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We make mechanical buckles with out of this world style! Simply turn the dial to open your belt. Hand-cut leather from Milwaukee, WI.
We make mechanical buckles with out of this world style! Simply turn the dial to open your belt. Hand-cut leather from Milwaukee, WI.
94 backers pledged $10,045 to help bring this project to life.

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We are using this Kickstarter project to launch the Series 6 Dial belt. The Series 6 Dial is a belt that stands out from the crowd, not only by how it looks but by how it works. It’s the perfect belt to wear with jeans and a t-shirt everyday or to elevate any outfit.

 

 

Turn the dial to open the buckle. Unscrew the sizing stud by hand to change your size. Turn the dial back to lock the buckle. DONE.
Turn the dial to open the buckle. Unscrew the sizing stud by hand to change your size. Turn the dial back to lock the buckle. DONE.

 

I started designing my buckles when I realized that traditional belt buckles haven’t changed very much in the last few centuries. A “normal” belt buckle has a square frame and center post that you have to weave your leather through. The design is boring and damages the belt over time by bending the leather in half every time you undo your belt.

I invented and patented a way to latch a buckle to a belt that is fun to open and doesn’t damage the leather. My design uses a mechanical action to attach to an adjustable sizing stud, not to the leather. To change your size you simply unscrew and move the stud to a different hole. Together, the buckle and stud act like a lock and offer cool ways to unlatch your belt.

I first designed the Dial in college and keep trying to perfect it. Each redesign has made small improvements in the function and look of the buckle. The Series 6 Dial is the culmination of 10 years of design and engineering.

History of the Dial Buckle
History of the Dial Buckle

 

 

We use 9oz full-grain leather from double-butt cow hides to make our belts. This is the best cut of leather to make belts with because of its thickness and firmness. I work with a local seventy-year-old tannery in the heart of Milwaukee to make all my leather. I visit them often to learn about tanning techniques and put a lot of care into developing the color, texture, thickness, and feel of each hide. I hand-cut each leather strap, then size each belt to order.

I currently make belts in standard smooth finishes of black and brown leather, as well as gray and brown ultra distressed finishes of Rough Rider leather. The belt is 1.5" wide, standard width for a casual belt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's important to us that your belt fits you perfectly. Please consult the sizing charts below before selecting the size you want, or visit our website FAQ page for info on how to figure out your belt size. We do offer custom sizes up to US size 48, just send us a message and we'll make a note of it. If you are not sure what size you need, Cristina and I are happy to help!

Sizing Chart for Gents
Sizing Chart for Gents

GENTS: The general rule of thumb is to add two to your pants size (e.g. if you wear a size 32 in jeans, order a size 34 belt). If you are not sure what your size is, try this: while wearing your pants at their normal level on your waist, use a tape measure to get the length around the waistband. If your measurement falls in the middle of one of the ranges listed, order that belt size.

  

Sizing Chart for Ladies
Sizing Chart for Ladies

LADIES: The sizes listed give a range of tightest to loosest that the belt can be worn. If you are not sure what your size is, try this: while wearing your pants/dress/sweater, use a tape measure to get the length around where you want to wear the belt. If your measurement falls in the middle of one of the ranges listed, order that belt size.

 

 

 

We've been working on the Series 6 Dial for months, and we're just about ready to launch it! 

 

Our goal for this campaign is to raise $5000. This money will go towards the cost of producing molds and purchasing a load of leather to fulfill rewards.

 

I studied sculpture in college and was always into tinkering and making things. One day I needed a belt and decided to make my own using leftover metal from a sculpture. I knew that I didn't want to make an oval or rectangular buckle like most “regular” buckles. Instead, I made a shape somewhere in-between, kind of a spear head. I never liked the look or feel of welding in my sculptures, so I came up with a way of using pins to lock my metal parts together. I used the same technique to make my very first buckle - a long pin slid through a slotted stud to lock the buckle in place (this design eventually turned into the Excalibur buckle).

After a few months of showing off my homemade belt and making a few more for friends and family, I came up with the Dial design. I figured out that I could swap out the sliding pin for a turning dial, so you can just twist it open and closed. After some trial and error with springs, I added two magnets inside the Dial to hold it in the open and closed positions. Bonus - magnets never wear out or lose strength, even after years of use.

