plate. The acid etched buckles may not do given the chemical reaction that causes the black contrast look, the polished/bead blasted version would though I think. You would loose all colour definition in the buckle , but keep an element of the textural difference, ie some areas stay matt, some more polished and the layers would still be visible. Do you think you'd like that? It seems a shame to remove the contrast, but I suppose its similar to the bead blasted version but in gold

    Im not sure about cost, or if there are technical reasons I dont know about its not a good idea- I'd have to speak to my plaiting guy but Im happy to if its somthing you'd be interested in

    Charlie
     


  6. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Distinguished Member Affiliate Vendor

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    Hi Guys,

    I said I’d take some photos of the new grained calf colours (the top 4 images) we'd got the other day. Here they are, plus those we still have in Rusticalf. We'll keep adding to the range as time goes by

    Charlie

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  7. Riva

    Riva Senior Member

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    Love that green
     


  8. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Distinguished Member Affiliate Vendor

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    Yes, it’s a really nice one. Looks great as a belt as well as side of leather too. It’s amazing how leather can look different when you make it in to somthing.

    I’m thinking I need the dark brown with orange thread for my own collection
     


  9. Riva

    Riva Senior Member

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    Charlie,

    Any special reason why the special buckles are always paired with Baker london tan and oak brown? I was thinking the wood buckle would go really well with that new green.
     


  10. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Distinguished Member Affiliate Vendor

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    In this particular case I liked the symmetry of an oak bark tanned strap with an Oak buckle, but in general for the special editions the greater character of the Bakers bridle goes well with the buckles I think. Totally just a suggestion though and we do put the Special Edition buckles on all kind of straps, for eg the Rentersu and Cuir de Russie L&R

    Agree re the green and Bog Oak, that would be a really good one
     


  11. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Distinguished Member Affiliate Vendor

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    The Rentetsu in question!

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  12. Elderidge

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    Hey Charlie,

    I cant seem to get the free shipping to work, have i missed the boat on that one?
     


  13. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Distinguished Member Affiliate Vendor

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    It finished at midnight last night so you might have done, yes. If your order was over the £100 for the the original coupon we’d be happy to honour the offer for today though, drop me a pm :)
     


  14. CLTesquire

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    What are you guys using with denim? Thinking something made from Bakers leather might be pretty sweet.
     


  15. coldinboston

    coldinboston Distinguished Member

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    Bakers works very well for denim
    Also dont sleep on the cdr
    I had that made up as a 38mm L&R and works well with denim IMO , but is more "refined" than bakers
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    The Baranil one is 35mm.
    I usually never wear anything less than 35mm bc i am a bigger guy
     


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