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    Default Do you wear a buckle?

    Hi guys,

    A funny thing happened on Sunday. As some of you may know, I'm a press photographer and I was out on a cycle run from Glasgow to Edinburgh. I wasn't cycling obviously, just photographing those who were... C'monn, that's why the car was invented, so we don't have to cycle...

    Anyway, just as I got out of my car to start the full day job, the buckle on my belt broke. I wear jeans for 95% of my time and have a favourite Levi's belt and buckle. I've had it for about, oh 10 years or so. I had the do the whole day with my jeans "hingin' off my erse" to coin a Glaswegian phrase.

    I got home late after filing my pics around the papers and turned the house upside down, could I find another belt??? For a belt and buckle collector I found this hilarious, although not as much as my wife did. Not a belt to be found in the whole house, they must have been packed away from my house move 2 years ago.... Obviously I wouldn't use a leather from my collection, and to be honest they are all too small anyway...

    Doh, what to do, I've got early jobs on the Monday morning, no time to buy a new belt... Aha, thinks I, where is that cobblers thread and old alloy belt hook. Tadaaaaaa..... a bit of sewing and leather punching later and I have my old jeans belt modified to take a box buckle. Now, I'd personally find it offensive to wear a swastika, and my collecting isn't about promoting the Third Reich. I see my buckles as captured war souveniers... I was going to wear an NVA or a post war, but then thought I'd just go with a Prussian brass/nickle. It was only meant to be temporary, but think I'll stick with it. I'm quite happy with it, but maybe will buy a repro buckle to wear for everyday wear.

    Anyone know where the best repro Prussian buckles can be had?

    Am I the only saddo wearing an old German buckle????
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    You are not the only one:-). But I use this belt only in the woods... and yes, it is a nice post WWII denazified RODO so I can not offend anyone.
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    I often wear an NVA buckle and grey webbing belt!....
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.

    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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    Years ago I would wear my Wehrmacht buckle with jeans...nobody ever even noticed it, but now it's safe in my collection again...
    cheers, Glenn

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    I used to know a few guys who would wear buckles, not many people noticed but I thought it was a bit off. That's just me... I did have a friend who wore a Tony Oliver OLT fake SS buckle for years... I was never sure if he was trying to give it real wear, but saying that most folk had the OLT's sussed. Wish I still had my old OLT, good to have from a sentimental feeling, the first buckle I ever had, albeit I bought it as a fake.

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    Here are some repro buckles for sale also other states are available.

    Epic Militaria > German WW1

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    At college I used to wear a Soviet buckle, but then decided it went better in the collection. People probably thought being a student I was making a political statement. Na too simple for that, it was just cheaper and better quality than a lot of civilian ones

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    I used to run around town with a WH M43 from 1944Militaria on my head...until a stranger on the street liked it so much he made me an offer I couldn't refuse, lol...!
    cheers, Glenn
    Last edited by bigmacglenn; 09-11-2013 at 11:35 PM.

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    Never really done it but nowt wrong with it Lenny lol

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    Quote by Kevin Grootaers View Post
    Here are some repro buckles for sale also other states are available.

    Epic Militaria > German WW1
    Cheers mate, ordered up a repro Prussian brass/nickle...

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