Akubra Campdraft Question

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Boxerken, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    I can only echo what's already been said. I have three Campdrafts, and they all have "floppy ribbon syndrome". As soon as you accept it as a fact of life, you'll sleep better at night. ;)
     
  2. RJR

    RJR

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    :D
     
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  3. Take it back to an open crown. Then with plenty of steam & a rounded hard object like a ball held on the inside against the point of the crease, work to smooth it out. I usually use a pool or billiard ball to work out dents, dimples & creases. With a little TLC it works great unless the felt is worn slick or shiny.
     
  4. Frunobulax

    Frunobulax

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    Using a small child's head to stretch the hat's crown over works, too. Just ignore the screams when you use the steam iron on it. Kids bounce back and heal quick.
     
  5. DOGMAN

    DOGMAN One Too Many

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    I've did it the same way with a rubber hand ball.Also have steam ironed creases out on one of my metal hat strechers,with cloth between iron and felt.
     
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  6. My grandmother had a wooden egg for mending holes in the toe of socks. Your handball would probably be about the right size.
     
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  7. DOGMAN

    DOGMAN One Too Many

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    Now I have to look for a wooden egg...Would probably work great.
     
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  8. I haven't been able to find one in an antique mall either. I have no idea whatever happened to the one she had.
     
  9. Fed in a Fedora

    Fed in a Fedora Practically Family

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    Use your lathe to turn one...

    Fed
     
  10. Preacher Man

    Preacher Man A-List Customer

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    I have a fix for the wind cord, it solves the problem Fed mentioned. It's cosmetic, it's not going to hold your hat near and dear to your lapel in a high wind. My fix is to simply cut it off! I have removed every wind cord I have. In my humble opinion my hats look better without the cussed things anyway! Just my opinion and my experience. :)
     
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  11. MCrider

    MCrider A-List Customer

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    After seeing this thread, I can hardly wait for my Campdraft to arrive in January! Thanks for getting me riled up already ;)
     
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  12. Paravians

    Paravians New in Town

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    Well i tried to pull the wind cord quite hard repeatedly and it didn't come off, maybe akubra have improved it? I can cycle in 30+mph winds and my akubra hats don't fly off (unlike other non-akubra hats i have!) so maybe I will remove, or not use, the cord.
     
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  13. Paravians

    Paravians New in Town

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    You will be pleased! I got mine three days ago and already tried two different creases, softened it etc. it's a lot of fun! I think all hats should be open crown!
     
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  14. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    I've used a stainless steel mixing bowl as a "forming block" to smooth out previous creases on my hats. It's just large enough to fit loosely over my closed fist but not so large that it fills the crown, and the radius of the bowl's shape is a close enough match to my hats' domed open crown. I don't have an adequate way to apply steam, so I use distilled water in a spray bottle--spray the hat's dome, place the mixing bowl inside the crown, press any visible deformations flat against the bowl from the outside while positioning the bowl where needed, then let the hat dry. It isn't 100% perfect, but it allows me to minimize enough evidence of previous creases so they don't show (or barely show) when I re-crease the hats and, except for having to occasionally replenish my supply of distilled water, didn't require a large outlay of cash for hatter's tools that I'd barely use. :cool:
     
  15. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    Yep, my mom had one too and she used it,...a lot.....kinda sad I don't have it any more....not that I would use it.
     
  16. Paravians

    Paravians New in Town

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    A mixing bowl is a brilliant idea. Today I was at the supermarket looking for a melon... :(
     
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