Over the years, I’ve been introduced to downright iconic products that sorta define a category. The epic Double Prong Quick Release belts from Pigeon Tree Crafting kinda are pretty top tier when it comes to American batch-made leather goods, but you already knew about them, right? Well, things are being shaken up with this latest release.
The one-man show outta Denver has just sourced a new producer for its belt buckles over in Japan. The dimensions of the original English-made hardware have been kept with a few key differences. To start, “Made in Japan” is stamped on the brass buckle itself and the hardware is sand cast and brushed smooth (in contrast to the mirror-finish of the English-made stuff). The prongs themselves are a bit bulked up and a lil’ pigeon logo has been added to the brass belt loop because, well, details matter.
To make the release of these new JP-made buckles even more special, Isaac at PTC has launched them with 3 belts made from Japanese veg-tanned bridle leather. Vegetable-tanned in Italy before being dyed and finished in Japan, it’s about 12 oz. (thicc), but somehow super soft. Isaac describes it as “sumptuously buttery.” Yeah. You know this shit’s good.