Italian Military Felt Hat Transformation.

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  1. Primordial

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    I ordered an unissued Italian Military felt hat. It was too big for my noggin so I'm going to give it to my father.

    This is what it looked like upon arrival...

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    It was pretty dorky looking , IMO. But I had a vision in my head on what I wanted it to be.

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    A little time in front of the tea kettle resulted in this...

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    It's a nice quality hat for around $30.00
     
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    It's like a green Indiana Jones!
     
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    :eek:...:35::35::35::35:

    Well done!
     
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    Dang. That came out good.
     
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    Will you share the source of "raw material" for this great looking project? Your Dad should be happy to receive it!
     
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    Sportsman's Guide had them. Med. is a size 57 (57 cm) in this hat.
     
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    image.jpeg I like it. It kinda reminds me of my Akubra Stormy River but more bushcrafty
     
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    That’s a Roughian Hat.

    The site says ‘brown’, is that what you got?
     
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    Yeah it's the same one. It looks brown in the shade and olive greenish in the sun. It's a weird brown/green color.
     
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    how about a before picture?
     
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    Ummmm....the first 2 are before photos as stated in the post.
     
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    Well done. Could you describe how you steamed it into a new shape??
     
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    The process is simple and quick. I just heat water in a tea kettle and let the steam vent out the spout. I hold the targeted area of the hat for a handful of seconds over the out pouring steam and when the felt feels soft, I bend or push it to shape. I hold the shape for a few seconds until the felt cools and it stays that way. Some times I have to steam a bend twice before it holds the way I want it.

    To make the crease on the crown, I just steam and pinch it in...then I steam, pinch again and push the indents into each side.
     
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    Thank you, I'm gonna try it.
     
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    Gorgeous shot of Mt. Ritter! I've never been to Garnet Lake. I've been to 1000 Island Lake and Minaret Lake, but never Garnet.

    And good taste in hats! When I went to 1000 Island Lake I was also wearing an Akubra.
     
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    Love it! Where did you get get that? Did a little Googling but came up short.

    A wide-brimmed felt hat is my Number One piece of outdoor gear. That looks like a really good one at a great price.
     
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    Most irons have a steamer very fast way to steam something
     
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    Thats how they fit cowboy hats.
     
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    How about an after picture .
     
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    Ok I’m done screwing around .
    I have a big old Stetson type cowboy hat I’d like to do that to
    . If you get it soaking wet in a rain does it remember the steamed shape ? I n know nothing about felt hats .
    I’m pretty sure the Stetson was an expensive top quality hat . I bought it at an auction for peanuts .
     
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    Nice job on that hat. It's the same way I reshape mine.

    @riverjoe ........ I've used this method to totally remodel quite a few 6x Stetsons, they stay once they're set.
    But if you soak them in a rain, and then reshape them again by setting it careless to dry, you get that model for awhile.

    :)
     
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    Thanks . Do people treat them to be water resistant or
    Is that defeating the purpose of having a felt hat ?
     
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    Nice! I've got a Bailey Briar hat that I bought a few years ago for fifty bucks. I see they're selling for $80 now. I never thought about wearing it while bushcrafting, but I'll certainly get it out for my next walk through the woods! https://www.delmonicohatter.com/product/7006.htm
     
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    They do pretty good for quite a while. But will soak through eventually.

    You see a few folks using those shower cap covers still.

    Scotch guard works well. Sometimes I use this. It wears off after a while.

    I know one guy in his 80's that has a Stetson which never leaks. He puts a rattle can coat of Thompsons Water seal on it now and then. It's as stiff as my tin hard hat, but it stays dry!
     
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    Yeah they keep when wet, like Muleman77 said. All factory felt hats with any shape are also steamed and set...this is just a do it yourself process.

    The quality of felt helps with water resistance. Any felt hat is pretty water resistant but high quality ones will not soak through for prolonged periods in a downpour. I have a couple of Akubras that have a super high quality rabbit fur felt and I have worn them in a downpour for hours haven't gotten a wet noggin. The really high quality felt hats don't look "fuzzy" at all. They are very dense and finely matted.
     
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    For some reason this thread popped up again when I opened bcusa . Still have not reshaped my felt Stetson from
    American hat company .
    Checking prices I find they range from 185 to 5000 something . Not sure I want to screw it up . Of course it just sits on top of a cabinet now collecting dust .
    I remember selling a fancy sombrero on eBay one time for over a hundred bucks because it was a collectable.
    Maybe I should try to sell it first .

    Or do what I often do . Nothing , and put it back on top of the cabinet
     
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    Sell it a buy some cool hats that you'll wear.
     
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    Turns out used cowboy felt hats are a dime a dozen on eBay .
    I think I’ll test this one in the rain . If it keeps me dry for an hour or two then I’ll go ahead and reshape it like OP .
    It’s gonna take a lot more than a hat to make me cute again “sigh “
     
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    I've got an old hat that's been bent out of shape.. I always brought it to someone to reshape if needed, not to many people know how in CT and I don't want to wreck it any more..

    @ExAF1N1
     
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    Easy enough as a DIY, steam, aqua net, and isopropyl in a spray bottle. Got pics? Whatcha looking to do, change shape or just a refurb?
     
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    Oh, just a hat project.. ;)

    Probably a reshape. Something more paddle a boat than buck a bull...
     
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    That's a fine looking hat on a fine looking head.
     
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    Tonights project if you have some free time before bed. It literally takes only a few minutes to do.
     
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    A few quick questions:

    1. As best you can, identify hat's felt overall thickness.

    2. What is brim length?

    3. What is crown height?

    4. Does it incorporate a useful wind cord (as does the M1911 Campaign Hat?)

    5. Does interior crown have a rayon/silk/other synthetic protective shielding as occurs in most better quality commercial fedoras and western hats?
     
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    I don't have the hat in my possession. I already gave it to my father months ago. I'll answer the best I can.

    1. It was thicker than my Akubra, but the felting was not as dense and smooth. The felt quality and thickness seemed to be almost exactly like that of my Resistol felt hat.
    2. I'd say it was 3"
    3. Dunno
    4. No
    5. Not lined in the crown, but it had a quality leather sweat band.
     
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    Many thanks for your prompt reply.
     
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