I recently spoke with a contractor who plans to buy an Occidental Leather lefty-style tool belt, which has the tool pouch and fastener pockets on opposites sides compared to the regular righty style. I wrote about Occidental Leather only once before, when discussing their pricey now-discontinued Dr.
Contractors, and others who desire quick access to their tools and fasteners, usually look for 3 qualities: functionality, durability, and comfort. Are there any other qualities that matter?
Occidental Leather makes their tool belts and pouches here in the USA, which is going to be a plus for a lot of users. Generally, if I have to use something everyday, cost is one of the lesser factors that I consider when making a purchase.
I own a tool belt – a ToughBuilt one I bought from Sears for cheap a few holiday seasons ago, and very rarely use it.
If Occidental Leather’s belts, bags, and accessories are even 2x better, or better in notable ways, that could help justify the cost premium. Occidental Leather designs look better, but a better looking design doesn’t always mean a more functional, durable, or comfortable product. For those of you who have used Occidental Leather’s tool belts or pouches before, are they worth the price?
If you use a tool belt or pouches, have you avoided Occidental Leather products due to their prices? I like interchangeable pouches and such on my tool belt but something I haven’t seen is a system that allows you to lock those pouches in place on the belt.
I know neither of these are systems for tools (and can get pretty expensive, too) but they are illustrations of what I think you are looking for.
Once upon a time (before it was stolen in 1977) I had an Omnica German leather camera bag – outfitted to carry a Nikon F, extra body, several lenses, lens filters, ground glasses etc. I have an early(1985) Occidental set of bags that served me very well for many years for framing and trim carpentry. I preferred separate components with tape measure in the back so I could reach it with either hand. These days I wear carpenters pants(Duluth, Skillers, Bjornklader, Blaklader) that are easy to add pouches or tool holders to. I have several great tool belts and have tried the Occidental Leather one as well, my verdict? Even my budget minded carpenter friends balk at their cost, but the few I have seen are top notch. When you work 40-60 hours a week and always have your tool belt on, you start to know where everything is without having to look. I was going through this same scenario earlier this year and opted for the belt that is at the header of this article. I’ve been using this Occidental belt since about April and have never regretted the money.
The love the leather ones but they have one very very bad quality: when sweating a lot, the dye reddish dye will leach out of the leather and stain the clothes you are wearing underneath. Leather occidental pouches will last the better part of your career while pouches made of cordura and cheaper leather like the junk from clc will last a couple years at best if you wear them every day. I make damn good money as a carpenter, so barely a days pay for something I’ll have for 15-20 years is a no brainer.
I bought a set of the Occidentals when the hardware store had a 50% off sale on them , they are great pouches for framing work (metal or wood) and for working off staging or anything drill intense as they fit a impact driver in them well without needing a special holster. I still prefer my old Craftsman leather bags (still going strong after 8 years) as they are smaller for trim work and tight spaces. I think if I could get in a groove of doing the same thing for a few months in a row and leave my Occidentals set up one way and really take advantage of the storage space I would be head over heels for them. However, I can think of nothing more impressive than showing up for work the first day wearing a beautifully crafted leather tool belt.


