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Each Rival Sons bronze belt buckle offered here on The Raven Works website was made by hand by the artist using the lost wax process. This means that every buckle is different from the next. These buckles were not punched out by a machine but were made by the hands of man. No two are the same. Each buckle is unique and has it’s own character, has its own small, perfect-flaws, and has it’s own personality. Each will wear, patina, and polish beautifully over time, taking on it’s own unique look and feel, dependent upon on the physical environments and the unique lifestyle of the it’s owner. Josh casts each one himself at two thousand three hundred degrees (2300 degrees Fahrenheit). This means that he melts large ingots (similar to gold bars but made instead of bronze), inside a crucible, using a huge, gas powered floor furnace. Josh wears a heat-reflective fire-suit in order to protect him from melting his clothing and catching fire while he works, pouring the molten, liquid bronze. According to Josh, and based upon his life-long fascination with, and his multifaceted education in various aspects of metallurgy, the technical term for this particularly important working-range is… “ Damn Hot.”
Josh builds, patinas and hand finishes every single Rival Sons buckle. The buckle you decide to buy today was not spin cast or die-struck in a factory out of pewter or a cheap base-metal alloy. We made it. Made it in California. Made it for the Tribe. Made it for you.
The Rival Sons belt buckle is constructed of a single, solid piece of bronze made by a man who puts his own stamp on every single one. Unlike steel or other ferrous and non-ferrous metals, bronze is considered a “noble” metal: Bronze will neither rust nor degrade. This means that every buckle sold by The Raven Works is an heirloom quality piece: Your new buckle was built to last, literally, and beautifully, for generations to come. Buckle owners report that their buckles become more elegant, more unique and more beloved the longer they are worn.
Barring direct attack by sledge hammer, or prolonged exposure to a 2000 + degree fire, your new Rival Sons Bronze Belt Buckle will last you for the next two to three… Thousand years.
The price of each buckle sold here includes a belt. Belts are available in a luxurious black, and a rich chocolate brown. Each belt has been built so as to perfectly compliment the unique structural design and esthetic of your new buckle. All our belts are crafted from thick, supple, full grain, impeccably tanned, ten-ounce leather hides which have been purchased from the Horween leather tannery in Chicago, Illinois. The Horween company is the oldest leather tannery in the United States and is known as a purveyor of leather of unsurpassed quality. No expense has been spared in crafting for you the finest quality belt strap money can buy. You will know why when you wear it. All belt leathers are vegetable tanned and have been chosen for their durability, suppleness and beauty. The belt you order today may well be the finest you will ever own and will serve you for many years to come.
Please take a few minutes to measure your actual, individual, unique waist size by following the simple instructions provided above. Doing so will ensure that you receive a perfectly sized strap thereby ensuring that you can enjoy wearing your new belt and buckle straight out of the box upon delivery.