The CLASSIC NATURAL is a belt cut from hot stuffed harness leather tanned at Hermann Oak Tannery in St. Louis, Missouri. This is a 4th Generation Tannery that uses the roots and bark of trees and other to cure their leather hides naturally. Due to no dyes being used as colorant additives in this leather, the oils, tallow’s, and waxes cause color shifting. The wax and tallow compounds that makes this leather so durable and water repellent, gives it this coloration. Customers need to understand that the Classic Natural's color is not consistently even. Our previous customers that have chosen this heavy, thick, and durable belt don't ever seem to mind, in fact, we think they love it more. If it doesn't meet approval send it back unworn for 100% of your money back.
The primary use of this leather is for saddlery. Dirt, sweat, salt, and horse drool were hard on ordinary leather so a strong, weather resistant, vegetable tanned leather was invented for the horseman’s reins. This process has changed little in 140 years. Each hide still needs to be steeped for over a month in giant pools of bark and root extracts. Then, the hides are added to giant wooden drums loaded with beef tallow, waxes, and shin bone oils. With heat and centrifugal force, “hot stuffed” harness leather was born when the rotating drums finished the job. That was over a hundred years ago and not very much has changed in the process.
The un-dyed leather has color variations that make it a natural American beauty that is often copied, but never duplicated. We want our customers to understand that it can be returned if it does not meet your satisfaction. That is how Shep Hermann runs his tannery and that is how sure we are about this leather.
We had this leather made in chocolate. It has all the waxes and oils and is a true classic chocolate. If you’d prefer this version, please request in the notes section of your order.
The CLASSIC NARROW NATURAL is part of our men's belt collection and brown belt collection. Find those and all of our handmade leather belts available online. Also available in a standard (1.5" / 38mm) width or wide (1.75" / 44mm) width.
**We age our Brass in house to create a true patina. If shiny is your preference, please specify in the notes section.**
|Name:||CLASSIC NARROW NATURAL|
|Thickness:||.20 in / 5 mm (thickness of 3 stacked quarters)|
|Width:||1.25" / 32mm|
|Attachment:||USA Black Oxide Brass Chicago Screw|
|Overall Size:||Approx. 6 inches over chosen belt size.|
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Great belt, workmanship is top notch and leather excellent quality, tough and strong but not overly stiff with a nice color. Look forward to getting many years use from it. The team were helpful during the ordering process, were quick to get me a price for international shipping and gave me good information about the belts so I knew exactly what I would be getting.
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