Our signature belt, the 1.5" Oak Creek is cut from harness leather tanned at Hermann Oak Tannery in St. Louis, Missouri. This is a 4th Generation Tannery that uses tree bark and other tannin’s to cure their natural leather. 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 compound that makes this leather so durable and water repellent gives it a unique color, but understand, it is not consistently even.
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 chocolate version looks best with 2 rows of chocolate thread.
**We age our Brass in house to create a true patina. If shiny is your preference, please specify in the notes section.**
|The OAK CREEK
|.20 in / 5 mm (thickness of 3 stacked quarters)
|1.5" / 38mm
|USA Black Oxide Brass Chicago Screw
|Parchment #277 Parachute Weight
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Manny took care of me all the way through, even let me swap the buckle for a brass Oslo, as I'm not a fan of square roller buckles. I've seen other belts by Hanks belts and they don't even compare to these. These folks care about the customer and will go out of their way to make you satisfied. Thanks for the great belt, it fits perfectly.
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