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Belts have a very important function. But the
buckles do also. Sure they can make a fashion statement, but the function
is critical as well. Just as you want to make sure that your pants don't
fall, you also want a proper buckle that adequately secures both ends of the
A belt buckle is a buckle, a clasp for fastening two
ends, such as of straps or a belt, in which a device attached to one of the ends
is fitted or coupled to the other.
Below are a few of the different types of buckles used
Frame-style buckles are the oldest
design. In a frame-and-prong buckle the prong attaches to one end of the frame
and extends "away" from the wearer through a hole in the belt, where it anchors
against the opposite side of the frame. The oldest styles have a simple loop or
"D" shaped frame (see: D-ring), but "double-loop" or "center post" buckles whose
prongs attach to a fixed center section appear in the 8th century. Very small
buckles with removable center pins and chapes were introduced and used on shoes,
beginning in the 17th century, but not often for waist-belts. A "chape" is the
fixed cover or plate which attaches buckle to belt while the "mordant" or "bite"
is the adjustable portion.
Plate-style buckles are common on
western military belts of the mid-19th century, which often feature a three-hook
clasp: two hooks fitting into one end of the belt and a third into the other.
Officers might have a similar but more intricate clasp-style closure that
featured two interlocking metal parts. In practice, the term "belt plate" refers
to any flat, decorated surface on such a clasp. These precede development of
modern "western-style" buckles, which feature a hinged frame affixed to one end
of the belt and a simple hook clasp which enters the belt hole toward the wearer
but leaves most of the buckle on the "outside" of the belt, providing an ample
surface for decoration. The distance between the fixed frame or chape of a plate
buckle and its adjustment prong is called the "throw."
Box-out buckles make the traditional
belt seen today. Usually made with an enduring leather or other synthetic
material as the band, these belt buckles are less functional but more
fashionable. These belts became popular after Hollywood began using them in
movies for their "fresh and new look." Now they dominate belt production, and
are viewed as a more attractive belt.
Box-frame buckles are another,
20th-century style of military friction buckle, common on web belts. The
box-frame buckle consists of three parts (front, back and post). An adjustable
captive post sits perpendicular to the belt to press it against the outer "box,"
which completely surround the webbing and minimize accidental adjustments should
part of the belt snag on something. There may or may not be a metal tip on the
opposite "tongue" end of the belt for easier insertion.
Friction Buckles are old military-style
buckles often use friction and are designed for use with cloth belts or straps.
Simple friction buckles are one-piece frames with no prong whatsoever, the strap
or belt winding through a series of slots, and may more technically be called
"belt slides" or "belt trims."
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What ever you are wearing
to keep you pants from falling is alright with us. If you don't have an
expensive luxurious belt, it is OK to use a piece of rope or string.
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