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If you have a favorite buckle you just love it's easy to switch it over to a Hanks Belt. All of our belts have removable buckles with the majority featuring Chicago Screws that hold the buckle on the belt.

Removing Chicago Screws with Smooth PostChicago Screws Showing Post and Screw

Smooth Post Chicago Screws

To remove these, all you need is a screwdriver. You just loosen the screw from the post, remove the post from the leather being careful not to drop it, and then swap out the buckle. Then you merely re-install the post into the leather, place the screw into the post and snug up.

If you are worried about them becoming loose just brush some clear nail polish on the threads before installing as this acts as a low-level loctite preventing the screws from working loose but not being so strong as to prevent them from being removed again.

If the Screws Won't Come Loose

Occasionally the screws will not come loose with the back side spinning. If this happens, use one of the below methods to loosen the screws easily.

  1. Rubber Glove
    Place a rubber glove on the hand you will use to remove the screw. Press your rubber covered finger on the backside of the screw firmly while turning the screw with the screwdriver. This almost always breaks the screw loose easily.

  2. Scotch Tape
    You can take a piece of scotch tape and place it across the width of the belt over the smooth screw post. Then while pushing on the backside of the screw (now covered with the tape) turn the screw with the screwdriver. The tape will hold the screw post allowing it to break loose.

Now, in the rare event, you can't get the screws loose using one of the above methods merely contact us here, and we will help you right out.

Removing Chicago Screws With A Slotted Post
Slotted Post Chicago Screws

Slotted Post Chicago Screws

When the screws and post are both slotted two screwdrivers will quickly remove the screws. Just place one on each side to hold in place and loosen the screw.

These screws rarely have issues coming loose but if any problems just contact us here and we will help you out.

Remember to brush clear nail polish on the threads if you want them extra secure when reinstalling.


Our Bare Bones light duty belt line uses Snaps instead of screws. Simply unsnap, swap the buckle and snap it on. 

That's it! Your all set and you can change the look of your Hanks Belt at any time by quickly swapping out the buckle!  

    Belt Sizing Instructions

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    If you are using your belt to carry a firearm
    EX: 36 PANTS...BUY 40 BELT

    For use without carrying items on the belt. 
    EX: 36 PANTS...BUY 38 BELT


    100% PERFECT FIT:


    This is super easy to do, only takes a few minutes, and virtually guarantees a perfect fit. Just follow the below instructions and make sure the belt you measure fits you well the way you will be using it with any gear attached.

    Lay out your belt on a smooth flat surface. It is probably slightly curved but don't worry about that. Just measure through the curve.

    Place a tape measure where the buckle meets the leather (do not include buckle length in measurement) and measure, in inches, to the hole you currently use to buckle your belt:

    Scroll down to the description on the page and click on the tab that says "Additional
    Sizing Help" (on mobile phones scroll down under the description, and you will see the


    Now scroll down to the belt sizing chart and match the measurement you got above with the number in the "Measurement to the 4th Hole" column in the chart.

    If you are between measurements, size up one unless you plan on losing weight in which case you should size down one.

    For example, if you measured 37" to the hole you currently use you should purchase a 38" belt size. If you measured 38" you should purchase a 40" belt size.

    Note that our belts are made by hand and variances in measurements can occur. Variances are slight, though, and will not affect the sizing.

    That's it! Select your size, double check it is correct on the add to cart button, and add to cart.

    And just to be safe, Hanks Belts offers free exchanges if needed, so you never have to worry about additional cost if you do order an incorrect size.

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