Most of the people who use tool belts at work have Occidental ones, but we live pretty close to where they’re made. I purchased a canvas style one several years ago, the left hand options along with USA made sold me, don’t regret the purchase.
Occidental has designed the NoSpill ™ Tool Holder System to prevent tools from fallout of your belt when you bend over. There is something to say about a company that has been turning out top quality, and industry leading tool belts since 1980. Occidental Leather is the cream of the crop of tool belts, and I’m sure you’d agree if you tried one out. I’ve bought 3 different bags for me from Occidental (and a couple of their pocket caddies as gifts). International Shipping - items may be subject to customs processing depending on the item's declared value.
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Greetings - The deepest pouch is 10" deep, so it will easily hold a couple 12" wedges in that pocket alone.
Bailey’s is committed to keeping our site compliant with the American with Disabilities Act. It was superb quality – but it got replaced by a Tenba Codura nylon bag, a Nikon F2 etc. The keepers on the upper belt act as separators so your tool holders and bags can’t move around.
I had guys who used them out of something akin to love, some out of necessity – and others who felt they were useless or even perhaps dangerous. We used to use some PowerNail brand floor nailers – and wanted to replace one Powernail toolbag that was somehow lost.
It is pretty easy to set up snaps or suspender hooks that keep the bags rom sliding off and then easy enough to add a block plane holster(no one but Occidental made one of those), a clip for drill or nail gun or a custom scabbard for a large timber framing chisel. When your belt breaks and you have to get a new one, the learning curve for the new belt can cost you a lot of time on the jobsite.
One is a Craftsman from the mid 80’s, the other is a store brand from a construction supply. This is a nice feature especially if you are working in bathrooms with beautiful tile floors or freshly laid dining room hardwood floors.
So now that I have had my “Occidental Experience,” I must say Occidental was right on point. I dragged my girlfriend into Harry Epstein’s retail store about three years ago, and she saw me slobbering over the seven-bag framer belt. Contact the seller- opens in a new window or tab and request a shipping method to your location. Our full grain cowhide leather wedge pouch is designed to hold 2-3 wedges with ease, as well as other accessories.
With the 5th wedge in it one of the rivets popped out and some stitching came undone, but it lasted me for years before I started carrying 5 wedges. Nobody wants to think that their investment in a premium product doesn’t result in anything other than a better product.
When i had ordered my first couple pouches etc, the only place i could find them for a reasonable price was Menards. These seemed quite expensive when I got them, but they were leagues(way more than 5x) better than the competition; I would buy them again if I was still working in the field full time.


I’ve had CLC, Dead on and Dewalt belts in the past and after some deliberation decided that the extra cost was warranted. I also had a set of suspenders from a past belt that I set up on this one and that makes it even more comfortable to wear all day. I ended up buying a leather klein branded loop because I was having trouble with the hammer handle getting caught up.
You buy their framers and you have a spot for every framing tool you’d carry daily with easy access.
There is nothing worse then having our tools fall out of your belt and damage the flooring. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable.
The large pocket will hold up to a 12" wedge, and it has a small separate slot which is perfect for bar wrenches or files.
Then the shallow pocket is very loose so if you put a wedge longer than 8" in it then it also falls out. Nonetheless, I sometimes still mourn the loss of the old F and the leather bag – but not so much as I now typically carry a Canon SX700 in my pocket.
Its also worthy to mention that Menards actually has a larger stock of toughbuilt pouches and accessories thank home depot does, so you’ll find a couple extra tool bags and a few more accessories, definitely worth a look. The roomy pouches have dedicated sleeves for essential items: chalk reel, Chisels, catspaw, various pencils, speed square, tri-square. Some of the stitching was starting to go so we sent it to Occidental and they fixed it, no questions asked!
The small pocket will hold a pair of wedges up to 10" long, but has room for more smaller wedges. Home depot just started stocking toughbuilt pouches recently, but had had a few other products by them such as the saw horses.
I’m rewiring a whole house and being able to grab my tools and slip them in my back pocket has been great.
TB will definitely be the new big name company soon, as they are coming out with so many great innovations in the tool world. I’ve been wearing the same CLC belt for a few years now, and it is getting worn out, especially the corners of the bags.
Sewn and riveted at all stress points, and the bottom of the pockets have a hole to expel sawdust. It can be done, I sometimes use a military surplus belt (the one with two rows of holes all around it) and pouches in my work.
If you wear a belt all day, an occidental system should definitely be a consideration for you. Nothing more annoying than getting stabbed in the leg by a chisel or screwdriver as it pokes out.
This beats the hell out of shoes, pants, tool belts, everything that touches asphalt shingles takes a beating. A few improvements I would and likely will make would be to add some snaps to the bigger open pockets to stop small parts from falling out.
For me and what I do as a pro electricain it works wonderfully and intend to use it for many years to come.



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