View Full Version : Where did the term "bashing" come from?
01-01-2004, 03:05 PM
Where did the term "bashing" come from? I have never heard this term before when referring to blocking hats. Have I been in the dark ages?
01-01-2004, 05:20 PM
...and I'll tell you no lies!LOL
"Bashing" a hat is to form the shape of the crown, such as the "Indy" bash...where you punch (aka bash) the felt to the desired shape.
We call it blocking..they have called it a "bash" on the Indiana Jones COW Forum.
Did that help? I know your and my generation have a different meaning for the word "bash". HAHAHHAHAHAH
01-01-2004, 05:26 PM
Are you saying that you are also in the dark ages AndyKev?
I'm just curious how that was derived? Someone just started saying that and it caught on? or was it something with the film itself?
BTW..did you know that firing a gun within city limits is illegal?? :p
01-01-2004, 05:57 PM
I'm going to guess that maybe it had to do with the fact that a lot of the fedora's were "Blocked" in an open crown state and the owner had to shape or "bash" it himself. Since I suppose you could block a hat but it wouldn't necessarily have any shape if it were just open crown. Just an uneducated guess.
01-02-2004, 06:11 AM
I'm not sure who started it, but it's the term used for the dents put into the crown of a hat. The folks at Optimo had never heard the term until they started getting orders from the Indy guys. Graham has always called it a crease.
01-02-2004, 06:43 AM
first time I saw the term was in the Davd Morgan catalog when reffering to Akubras and "Bashing your hat".
Outside of that I have only known it as blocking or hand blocking (even though when shaped by hand after blocking, it should not be reffered to as blocking)
01-02-2004, 07:50 AM
Now that you mention it, it sounds like a term the Aussies would use. It has a rougher connetation to it than simply saying "shaping your hat". When I was in the Navy, I was stationed with some Australian sailors. They are a ruff bunch.
01-02-2004, 08:12 AM
NOW we are getting somewhere. the Aussie connection sounds interesting and I believe you are right Fedoralover and Matt. Now that I think about it more it DOES sound like it would have a British or Australian background. Sort of like queing up for the loo
01-03-2004, 09:56 AM
Yeah, I first saw the "bashing" on Morgan's website. Seems like I also saw it on one of the Australian hat sites too. So what is a very attractive bash called? How about , a dashing bashing. :D Fedora
01-03-2004, 03:19 PM
It being the preferred Australian term makes sense to me, In the States I have always heard shaping rather than blocking. Blocking is don with a block, Shaping and Bashing are done freehand.
05-27-2006, 05:13 PM
I heard it all the time in Oz. It's primarily a noun. "What the hell sorta bash d'you call THAT, mate?" People in the outback can spend hours discussing the finer points of The Bash. It's deeply reassuring. I'd emigrate tomorrow if they'd have me...
05-27-2006, 05:24 PM
I first heard the term here at the Lounge, assumed it was a classical term for shaping your own hat -- if you don't like the crown, you punch the hat.
No, really, I knew what it meant as soon as I heard it. Makes sense it would come from Australia. Couldn't come from our wild west -- those hats are too stiff to bash. You really would have to punch them.
05-27-2006, 05:52 PM
I was under the impression bashing was the word used by the Aussies. I was also under the impression that when referring to dress hats, Americans use to called it creasing. Blocking always referred to the phyical act of pressing the sinker down into the crown of the hat body. Yep, sinker is an old term seldom used nowadays. But I guess once the pre-creased blocks were used commonly, perhaps hand blocking was new term that arose in place of the hand creasing. Fedora
05-27-2006, 10:48 PM
i was under the impression it was a western term used regarding cowboy hats. but will defer to collective wisdom of this forum.
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