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IcemanSK
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:59 pm    Post subject: Kataaro or Eosin Panther belt? And why Reply with quote

I've long been a fan/champion of Eosin Panther as a company and a product since someone here on Karate Forums recommended them to me in 2005. I have several of them and have bought them for students and friends. They really do amazing work.

In the past few years, Kataaro has become another popular high-quality American made belt embroidery company like Eosin Panther.

Which belt do you prefer?
Why do prefer that belt?
Has anyone purchased belts from both companies?
If so, how does the quality compare?

I don't work for either company. I know more about Eosin Panther, but the quality of Kataaro can't be denied either.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Which belt do you prefer?

Eosin Panther

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Why do prefer that belt?

Personal preference; they supply what I/we need. When we eliminated outward rank identifiers, Eosin products exceeded our required parameters. I left Century MA Supplies after being with them ever since they opened.

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Has anyone purchased belts from both companies?

Between these two companies, I've only purchased from Eosin Panther.

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If so, how does the quality compare?

N/A



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IcemanSK
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sensei8 wrote:
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Which belt do you prefer?

Eosin Panther

Quote:
Why do prefer that belt?

Personal preference; they supply what I/we need. When we eliminated outward rank identifiers, Eosin products exceeded our required parameters. I left Century MA Supplies after being with them ever since they opened.

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Has anyone purchased belts from both companies?

Between these two companies, I've only purchased from Eosin Panther.

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If so, how does the quality compare?

N/A



Thank you for your response. I have always had great customer service response from Eosin Panther, also. On a unique order, they reached out several times to ensure that they got it right.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still a long time customer with Century MA Supplies (CMA), however, when it comes to belts, I go with Eosin Panther (EP) strictly. Both CMA and EP have excellent customer service, had they not, I would've dropped them like a hot potato because customer service is paramount, imho. Both have high quality in their products for the most part. However, when I compare the belts with CMA and EP, EP has the higher quality in their belts than CMA...CMA has good belts, but not to our specific parameters.




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Lupin1
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I got my BB I was debating between Eosin Panther and Kataaro. I read a ton of reviews. The reviews I read mostly agreed that the Eosin Panther belts were just a touch better quality with tighter, more even stitching. So that's what I went with.

I've had my belt (just a plain, cotton signature black belt with no embroidery or anything) for almost three years now. It's starting to wear a bit along the edges where the knot was (which actually looks a little strange as I've recently lost 50lbs and the knot is in a different place now), but other than that it's held up beautifully.

Before I lost weight, it was FINALLY starting to stay tied. It took over a year of bi-weekly wear to soften it up enough to stay tied. But now that the knot is in a different place, it's back to having to tighten it all the time...
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strangepair03
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have both and they are really both have fantastic quality and awesome customer service. I think Eosin belts a a bit thicker and the embroidery is nicer. But kottaro is definitely first class. On a scale of 1-10 I rank Eosin a 9 and kataaro an 8.5
Sorry but Shureido is still my 10!!😂
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IcemanSK
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lupin1 wrote:
When I got my BB I was debating between Eosin Panther and Kataaro. I read a ton of reviews. The reviews I read mostly agreed that the Eosin Panther belts were just a touch better quality with tighter, more even stitching. So that's what I went with.

I've had my belt (just a plain, cotton signature black belt with no embroidery or anything) for almost three years now. It's starting to wear a bit along the edges where the knot was (which actually looks a little strange as I've recently lost 50lbs and the knot is in a different place now), but other than that it's held up beautifully.

Before I lost weight, it was FINALLY starting to stay tied. It took over a year of bi-weekly wear to soften it up enough to stay tied. But now that the knot is in a different place, it's back to having to tighten it all the time...


Congratulations on the weight loss!! Soft core belts stay tied better than stiff core belts, in my experience. I don't know if that's issue with your belt or not.
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IcemanSK
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

strangepair03 wrote:
I have both and they are really both have fantastic quality and awesome customer service. I think Eosin belts a a bit thicker and the embroidery is nicer. But kottaro is definitely first class. On a scale of 1-10 I rank Eosin a 9 and kataaro an 8.5
Sorry but Shureido is still my 10!!😂


I've heard good things about Shureido, too. For awhile, genuine Shureido was hard to get shipped to the states. But that was a dozen years ago or more.

I have to agree with sensei8 on EP's customer service. I ordered a belt for a friend a few weeks ago. They called me the day before they shipped to ensure that I was correct. Attention to detail is so important when doing custom work.

Thanks also for the comparison between Eosin Panther and Kataaro.
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