This currently popular nickel-free (silver colour) electroplated shoe buckle is pressed from South African mild steel and is manufactured in Durban (South Africa) and holds a 16mm wide strap in place. It is usually attached to a shoe upper (or leather or fabric product) by punching a hole through the leather, folding the leather onto itself on the hole-line, sliding the prong through the hole and stitching (or riveting) the folded section onto itself. This buckle is also available with a swivelling steel ‘Fish Plate’ attached. The fishplate allows attachment of the buckle directly on the upper with a rivet (or cap and rivet) through the fishplate hole.
16mm mild steel shoe buckle
This currently popular nickel-free (silver colour) electroplated shoe buckle is pressed from South African mild steel and is manufactured in Durban (South Africa)
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For those of you who love the technical stuff…
Rolls of very high grade mild strip steel with very consistent thickness and width is lovingly loaded into an automated, multi-stage 80 ton press where forming and cutting tools and moulds bent, cut and shape the blanks into perfectly formed buckle bodies.
The completed raw buckles are then pickled in various acids and electro-cleaners, rinsed and a thick layer of copper applied through an electroplating process. The copper further rounds the edges and provides an excellent corrosion resistant base for the subsequent electroplating layers. In this case the last layer is a thick, smooth and hard-wearing Tin Alloy (containing no nickel). If you are exporting your finished goods to the European Union, USA or Canada, we can certify your batch as such. ‘Nickel Free’ is our most popular export buckle finish.
Cast and finished locally and electroplated in-house we can make you small quantities quickly in a wide range of standard and custom metallic finishes to exactly suit your needs.