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    Re: Do you cut/mod your NATOs or not?

    The only "mod" I've done is taken a leather nato I had with stainless clips and painted/primed them black. It was kind of a pain in the butt to tape the band so I wouldn't get paint on them but beyond that it turned out really well.

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    I did exactly what you did for my SNK805. It's a small little watch with a (relative to it's width) thick-ish case, so the extra height and clutter from the keepers was way too much. I love it without that layer, the combo makes it the perfect beater watch for me.

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    I cut all my Nato straps, in part to reduce bulk, and partly to be able to locate the buckle on the underside of the wrist. I don't miss the extra keeper... I've also converted a few Natos the "RAF style", where the part that is cut off is used to make a new keeper (the ends melt together quite nicely to form a loop). The original metal keepers are removed. Works very well!

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    Re: Do you cut/mod your NATOs or not?

    I love the idea of clamping it between 2 coins. I tend to cut most of my straps and it bugs me if it's not perfect.

    Also, if you really wanted it to be perfect, you could get a cutter for $16. For example:
    https://www.amazon.com/Hanperal-Leat...dp/B01A0LNBTA/

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    Do you cut/mod your NATOs or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by iltl32 View Post
    I love the idea of clamping it between 2 coins. I tend to cut most of my straps and it bugs me if it's not perfect.

    Also, if you really wanted it to be perfect, you could get a cutter for $16. For example:
    https://www.amazon.com/Hanperal-Leat...dp/B01A0LNBTA/
    I'll guarantee you that if you use the coins clamped by some locking vice grips, cut then burn before releasing, you won't be able to pick the difference.


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    Yes I cut all my 5-ring zulus to make them 3-ring zulus.

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    Re: Do you cut/mod your NATOs or not?

    I cut.... esp when the finish is not as good as I like (often). I've used a punch like that amazon link.... doesn't always give a clean cut. Instead I do the coin clamp thing but use big nail clippers to trim. To "burn" I heat a flat metal spatula then "roll" it around the rounded end (unclamped). Leaves a nice flat edge. I've also cut off a few flaps/extra pieces of natos... lately I find that I don't like the bulk and all the keepers, and want the buckle centered inside my wrist.
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    I like the soldering iron method with a flat tip. Works and finishes well for me

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    Re: Do you cut/mod your NATOs or not?

    I cut my straps, sometimes the difference is not noticeable.

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    Re: Do you cut/mod your NATOs or not?

    I think the decision to modify a NATO has to due with the "look" you're trying to achieve and the size of your wrist. I'm a big NATO fan, however I also have an 8.5" wrist. I like the bulky look of a 5 ring strap. For me the single strap is too minimalist. And that's why they make (or you can mod) all these different strap styles. Can you imagine what life would be like if we all liked the same thing? It makes me shudder.
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