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Akubra Hat Band Removal

Sam Craig

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Yeah, chainsaw

A double-bit ax works great, but you gotta keep it sharp.

Shave with it first, to check it!lol

Seriously, the x-acto works well, or steal your wife's tiniest scissors — just don't let her catch you doing it!
 

CRH

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Riot Earp said:
Thanks. I am a little worried about slicing the felt. Perhaps I should use a scalpel. :D

Any blade that lands in my pocket can hold pace with a scalpel any day.

Akubras tend to be on the fuzzy side. I don't think a little shave would hurt. ;)
 

Mike in Seattle

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Seam ripper's probably the best, followed by the cuticle scissors - you can use either to pull the hatband slightly up from the felt to be sure you're cutting the thread. RE: Scalpel or Xacto knife - the sharper the implement, the more likely you may cut into the felt without realizing it.
 

Sam Craig

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cuticle!!!!

Yeah, cuticle scissors is what you steal from your wife's kit to work on hats. They are great for snipping tiny threads and getting close to trim those loose pieces!:eusa_clap

Just don't get caught.

Ditto with the tweezers.:rage:
 

Riot Earp

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filfoster said:
Now, why, again, exactly, are we removing the band?

I plan to replace the band on my chocolate Akubra Lawson with a twisted rawhide band for a Western look. I had that combination -- twisted rawhide against chocolate -- on another hat and loved it.
 

carldelo

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indycop said:
I use a seam ripper. It hooks right under the thread and doesn't risk cutting the felt or ribbon.

Yep, a $1 seam ripper will prevent a ton of mistakes - they're good for removing those annoying plastic price tag thingies, opening pockets on new jackets, taking the label off a jacket sleeve, etc. It's surprising how often I use it.
 
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