I do this a lot - especially with leather since it's so thick. There's such a larger variety of nato vs 1 piece straps so it just makes sense to buy what you like and then 'neuter' it as you say.
I like my Staves +5 but my Watches +/- 0.0
Hamilton Khaki Navy GMT H77625853
Hamilton Khaki Aviation H64425555
Seiko SARB017 Alpinist
I just discovered this the other week. I have a few that are just too thick and I don't like the tucked under part. So when comparing my 3 ring to my 5 ring, I discovered I could just cut the bad part off. I love it that way.
I've done this, but I'd rather find a decent single-pass. The NATO keepers often don't fit, visually.
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I've never thought about "neutering" my nato straps...I actually like the bulk..
I try to keep mine under 270mm to avoid any alterations.
"Either he's dead or my watch has stopped"
"The only reason for time is so that everything does not happen at once..."
Are you referring to removing the second piece that wraps underneath the watch head (I think that's what you mean) or trimming the excess? I've never thought to trim the piece that goes under through it could make them much thinner, but I have trimmed the excess sometimes due to my thin wrist.
My wife who does a lot of work with ribbon and bows burned the edge for me to keep it from fraying and it helped a lot too.
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