This listing is for one of our most popular types of leather, west tan water buffalo. This offering is a leather "belt blank" which means it comes with pre-punched holes, rounded end, and pre-skived turn back for an easy fold over a buckle. This also comes with snaps of your choice and a matching keeper.
If you are making a new belt or just need to replace an old belt with new leather, you are in the right place. Basically this is a normal leather strip that is a couple steps closer to becoming an actual finished belt. We did the work so you don't have to. To make our belt blanks, we punch four holes for snaps or rivets and one longer oblong hole for the belt buckle's prong to come through. We also round off the end of the strip as well as skive down the thickness of the turn-back to make it an easier fold over a buckle. As you can see from the second picture, on the unfinished side of the leather, we skive (make the leather thinner) from the last hole to the end of the belt, down to about 5-7oz thick. This makes it much easier to fold over a buckle when you are assembling a finished belt.
Once you receive your belt blank, you can measure whatever length is required, add some holes and punch out a belt tip shape of your preference on the opposite end. After that, add some hardware (snaps, rivets, Chicago screws, etc. and a buckle) and you are done making a complete finished belt. You can leave the edges raw or sand them down and burnish for a more professional look.
LENGTH: All of our buffalo leather strips range in length from 50" to as long as 60"+. It all depends on the hide we are cutting from at the time of the purchase. Most of the strips we sell will be longer than 50" but we guarantee that none will be shorter than 50" in length.
WEIGHT (THICKNESS): We offer these strips in two different weights (thickness) 6-7 oz, and 8-9 oz - reference our leather weight guide for more information on picking the right weight/thickness.
WIDTH: We also offer them in many different widths: 1”, 1.25”, 1.5”, 1.75”, 2"
During checkout you can choose both the width and thickness you would like by using the drop down selection boxes. If you don’t see the width or weight you need please contact us. If you need your strips cut "buckle cut" (cutting 1/8" narrow to allow for easy use of buckles) let us know by leaving a note when you checkout or message us directly. Once we have your specifics we we will make the necessary adjustments and make sure your order is perfect before shipping it out. Since we cut all of our strips by hand, we can take special requests and are very flexible to accommodate our customers.
We love working with leather crafters and there are no dumb questions when it comes to leather work, we are happy to answer any and all questions for you. We have experienced master craftsmen and women available to help you with your project or to just toss ideas around with.