If you have a NATO strap for your watch, you know that it's important to keep it trimmed. A NATO strap that's too long can be a nuisance, getting in the way and potentially damaging your watch. In this article, we'll show you how to trim a nylon NATO strap so that it's the perfect length for you
1. Determine and Mark the Desired Length
Now it's time to trim the excess nylon. Before you start, it's best to do this by putting it on your wrist so you know exactly where you want the strap to end. Once you have it in place, make a mark with your Sharpie on the underside of the strap. This is where you'll be cutting. Be careful not to cut off more than you need—you can always trim more, but you can't put back what you've cut off!
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2. Secure the Strap End
The next step is to secure the end of the strap. This can be done in a few ways, but we recommend either using a strap keeper or tying a knot. If you're using a strap keeper, simply slide it onto the end of the strap and close the metal clamp. If you're tying a knot, form a loop with the free end of the strap and make a half-knot (or "Surgeon's Knot") around the fixed end. Make sure that the knot is tight against the buckle so it won't come undone.
3. Cut the Excess Strap Length
So you've got your NATO strap all ready to go, but you notice it's a little too long. Don't worry, it's easy to trim it down to the perfect size. If you're using the key ring method, go ahead and apply some pressure with the thumb and forefinger of your non-dominant hand. With the other hand, use the blade to follow the curve of the ring (or coins) to shave the extra length off. Then go back with the razor and get any spots that look uneven or strands left sticking out. Voilà! Your NATO strap is trimmed and ready to wear.
NATO straps are a fashionable and functional way to secure your watch, and with so many colors and styles available, it's easy to find the perfect one for your style. But what do you do when your NATO strap is too long or too short? Here's how to trim a nylon NATO strap easily and accurately.
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