Here’s the Quercus belt by Terry, at 1 months effective wear.
15 oz, 12 months English oak-bark tanned leather from Baker’s tannery, UK.
Couldn’t wear these as much as I’d like for the first couple of months, due to work circumstances…
But I’ve been putting a bit more time into these lately.
As Terry promised, the leather has become much more flexible…even more so than the average strap.
The colour is also quite amazing, like nothing I’ve seen before.
The mellow yellow, now giving way to a nice orange tan.
The grain development on the Quercus has seemingly been turbo-charged compared to the other belts I have.
The “growth” was already quite significant when the leather was brand new, and it really popped out after some oiling.
The definition of the grain has only increased with wear.
Here’s a comparison with a brand new Quercus belt to illustrate my incoherent words:
One of the best vegetable tanned leathers I’ve had to pleasure of handling and wearing.
The English point/saddle-shapped forged brass buckle is also quite interesting, and one of my favourites in terms of appearance and functionality.
Terry’s stitching and burnishing is on point too – nothing coming loose or fraying out 🙂
All in all, a wonderful belt – much more than what I was hoping when I initially approached Terry about the possibility of a group-buy project.
A reminder of what bark tanned leather should be – made purely and slowly, ageing with grace and character.
Terry is now offering the Quercus in a range of colours as a standard product – I would highly recommend contacting him if you would like to experience a traditional bark-tanned leather!