"Meglio vivere un giorno da leone che cento anni da pecora"
I just picked up the blanket today but the label is no longer there so I have no idea who the maker is. Nevertheless, it seems nice and thick with fibers much longer than surplus blankets. I washed it in very hot water with a little bit of Tide detergent with hopes that it will shrink it slightly and bulk up the nap. It is now in the dryer and feeling a little gritty, I'm thinking I probably shouldn't have used the detergent.
I wish I could have responded before you washed your blanket. I washed a 6 point hbc once and it lost most of its nap. If you happen to read this before the dryer cycle finishes, quick go and get it out of there.
I have also heard that Early's, Wiyney's and HBC's were all made by the same outfit. I have two HBC's and an Early's which was retailed by an old chain up here called Woodward's which is now gone.
My personal experience with these blankets is that they are great when new, but they lose their nap pretty quickly and become thinner over time.
For my money, leaving aside the cool historical associations, you're a lot better off with the heavier, tougher European army blankets. Somewhere I was recently reading about Dutch Army blankets which weigh six pounds. That is some serious wool.
As to the Pendletons, I just bought a robe and it cost me a bit over $200. It is a lovely thing, I wanted one for years, but I would certainly not take it camping. I have two Italian army jobs which I paid ten dollars for and they are better blankets when comparing the simple practicalities.
Your mileage may vary but that is my experience with wool blankets.
Last edited by Strider; 05-17-2011 at 11:05 PM.
I set the drying machine on the highest temperature setting on the "very dry" cycle and it seems to have come out fine--very fluffy like a little sheep
I already have some Italian blankets which I find very thin (much like felt). I will try to find some from other European countries as well since surplus blankets are very inexpensive.
Does anyone know how the Pendleton blankets compare? They are definitely much cheaper.
I love my point blankets, and capotes made from them.
http://www.sew-it-seams.com/custom/customclothing.html (just a site i found)
FYI for Point blankets:
I think these are the last ones making old-style (real wool, not chemically treated) blankets ANYWHERE:
They are nice, if you can track one down. I need to get some more before it is too late.
I have one of these I got off fleabay for 40 bucks, white with red, blue,gold.
I have one Hudson Bay Brand and a bunch of Eaton's Trapper Point Blankets. All are good quality.
1. As already mentioned, Until recently, Early's Witney was the "prime maker "of HBC's Point blankets.
2. In my experience no other blanket compares ( including the older Amer. "point blankets', which were smaller & lighter wt.)
3. What do the "points mean ?? ) - Size & wt. here is a chart-
4. Dating can be ascertained by the Label.
As to value = CONDITION. If in GREAT condition , then a 4 pt. @ $110.00 is a good $$
I own 4 blankets ( 3 4pts & 1 3pt ( used reg on my bed & in the "field") & my Capote is made from a 4pt.
Last edited by Puffer; 05-18-2011 at 04:17 PM.
The HB blankets are way expensive and I have been looking for another, more affordable, brand.
Fit and finish, thickness how os the Pendelton vs Hudson Bay?