Szarka, if you are happy with the Valois, why not have Dan make up a plain model for everyday use? IIRC, he can even use webbing instead of leather & it should be easy enough to subdue the finish on one of his laminated wood buckles. I've tried others but the Valois is the best that I've found.
Thanks for your kind words about my toys, Szarka, and a somewhat belated welcome to BF. The ECCKS is only a few weeks away. If you are you planning on being there, be sure to stop by RJ Martin's table & pick up a BF label. There is usually a good crowd of forumites in attendance.