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 undyed 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 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 narrow (1.25" / 32mm) 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.**
|Thickness:||.20 in / 5 mm (thickness of 3 stacked quarters)|
|Width:||1.5" / 38mm|
|Attachment:||USA Black Oxide Brass Chicago Screw|
|Overall Size:||Approx. 6 inches over chosen belt size.|
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The first thing I noticed when I received this belt was how thick and heavy this belt is when compared to belts I’ve had in the past. They don’t skimp! While there is some break in required with any quality leather product, this was actually pretty flexible out of the box, especially for how thick the leather is. I’ve been using it exclusively since I got it and have zero complaints! Thanks for a quality product that will last me for many many years to come!
This is a belt among belts, crafted as in days of yore. Hung upon my belt rack it recalls photos of Gustave the giant crocodile, dwarfing his kin on the riverbank. Such is this belt's heft and stature. I wear it almost every day, and know I will be wearing it almost every day years hence. Indeed, I am wearing it as I write this review. I will almost certainly be buying another belt from Scottsdale Belt Co. in days to come.
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