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BK Roughwear 23380 Seal Liberty A-2 REVIEW

Brettafett

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BK Roughwear 23380
Seal Liberty horsehide with medium brown knit and thread. I like the olive drab thread also, but I think medium brown is more authentic for this model.
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Received this jacket a few months ago and have worn it on and off, as much as possible. This is a great jacket!
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Probably my favourite Roughwear repro of all time (and I've had a FEW beauts!) It fits perfectly and to my eye at least, drapes and fits, like a WW2 A-2 should.
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I have never seen an original 23380 in person, but I have seen other original RWs. I do know that BK has at least one original in their collection, and have tried to copy the details meticulously. To my eye, BK have nailed the 23380 perfectly.
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Size is a 42 long (a bit more to the sleeves). At 5’11 72kgs/ 158 pounds, 40” chest and athletic build, this jacket is how I want an A-2 to fit.
I’ll call this a ‘classic’ WW2 fit, with a wee bit of room for a light layer. Not super trim, not at all baggy. Perfect lengths for me, so when I lift my arms, the cuffs don’t ride up to my elbows (also accounts for some loss of length, due to creasing over time).
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Measurements (approx):
SHOULDERS - 18”
PIT TO PIT FRONT - 22”
PIT TO PIT BACK - 22.25”
SLEEVE, from shoulder to end of cuff - 26.5”
BACK LENGTH - 25.75”
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I'm a big fan of BK's Liberty horsehide. One thing that frustrated me, was that I could not find a repro that was the same mid-brown chocolatey colour of so many originals I've seen (examples of originals RWs below). Generally find darker browns, or reddy seal browns, besides the russet shades.
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Here, BK's Seal Liberty hits a home run! I love the colour and the grain/ character is outstanding. This mid-brown hue, appears just like of so many WW2 original A-2's I seen.
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The hide simply oozes grain, and even though its still to be broken in properly, it already exhibits tons of character. This jacket is going to look incredible in a few years time!
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Knits are nice and tight, and feel more robust than some other top-tier makers. Its hard to accurately show knit colour in the pics. This mid-brown knit matches the seal Liberty very well, ( I also like the slightly darker WW2 brown kit. Both appear WW2-accurate).
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Talon Zipper, although not a original dead stock M-40 ‘Sunray’ Talon, is still a Talon and more than up to the job.
Stitching is impeccable, and workmanship is top notch.
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I'll be holding on to this one. After numerous high-end repro A-2s; GWs, ELCs, etc… can honestly say, BK’s jackets are right up there with any of the above. These jackets come second to none!
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Thanks!
 

tmitchell59

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Nice indeed! I do like the color. The leather does look quite grainy. I've had three Liberty jackets. They are rather different than your jacket.
 

Brettafett

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Thanks all! Yes, super happy. From years of arse-farting around with A-2s, I've finally nailed it.
In fact, I have 3 BKs, this RW23380, and 2 Dubows (one will be moved on, the keeper has a touch more length)...
All of these are seal Liberty and exhibit the same grain and character overall. Considering a russet to round off...
 
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