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Thread: close up of my butcher belt bandoleer courtesy of Bill the Butcher aka Chef Niloc

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    close up of my butcher belt bandoleer courtesy of Bill the Butcher aka Chef Niloc

    I have received numerous request for pictures and a source of where i got my belt from, so here you go. I will let Colin fill in the details. I do believe this was one of his practice pieces. I currently have three cooks brandishing different versions of Colin's work. they love them and the customers love them also. Those that don't run away in terror.
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    Amazing!

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    When I first went to culinary school my chef used to have a belt very much like that, nobody paid much attention or gave it any thought, but i did. I would watch him once a week oiling it and taking care of it like it was an old friend. Well, chef noticed that I was taking and interest in it and it became my job to take care of his knives and the scabbard. He said that he had it for over 60 years and that it was given to him by one of Escoffiers apprentices, who recieved it from Escoffier himself. Everyone in Escoffier's kitchen used to wear them. Unfortunately, times have changed and you don't see them any more . I spotted a similar one on one of Colin's posts, he had it stuffed full of Burkes and a Nenox of all things. It brought back memories, I contacted him to find out where he got it and low and behold he actually made it. The rest as they say is history. Most of my kitchen staff now have them.

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    Yea the butcher belt thing is what got me started in leather work ( great another hobby to add to the list). I wanted one but could not get any of the sheath makers to make me one. After trying I found out why, not easy to sew threw 3/4" of horse hide and I don't think most machines can do it? Hours and hours of work. It took me a few try's to get a design down that worked (like 5or so, about 2 years). When I first posted these everyone thought I was nuts (shut your mouth Dave I know your thinking it), I was shocked when someone else wanted one! As sad those are practice or early ones that I had siting around. I'm still learning, not anywhere close to pro work yet but getting better. This is my set up, belt took longer then the sheath, think this took me 3-4 months to make. Other is the last one I made. Side note leather working tools are addictive just like knives, and custom ones just as hard to get. Being me I think my collection of leather tools might match my knife collection.














    P.s. please note I do not take orders for my leather work. May be some day, but I see it being hard making a livening off of leather work, or knife makeing, don't know how you all do it? If you think of it it's like getting paied snout .50 a hour for your work.
    I'm not good enough to charge for what I make
    I can't stick to any turn around time, I'm slow.

    Anyway thanks again for posting this, still makes me smile that you got a kitchen full of butcher belt lovers!

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    Anyway thanks again for posting this, still makes me smile that you got a kitchen full of butcher belt lovers![/QUOTE]

    I have always respected people who make their own tools and gadgets with their hands..

    I have always imagined that the strap to the leather belt would have been lower as the knife handle at hip level will be a bit high... you know like the pistol holsters in the cowboy movies.... always ready for a quick draw...

    With Zero experience in leather works, couldn't even make one to save my life.. Will look for a custom leather maker..

    Thanks for the lovely pics adn I do believe that there are more people like us who loves the "kitchen cowboy"
    concept...

    rgds

    david

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    No your right, that's why I made the belt to go with it. It's patterned off of a old west "ranger style" gun belt. If you look close you can see the double set of straps, thats so it hangs around the hips. It's 3.25" wide and 1/4" thick, that's what lets a belt hold the extra weight. Kind of like a carpenters or cops belt, but better. The 2nd strap/belt attached gives a much more comfortable fit while still letting the holster/sheath/ tools hang lower. The 3.25" also gives back support. If you look at " Bill the butchers" belt in the movie "gangs of NY" his tapers and gets even wider at the lower back, with straps to tighten it in the back. Looks a lot cooler then the nylon back supporting belt/suspender combo you see the guys wearing at home depo don't-ya-think

    So your right, I'm a knife slinger

    P.s I know that's way T.M.I than any of you wanted to read on gun belt physics/ history

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    Pictures of the belts without you two mooks wearing them is like pictures of a bikini with no babe inside. Well, not exactly, but you get the point.

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    Man, that thing looks like something out of "Gangs of New York".

    Cheers,

    Jack

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    I feel like there should be a video of someone tossing you an onion, whipping the knife out, slicing it in half, twirling the knife and sliding it back into the holster.

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    Damn, i need to make myself a butcher belt that i can wear around the apartment... something that is so over the top for a home cook with a ~9m2 kitchen.

    How thick leather did you use for the belt, sheats etc?
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