Alright then, the last of my long overdue belt updates for the first half of 2011!
The 16 oz waxy harness leather from Wickett & Craig, turned into a hard-working belt by Scott Willis.
4 months of week-day use at work:
I’ll let the photos do most of the talking:
Closer look at the grain:
Definitely one of the more interesting black leathers I’ve come across.
The leather has a ‘moist’ feel, due to the high wax and oil content.
A colleague of mine, after handling the belt, commented:
“Gee, you must sweat a lot. The belt feels kinda wet!”
Waxy harness was an apt name – you’d be able to re-burnish the edges and backside (as I’ve done) without beeswax!
Initially Scott had reservations about this leather – it doesn’t really feel (as in, the hand of the leather) like a vegetable tanned leather, the grain was very smooth and somewhat featureless when it was new & raw, and it bends very different from other belting leathers.
But as you can see in the above pictures, the grain has developed a distinct patina after some honest wear.
The belt also holds onto pouches and holders quite firmly – there is very little side-way give, which makes it a perfect work belt!
All in all, I’m very satisfied with this work belt – it’s actually the most functional belt I own in terms of holding tools and being able to withstand all sorts of weather and hard-wear.
Not a fine, luxurious leather, but a real work-horse…the kind of belt you’d want to be wearing if you were trapped on a deserted island.