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Center Bar Buckles- With An Offset Center Bar

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I've been searching for a center bar or double bar buckle that is either curved, or has the center bar set a little further back (toward the wearer) than the end bars. I can't seem to find them in any larger sizes- 1-1/2" in particular.

The reason being- when running a 5/16" thick belt through a center bar buckle where all the 'bars' are somewhat in line, it creates a big ol fat bulge in front of the buckle. Also, it's a little more tricky to work a stiff belt strap through.

Does anyone have an idea of where I could find one?? In case I haven't done a good job of describing what I'm looking for- look at the center bar buckle at the top of THIS LINK . Note the "curved" shape, which would relieve some of the bulge when using a thick belt. I haven't been able to find any like this in the larger size....

Thanks for looking- I hope somebody can help me out!

Nooj

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That buckle is used for making halters and dog collars not usually used for belts. The buckle you are describing makes me think of the English stirrup leather buckle. Try this link. If you are having trouble bending the leather it is probably to thick.

http://www.ohiotravelbag.com/FlipBook/P212_BOOK_1.indb/index.html

I've been searching for a center bar or double bar buckle that is either curved, or has the center bar set a little further back (toward the wearer) than the end bars. I can't seem to find them in any larger sizes- 1-1/2" in particular.

The reason being- when running a 5/16" thick belt through a center bar buckle where all the 'bars' are somewhat in line, it creates a big ol fat bulge in front of the buckle. Also, it's a little more tricky to work a stiff belt strap through.

Does anyone have an idea of where I could find one?? In case I haven't done a good job of describing what I'm looking for- look at the center bar buckle at the top of THIS LINK . Note the "curved" shape, which would relieve some of the bulge when using a thick belt. I haven't been able to find any like this in the larger size....

Thanks for looking- I hope somebody can help me out!

Nooj

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Thanks for the reply, Busted.

The leather I'm using isn't abnormally thick- about 5/16" overall. Which, for a gun belt, isn't uncommon.

I do understand that's a halter buckle; But I would like to find something similar in a larger size to use for belts and larger dog collars. The center bar buckles I've used from tandy are curved... but the wrong direction (the outside bars are almost closer to the wearer than the center bar, which accentuates the bulge). I really haven't seen anything much different from any other supplier either. OTB does have a lot of neat things though- I'd love to be able to order from them, but I'm not a business... this is just a hobby for me.

Thanks,

Nooj

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OTB does not require you to be a business. They do require a fifty dollar minimum order. I make my holster and belt sets out of 6 or 8 ounce with a liner. The liner does not pass through the buckle.

Thanks for the reply, Busted.

The leather I'm using isn't abnormally thick- about 5/16" overall. Which, for a gun belt, isn't uncommon.

I do understand that's a halter buckle; But I would like to find something similar in a larger size to use for belts and larger dog collars. The center bar buckles I've used from tandy are curved... but the wrong direction (the outside bars are almost closer to the wearer than the center bar, which accentuates the bulge). I really haven't seen anything much different from any other supplier either. OTB does have a lot of neat things though- I'd love to be able to order from them, but I'm not a business... this is just a hobby for me.

Thanks,

Nooj

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Oh- I was mistaken about OTB... I thought they requried a tax ID or something. Thank you for that information!

I believe my belt is 8/9 oz and a 4/5oz liner. The liner runs the full length, but is not in the fold where the buckle attaches (at the center bar). I may try it your way and see how it works for me. Also, I need a good oblong punch for the holes; That may also help it lay flatter across the buckle. So far, I used a round punch or drilled them, and tried to elongate them a bit.

Thanks for the reply!

Nooj

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Try http://harnesshardware.ca/ - their catalogue is on line as a .pdf. I found them very helpful.

Chris

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