I've looked around the forum and this thread but couldn't find a definitive answer so I'll ask it here.
Where is the best place to buy a new Borsalino Alessandria if you live in the US?
Thanks for your help.
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.
[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!
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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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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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...
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.
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