Journeyman belts are different. We use only the very best top grain English bridle leather, with solid brass, or nickel plated brass buckles (all made in Britain).The belts are hand stitched for extra strength (not riveted), and hand finished and polished.
Beware of belts that have a line of “decorative” stitching on a plain belt – this means the leather is a “split”; slices through the hide taken and stitched together, with a fake plastic surface applied.
Some belts call themselves leather, but are as chipboard is to wood; shredded and mashed waste leather bits re-formed and a plastic surface added. They will not last long.
Leather belts with “haircell” prints are to disguise inferior, scratched or scarred surfaces. The leather may be fine, but it is not of sellable quality as bridle leather. Real bridle leather should have a smooth shiny surface.
Finally, beware cheap pressed buckles. They will rapidly fall apart, the plating liable to flake. Our buckles are cast brass, or solid stainless steel, and should last several lifetimes. See how we make our belts here