Our Story


In 1987 Correctional Officer Paul Nigh started his career at the newly opened Kings County State Prison that was almost immediately renamed Avenal State Prison (ASP).

In 1989 the prison conducted a talent search for an employee to design the official belt buckle for the institution. Missing the deadline to enter into the contest, Paul decided one day to pass his ASP design around the institution to see if there would be any interest in it. To Paul's surprise there were 40 officers that day that wanted to purchase his ASP buckle. 12 weeks later when the order came in, Paul took them to work and located 12 officer's that had placed an order with him. By the end of his shift that day he had over 90 more orders placed. Paul's design was a simple one of an oval buckle with a rope like trim with a circle in the middle that housed a three-quarter sized replica of the officer's badge and draped on both the right and left sides were the California Republic Flag and the United States Flag, which is still being used to this day.

But what set Paul's buckle apart from all other company's was, that each buckle was personalized with that officer's individual badge number for no extra charge. A treatment to excellence that we still follow today and will forever. It was also possible to have personal engraving on the buckles back as well. ASP was the first to commission Paul to create a Lapel Pin for the ASP Honor Guard.

Within no time CDC BUCKLES had produced over 350 belt buckles for ASP to staff including Sergeants, Lieutenants, up in rank to the Warden. With a risk of upsetting supervisors that had already purchased a CDC BUCKLE, Paul decided to create a buckle that supported a rank ribbon. The idea was highly embraced and even the employees that had bought the officer's version quickly rushed to be first in line for the Supervisory Buckle as it supported a rank ribbon with their rank. In record time CDC BUCKLES sold 300 more buckles.

Around the same time that ASP was being casted, so was a buckle for the Kern County Sheriff's Department. This buckle also took off in sales. Over the next few years Paul would run the business by word of mouth and as new institutions would open, so would a new buckle for them by CDC BUCKLES. By this time the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Kern County Fire Department (KCFD) had come on line with their own buckles.

In 1993 CDC BUCKLES was given its first commissioned job to create and sell a design for the 1993 10th Anniversary of th California Department of Correction's Annual Summer Olympic Games. By then the CDC BUCKLE was either Warden Approved or Official Wear by most all of the CDC Institutions.

In 1997 CDC BUCKLES started an advertising campaign by placing full page color ads in the California Correctional Peace Officer's Association's (CCPOA) magazine entitled the PEACE KEEPER. Later that same month an ad was printed for the first time in the California Highway Patrolman, a magazine put out by the California Highway Patrol.

In 1998 CDC BUCKLES introduced CDC/CHP Custom Watches into the inventory.

CDC BUCKLES continued to rise to the top of its field and quickly became known as California's Number 1 Belt Buckle Company. By the year 2000 Paul's CDC BUCKLES release the very collectible YEAR 2000 PEACE OFFICER MILLENNIUM BUCKLE. Later that year the California Department of Correction's Transportation buckle was released.

From 2001 to 2011 CDC Buckles still maintained the companies "Life-Time Warranty." In 2005 we re-casted the California Department of Correction's Transportation Belt Buckle in a smaller size.

In 2011, CDC BUCKLES is expanding with a NEW name, an improved website and a bigger vision.

CDC BUCKLES is now CUSTOM PINS AND BUCKLES, providing you with the same high quality products and 100% product guarantee. And although Paul is still the original owner of the businesses, he has taken on the expert abilities and partnership of Peter Corel who is the companies Chief Web Master, IT Guy, and Design Artist, and Reba Parkinson how is the CFO Chief Financial Officer. Paul is now the CEO and Founder of Custom Pins and Buckles.

In 2014, Custom Pins and Buckles Added Cooperate and Private America to our line on Clients and Customers. Now creating hundreds of customized items from shirts to glassware and Buckles to Challenge Coins and everything in between.

WE WERE COPS FIRST: Paul served 14 years in the Kern County Sheriff's Department where he was a Deputy his first year, Senior Deputy his second year, and Sergeant the remaining 12 years. Paul also served in the California Department of Corrections for 24 years as an officer his first 10 years and Sergeant the remaining 14 years. This gives Paul a collective of 38 years in Law Enforcement. Paul understand the needs of all cops. Today we just all call him "DOC."

Although Paul still oversees all major decisions in the company, he spends much of is time showing the DeLorean Time Machine from the movie Back to the Future all over the United States performing over 100 shows a year, mostly for charities.

Paul's team of experts will oversee your order from the very beginning to the very end and make sure that you are 100% satisfied or your money back. Paul will step in form time to time to design special buckles, pins, and watches, for his customers. Along with Peter's ability to design Websites and manage a web based presence. Together our team of professionals can reach a much larger community with a much greater product line to offer our customers.