Thanks to mwr members for ensuring I have no unsold VB straps left on my hands! (Hands? Wrists!) Certainly helps the old cashflow. They proved incredibly popular
And if you don't know what I'm talking about have look here: http://www.mwrforum.net/forums/showt...-B-Hygenienque
I hope the mods / admin won't mind me re-posting what I said on that thread here:
"I am considering having some made to the pattern, maybe slightly longer and with brass buckles. Need to find the right canvas material, it's quite loosely woven and coarse and is either cotton or possibly a cotton / linen mix. Could probably get some old webbing, I have a Dutch army bag from the 40's or 50's that is pretty much perfect. That way the fabric would be genuine old stock. I have a friend who's handy with a sewing machine. People could then wear the new ones as a daily choice and keep the NOS ones for display / reference / best."
However, since I wrote that I have been informed that remaking the V.B. might prove difficult: the "NATO" style with the foldover safety loop, fabric keepers and "buttonhole" stitching are all material- and labour-intensive.
However, re-making the DEF-3 / A.F.0210 / Type 37 pattern strap might be easier as it's a simpler design: much less stitching as the buckle pin just pushes through the weave like it does on a perlon strap. There's also no NATO / G10 "foldover", just a one-piece pull-through so there's less fabric used.
It might be nice to get them marked "M.W.R.0210" (or similar) in permanent ink stamped on the underside so there's some nod to their heritage but no confusion with the old ones. (I'm not into fakes. A good homage or a twist on a classic, yes, but not "replicas" designed to mislead.) Maybe add a broadarrow, too (yes I *know* it's called a pheon, I did Greek at seminary) -- unless that's crown copyright?
If I could source a suitably coarse cotton canvas webbing plus some brass hardware who would be up for one? Or, better still, ten?
No promises, just gauging demand. Any takers?