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Friday, September 30, 2011

David's Big Game Hunt: Custom Cape Buffalo Strap and an Adventure of a Lifetime!!

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Hi strap lovers. This is a great story of an adventure of a lifetime for my great customer David. We've worked together for a while now designing and building a few straps for his small, but impressive watch collection, several of which I have featured here over the past year or so. During that time we have, of course, traded many e-mails and a bunch of phone call working out what he wanted. It turns out we both share a love of motorcycling and adventure (although his adventures are on a whole different level than mine). During the course of one of our conversations, he brought up that he's been a lifelong hunter and that he'd been on Safari in Africa and was I interested in making a very special strap for him. Needless to say I was intrigued and wanted to hear what he has in the way of leather from his hunts and what he had in mind. Well, he goes on to relate this extraordinary story of his Safari in Zimbabwe, where he takes down a Cape Buffalo with a 19th century double barreled rifle (two shots then you have to re-load!!). Anyone who's ever hunted knows that to hunt an animal with as fierce a reputation as a Cape Buffalo with a double shot is some he-man stuff. African Cape Buffalo has earned it's reputation by being one of the most dangerous (and deadly) animals in Africa, by often turning on and charging the unskilled or unlucky hunter with sometimes (for the hunter) tragic results. In fact, they are know to be able to withstand many well place rifle rounds before going down. I'll let David pickup the story from here...

"The hunt was in real Africa with elephants chasing you, rhinos around and the odd lion here and there. The gun, a Holland and Holland London built in 1892, I bought from a dealer in the US specifically to go and hunt dangerous game one of the Big Five-Cape Buffalo. My wife Drue was with me the entire hunt. I practiced with the gun for 2 years and hand loaded all my ammo as you cannot buy 577 Black Powder Express ammo today. The rifle weighs 12 lbs and shoots a hand cast very hard lead bullet weighing 585 grains and will group 3 rounds into a 3 inch circle at 50 yards. I shot the Buff at 50 yards after a 2 hr stalk in the brush. I hit him with both barrels in the lungs top heart area and he turned and faced me. I reloaded and shot him again both barrels before he went down. They are very difficult to kill and sometimes take a dozen shots. He was about 10 years old and had lion scars all over his back which you can see on the full hide. I wear boots and belts now watchbands made from this old gentleman. It was the culmination of a dream I have had ever since high school to do what I did. I shot a lot of hogs in Texas for practice!!!!"

Well of course this is only part of the story of this amazing adventure: The full story, written by David, was published in Africa Hunter Magazine in 2007. It's a truly amazing read and I would be happy to forward a .pdf file of the article to any that requests a copy.

Picking up my little corner of the story, he sends me several pieces of the Cape Buffalo - his Cape Buffalo to make a strap or two for him and some extra that I can offer, (which I will as a very special Limited Edition offering soon). he sent me these leather pieces during my transition to Germany and what with lost in shipping nightmares and customs challenges (an adventure all its own), I was finally able to get my hands on his hide pieces and I work with him on several design options, finally settling in a double stitched pattern in Butterscotch and hand custom tinted Maroon, which I think turned out incredible. He finally recieved his stap in August and mounted it on his PAM. I must say I feel honored to have been given the opportunity to make his watch strap a reality and to have in some small way become a part of David's adventure.

I hope you, enjoy a few photos of his hunt, the strap I made, his watch and some photos of the very special gun. Also keep an eye here for a very special "David Boyles" Limited Edition Cape Buffalo strap coming very soon.

Here is the completed strap slide show:

Alfredo's Swiss Ammo for Autozilla: Emergency N Cream Addition

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Hi strap lovers. Here is a strap that I just completed this week for my good customer, Alfredo from the UK. He's got an Citizen Autozilla and had seen (and liked) the Swiss Ammo strap I had done for Grégoire form France, that I had featured here earlier in the month. Alfredo wanted one in the same style, but with Orange and Cream stiting to match the hands and Dial markers of his Autozilla. Well, I have to admit that I had my doubts about this combination of colors and I wasn't so sure that double stitching a Swiss Ammo strap wouldn't be over doing it a bit. But, Anyone who's been reading my blog for a while, knows that I've been surprised on several occasions by how wrong my initial reactions can be. And, I'm happy to say in this instance I was really, really wrong. In fact I may have been venturing into a completely new spectrum of wrongness, because this strap is totally HOT! Built incorporating the newly arrived custom logo "D9" Vintage style flat, sewn-in buckle, the more I look at it the more I like it. I stitched the Orange line first, which looked pretty good. But, when I began to stitch the second line in cream white, it was like a revelation. This has happened twice recently with 2 different double stitched straps (more on the other instance will be presented soon), which I guess I've personally never been to keen on. My take away: First, I've completely changed my mind about double stitching on straps, and now think that if done well, they can look really awesome. And, second (and this one is NOT new - more like a reaffirmation) I should trust my customer's design instinct at least as much as my own and sometime more so. Alfredo has clearly got a great eye for design and in a few days, he'll be sporting the proof of that on his wrist for the world to appreciate. Thanks Alfredo for helping to opening my eyes to the great potential of double stitching!

