These plain, utility buckles are the perfect choice for "everyday" types of tack. Available in a variety of sizes and shapes for uses on all kinds of tack items from halters and bridles to skid boots and harness.


Etched Utility Buckles

Inexpensive miniature buckles in a variety of sizes and styles for your tackmaking needs are available from Rio Rondo.


Utility Buckles

Items above are shown at 200% (double) actual size

Available in silver color and gold plate, our buckles are scaled to fit common sizes of leather lacing used for strap goods on miniature tack projects such as halters, bridles, breastcollars and harnesses.

Two Basic Types of Buckles:


"Center Bar" or "Conway" type buckles are two-sided, with the second side acting as a "keeper" for the strap. A tongue is not necessary for miniatures, but can be added if desired.

"Heel Bar" or "Tongue Buckles" or "One-Sided Buckles" (depending how you want to refer to them) are one-sided buckles and require a tongue to fasten, and generally some type of "keeper" (metal, or leather) will be needed to keep the extra strap length in check.

Center-Bar buckles are generally easier to use, particularly for beginners.



Select the size of buckle you need based on the width of the material you're working with. For example, if you are using 1/8" lace, then our 1/8" buckles will fit that.

Metric Equivalents
(approximate):

1/16" = 1.5mm - 2mm
3/32" = 2.7mm
1/8" = 3mm
3/16" = 4.7mm



Center Bar Buckles
Sold in Strips of 6, or Sheets of 30
except 3/16" size which are 4 and 20
Silver Color
1/16" or 1.5-2mm
B7s Buckles B7s - Oval 1/16" - $1.25/6


B730s - Oval 1/16" -; $4.25/30
B13s Buckles B13s - Square 1/16" - $1.25/6


B1330s - Square 1/16" - $4.25/30
3/32" or 2.7mm
B6s Buckles B6s - Oval 3/32" - $1.25/6


B630s - Oval 3/32" - $4.60/30
B12s Buckles B12s - Square 3/32" - $1.25/6


B1230s - Square 3/32" - $4.60/30
1/8" or 3mm
B5s Buckles B5s - Oval 1/8" - $1.25/6


B530s - Oval 1/8" - $5.00/30  
B11s Buckles B11s - Square 1/8" - $1.25/6


B1130s - Square 1/8" - $5.00/30
3/16" or 4.7mm
B4s Buckles B4s - Oval 3/16" - $1.30/4


B420s - Oval 3/16" - $5.20/20
B10s Buckles B10s - Square 3/16" - $1.30/4


B1020s - Square 3/16" - $5.20/20
Center Bar Buckles
Sold in Strips of 6, or Sheets of 30
except 3/16" size which are 4 and 20
Gold Plate*
1/16" or 1.5-2mm
B7g Buckles B7g* - Oval 1/16" - $1.50/6


B730g* - Oval 1/16" - $5.35/30
B13g Buckles B13g* - Square 1/16" - $1.50/6


B1330g* - Square 1/16" - $5.35/30
3/32" or 2.7mm
B6g Buckles B6g* - Oval 3/32" - $1.70/6


B630g* - Oval 3/32" - $5.55/30
B12g Buckles B12g* - Square 3/32" - $1.70/6


B1230g* - Square 3/32" - $5.55/30
1/8" or 3mm
B5g Buckles B5g* - Oval 1/8" - $1.70/6


B530g* - Oval 1/8" - $6.10/30
B11g Buckles B11g* - Square 1/8" - $1.70/6


B1130g* - Square 1/8" - $6.10/30
3/16" or 4.7mm
B4g Buckles B4g* - Oval 3/16" - $1.75/4


B420g* - Oval 3/16" - $6.25/20
B10g Buckles B10g* - Square 3/16" - $1.75/4


B1020g* - Square 3/16" - $6.25/20


Items marked with a * are Limited Availability items and may not be in stock at all times.

Heel Bar Buckles
Sold in Strips of 8, or Sheets of 32
tongues are NOT included
Silver Color
1/16" or 1.5-2mm
BT39s Buckles BT39s - Square 1/16" - $1.25/8


BT3932s - Square 1/16" - $4.25/32
BT83s Buckles BT83s - Domed 1/16" - $1.25/8


BT8332s - Domed 1/16" - $4.25/32
BT96s Buckles BT96s - Round 1/16" - $1.25/8


BT9632s - Round 1/16" - $4.25/32
3/32" or 2.7mm
BT38s Buckles BT38s - Square 3/32" - $1.35/8


BT3832s - Square 3/32" - $4.60/32
BT82s Buckles BT82s - Domed 3/32" - $1.35/8


BT8232s - Domed 3/32" - $4.60/32
BT95s Buckles BT95s - Round 3/32" - $1.35/8


BT9532s - Round 3/32" - $4.60/32
1/8" or 3mm
B37s Buckles BT37s - Square 1/8" - $1.50/8


BT3732s - Square 1/8" - $5.00/32
BT81s Buckles BT81s - Domed 1/8" - $1.50/8


BT8132s - Domed 1/8" - $5.00/32
BT94s Buckles BT94s - Round 1/8" - $1.50/8


BT9432s - Round 1/8" - $5.00/32
Heel Bar Buckles
Sold in Strips of 8, or Sheets of 32
tongues are NOT included
Gold Plate*
1/16" or 1.5-2mm
BT39g Buckles BT39g* - Square 1/16" - $1.60/8


BT3932g* - Square 1/16" - $5.35/32
BT83g Buckles BT83g* - Domed 1/16" - $1.60/8


BT8332g* - Domed 1/16" - $5.35/32
BT96g Buckles BT96g* - Round 1/16" - $1.60/8


BT9632g* - Round 1/16" - $5.35/32
3/32" or 2.7mm
B38g Buckles BT38g* - Square 3/32" - $1.70/8


BT3832g* - Square 3/32" - $5.55/32
BT82g Buckles BT82g* - Domed 3/32" - $1.70/8


BT8232g* - Domed 3/32" - $5.55/32
B95g Buckles BT95g* - Round 3/32" - $1.70/8


BT9532g* - Round 3/32" - $5.55/32
1/8" or 3mm
BT37g Buckles BT37g* - Square 1/8" - $1.85/8


BT3732g* - Square 1/8" - $6.10/32
BT81g Buckles BT81g* - Domed 1/8 - $1.85/8


BT8132g* - Domed 1/8" - $6.10/32
BT94g Buckles BT94g* - Round 1/8" - $1.85/8


BT9432g* - Round 1/8" - $6.10/32


Items marked with a * are Limited Availability items and may not be in stock at all times.

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Notes About our Heel Bar (One-Sided, Tongue) Buckles:

These buckles do not  come with tongues, or keepers. Our tongues should be ok for the 1/8" size, but they may be too wide for the smaller sizes (to get a nice, quality finished look.)

Since the type of keepers required depend on the tack being made, and leather keepers are most popular for English and Harness tack, in particular, keepers are not included with these buckles.

Working with these buckles takes a bit more skill than with the Center Bar (two-sided) buckles. You should have some skill at skiving (removing a thin layer from the back side of the leather) as well as cutting slits (for the tongues) and making holes in the matching straps.

The rewards for your efforts will be found in the exceptionally fine and realistic results on your tack items!



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