Ordering a strap is a simple matter at first glance. If you want a standard product. But this can be bought in a regular store, why do you need it?
Making customized lanyards or straps implies maximum satisfaction with the client’s wishes. But not everyone knows these nuances. After reading this article, in the eyes of the strap manufacturer, you will look like an advanced customer. For the user does not need to spend energy on this, and the manufacturer, the fewer requests you have, the easier it is!
1. Skin type
Conventionally, all the leather from which the straps are made can be divided into two types: “calf” and “exotic”. The calf is both calves and a cow. In general, very common animals, with rather large skins.
Even though the “calf” can be dressed in different ways – artificially aged, different in color, even embossed “exotic” – “exotic” looks much more interesting and multifaceted. She has a much richer choice of textures laid down by nature. As for the price, the “calf”, most often, is much cheaper than the “exotic”. The difference between them at times depends on the type of “exotic”.
Although among the products from the “calf” there are specimens that can cost more than “exotics”. For example, a strap made of “historical” leather (a 100-year-old gun bag or leather salvaged from an ancient sunken trading ship), a strap made from a battered baseball glove, or a piece of leather from a great football player’s boot.
2. Strap type
Straps can be divided into standard and “not so”.
The standard strap can be made from both “calf” and “exotic”. It is characterized by restrained cuts and moderation in details. The color can be both bright and calm.
In addition to standard straps, today’s buyers can order straps of other types.
Historical or modern calf leather straps (gun pouches, bandoliers, holsters, and sword belts). There are abrasions, scratches, dents, traces of gun oil, and artifacts on the historical leather – numbers of military units, years of manufacture of the product, names of previous owners, and hallmarks.
There are also remakes – leather, on which all the prints of history are imitations. The cost of this type of strap is lower than the cost of the historical strap.
Straps made from end-of-life sports equipment (baseball gloves and balls, rugby and basketballs).
These straps are either made from vintage leather or expertly aged.
Yes, yes, along with denim straps, leather is already on the market, with a print that authentically imitates denim.
These straps accentuate the attention of those around them with a pattern, a combination of colors, and a shape.
3. Skin color
Here the choice is yours, there are a great variety of skin colors. But there are natural limitations. As you understand, 70 years ago, soldiers did not carry machine guns in acid-colored bags. And their commanders did not wear crocodile skin tablets).
4. Number of layers
The strap can be two-layer (No. 1 – one strip of leather is folded in half and glued), three-layer for thickening and design (No. 2 – one strip of leather is folded in half, 1 more layer of leather is added between the layers, everything is glued), three-layer in order to increase strength (No. 3 – the upper layer of the front skin, the lower layer of the lining leather, the inner layer of the skin, everything is glued).
According to your desire, it can be thin (2.5 mm), medium thickness (3.5 mm), or thick (6 mm).
6. Presence/absence of volumetric inserts
Usually, voluminous inserts are made in the area around the sides of the wrist with the strap. The insert may be a layer of leather or cardboard sewn between the face and the lining. Visually, this insert makes the strap more voluminous, which many people like.
7. Decorative slots in the strap
They can be of different shapes and sizes. If they are through, then a person’s hand is visible through them, and if not, then the inner layer of the strap is.
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