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There’s an ordinary leather belt that keeps your pants up, and there’s a belt buckle knife combo that also keeps bad guys out. The former is for models on a fashion show and the latter is for men on a mission (to never get caught off guard and to defend their loved ones). You don’t want ordinary so let’s talk about the belt buckle knife by Burls USA.
Before anything else, note that this belt buckle knife is meant more for self-defense purposes rather than daily cutting or bushcraft applications (unless as a last resort). Second, since it is a concealed weapon, check first with your local laws (illegal in some countries). With that out of the way, let’s read on.
What’s it Like to Use?
Starting with the belt itself. It looks and feels normal just like a traditional leather belt. The way it locks into place is through the 6-button snap fastener. This secures your pants even when the knife buckle is deployed. Now, just like any new leather belt, it is stiff at first but becomes more flexible with continuous use. It ages beautifully too.
Moving on to the dagger-shaped knife. Once the belt is fastened around your waist, simply insert the end of the belt strap through the knife buckle (the handle part) and then slide the blade into the sheath (the belt’s strap itself). Whenever the need arises, just pull the knife buckle out and your hand becomes a hundred times more deadly.
Now, here’s a caveat. The knife buckle’s handle is not the best in terms of comfort and ergonomics. That’s because it is a thin flat piece of square metal — not padded nor rubberized. Thus, when held in a push dagger position, you can’t tightly clench your fist hence you won’t have the best force and leverage. Moreover, on extended use or fight, blisters are very likely. A workaround would be to either customize the handle or wear rubber work gloves.
Build Quality and Design
The belt strap is made of full grain 1.5″ (3.8 cm) wide and 9 – 10 oz (255 – 283.5 g) thick bridle leather with a heavy-duty 6-button snap design and “Keeper”. It is available in various waist sizes from S to XXL including custom ones. You can get it in brown or black.
When it comes to the knife buckle, it is 2.5” (6.35 cm) long stainless steel that’s cryo-treated and tempered to make it tougher and more wear-resistant. The knife buckle’s open handle can also serve as a bottle opener. In terms of overall durability and longevity, it can definitely last you a lifetime.
If you’re looking for a great-looking leather belt with an added bonus which is a dagger blade, then this belt buckle knife combo is worth considering. It is stealth and you won’t be that guy freaking people out with a big knife sticking out of their pocket. So, go ahead and weigh the benefits and caveats and make an educated decision.CHECK PRICE
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