A strange name for an uncommon belt.
Made from just cowhide, brass and copper, this belt is the ultimate in simplicity and quality of the raw materials.
For an accurate fit please see our size guide below.
Measure an existing belt as shown in the diagram below.
We make the Greased OBT Belt in 4 sizes - Small, Medium, Large and XLarge.
There are 7 holes 1" apart with the centre holes at:
Small 33" (Trouser Size 31")
Medium 36" (Trouser Size 34")
Large 39" (Trouser Size 37")
X Large 43" (Trouser Size 41")
The 7 holes cover 3" in each direction eg: Small 30-36", Medium 33-39", Large 36-42", X Large 41-45"
There are no dyes, the straw colour comes from the oak bark liquor that the Devon cowhide was left steeping in (tanning) for a year and a half. This colour will become darker over time - UV light darkens natural undyed leather.
After the tanning process the hides are greased with a mixture of tallow and fish oils which gives the leather the unmistakable leather smell.
The buckles are sand cast at a Walsall foundry, where lorinery has been a speciality since the eighteenth century.
We fasten the buckle to the strap using hand peened solid copper rivets.
Our Greased OBT Belt is 4.5 - 5mm thick and with care (a tub of Hide Food is included) it should last a lifetime
The leather has a full grain finish which means that every blemish or scar on the cows skin will be present on the finished hide and apparent on the finished product.
The natural colour will darken over time and the feel, initially stiff, will become more and more supple - but never floppy!
Wear this belt every day and watch the patina in the leather, the brass buckle and the copper rivets develop over time. Feel free to take some brass polish to the buckle if you want to go out smart.
No two are the same.
Read more about our leather.
Natural leather needs feeding from time to time (more often in a dry hot environment). Apply a lavish dose of Tanner Bates Hide Food every 6 months to ensure long and supple service. A complimentary tub of Hide Food is supplied with every belt.
Personalisation is included at no extra cost. We use traditional bookbinders brass type (24pt Gill Sans) embossed on the reverse of the belt (hidden on the inside). We emboss with heat similar to a branding process so that the text of your message has a dark matt appearance.
Please note that we position our own logo on the inside so that the upright letters are to the left of the buckle. Personalisation will follow the same orientation. Choose up to 12 characters or spaces, upper or lower case.
Our leather is ethically and sustainably processed. The tannery uses a mixture of tree barks to transform the animal hides to leather. This is an ancient tradition which yields the familiar leather smell. Natural oils evaporate over time and need replenishing. Your leather benefits from and will look its very best if given an occasional dose of natural waxes and oils. Our Leather care information card is included with every purchase.
The Midi Baja Travel Bag is a super stylish bag that is available in three different leathers. It has a separate inner compartment big enough for an iPad mini. We fit a long leather strap so you can wear it on your shoulder or across the body.
Dimensions 22.5 x 17.5 x 5 cms
Made from either Oak Bark Tanned Bridle leather or Russia Kip leather both from Devon or Italian Tumbled Mahogany leather.
You don’t need any previous leatherwork experience to make this belt look really professional. All the instructions are available the clear step by step video tutorial below.