Brass was long the preferred metal for belt buckles, as it’s lustrous and stands up to wear very well
The lifetime of a belt depends on a couple of factors:
• The belt material
• Whether the belt buckle is plated or solid metal
When it comes to leather belts for men, the leather will become stretched and deformed after about nine to 12 months of daily use.
Also, belts that are only glued opposed to stitched and glued ones are more delicate and can come apart more easily.
At that point, a leather belt has lost most of its former glory and is ready to be replaced. Canvas belts can be much tougher than ones made out of leather. For these belts, the buckle itself will often show signs of wearing first.
However, this can also happen to leather belts and the only real way to avoid this is to buy a high-quality belt with a solid metal belt buckle.
Brass was long the preferred metal for belt buckles, as it's lustrous and stands up to wear very well. It's still a classic, but today, stainless steel is the most popular and affordable buckle option for both canvas and leather belts for men.