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The Official Leather Goods Thread

[Quote] 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. [Image]

2 Weeks ago in Denim

Super Thick Leather Belts

heres my 2 belts, used for around 7 months each: [Image]

2 Weeks ago in Denim

Denim for guys with (big) thighs

i've got 26" thighs from cycling, and samurai 0500's are a perfect fit for me (waist size 35). they're a bit tapered, but roomy in the thigh. i sized down one for a slim fit and they're perfect, even after longer rides when my legs swell a bit

2 Weeks ago in Denim

Daily Snaps 3rd Qtr 2008.

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2 Weeks ago in Visual Arts

Boston

i lived with a kid that works at the dugout. i'd tell you to go and use my name to get in but we mutually hate each other now and the dug out sucks. i'll be sipping vodka pomegranites and sewing tonight, that's what allston's done to me.

2 Weeks ago in United States

Does anyone here shoot 35mm film?

i do too.

2 Weeks ago in Visual Arts

WDYWT: August 2008 (Flaming = Infraction)

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2 Weeks ago in Off Topic

Daily Snaps 3rd Qtr 2008.

the first one (sandwhich maybe?) looks really good, but i think you need to back up a bit, open up the frame. you really can't tell what it is, and if you were putting it on say, a poster or in a print add, that would be important. nice work though!

2 Weeks ago in Visual Arts

Samurai 710s

[Quote] 5000's are kindof wide in the leg, so unless you're down to send them off for a taper i'd go with the 0500's. my fav out of the 2

2 Weeks ago in Denim

Daily Snaps 3rd Qtr 2008.

thanks mate yea they won't develop anything that's not c-41, the black and white you gotta do yourself or go to a real lab. i'm in the middle of scanning 5 rolls from last week, which sucks. i've got 6 rolls of 120 coming back too lol

2 Weeks ago in Visual Arts

Daily Snaps 3rd Qtr 2008.

provincetown [Image]

2 Weeks ago in Visual Arts

canon 40d pro's and con's?

get a 20d, i know i always say this but it's the same price as a used xti these days and will get you the build quality of a 40d for about $400-450 in good used condition. the whole rebel series is just plastic crap, and while the sensor may be nice the rest of the camera makes me mad. or, you can go to any ritz camera store and get a brand new 30d for $700 out the door (surprising, but nice on the wallet). then you'll have more money for the lens fetish you're about to walk headfirst into.

2 Weeks ago in Visual Arts

Daily Snaps 3rd Qtr 2008.

don't use vignetting on everything

2 Weeks ago in Visual Arts

Daily Snaps 3rd Qtr 2008.

theif~ nice start, everything looks blown out by flash though, much more so than even a high key type shot should be

2 Weeks ago in Visual Arts

Daily Snaps 3rd Qtr 2008.

some quick stuff from a trip i just got back from, more later on this week [Image]

2 Weeks ago in Visual Arts