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StrawBunyan

New in Town
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28
Location
TN
I posted this on another thread. I'm just trying to find the right place for it. Hello. What a great group! I have a question concerning the Fed IV. I recently bought a Federation IV Deluxe in moonstone from Hats Direct and the felt is thick. It's a heavy hat, and I really like it. A couple of weeks ago I bought a brown Fed IV Deluxe on ebay and the felt is much thinner. The difference between the two is significant. Is it common for two Deluxe Feds to be so different? Thanks.
How old is the one you purchased on Ebay? Is it possible the felt isn't thinner, just broken in, compared to your brand new one.
My Akubra new was like a rock. The more I beat on it and get it wet etc the softer it feels.
 

GuitarGuy99

New in Town
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44
I don't know how old it is. The new one has a measurably thicker brim and is much stiffer. I didn't shape the brim because I like it the way it came. But the older one does feel softer and more broken in. I like them both.
 

StrawBunyan

New in Town
Messages
28
Location
TN
Flattened the brim. Lowered the back of the crown about half an inch. Added head bubble. Removed the lining.
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StrawBunyan

New in Town
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28
Location
TN
Nice job. I have found Akubra hats not easy to reform. The original crease is there like a shadow. Are you happier with it? I am amazed at how flat the brim is. Good job. Wear it in good health.
Johnny
It was definitely a pain.
I can still kind of see the pinches so I am going to keep at them and the brim is just a small touch low on one side so I need to rectify that but I am definitely happy with the fit and general look. It tightened the hat up some on my head and I needed that. I feel like it sits higher now and I like that.
Not sure what is in store for the crown really. Might repinch. My try something new all together.
 

BryanB

One of the Regulars
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164
It's really cool. Opened the box and a strong smell of new leather hit me. It's a 60cm, even though I'm not quite a 59cm. It's a little too big just how I like it. That way it provides more sun protection and ventilation. Plus it should shrink a bit. Since I just got it, haven't worn it out yet, but definitely feels better ventilated and airy than my Coober Pedy.

So this is probably my last expensive hat for a good long while. My collection is getting too big, but I'm very pleased with it. I'll probably still collect a few more boonies, since they pack flat and are relatively inexpensive.
 

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Duper

Practically Family
Messages
898
Location
Ontario, Canada
Almost a dozen years later my BGG CD was getting pretty tired. Faded and sweat stained. So a new one has arrived from Sam at EA. It has been many years since I have worked on an open crown hat. I hope I am as pleased with the new one as the old one. The old one is so soft and comfortable. Sort of like the old family dog. The older they get the sweeter they get.
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,,,Mike in Canada
 

Old Gus

New in Town
Messages
13
Location
Durham, North Carolina
Greetings All,
Misc. Ramblings:
I finally pulled the trigger on 2 more CDs--Black and Bluegrass Green. Don't tell my wife.
I'm considering how to crease them. Here's a question; If I were to put a soft crease w/o steam or water and each time after wearing I returned it to open crown, either immediately or over time would the crease lines show?
I'm thinking of creasing one (black) as a Gus/Montana like the picture I will post (but w/o the " fru fru" of the bandana, etc. Any comments/suggestions on doing that?
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Old Gus

New in Town
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13
Location
Durham, North Carolina
Yes Sir--got mine a month ago from the Hattery....last one in my size. Imperial grade, very nice. Now they have only 58 and 59 unfortunately. In Bluegrass Green they have 56 through 61 inclusive.
I think I read somewhere on the Forum that the Hattery special orders color runs from Akubra, like black.
 
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