We are pleased to re-introduce this belt after a ten year hiatus. When our supplier of choice discontinued production of this labor intensive model in 2009, we tried to get others to make them, but the suppleness of the hides and craftsmanship was just not up to our standards. We gave up after rejecting more than ten samples over several years. These belts come from the original maker and it just so happened they had some capacity to fill when we went back to them again last year.
This belt was designed to be a load bearing belt on account of its extra tongue that overlaps the buckle portion. Legend has it that when the Texas Rangers were looking for a belt that would support the weight of their Colt .45's, they went to a local saddle maker and he came up with this design. These saltwater crocodile belts wear like iron and you can see how the Ranger belt I have worn since 2006 (the one on the bottom of the 2nd photo) looks brand new.
These belts are made from one continuous, extra thick piece of crocodile hide and this alone sets them apart from most of the crocodile belts out there. Many of the belts we looked at were made up of small scraps of hide left over from making other products that are then glued or sewn together.
Every one of these belts includes the highly sought after Hornback portion of the hide that consists of the two higher, more pronounced ridges that run along either side of the spine. This ridge starts right behind the eyes and ends well into the tail and is the most dramatic and durable portion of the hide. It typically goes to exclusive boot makers or the fashion houses. One mature Crocodile yields just two Hornback belts and this is the only type of belt our maker offers.
His workmanship is flawless. The tanning is expertly done and provides a beautiful luster that highlights the individual scales. The buckles are detachable. The rich, reddish-brown comes with heavy-duty solid brass hardware and the black shares the same heavy duty hardware but is plated with a durable gloss nickel finish. Both colors feature strategically placed rivets and heavy duty stitching which mean these belts will last a lifetime. If you order a brown belt, complete the set by ordering a matching crocodile key chain
Sizing is easy: Measure your existing belt from the hole you use to the end of the buckle and order the closest even size. Available sizes: 34-44