… my leather punch.
I thrift most of my belts. This means I get them for bargainous prices, but it also means that I sometimes compromise on fit. And since some belts need to fit closer than others – especially those that are worn at the natural waist versus the wearing waist – some belts need adjusting.
A too-small belt isn’t going to do me much good, but a too-big belt can be adjusted simply by adding additional holes. Husband Mike and I have been using the slapdash method for eons: We take a board, a thick nail, and a hammer. The nail gets hammered through the belt several times on either side until a sufficiently large hole has been made. It’s a fairly frustrating and laborious process. And, as you can imagine, the results tend to look … well, crappy. Not so much that passersby stare at my belts, alarmed and disgusted, mind you. You have to get pretty close to see the crappiness. But it’s there. It’s definitely there.
And then a few months ago, as I was preparing to take a thrifted belt out back for some nail-related punishment, a memory flickered through my ailing brain. It was a memory of this post from the now-defunct Academichic blog. And I thought, “One of those leather punch tools would be a good investment.”
AND IT WAS.
Mine is the one pictured above, and it set me back a whopping $5.81. (It’s a whopping $7.05 now.) It’s simple, effective, and helps me custom fit my belts with virtually no swearing, strife, or jaggedy-looking holes. The tool punches clean, is easy to operate, and includes fittings for belts of six different buckle sizes. I’m absolutely thrilled. And delighted that my days of belt-punishing are over.
Anyone else have a leather punch that gets good use? Would this tool be helpful for you to have around?
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