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Busks, for those of you who have not heard the term, are metal clasps
that close the centre front of a corset. Opening busks did not come
into use until the mid 1800’s. A corset busk consists of two long
pieces of steel, one with steel knobs and the other one steel loops/eyes.
The busk pieces are sewn into the corset on either side of the centre
front, lacing is still used in the back or sides but the busk allows
getting into and out of the corset by oneself.
Corset busks come in three styles and several lengths. Straight
busks are most common and are white with a plastic looking
nylon coating. Wide busks are also straight but are 2"
wide and less flexible. Spoon busks come in two lengths
only and are made of stainless steel and not nylon coated. They
are not very flexible and I have heard that some spoon busks
are not suitable for "tight lacing", this may be due to the
lack of flexibility. To avoid problems I do not recommend these
for any "tight lacing". In fact we do not recommend any of our
"busks" for this purpose as they were not designed for it. This
does not mean they will not work, just that we do not guarantee
them for this use. Several customers do use them for this purpose
and have had no problems.
SEE INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO BUILD
A BUSK INTO A CORSET