Idea for the US Divers Buckle

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    Idea for the US Divers Buckle

    I don't know if its ever been discussed or looked into, but heres my idea. Us detail freaks are all looking for the [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]U.S. Divers KAM "EZ" pack harness buckle. So the idea is: Why don't we find a company that can make a accurate copy of the buckle and have some made? We would need to have a decent amount made to keep the price down. Thoughts?[/FONT]

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    Re: Idea for the US Divers Buckle

    Good idea.
    Do you have shop or source in mind to do a run?

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    Re: Idea for the US Divers Buckle

    makes sense. one of the silliest things i've done in this whole project is getting that buckle then putting foil tape over the top to cover the much coveted logo that i was hunting for

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    Re: Idea for the US Divers Buckle

    superjedi said: View Post
    Good idea.
    Do you have shop or source in mind to do a run?
    I have done a little looking for a company, but as of yet have not found one. I figured if I posted the idea maybe someone would know of a place.

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    Re: Idea for the US Divers Buckle

    This might be a good idea but the biggest issue will be price, especially considering the buckles (well, the whole packs) can be bought on eBay for about $15. I think it will be tough to beat that price for a custom made metal piece. Still, it never hurts to look!

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    Re: Idea for the US Divers Buckle

    Brak's Buddy said: View Post
    can be bought on eBay for about $15
    Unless (2) Fett costumers are having a bidding war and then the price jumps to $70!

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    Re: Idea for the US Divers Buckle

    PLEASE tell me that hasn't happened...

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    Re: Idea for the US Divers Buckle

    I was toying with the idea to have a bunch made up at the machine shop I work at.

    I managed to score the real US divers belt off ebay for about $20 so I could make a pretty good copy of it.

    But - the cost of getting the material, working it, and finding the time on the machines goes beyond the $20 limit.

    Perhaps when things slow down a bit in my life/work, I might be able to craft up some.

    The hardest thing now at this point is to find the same type of material that the buckle is made out of. Same thickness and durability.

    If I can - I will make a post and get a sign up sheet going.

    (don't PM now - no advance orders LOL)

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    Re: Idea for the US Divers Buckle

    I would figure it'd cost at least $50 or more to do a limited run of the buckles... Like Braks mentioned, you can get them on Ebay for much cheaper than that... in the past 4-5 months I've picked up 4 of them. Paid between $10-$22 each.

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    Re: Idea for the US Divers Buckle

    Brak's Buddy said: View Post
    PLEASE tell me that hasn't happened...
    It happened...

    I was watching one to bid on. I was not part of the bidding war. The last couple of minutes the price shot to $70.

    Needless to say, I waited for another auction and got mine for pretty cheap.

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    Re: Idea for the US Divers Buckle

    I found some buckles last night online that are so close that it would be hard to discern too many differences. The prices were *cheap* I don't have the link saved on my work comp but I saved it last night at home. I'll post a link later this evening. I felt it was a good find. One of those obscure scuba shops.

    Actually, I found it...

    Here it is...

    Granted, it has a piece that comes off the main buckle but I figured that could be modded. Also the insignia could be sanded down so it was completely smooth. Just a thought if one could not find a US Diver Aqua pack with the buckle.
    Last edited by MacRory; Aug 18, 2006 at 2:51 PM.

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    Re: Idea for the US Divers Buckle

    Damn that does look close. Got the link to the shop you bought it? It will do until I can come up with the real thing.

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    Re: Idea for the US Divers Buckle

    TD/TB-352 said: View Post
    Damn that does look close. Got the link to the shop you bought it? It will do until I can come up with the real thing.
    Here is the link for the belt. http://www.scubastore.com/product.as...hbx=subfamilia

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    Re: Idea for the US Divers Buckle

    Ripcode said: View Post
    It happened...

    I was watching one to bid on. I was not part of the bidding war. The last couple of minutes the price shot to $70.

    Needless to say, I waited for another auction and got mine for pretty cheap.
    Two days ago an EZ pak ended at $115. Sick I tell ya, Sick!!

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    Re: Idea for the US Divers Buckle

    Buckeye_01 said: View Post
    Two days ago an EZ pak ended at $115. Sick I tell ya, Sick!!

    As they get more rare the price will continue to rise. Sellers know that costumers and collectors are after them, so the days of $15-20 buckles is coming to an end I think.

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    Re: Idea for the US Divers Buckle

    Some carefull eBay watching and searching and you can score them for $10, I got my divers buckle off a scuba back pack for that.

    Lynn

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    Re: Idea for the US Divers Buckle

    I think this one on ebay is close to the us divers without being exact.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Scuba-Diver-Divi...QQcmdZViewItem

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