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Old 07-31-20, 09:04 PM
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Fuji Pewter Belt Buckles

Snapped some pix of my buckles, more pix on flickr. But, you know, what more is there to see?

The Kato cyclist design was something Fuji used a lot, I think---at least I seem to recall seeing it around a lot.

I bought the first Kato buckle when I was working at Fuji Cycle Center, in '80 or '81.

The second Kato buckle is from Ben's Cycles, in Mwke. I bought this one maybe 10yrs ago, figuring my original buckle would never turn up. I thought these were reproductions, but I just checked Ben's website, which says they are actually New Old Stock, sourced from Japan. Go figure. Which also means, sniff-sniff, mine ain't so special any more, since anybody can just buy an NOS one from Ben's. You can't see me now, but I'm pouting.

The Fuji logo was a modern redesign done by the precocious (at the time) and brilliant (always) William Bevington, who collaborated with Scott Ryder on the Japanese Steel book. William was friends with Ken Moriya, and Barrett Ladd, who bought Fuji Cycle Center from Ken. William was still a student when he did the new logo, might have even still been in high school? If not high school, still an undergrad. Simple, elegant, classic, purposeful, hard to imagine it rendered any other way. And I'm not even a graphics guy.

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Thanks for sharing.
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So, these work better than the Campagnolo ones, right?

(and who wears belts this wide anymore?)
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Yeah, Had a Campy buckle. It broke after about a year. Replaced it with one of the Kato ones in about 1980. It is still working quite well.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Spadoni View Post
Yeah, Had a Campy buckle. It broke after about a year. . . .
A tattoo would have been more durable. To wit:

I chose this image only because it was the closest one to where a belt buckle would ride.
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