The Renaissance Belt (45-3000) - for LARPS, Vikings, Pirates, Pioneers & Bushcrafters - Handmade
An outstandingly, versatile Belt whether you’re a Viking warrior, a swash buckling Pirate or a medieval Knight, whether your into LARPS, a Cosplayer or Re-enacting or someone who is a passionate Pioneering Adventurer who needs a natural looking tough traditional leather belt that can be adapted to your own unique needs and length.
Along with the belt that will have been made by us in our workshop, we supply you with a metal Hole Punch and a leather hole punch guide - that has the holes centred and spaced - so that you can place as many, or as few, of the buckle prong holes exactly where you need them to suit your particular needs ... it’s your choice!
You can decorate and Tool the belt as you require (see example below) or even use the hole punch to help decorate the belt and lace in leather to make its distinctiveness exclusive to you (see example below).
To help you create the style of belt that will suit your own exclusive fantasy or historical needs, we offer a wide choice of solid Brass Buckles that replicate historical fashions and trends over the last 2,000 years that will also seamlessly blend into the needs of fantasy roleplay specialists. Over time your belt will develop its own unique patina that accentuates the quality of the leather at it ages.
This Belt is made from the best quality 3.5 to 4mm (+/-) veg tanned Leather. The Leather we use is as just about as natural as it gets allowing the natural textures and patterns of each skin to be revealed and show through. We have slightly skived the edges of the belt so that there are no sharp edges to cut into you as the belt is worn and to more easily enable the leather to pass through the Buckle.
When finished each belt is given a light coat of natural oils and waxes that will nourish the leather allowing the fibres to flex, bend and move which will ultimately contribute to the belts natural beauty and character. As the leather slightly darkens over time because of exposure to sunlight and handling it will take on its own completely unique patina that will become a part of the belts story. Just a point of note here, but initially your new leather belt will appear to be quite stiff and inflexible, however the more you use and handle it, the more supple and flexible it will become over time.
Since the belt is designed to be overly long to allow you to tie a knot around the buckle it does not need to have a free running ‘Belt Keep’ loop which most modern belts have, however one can be provided if you require one. The Buckles are secured with three extremely strong Solid Brass rivets that will patina as the buckle patinas. At the moment we have a choice of five solid brass buckles to choose from, with more on the way with more to choose from coming shortly.
#1 - Swash Buckling Buckle - Full Brass Buckle measures: 70mm x 62mm
#1 - Swash Buckling Buckle Top Left #2 - Half Swash BuckleTop Right
#3 - Square Pioneer Buckle Top Left #4 - Half Pioneer Buckle Top Right
How to Create YourOwn Buckle Prong Holes
Some of the belt configurations require that a hole or several holes be punched along the belts length so that the buckle prong or pin can place the through to secure the belt. Of course you can create as many or as few of the holes as you require and exactly where it is needed. To create holes in your belt, if needed, your belt will come with a ‘Buckle Prong Hole Punch’ tool.
IMPORTANT NOTICE:- We strongly advice that you punch the holes on a strong steady hard surface with a piece of scrap wood or a nylon cutting board on it to protect the surface from damage … please do not use your best dining room table as the punch will go through the leather and ruin the table. We use a tough nylon cutting board for this reason and because it will also not damage the hole punch tool. DANGER - Using a metal hammer on the hole punch may cause splinters of steel to fly off at high speed, it is therefore advised that you use a rawhide or hard rubber mallet that suitable for leather work when punching holes in your belt.
Along with the ‘hole punch tool you will also be supplied with a leather ‘Buckle Prong Hole Punch Guide’. This guide has been setup so that you can easily mark the belt with holes that will be centred and evenly spaced apart.
1) Place the guide on the belt where you'd like the holes punched, making sure the edges of the guide line up with the width of the belt.
2) Using the hole punch, gently press it into one of the holes in the guide and lightly swivel the punch to create a mark on the leather where you want your first hole to be. You want to make a faint hole not a deep one, just in case you have made a mistake or want to change your mind about where the hole needs to be – remember once you have cut a hole in the leather it cannot ever be uncut, so it is important to get it right first time!
3) Remove the guide and place the punch on the mark that you have just made.
4) Once you have checked the first hole is going to be in the correct position and is centred to the width of the belt you can decided how many more holes you want. If you are happy to have just one hole then go to number 5, if, however, you want more holes then you will need to place the leather hole guide over the one you have just marked, align the guide with the width of the belt and then mark the next hole along in exactly the same way as you did to mark the first hole. You can always add more holes to the belt at a later date so take your time and always err on the side of caution.
5) Once you have marked all of the holes that you require place the belt flat on a suitable cutting board. Then place the punch on the first mark that you made - making sure that the punch is properly aligned with the marking (see photo). Once you are happy that all is aligned and you are ready strike the end of the punch with a suitable mallet or hammer designed for striking steel tools to make a hole. A simple video to follow showing this process.
6) It is now important that you check to see if the hole is in the correct position before you strike anymore holes. Once you are satisfied that you have made the hole in the correct place you can proceed to make more holes if required.
7) Creating Further Holes: - Creating further holes can be done by placing the leather hole guide over one of the holes then align the guide with the belt edge and marking the next hole along with the hole punch as described in Numbers 1 through 6 above.
The Shark Logo
All of our handmade belts are usually stamped with the makers mark ‘Shark’ logo at the tongue end of the belt (i.e. at the opposite end of the belt to the buckle). If you would prefer the makers mark ‘Shark’ logo to be hidden whilst wearing the belt it will be placed at the buckle end of the belt. Please make this clear when ordering your belt if you would prefer the makers mark to be hidden, by leaving a message in the Customer Comments box when ordering this item.
Please Note: -
Sometimes we do have a waiting list for our handmade leather items.
All our Made-To-Order leather items are handmade in our Kent based Workshop.
This listing is for 1 x handmade Leather Belt with Brass Buckle plus the hole punch and hole guide only, any other items seen in any of the photos are for display purposes only and are not included in this sale.