Anatomy of a Belt Buckle

Belt buckles have long been a form of self-expression and a bold fashion statement. However, western belt buckles have a rich history and many purposes. The history of the western belt buckle dates back as far as the 1920s. Buckles have been a key part of rodeo culture and cowboy culture for decades. Beyond its deep history, western belt buckles give you the power of self-expression. An eye-catching belt buckles can elevate an outfit. With that being said, it is important to know the anatomy of a belt buckle and how to keep it looking new.

The Anatomy of a belt is usually quite simple. A belt typically consists of two parts, a buckle and a strap (the belt). The belt buckle itself also has a simple but important anatomy.  
At the front, you have the part that shows off the design, like a brand, figure or pattern, this is called the face. On many Montana Silversmiths buckles you can actually customize your buckle. Customizable options include the stones, date trim, ribbons, paint, and figures. The back of the buckle contains the swivel, which is like a little hinge that lets the buckle move around. There is also the pin which sits within the punch hole of the belt strap. On Montana Silversmiths belt buckles there is also a back plate which allows you to add a personalized engraved message as well. Altogether, these parts work together to keep your belt on and add a touch of style to your outfit. 

Cleaning and Maintenance of Your Buckle

Regularly cleaning your belt buckle can go a long way in maintaining it for the long term. It’s important to note that in order to get the best results, it’s best to know what type of metal your buckle is made from. However, if you’re not sure you can use a 100% cotton polishing cloth. This can be safely used on all metals. 
You will want to start by wiping down the buckle with the cotton cloth. Feel free to add soap and water if needed. Some buckles have detailed engravings that are a bit more challenging to clean. In this case, a soft bristled toothbrush can be used to carefully clean your buckle.