Very cold and windy here in the southern part of my continent.
But the overcast is great for taking leather photos 🙂
Here’s the Type II ‘industrial’ belt I bought from Kurt (of faith, Taipei) last year, made by a Taiwanese leather craftsmen called Ken.
Anyway, a overload of pictures here:
^ Yep, it’s close enough to brick-red!
The leather started off a pale, peachy yellow (can refer back to my older posts), and has darkened quite quickly.
I’ve also managed to give the leather a nice pull-up effect using horse oil and beeswax, please see my recent SuFu posting for pics.
^ Indoor lighting – a much darker colour when not in direct sunlight.
^ Fitted with a handsome, made in Taiwan, brass garrison buckle.
^ Copper burr rivet, hand hammered – has aged quite nicely.
^ Thick linen threads that have held up quite well, slightly indigo stained.
^ Character-enhancing scar; the leather is textured, but not heavily corrected.
^ This is very interesting – the original grain of the leather is just popping out in the high abrasion areas.
Makes for an interesting contrast with the printed tree-bark texture.
This leather still has some way to go until the grain development reaches it’s peak.
^ Really liking the tree bark texture – much more horizontal and coarse compared to the natural wrinkling on, say, bull-shoulder or bison.
^ faith. Hard to discern now.
^ The burnish is only getting smoother with wear (East Asian dudes tend to burnish good :P).
Yep, this is one of the lighter belts in my inventory – in fact, the thinnest.
Although slightly thinner than most of my other belts – measuring 4 to 4.2 mm, 10 oz approx. by caliper – the density on the leather is very high as it has been rolled/compacted during the texturing process.
IIRC, Kurt mentioned it started off with a thickness of 5 mm.
The craftsmanship and choice of threading/hardware is excellent, giving the belt a genuine old-school, rail-road inspired feel that, ironically, you can hardly find in the US any more.
Not to mention the value for money is absolutely fantastic – you can’t even buy a machine stitched, edge-kotted, pseudo-bridle belt from Western retailers with the money I paid for this one.
I hope to contact Ken one day to do some custom work, or perhaps pay him a visit the next time I’m back in Taiwan.