My designs have come a long way since their early versions. I received a patent on my buckle design, have been featured in two major art museum design stores, and exhibited and won awards in some of the best art shows in the United States. Today, Obscure Belts is a company of two - me and my girlfriend Cristina. Together we travel the US selling our cool belts at art, music, and entertainment festivals.

Check out our website for more designs: www.obscurebelts.com 

Follow us for the latest news:

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     instagram.com/obscurebelts

     twitter.com/obscurebelts

 

REFUNDS

We reserve the right to issue or deny any requested refunds. If we issue a refund, we will deduct 10% from it because that amount has already been taken from your pledge as fees for the payment processor and Kickstarter.

EXCHANGES

We want you to be satisfied with your reward. If the belt you receive does not fit, you may exchange it for a different size. For exchanges, you’ll have to send the product back to us at your own expense and then pay for shipping the resized belt back to you. We highly recommend consulting our sizing charts or contacting us with questions before selecting the size for your belt.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS

All international shipments are subject to duties, taxes and clearing fees which you are responsible for paying. All Kickstarter rewards will be declared ‘gift’, however, most countries will assess duties/taxes and in certain countries, the carrier will pre-pay the duties and taxes and bill you later. If you refuse delivery, your package will be abandoned. Once abandoned, we can’t ship another package to you or issue a refund. We ship internationally to select countries using USPS.

 

 

Risks and challenges

We have been making our patented belts since 2005 and have a lot of experience with belt making. Cristina & I are very familiar with working to meet deadlines and have our workshop setup to efficiently make each order. We have worked out most of the kinks in our little belt making operation, especially with the Dial design (this is its 6th redesign in 10 years! What can we say, we’re perfectionists….).

In preparation for this Kickstarter project, we have done a small prototype run to ensure the quality and function of the Dial. We have built in a little extra time to fulfill pledges and are confident we will ship by the projected dates. We will always keep you informed if things take longer than planned.

Assuming the Dial gets funded, the biggest challenge we face is popularity of the Rough Rider leather and possibly running through our entire stock. To mitigate this risk, we have placed a pre-order with our tannery in Milwaukee so more hides will be ready by the time the funding period ends.

Another challenge we could face is overfunding. Since this is our first time launching a project on Kickstarter, we don’t know what to expect in terms of reception and funding/over-funding. In the event that this project is wildly successful (woohoo!), we will bring on a shop assistant or intern to help with the workload and get all orders out ASAP.

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  1. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $80 or more About $80

    Early Bird Special - (1) Satin Dial

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! ($25 off retail)

    The Satin Dial is perfect for a dressier look. With this reward you get (1) Satin Dial:

    + pick your leather color (black, brown, grey rough rider, or brown rough rider)

    + pick your size (up to US size 48 belt)

    (select leather color and size after the campaign ends during backer survey)

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    Early Bird Special - (1) Aged Dial

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! ($25 off retail)

    The Aged Dial is perfect for a casual look. With this reward you get (1) Aged Dial:

    + pick your leather color (black, brown, grey rough rider, or brown rough rider)

    + pick your size (up to US size 48 belt)

    (select leather color and size after the campaign ends during backer survey)

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    (1) Satin Dial

    The Satin Dial is perfect for a dressier look. With this reward you get (1) Satin Dial:

    + pick your leather color (black, brown, grey rough rider, or brown rough rider)

    + pick your size (up to US size 48 belt)

    (select leather color and size after the campaign ends during backer survey)

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    (1) Aged Dial

    The Aged Dial is perfect for a casual look. With this reward you get (1) Aged Dial:

    + pick your leather color (black, brown, grey rough rider, or brown rough rider)

    + pick your size (up to US size 48 belt)

    (select leather color and size after the campaign ends during backer survey)

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    (1) Satin AND (1) Aged Buckle

    Why choose between the aged or the satin dial when you can have both! With this reward you get (1) Aged AND (1) Satin Dial:

    + pick one leather color per buckle (black, brown, grey rough rider, or brown rough rider)

    + pick your sizes (up to US size 48 belt)

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Funding period

- (33 days)