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cocomonk22
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:38 pm    Post subject: Belt width of 1 3/4" or 2"? Reply with quote

I am getting a new black belt and am trying to decide between a width of 1 3/4" and 2". Any personal opinions or suggestions?
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danbong
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't like the 2 inch belts. They are stiffer and somewhat harder to tie. Mostly I just think they look a bit tacky.
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Rateh
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with danbong. 2" belts just make it harder to get a good knot. Go with the 1 3/4" belt imho.
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Pacificshore
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1 3/4 width. I have a 2" one, and don't much care for it as well
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patusai
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a 2" belt. At first it was indeed difficult to tie but a few years later as it "softened" it is fine. I remember initially I was struggling trying to skoosh the knot so it would work nice.
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CloudDragon
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Playing the devil's advocate here, I personally prefer the 2" belt, if you get a good belt i.e.: Tokaido, Shuriedo, etc. You will have a "break in" period, but they are well worth it, especially if you are in a style that doesn't change belts for every rank.
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Brandon Fisher
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer the 1 3/4 in belts
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Jussi Häkkinen
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CloudDragon wrote:
Playing the devil's advocate here, I personally prefer the 2" belt, if you get a good belt i.e.: Tokaido, Shuriedo, etc. You will have a "break in" period, but they are well worth it, especially if you are in a style that doesn't change belts for every rank.


Tokaido and Shureido (etc.) have a 1 3/4" wide belt as their default "wide" belt. Their "normal" belt is 1 1/2". You would get a 2" one only from a special order (and even still it'd be unsure if they'd be willing to make it for you).

So, if you have a Tokaido "XW" belt (extra wide) or Shureido "BST" (black special thick), they're both 1 3/4" wide, not 2" wide.


So, get a 1 3/4" wide. 2" wide is just tacky.
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IcemanSK
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree that if you get a 2" belt, you should get a good quality belt. I like Eosin-Panther's "soft" belts. They are easier tie & look great!
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aigaios
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1 3/4 is what I use, but two inchers can look cooler if worn with a heavyweight uniform...

BTW, does Eosin-Panther sell plain belts? I have one thats embroidered and one that's plain, but my plain one is kind of flimsy...
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