Attaching Cowboy Belt Buckles: Patch and Snap-On

June 13, 2023

In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the simple methods for attaching any kind of Western or cowboy belt buckle to your belt itself. Knowing how to do this is important if you wear belts and belt buckles regularly in these settings, and there are a few different methods depending on the buckle type and other factors.

At A Cut Above Buckles, we're proud to offer a wide selection of custom rodeo belt buckles and many other options for clients around Utah and Texas, plus expertise on topics like this. While part one of our series went over ratchet buckles and clasp or clip buckles, today's part two will take a look at several additional types and how to go about attaching them.

Leather Patch Buckles

One type of belt buckle that will take just a bit more work to attach is a leather patch buckle. This type of buckle will usually consist of two pieces, one being the belt itself and the other being a piece of leather with the buckle attached to it.

To attach this type of buckle, you'll need to make sure that the belt end without the buckle has enough holes punched into it for the proper size and fit. You'll then need to thread the buckle and leather patch onto this end, followed by folding the belt end over so that the point of the buckle can fit through one of the holes before finally securing it with a rivet or other type of fastener.

Snap-On Buckles

Another popular type of belt buckle is the snap-on buckle. These are designed to fit onto a belt by placing the tongue of the buckle through one of the holes on the leather and then securing it in place with several snaps that run along both sides.

This is one of the simplest and quickest ways to attach any type of belt buckle, so if you're looking for a quick and easy way to make sure your buckle stays in place, snap-on buckles are the way to go.

What if the Belt Strap is Too Thick?

In cases where the belt strap is too thick for certain types of buckles, such as leather patch buckles or snap-on buckles, a bit more work may be required in order to get them attached. In these cases, you'll want to use a tool called an edge skiver in order to cut away some of the extra material on the back side, allowing for proper attachment.

In other cases, such as if your buckle type uses a clasp, you may be able to use this clamp to create new holes that are of the correct size for your buckle.

No matter which type of belt buckle you choose, proper attachment is a must in order to keep it from slipping off or becoming damaged. Following the steps outlined above should help ensure that your buckles stay securely fastened so that you can show them off with pride!

At A Cut Above Buckles, we’re proud to help our customers with all their belt buckle needs. From purchasing buckles to finding the right attachment method for any type of buckle, we provide the answers you’re looking for. Contact us today and let us show you why we’re one of Utah and Texas’s top custom rodeo belt buckle manufacturers!

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