No. 3 Grip Bag – American Buffalo

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    • Full-grain leather, dry-milled American Buffalo
    • Bag dimensions:  11”H x 21”W x 9”D
    • Solid brass and copper hardware, unique closure, and personalizable plate
    • Carry handle and adjustable shoulder strap with comfort pad
    • Shoulder Strap Length: 39.5″-47.5″
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No. 3 Grip Bag American Buffalo

The No. 3 Grip Bag American Buffalo is certainly in tune with the Col. Littleton Americana style. The bag crafted in American Buffalo looks as if it could be tossed right up on a stagecoach or passenger train, but it works equally well for modern-day travelers. Most of the time I don’t like or need a huge, rolling suitcase, and many of the small carry bags are just that-too small. This travel bag is unique, unusual and certain to be a conversation piece everywhere you go. Handmade in our workshop, it really qualifies as Americana art; yet, it is very functional and serviceable.

The beauty is in the details. Solid copper tubes and solid brass fixtures set it apart from any piece of luggage you’ll ever see. The No. 3 Grip Bag American Buffalo may be carried by either the leather handle or the adjustable shoulder strap. Straps on the back secure your umbrella (umbrella not included). The front brass pommel shield is serial numbered, noting the exclusivity of the piece.

May be personalized on brass oval plate.

11”H x 21”W x 9”D

Shoulder Strap Length: 39.5″-47.5″

Bag Weight: 6.2lbs.

Product packaging includes a protective cotton canvas dust bag.

(U.S. Patent D651400)

American Buffalo – “Expect a leather that is unapologetically rugged with more character, nicks, scrapes and variations in color.” ~ Colonel (Read more about American Buffalo Leather here)

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  1. Remarkable and beautiful hide! Color, texture and such a smooth suede interior. I praise the quality of workmanship and attention to details your company manifests. I can’t wait to stuff this Grip and hit the road. Everyone in the family was a go when the box was opened. My sincere thanks.

    patrick (verified owner)

  2. I’ve had my No.3 Grip for seven years and use it every week traveling domestic and international. I continue to get complements about my bag and questioned where I purchased it. Recently I had a minor issue with the bag and the Colonel Littleton team took care of my problem and even polished up my bag when they returned it. Stellar service!! I’ve been happy with all of my Colonel Littleton Products; Navigator Briefcase, Felt Hat, Portfolio, Belts, Duster, Wallet, Mousepad, Dresser Caddy, Pocket Journal, Portfolio for iPad, Leather Pocket for iPad and Cologne. I’m always waiting to see what’s new to add to my collection.

    Derral Ward


  3. Recieved my No.3 Grip today. absolutely love this bag, is really well made, looks amazing, and now i need to upgrade my other luggage! thanks


  4. This bag! I had several Colonel Littleton products before I purchased this one… always saying, “Some day… that #3 Grip… Someday…” I finally got it and, in my opinion, it’s the most beautiful bag Colonel Littleton has ever put out! I serve as a Pastor, an author, and travel extensively to minister around the world, and this bag is large enough to carry most everything that I need when I have 10 things going on at once.

    To define the depth of Colonel Littleton’s care for their customers, when it was delivered the ground coffee they sent as a gift with it came open, staining the white dustcover with their logo on it. I never complained to them once – LOVED the product – but put on a Facebook Fan page that the only glitch in the entire process of purchasing it was that their free ground coffee had spilled, staining the dustcover. Somehow the Colonel Littleton folks saw it on Facebook and contacted me, sending me another dust bag for free! In THIS day and age, that kind of kindness and customer service is absolutely commendable!

    MY only problem with this bag is that I’ve flown with it 3 different times and I’ve never been able to make it through an airport without people stopping me to compliment the bag or inquire where I got it. That is a GOOD problem to have! What a GREAT product and what a GREAT group of people to work with.

    barjudah (verified owner)

  5. This is the handiest bag you could own. It holds a lot and looks great. If you buy one of these, you will not be disappointed.

    Jeff (verified owner)

  6. I basically want every bag on this site, but I STARTED with this one. I got this is advance of my wedding, so it will see its first use on that trip!

    The buffalo hide is as advertised, rugged with its own unique charm and an inexplicable vintage feel despite being brand new. The copper and brass hardware looks amazing, and the bag is large enough to hold plenty for a good few days’ trip but could also easily be used for short jaunts without seeming overlarge. I especially love the umbrella loops, which is a large part of what drew me to this bag – it isn’t a feature you see often if at all, and really adds to the vintage feel.

