Strap Review: Mad Dog Swiss Canvas Ammo Strap with Damascus Stainless Steel Buckle - Watch Freeks


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Old 09-04-2012, 07:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Strap being reviewed: Swiss Canvas Ammo Strap with 22mm Damascus Steel Buckle

Company Website: http://www.maddog-straps.com/

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The site is currently only available in German, so for those mono-linguists like myself I direct you to the link below

https://www.watchfreeks.com/view_topi...600&forum_id=3

From their Posting:

We, the team of maddog-straps, are strap makers from Germany and Austria and are specialists in making custom made straps:
Baseball straps from orig. vintage baseball gloves from appr. 1950´s
Football straps from orig. vintage football balls
Ammo straps from orig. swiss army leather goods from appr. 1945
Ammo canvas straps form orig. swiss army goods
Exotic straps like shark, stingray, lizard, snakes, crocos and top new: gen elephant hide
And fine Italian calfskin and special straps.
Please have a look at our new website. You can find "making ofs" for straps and buckles and over 700 awesome pictures and raw material. And nearly each week top news.

All straps and buckles are 100% handmade by me.
You only have to tell what kind of strap you want and all details and measurements and we will make it for you normally within appr 10 days!

E- bay site: http://stores.ebay.de/Maddog-Thies-Custom-Straps

Contact Info: (In EU):[email protected]
(Outside EU):[email protected]


Strap Description:

Ingomar described this as coming from old original Swiss Army goods bags. In retrospect I was probably too eager to pull the trigger and forgot to ask him from what period the bags were from, not that it ultimately would have mattered. The buckle is handmade by mad-dog straps from genuine Damascus stainless steel.

Strap specifications

Width: 22/22
Length: 130/80
Thickness: 4mm
Keepers: One
Stiffness: Medium
Stitching: Frame stitching on the leather; light copper colour
Holes: Four circles
Buckle:Pre-V screw in 22mm buckle; 5mm thickness
Price: Regular prices Strap $USD 129; Damascus buckle $249

Packaging:

Standard airmail bag and wrapped in paper towels. Okay, the packaging was not the flashest but the products were well protected!

Service & Response:

Ingomar responded promptly to e-mails and was fast in delivery. The products arrived in Australia in ten working days


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Thoughts and impressions:

As a medical professional I am used to declaring potential conflicts of interest, so I will start there. The above was all purchased with my hard earned post tax dollars. This was my first purchase from mad-dog straps and I have never dealt with them before. I did win one of the mad-dog straps from the recent H20 strap raffle but only deal with H20 and not with mad-dog straps. Now on to the fun stuff...

I had seen canvas straps advertised before but I just loved the design mad-dog straps used for their canvas straps. I thought the colour combination was just right and in person it did not disappoint. The strap had some degree of stiffness but was easily pliable. There were no issues bending the strap and getting it on the wrist. The stitching was symmetrical and there were no blemishes with the leather backing. The keeper is thick and solid and keeps the strap in place with no difficulties. The canvas has no blemishes or rogue threads, yet! On the wrist, I like to wear my watches loosely so they do go up and down my arm. I do not like leather that “sticks” to my arm; I like my watch to move freely. A personal thing, I know, and this strap fulfilled that idiosyncrasy.

The pattern on the buckle speaks for itself; the polish and finish is adequate but it definitely has a rustic traditional feel to it. It is very thick slab of metal on my wrist and some may feel that the buckle may look out of proportion with many watches. It certainly looks colossal on the CW Pilot watch. Ultimately it may come down to personal tastes. It is not an “everyday” buckle for me but it may be for someone who has colossal wrists and wears thick large dial watches.


This is my first attempt at a review so I would welcome feedback and questions. Take care and thanks for reading

Machine Head

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Great review and a very nice strap. I like the combo of leather tabs and canvas. If I'm reading this correctly it is $249 for the strap and the buckle set. I think that places it a bit out of my price range. That doesn't mean it is not worth the price....just a out of my range with all the options that are available.
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Hi Spaceview

I checked my original e-mail and yes those were the "usual" prices, so when you add them together, it is quite a significant amount. However mad-dog had a discount going and as I purchased a few items it was good in the end. The strap price is comparable; it is the buckle that is the killer on the wallet!
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Thanks for the review, Machinehead! Nice strap! Lobe the damaskus steel!

How much was the strap, and how much for the buckle?
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Strap $129
Buckle $249
But maddog has a discount for freeks I believe
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Buckle for $249.00???...Really?....Should be 14K gold for that amount....
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very KEWL
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Hi Machine Head

many thanks for review..and really great picture..specially the damascus buckle..

is it possible that you will send pictures to me for my website?

About damascus buckles..you must know..worldwide there are only 2 or 3 strapmakers who can make this kind of buckles..work more then 4 hours each buckle for me...and its very hard to get gen stainless steel damascus billets! In europe there are only 3 knife smiths who can make stainless steel damascus billets!!! and price for a billet dimension 350mm long and width 50mm ia appr USD800. Thats the reason for the price of such a handmade very rare damascus buckle made of gen stainless steel. Hope I could help a little bit with these informations.

About swiss canvas strap. Material is from an orig swiss army canvas bag from appr 1945, also the leather: I will get all my ammo raw material leather directly from a swiss army dealer..great material..I love it.

Have a lot of fun with your strap. Hope to hear from you in future

many thanks and best wishes

yours Ingo from maddog-straps
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Thanks for adding the info Ingo! I will send the pics by e-mail. No problem with that.

I knew the prices would put some people off, but I encourage anyone interested to contact Ingo directly.
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