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Quality - How its Made


There are twenty to twenty-five individual steps in crafting a Crescent Belt, each one designed to craft a belt of the finest quality, with inherent durability.


The Liner


Cut from a 10-11 oz vegetable tanned steer hide back, our liner is the spine of the Crescent belt. Hand beveled edges create the signature “high dome” characteristic of our belt. The original firmness of the belt is associated with the dense, high quality leather, and quickly relaxes with wear as the belt molds itself to the individual. The liner’s strength and durability remains.

The Leather Covering

Whether exotic or flat, the leathers used on Crescent belts are cut by hand. The Alligator skins are cut “north/south – nose to tail” as opposed to the “east /west – side to side” cut typical in most alligator belts. This technique works with the strength of the skins’ collagen fibers, and produces the unique Crescent pattern. When necessary Lizard, Hornback Alligator, etc. are spliced.

Bonding

Bonding is accomplished with a proprietary process that has proven highly successful for over eighty years. Our top skins and/or leathers are each married to their liner by hand, affording the opportunity to work the individual characteristics of the skins into each belt. Crescent bonding withstood the test of Katrina. After 16 days underwater, a customer retrieved his alligator belt still bonded, still serviceable.

Hand Sanding

After our belts edges are trimmed, each belt is hand sanded to insure the ultimate mating between the two leathers. As with sanding a joint on a fine piece of furniture, we insure that the seam between leathers in virtually indistinguishable
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Edge Painting

Each Crescent Belt is hand painted – with a two inch brush. Our “flexible ink” is unique in that it is absorbed into the belt and does not chip or crack.

Crescent belts last a lifetime.