See the hole slide show here:

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Hornback Alligator for PAM Luminar GMT

(click on any photo to enlarge)Hi Strap lovers. OK, before I post any more leather straps, my wife tells me I need to do a couple of posts about the great Exotic Skin straps I've done this month. And as usual, she is right (didn't let her hear that though). So we're going to start out with the King of exotics - the Hornback American Alligator. Of course this one is pure Dangerous9 - hand built and hand stitched in 4 ply natural colored, waxed Irish Linen, and with my exclusive, super soft French Lambskin lining. The skin for this strap was taken from the most prominent area of the hide - on the tail right behind the legs, this strap has all the hallmarks of a strap made form the best of the best. Dangerous9 Alligator skins are not thin, puny skins from baby gators, these things are thick and meaty and have the horns running right down the full length of the strap making a strap with substance. Have a look:

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Fine New Dangerous9 Swiss Ammo strap with New "D9" sewn-in Buckle!!

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Hi strap lovers. Here is a newly completed Swiss Ammo strap of my good customer Leo from Hong Kong for his PAM312. He chose what I think is a bold combination with a beautiful 1960's vintage Swiss Ammo pouch, black stitching and one of my newly arrived Matte Black custom logo "D9" sewn-in buckles. I think you'll agree that this combination looks great:

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A couple of great straps for Will - Newly arrived Sewn-in buckles in action!!

Hi strap lovers. here are a couple I completed this past week for my great customer Will. He went ahead and added the newly arrived Sewn-in "D9" buckle to his to straps for PAM320 and took advantage of my Oktoberfest special of $27/20 Euro upgrade to give his straps a super great vintage feel with my new 3mm thick 24mm sewn-in buckl. Here is how they turned out:

Antique Mahogany, Cream Stitching, Brushed "D9" logo Sewn-in buckle:

Vintage Black with Natural stitching, Brushed "D9" logo Sewn-in buckle:

True Vintage: WWII era German Ammo strap for BR01

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Hi strap lovers. Here's a new one from Dangerous9strap!! I've been hanging on to this WWII era German Ammo pouch for a while not really pushing it's availability, as I've been kept pretty busy build my other Exotic skin, Leather and Swiss Ammo straps. But, I was recently contacted by a couple of different customers about building straps from Germany Ammo pouches that have been hanging around my Ammo pouch stock for a while -these are made from a really great pebble vegetable tanned leather. So David was first up, so he's getting him strap for his BR01 shipped to him now. He wanted minimal stitching, but wanted it a couple of accent stitching and it the dark pewter grey (which I custom dyed for him starting with my slate grey 4-ply waxed Irish thread and dyeing it to just the right color - try asking any other strap maker for that service and see where it gets you!!) Anyway, I think you'll agree that it turned out looking awesome and I think is going to be a great strap when paired up with this BR01. Thanks David for the great strap design, which will forever be known here at Dangerous9straps as "David style". If you've got an idea for a strap that you'd like me to build, please let me know of if you want a strap like the one pictured, as for a German Ammo strap "David style"

See the whole completed strap slide show:

New Sew-in Buckle Oktoberfest Special

Hi Strap lovers, I just wanted to make announcement of a special discount I'm offering in celebration of Oktoberfest of $27/20 Eur0 for upgrade on any strap ordered with a my new sewn-in 24mm buckles these buckles are available in Brushed, Polished and matte PVD finish with custom "D9" logo. This special is good through the last official day of Oktoberfest (October 3rd). This thing ends quickly, to don't hesitate!!

Here is a slide show of how these great buckles look on straps:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Jean's Breitling Navitimer LE on Dangerous9 Polished Stingray

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Hi strap loveres, I just wanted to drop a quick note and thank you to my great customer Jean, from France for sending along these great photos of his Limited Edition Breitling Navitimer all mounted up with his new and fantastic Dangerous9 Polished Stingray. You can get the details of the strap a couple of posts down. Here are the photos:

And of course the requisit wrist shot:
Thanks again Jean!!