One thing about American Handgunner is the fact we’re not afraid to show you some very cool stuff — and yes, price-be-damned at times! This is one of those times. We’re always harping about how important it is to have a stout belt to go with your carry holster, and we mean it. And while there’s plenty of makers who offer sturdy, handsome, rugged belts for holster carry, there’s a much smaller handful who manage the same thing, but use exotic leathers and/or offer an even higher degree of craftsmanship.
Sam Andrews has been designing and crafting hand-made holsters and accessories for over 37 years. He’s a soft-spoken, kind man, with a quick-wit, a twinkle in his eye and a courtesy you don’t often see these days. He asked if I’d like to take a look at a couple of his exotic leather belts and I told him I’d be proud to. Sam sent one in quilled ostrich (think: Ostrich cowboy boots) and one in, of all things, elephant trunk. The ostrich shows great color and texture, and the extra-thick construction makes it a top concealed carry belt.
The other, made of elephant trunk, showed a rugged-looking pebble-grain and, according to Sam, is virtually indestructible. “You almost can’t mark it with a nail!” he said. Since the truck is constantly flexing, the leather shows a grain-detail constantly changing. Also, Sam’s careful dye treatment and final finish work made both belts stunning examples of the leather-crafter’s art. As his website says: “This is wearable art.”
Sam’s work is 100-percent custom, and while his website has dozens of examples of his talents, he reminded me, “I can create just about anything a customer might imagine, so if they don’t see it, all they have to do is simply ask me about what they might want. I can likely accommodate their dream project!”
The belts we looked at start at around $300 and go up from there depending on leather type and customer wishes. They are still value-priced if you consider the fact they’ll likely last decades! For more info: www.americanhandgunner.com/andrews, (386) 462-0576
By Roy Huntington
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