You can buy a buckle separately on our website. It's impossible to wear the belt without a buckle. We offer all basic buckle types (Wehrmacht, SS) made of steel or aluminum as well as rare buckles. If you need a tab for a buckle you can buy it separately. You can wear a buckle without a tab (tabs for some buckles are not obligatory).
This is waist belt of high quality. It's made of tight and resilent bull leather. Leather is not pressed, of natural colour (we hew only vegetable tanned skins for the belts) and calibrated down to 4 mm thickness. Smooth side of leather is inside, that sets German leather equipment apart from for example Soviet. Black matt finish is on face (outer) side. Leather parts are hewn. Our SS-belts bear stamps SS 207/40 RZM. The only difference between SS and WH belt is the stamp.
The belt must stand weight of equipment and not slack, that's why it is rigid enough. Cheap copies of these belts are usually soft (and this is inadmissible for such belts). Cheap copies often have dark colour (dark-brown, black from every side) and made of chemical but not vegetable tanned leather. Dark soft leather is relatively cheap and German manufacturers didn't use it.
Why are hooks of different colour?
There are steel or aluminum hooks on belts. Aluminum ones are painted "feldgrau" (dull green) and steel ones "stumpfgrau" (dull gray) colour. We don't take account of the hooks. You can ask which hook is there for your size.
How to choose your size?
Put your jacket or overcoat (or jeans) on, depends on what you want to wear the belt over. Take another belt, tighten comfortly and mark its buckle position. Put it off, lay it flat and measure the marked lenght. Let it assume you got 102 cm (39 ½ in.). Look to the chart below: 102 cm is in the middle of gap 96-108 cm for belt size 110. You should take this size. Sizes 105 and 115 also fit you but you won't be able to wear 105 over winter uniform or to tighen 115 if you wear harder equipment.
Divide cm to 2.54 to get inches.
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Not all sizes are in stock at the same time. There are only sizes we have in stock now near "Add to cart" button.
What are "discount" belts?
We check all items when accept them from a manufacturer. If we see a quality lack, we sell these items cheaper. These are new belts for lower price in fact!
There may be deficiencies as below:
• Veins on outside (black) surface (veins are natural part of skin but we don't sell belts with veins for full price) — we have such belt in size 100 cm;
• Two stamps (SS/RZM on the tongue and the manufacturer's seal near the hook, there was only one stamp usually on the belts); the belt itself is new, durable and beautiful — we have such belts in sizes 105 and 120 cm.
If you want to buy a "discount" belt but have doubts, please email us. We'll make a photo and tell what's wrong with the belt. Sometimes a beautiful new belt has the only vein and costs less just because of it. Gloss will come away after the first use but saved money can be used for somewhat else.
The waist belt as those we sell was appeared in 1931 as many other parts of Wehrmacht equipment. Pieces of pre-war manufacture were of the highest quality. But during preparations for war circle of army contractors had been expanded and quality decreased. Therefore not straight stitches are normal for original belts. A series of orders was issuied in 1940, focused on making uniform simplier and cheaper, so belt hooks began to make of steel. To the very end of war in 1944 belts without straps appeared (holes for buckle's teeth were made in the main leather detail).
Belts that were made by SS order in specially accredited factories, usually bore SS and RZM stamps (Reichszeugmeisterei — Imperial quartermaster's office). Raw materials in Germany were dispensed between departments and they organized uniform and equipment producing of these materials. I. e. SS handed orders out apart from Wehrmacht or Luftwaffe but factories might occasionally be the same (information from the book Michael D. Beaver "Uniforms of the Waffen-SS"). Stamped SS belts are not often to see. When war began soldiers started to recieve more usual army equipment with general names of manufacturers on these.