    I expect that I’ll round out my Colonel Littleton collection over time, but I am very happy to have started with the No. 3.

    rthuber (verified owner)

  7. Wonderful design, easy to pack and worth the price. I tend to overpack, but this bag allowed a little teasing of the straps to close the top. The leather is great to look and the, when packed, the load is balance. I added the shave kit for the perfect travel set.

    jrrg (verified owner)

  8. I just made this wonderful purchase. I would first like to review the bag, and then the customer service team of Colonel. The bag is absolutely incredible. I didn’t want a slick, uniform looking leather bag because there are tons of them out there. This bag is real rugged buffalo leather. My bag shows healed scar tissues here and there and the rugged buffalo grain is all over the bag’s surface. The craftsmanship is is just masterful. I can’t give enough stars for this great American classic. Thank you very much for putting a great product like this out there for people to buy. Now, the customer service was nothing short of fantastic also. I left out my apartment number when I ordered this bag. I was nervous since I didn’t want my ~$1000 bag going around all over the place. I emailed customer services, and they actually contacted UPS to edit the shipping address and comforted me. What a stellar customer service. Both the bag and the Colonel team deserve all the stars!!

    jinkeonbae (verified owner)

  9. I have had this treasure for a year and a half, and it gets more beautiful with age. I receive comments often when I travel with it. Some time ago a limo driver asked if he could carry it into the hotel for me just to “feel” a Col. Littleton bag! There is, quite simply, nothing else like it.


  10. I received my #3 grip today. Words cannot describe the quality of this piece. Everyone at the Colonel Littleton shop was very polite and helpful. I will be collecting his pieces from now on. Truly Americana at its finest! The moon pie was a nice touch as well! Thank you.


  11. I received this stunning bag from my husband for my birthday last night. He was so excited for me to open it he gave it to me the night before my actual birthday! I was shocked! It is absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to carry it. I love the brass and copper combination and the leather color. This is my first Colonel Littleton bag and I already know I want more!


  12. This bag is legendary. As a piece of workmanship and artistry it is nothing less than stunning, from its beautiful and unique American Buffalo hide to its exquisite copper pipes and brass fittings. But more than that, it is a tribute to American frontier history – the railroads and stagecoaches – and the people who forged it out of the wilderness. I would say it’s a piece of living history. And it’s roomy and practical at the same time. I really can’t say enough good about it. Get one!


  13. Truly a showstopper- purchased for my very stoic husband for his birthday– he is not a materialisticly impressed man- however the quality/attention to detail and craftsmanship are so stunning he was amazed and I was beyond impressed- was concerned about the size being too big – it’s Perfect- like an above reviewer stated- splurge for the buffalo- it’s an investment piece and you’re only going to need on of these- thanks for such a unique and well made product!!

    hogbeaver (verified owner)

  14. I love my No.3 Grip-American Buffalo. When I travel, people are always commenting on how great they love it. Beautiful piece. Marvelous workmanship. Great addition to my Colonel Littleton collection. I will adding more. Great customer service and love the store in Lynnville. My family and I have made it a tradition to travel to Lynnville and visit Colonel Littleton.


  15. WOW. What a product. I don’t know of a more finely constructed leather bag. It’s over the top, and I feel guilty even using it in public.
    Well done. Well done. I admire the thought, design, and contruction of such a gorgeous leather product!


  16. I wish I could give this more stars, It’s not only stunning to look at but it’s fully functional and not overly heavy or awkward to carry around. Some leather Companies would have you believe that your new bag would look ugly when you first receive it and it’ll get better over time as you use it, I say screw that. Life is too short to carry an ugly bag, get this and you’ll never ever regret it.


  17. The Colonel does it again! I just got this bag for Christmas and could not be happier – do yourself a favor and spend the few extra dollars for the buffalo hide version – the character of the leather is amazing and will only get better with time and use. When I opened the box, it was well packed in a large ditty bag (love these, by the way) and the fine folks @ Colonel Litteltons’s included the usual moon pie but also a bag of their coffee. Little touches like that help to create loyal customers – even though their excellent products speak for themselves. I can’t wait to take this bag on my next trip – Thanks for keeping American alive!


  18. Went to Lynnville and picked out yet another quality piece by the Colonel. Opted for this beauty in American Buffalo. It is drop dead gorgeous. The opening is deceiving – it appears small – however it opens completely and it is cavernous! You can easily pack for a week+ in this bag. Comes with a sleeper bag big enough to use as a laundry bag on trips! 🙂 It is a functional, tough, trendy, fashion piece that will be used for travel for many years. As you stand with this masterpiece on your shoulder you feel transported back in time – just waitin’ on that steam train.


  19. No 3 Grip Buffalo Bag is both extraordinary in appearance and carrying essentials for short trips. Have used on three (3) trips and received compliments on each. I have ordered a number of products and have never been disappointed. Thanks to everyone for the craftsmanship and extraordinary customer service.

    R Gary (verified owner)

  20. Received the No.3 Grip-American Buffalo today. Another beautiful piece of work by Colonel Littleton. Fits nicely with the rest of my collection and I look forward to traveling with it in the near future. Classic!

    [email protected]

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