Parcel from unlucky~

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.


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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!


2 thoughts on “Parcel from unlucky~

  1. Belt looks great. How does this belt stack up to the 15oz one from Terry dear? What is the thickness of this one? Can you talk a lite bit more about the grain of this one as the grain on the Terry dear belt was insane.

    1. Thanks Henry.
      The thickness of this belt is 15 oz.
      1 oz equates to approximately 0.4 mm in thickness, hence a 15 oz belt is around 6 mm thick (on average, a stated 15 oz belt would vary between 5.7 and 6.0 mm).
      So, it’s about the same thickness as the belt Terry made for me.

      This one is a regular natural vegetable tan, not a 12 month oak-bark tan.
      The grain is smoother and has yet been expanded – it’s in a very ‘raw’ state – but will become more pronounced in the next few months with some wear.
      The grain on this is similar to the leather that brands such as Corter, Obbi Good, Sugar Cane, Samurai, etc use.
      The belt Terry made for me had a more textured/grainy surface, and had more oil within the leather.

      I will put up some comparison pictures when & if Terry makes me a belt in natural oak-tanned leather.

      That’s why I was very excited about Terry’s belt – the grain was unique and very remarkable.

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