NOT THE QUALITY I WAS EXPECTING!
I have received it, and it is not the quality I believed it would be, from the ad's descriptions.
Firstly, it is too thin - only 2mm thick - that's NOT acceptable.
And, it's also only 38mm wide, not the advertised 40mm which is what I wanted.
Secondly, the black is not black - it is grey, and the artificial distressing is amateurish at best.
Thirdly, it is NOT soft and supple, as the high-quality British belts I remember in my youth.
I am going to go out on a limb here, and attribute that to the poor-quality modern vegetable-based tanning processes.
It may not stink like the old tanneries, which used dog-excrement, but the final quality of this end product is far inferior.
There's something to be said for using the dog-excrement, in order to get the lifetime feel and durability of top-quality leather. Leather needs dog-excrement, in order to tan correctly.
So, I have applied DUBBIN, an animal fat-based product, which purpose is to soften and enhance the durability of leather goods, and after about 4 applications, there is an improvement in its feel and suppleness. I will continue to apply more Dubbin, until I might be satisfied with it, although I am not that confident that it will be possible.
The bottom-line - although vegetable-based leather tanning may be environmentally and politically-correct, it stinks for quality.
These are no better quality than the Chinese-sourced belts sold by Arab vendors in the Jerusalem Souq here, for less than US$10.
I expected much, much better quality from a British company.
If you are looking for old-style quality, feel and durability, then these will definitely disappoint you. Pass on them.
If I'd bought this from a regular store, I would have returned it already for a full refund. Is Massdrop prepared to offer me that?