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The straps on several of my G-Shocks are just a bit too long, especially my GW-5600J, to the point where they stick out and catch on the cuff’s of my T-shirts and sleeves. I posted a question on this forum earlier to ask if anyone ever trimmed their straps, partly because I was curious to know how many other pencil-wristed G-Shock wearers were having the same problem and partly to see how many people were willing to take a knife to their beloved Gs.

To my surprise, the resounding response was “yes”, followed by “just go ahead and cut it already”. There were varying methods and tools recommended for doing it, ranging from razor blades to scissors – the best coming from Buzzbait who used a pair of scissors to make the initial cut and a combination emery board and wet & dry paper for finishing off the edges. The picture he posted of the final result looked so good it’s driven me into action.

I’m going to follow Buzzbait’s instructions with a few minor modifications. Enough talk, on with the cutting…

The victim: My Atomic Solar Mudman. The strap is just a little too long and would be much better if I trimmed off about one inch (2.5cm).



Buzzbait used a pair of scissors to make the initial cut, but I’m going to use a straight edge safety razor. I’m using the rounded edge of my cutting surface for this in order to keep the cut open as I slice into it, it will help stop the razor blade getting pinched. Decide where to make the cut… commit to it… cut!



The first cut is made and it has the classic shiny edge that none of us wants to end up with, but we’ll fix that later.



I’m going to use the safety razor to make two smaller cuts on the corners to trim off some of the excess and save myself some filing time with the emery board.



Now that the heavy work has been done, it’s time to shape the corners. Like Buzzbait, I’m going to use an emery board to round the corners into the desired shape.





Ok, I’ve got the two corners nicely rounded - the emery board worked great!



Now I want to add a small bevel all the way around the end of the strap to try and make it blend in with the rest of the strap.



The end of the strap is now nicely rounded and beveled to match the rest of the strap – I could stop here and it would be just fine – but you know I can’t do that.



I need to polish/smooth off the slight roughness left behind by the emery board. In the past I’ve found that a pair of jeans can buff things up pretty well, so I’m going to see if my jeans will do the trick.



Well what do you know, the jeans worked great! The end is polished just to the point where it matches the non-shiny surface of the rest of the strap. I think the end result is awesome and pretty close to the picture that Buzzbait posted – I’m definitely happy with it.



That’s it! I think you’ll all agree that this is a great way to avoid having a nasty, shiny end to a trimmed strap - it was easy to do as well. It probably took me a whole lot longer to take these photos and write this up than it would to just cut the strap and clean it up – but I thought it would be fun for you all to see the steps. Hope you enjoyed it, now go fix those long straps!
 

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Very impressive:-! and detailed|>. I think this should go in the How to form.
 

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Lol...I think he means your arms :)
 

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Hi, i'm from malaysia...one of Casio watch lovers since 1998..just want to ask...Would this trim work at the green strap of Mudman G-9000-3V?
 

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Hi, i'm from malaysia...one of Casio watch lovers since 1998..just want to ask...Would this trim work at the green strap of Mudman G-9000-3V?
Yes :) It works fine on any resin straps. In fact I did it on my Green mudman strap that had been dyed black and it was fine. Oddly the strap was black all the way through and didn't leave any residue on my jeans when buffing it up. The resin straps must be more 'porous' than I thought.
 

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doesnt this process increase risk of cracking ? shortens the cracking period whether subjected to water or not, salty water or not, scratched or not. a micron can turn into a mm and then cm MORE easily?
 

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Thanks Brian. I'm a regular in the Digital forum, but not G-Shock. Just got my first one today (first Casio too actually). First thought was, "I've GOT to trim the strap". I went straight to the G-Shock sub-forum and VOILA!

I will have to wait at least one day though. I think it's sacrilegious to modify your new watch on day one.
 

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Thanks so much for this How-to! Very helpful!
 

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Just wanted to give props for the tutorial!:-!

I trimmed the straps on two Gaussmen after reading this post. I just wanted to let others who have any doubts about the end result; that when I look at the straps now (10 months later) you can't tell the difference between my cut edge verses the factory edge... it blended right in. The trick is using the jeans to smooth out the edge and get a nice finish. The insides of my jeans were coarser so I started there and finished on the outside. It's easier than you think!

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I have no idea what you are referring to by cracking period? These resin straps last for just about ever, even with massive amounts of abuse. A brand new genuine replacement strap from Casio is like $3-4 so who cares, really?

My G-shocks are work horses and not delicate treasures that don't get worn. Wear your g-shock, trim the strap if you want - or don't it's up to you, but trimming it doesn't have ANY side effects that I've noticed. Anyone else???

To be honest, a trimmed strap would probably be better because there is less strap hanging out to continually get bent and cause the cracking that I think you might mean - so trim it :)

Does that help?

doesnt this process increase risk of cracking ? shortens the cracking period whether subjected to water or not, salty water or not, scratched or not. a micron can turn into a mm and then cm MORE easily?
 
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