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    Quote Originally Posted by job View Post
    I'm no expert so let me see if I understand this a little better. Are you showing that the Film is more loosely felted or that it is not as well pounced or both.
    As far as I know, rabbit/ hare felt doesn't felt as densely with the modern felting techniques as it did with the old techniques involving mercury. Beaver felt generally felts more densely, or perhaps I should say the possibilty is there even with the modern techniques.
    The pouncing on the modern Borso's felt is actuall quite good, but the felting itself is a limiting factor in what can be done with it when doing the finish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VetPsychWars View Post
    Probably no one "best". If they have a color you want, Bencraft Hats has the best price.
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    [QUOTE=Rabbit;1419672]Modern production Borsalino versus vintage and modern custom hats:

    Rabbit, thanks for the great comparison. Very interresting to see the difference between the felts!
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    Quite interesting! Now I am really looking forward to receiving my first VS to compare it to my Borsa. After all, itīs the name of all things that makes a Borsalino a must have for me. I always wanted to own this legend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbit View Post
    As far as I know, rabbit/ hare felt doesn't felt as densely with the modern felting techniques as it did with the old techniques involving mercury. Beaver felt generally felts more densely, or perhaps I should say the possibilty is there even with the modern techniques.
    The pouncing on the modern Borso's felt is actuall quite good, but the felting itself is a limiting factor in what can be done with it when doing the finish.
    Do you know when they stopped using mercury? The quality went down when the company was sold and the old factory was shut down in the early 1980s. The Italians (Borsalino, Barbisio, Panizza) in general made very high quality hats into the 1970s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mayserwegener View Post
    Do you know when they stopped using mercury? The quality went down when the company was sold and the old factory was shut down in the early 1980s. The Italians (Borsalino, Barbisio, Panizza) in general made very high quality hats into the 1970s.
    Its always been my understanding that Mercury was NOT the reason that vintage felt was so wonderful. Mercury was used for combing out the pelts in order to sheer the fur off the pelts. It had nothing to do with the finishing process. Besides, the use of Mercury was essentially stopped in the 30's. I forgot the exact date that most hatters stopped using it, but it was it was fairly early. The Borso's from the mid 30's, 40's, 50's, etc didn't use Mercury and they were outstanding hats. I know this issue has been discussed over and over again on the lounge. The MAJOR two differences that are different today is the use of synthetic shellac verses natural shellac, and the density of the felt due to changes in the process (Whatever that may be).

    BTW: Most of those early 1900's Stetsons that we all love were not beaver, they were rabbit and wild hare. They used Nutria also, but it seems to be that very few hats from the "golden era" of hats were actually 100% beaver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshbru3 View Post
    Its always been my understanding that Mercury was NOT the reason that vintage felt was so wonderful. Mercury was used for combing out the pelts in order to sheer the fur off the pelts. It had nothing to do with the finishing process. Besides, the use of Mercury was essentially stopped in the 30's. I forgot the exact date that most hatters stopped using it, but it was it was fairly early. The Borso's from the mid 30's, 40's, 50's, etc didn't use Mercury and they were outstanding hats. I know this issue has been discussed over and over again on the lounge. The MAJOR two differences that are different today is the use of synthetic shellac verses natural shellac, and the density of the felt due to changes in the process (Whatever that may be).

    BTW: Most of those early 1900's Stetsons that we all love were not beaver, they were rabbit and wild hare. They used Nutria also, but it seems to be that very few hats from the "golden era" of hats were actually 100% beaver.
    Thanks for clarifying that, Josh.
    I've read about these points, too. It's really a long discussion, this whole topic - we're basically trying to put together the bits and pieces.
    I believe the use of mercury was completely banned in the earliest 1940s, and was already used less and less in the 1930s.
    Thanks for pointing out the importance of the shellac factor!
    +1 to your remark about the 100% beaver hats. They could do wonders with rabbit felt and blended felts back in the day...

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    At least until the early 50s, not only Borsalino but also American hat companies (Resistol with its extremely dense Kitten Finish, for instance) were still producing outstanding felts, which sort of speaks in favor of your point about the mercury not being the critical factor.
    Last edited by Rabbit; 03-13-2012 at 12:38 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbit View Post
    Thanks for clarifying that, Josh.
    I've read about these points, too. It's really a long discussion, this whole topic - we're basically trying to put together the bits and pieces.
    I believe the use of mercury was completely banned in the earliest 1940s, and was already used less and less in the 1930s.
    Thanks for pointing out the importance of the shellac factor!
    +1 to your remark about the 100% beaver hats. They could do wonders with rabbit felt and blended felts back in the day...

    Edit:
    At least until the early 50s, not only Borsalino but also American hat companies (Resistol with its extremely dense Kitten Finish, for instance) were still producing outstanding felts, which sort of speaks in favor of your point about the mercury not being the critical factor.
    Also Germany, France, Austria, ect. The Italian makers kept high overall quality (felt to finished hat) into the late 1970s very early 1980s.

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