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This is bonded leather, not a solid leather strip.
on November 14, 2011
The belt is working fine so far, however please keep the following in mind: this is bonded leather, not a solid strip of leather. Carhartt, like many other companies, has unfortunately decided to deliberately obfuscate this fact. There is no mention of this on the listing page or on labels that came with the belt itself. What is the problem with bonded leather? Bonded leather is the leather equivalent of plywood. It is thousands of tiny leather scraps which are pressed and fused together into one piece. Unlike a solid piece of leather which will take literally decades to wear out, bonded leather belts typically wear out in a couple of years, sometimes sooner. If companies want to sell bonded leather belts because they cost less than solid leather belts then fine; I just ask that they be more up-front about it. Again, the belt is working fine so far but I was very unhappy to find that it was bonded leather and this fact was not disclosed on the listing page.
EDIT: 7/15/14: The belt has still not worn out. So, unlike many other bonded belts this one has lasted well so far. So, please take this into account. Bonded or not this has been a good belt so far.