A big thank you goes out to Scott of ‘Don’t Mourn, Organize’!
The parcel arrived from the US today – with a Kawatako-style belt and a custom mail-bag 🙂
Let’s have a look at the belt first…
Apologies for the sub-optimal lighting – I’ll try and take some more photos in natural light soon.
The colour is also slightly darker than it would be, since I have just oiled and waxed it.
For those in the know, you’d probably recognise the Kawatako ‘sword-tip’ belt tip.
I thought the rivets would add an unique touch, and Scott has punched them in very nicely.
The edge burnishing was also done very well~ good job with the antler bone 😉
The 15 oz leather is definitely something that needs to be experienced to be believed – heavy, tough, yet very flexible – not to mention the wonderful texture of the grain and the natural defects in the leather.
Looking forward to breaking these in a bit 🙂
Now for the mail-bag.
As mentioned in a previous post, the design was based on Kurt’s vintage mail bag but with several modifications such as a longer front flap, horse-hide strap, etc.
Really like the rivets Scott has used.
The front flap & strap colour are slightly different from the body of the bag though.
I’m guessing the colour will darken and even out with a bit of wear.
This will be my everyday work-bag from now on for the next few years – stay tuned for updates!