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    One Too Many Vladimir Berkov's Avatar
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    cutting the brim

    Can you cut down the brim of a raw edged hat like an Akubra Federation to end up with a smaller brim? If so, is it something you can do at home or should it be done by a hat professional? And if you can do it at home, how exactly?

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    It can be done...Levine's in St. Louis trimmed a 2¾" down to a 2½" for me with no problem. Any good hatter can do this for you. I'm to understand that you can also do this at home, but it requires a steadier hand and nerves than I possess! When in doubt, I think that you're always money ahead to hire a pro!
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    I've done it lots of times. I use a pencil compass to mark it. Put some tailors chalk it rather than a pencil and then put the sharp pointed end next to the edge of the sweatband where it meets the brim, adjust it till you have it where you want it with just a touch over. (It's easier to take a little more off than to put it back on). Then just follow the sweatband as your guide all the way around the brim. Take a tape measure and measure it at various points along where you marked it to make sure you got it even. Then take some tailors scissors, if you don't have a pair buy some, regular paper scissors will cause you problems, then with a steady hand cut along your mark. then take some sand paper and run long the edge to smooth it out. If it scares you to do it, take to a hat shop, they have brim cutters and can do it in a few minutes. However don't let a novice try it, the brim cutters look easy to use watching someone experienced use them, but like all things its not so easy if you don't have experience. I know, I tried it and had to resort to the scissors to straighten it out.

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    Here is a link that I posted a while back for cutting and shaping:

    http://www.whyaxis.net/indy/hatshaping/hatshaping.html


    I trimmed a black Resistol beaver cowboy hat down and made a fedora out of it using the method described on the above site. Worked great.

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    You can buy one of those cutters that take either 1/8 or 1/4 off the brim. You just slip it on the brim, snap the cutter down and circle the hat. It follows the factory cut and works great. B and L Products sells them now. I bought one last year. Fedora

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    I'm going to try it today. I'll let y'all know the results...the hat's 4 inch brimmed 5 X American Brand cowboy hat that I don't wear anymore. I already reblocked the brim from an Alpine or Cattleman's crease to a hi "C" teardrop. That was easier than I thought. Did not use steam,, I soak the crown in hot water, get the felt soaked through, then shape. I've burned my fingers too many times with steam.

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    brim trimmer

    Quote Originally Posted by Fedora
    You can buy one of those cutters that take either 1/8 or 1/4 off the brim. You just slip it on the brim, snap the cutter down and circle the hat. It follows the factory cut and works great. B and L Products sells them now. I bought one last year. Fedora
    Hi.
    Is this firm (B and L) on the internet?
    Thanks,
    Brad

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    Used the compass method...

    Trimmed about an inch off a four inch brim, and flattened it out with a slight dip to the front and rear. With the teardrop and the three inch brim it looks like a black unbound Stetson Dune or Akubra Cattleman now. Just saved about a hundred bucks on a new hat.

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    I am not sure if they are on the internet or not. If you are interested, I can give you the contact info. They are a supplier for hatmakers as well as producing their own hats-I think. Fedora

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    Glad they didn't sell.

    Just reblocked my other old American Hat Co. Cowboy Hat to a teardrop crown. Later when it dries I will be cutting the brim down to three inches using the compass and scissors method. I had them for sale several months ago, and no one was interested. I even stated at the time they would be good fedoras cut down from the four inch brim. This one I think I will put ventilation eyelets in the the crown.

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