We know they are tricky! See the blog post for tips on how to get them tight.
After over two years of extensive testing and prototyping, nearly everything about the Enigma is a deliberate choice. The belt attachment screws are no exception. The reason they’re hard to tighten is because they come with pre-applied nylon thread locker. Since the belt attachments can be subjected to particularly tough stressors, nylon thread locker is the best way to keep them from loosening during wear.
The belt attachment screws and posts were chosen for strength, durability, and reliable operation over a wide range of users and installation conditions. They require no specialized tools, and they can be installed correctly with a minimum of user error.
We understand that the belt screws are tricky to get tight. We designed the assembly process to use things most people have around the house (rubber bands, tape) rather than requiring special tools. (See the Tips post.)
While the belt attachment screws are hard to get in, they’re also hard to get OUT, which means they’re safer and more secure over a longer lifespan than other alternatives. After extensive testing, we can confirm they are hands-down the best hardware to use with the Enigma system.