get both tanner. the quality of corter is terrible compared to tanner. Get 35 or 34 if youre going with tanner
hey, don't mean to overtake a thread or anything but someone email'd me you had an issue with your belt? Sounds like I can probably explain a bunch of it to you and anyone that may have a question, and it seems you don't really understand the leather that the Corter belts are made of. Mods, if this is an issue I apologize!
When you're dealing with leather that's thicker than 10oz, you're going down almost to the meat of the animal. No leather is going to be skived to the exact same thickness throughout (even a 4oz hide for wallets). I do my best to make sure that belts are reasonably the same thickness- thinner at the buckle to make hardware sit nice, thicker at the end to keep the belt's shape. If you're not happy with it, please email me a picture of your belt. I haven't heard from you, and it seems from this thread you have a lot of issues. I would be happy to send you a replacement.
Regarding the finish, and your belt being "flaky as fuck", it sounds like you need to simply oil and wax your belt. There's a great leather care section on my website for people that get my products to read, and the tips will help you get your belt to a hydrated, healthy, beautiful state. Flaky means it's dry, and you need to oil it. Tanner makes absolutely beautiful stuff, but their product is completely different than the things I make.
As Sonny pointed out, you're comparing my belt to one twice it's price- completely different leather, different hardware, etc. I've chosen to let whoever buys a belt make it their own 100%, from how they finish their edges to how they finish the belt with tanning and oil. I use a standard roller buckle that is easily replaceable, because people like to choose and/or switch out their buckles. This buckle is used all over the world in harnesses that keep people alive while they're doing things like dangling from trees and telephone poles. It's light and strong. As a side note- when you buy a super high end belt, most of the time you're paying into the $XXX for the handmade buckle. Belt buckles are super intricate to make, even the simplest center bar will take 4-6 hours to bend, welt, and smooth. Unless you're buying a shell cordovan belt, no leather would ever be that costly.
It's like unfinished furniture I suppose, a blank slate. It's not meant to be a high fashion item, rather a daily, affordable belt for a spectrum of people- kids in school or just graduated like me, to blue collar linemen that climb poles and run wire for a living.
Here's a picture of my personal belt, made from the exact same leather, after about 6 months. Tanned for a day, oiled/Obenaufs twice. I promise you, after 4 years of exploring belt leathers, this is the best natural leather I've found after trying dozens of different tanneries and hide types. It ages beautifully, you just have to take care of it.