Is this strap defective or what?
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    Is this strap defective or what?

    I've accumulated a dozen quality watch straps and this one JPM strap just doesn't feel right. One of the pieces just seems defective or poorly finished.

    Note the buckle side's edges and it's texture Vs. the long end...

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    I'm a little concerned I can see the two layers of leather on one of the edges on the Buckle End piece. Does this mean it wasn't burnished well?

    Beyond this, the leather just has a different texture and quality. The buckle side feels like it's 'coming undone'. I have 4 JPM straps now and they all look and act the same when I fold the leather, but this buckle side bubbles up when folded over.


    A.) Does these seem worthy of returning to vendor? I ask because I assume this will only get worse over time.

    B.) Can I finish that edge a little better? Would getting one of these dremel burnishing bits allow me to seal this side where you can see the two layers of leather? I'm somewhat of a DIY'er so I am tempted to give this a whirl for the learning experience.



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    Re: Is this strap defective or what?

    Videos online of the burnishing tools make it look pretty darn easy.

    Almost with I had something with a sloppy edge so I could try it out myself.
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    Re: Is this strap defective or what?

    Yeah your buckle side doesn't look "right". The leather is bunching up more than you would expect, the edge finishing is definitely not their normal standard, and if you look closely it looks like the buckle side of the strap is even a little thicker than the other. I would contact the original seller and see what they say before you try a "self fix".
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    Re: Is this strap defective or what?

    Two different sections of leather that's all the long side is less spongy and the shorter side is spongier hence the ruffled edge when curved, this is why the shorter side shows more texture.
    Always good when making a strap is to use the same leather from the same strip.
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    Re: Is this strap defective or what?

    Quote Originally Posted by SHANE 1000 View Post
    Two different sections of leather that's all the long side is less spongy and the shorter side is spongier hence the ruffled edge when curved, this is why the shorter side shows more texture.
    Always good when making a strap is to use the same leather from the same strip.
    It definitely looks and feels like a different piece of leather. Spongier is the perfect adjective describing the shorter side.

    Both pieces are pretty close in thickness when I measure them, but the leather just acts, feels, and looks different on both pieces.

    If I could just seal the edges a little better, I can see myself getting over the difference in leather of both pieces. But if I try to burnish the edges and am unhappy, it'll probably make it near impossible to return to the vendor at that point.

    While I still think JPM straps are worth their roughly $100 price tag, there's no doubt they can be a little sloppy.
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    Re: Is this strap defective or what?

    Bulang & Sons was nice enough to send me a replacement strap that included a short end piece that looks better. It's still a little more wrinkly/ruffled than the long end pieces but I'm happy with B&S's customer service here. Just wanted to update the post after I reached out to the seller.

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    Re: Is this strap defective or what?

    The long side looks more tapered than the buckle side.
    Definitely looks different !

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