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Erehwon

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johnnycanuck

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Workflow:
1. Place hat on the table
2. Flatten you hand
3. Slap on it with energy and passion
4. Shape it
I wanted to find a way to get rid of the little taper of the hat. So I developed a complex workflow for the Fed IV.
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Slapping on the hat. Somehow, if you crease it after that, the taper is even more less. The hat fits better (stiffer is gone). And it looks even better.
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I just use an old coffee can.
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Usually works better when the hat is wet but you get the idea. Not perfect or ideal but it knocks the taper out pretty quick.
Johnny
 

Erehwon

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I just use an old coffee can.
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Usually works better when the hat is wet but you get the idea. Not perfect or ideal but it knocks the taper out pretty quick.
Johnny
Yes, I see your point. My workflow is with a blinking eye of course. But it actually works and shows, that treating your hat like a baby, sometime won't give it the..... flair.

I read a story, I think it was here in the forum, of someone who reblocked his hat on a jar (glass) which has his hat size. The result was amazing.
 
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Not a Fed IV but a Fed III but still love it 16 years later and it’s still going...
I like that the colors of both the felt and the ribbon are so vibrant. Damn nice hat!

Is it still a Fed IV if you trim the brim? Or, since this is Heritage felt, would "hare cut" be more accurate? :p

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2" all around, Diamond creased crown lowered to 3.5" (give or take 1/8"). Not perfect, but I like it.
 

johnnycanuck

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I like that the colors of both the felt and the ribbon are so vibrant. Damn nice hat!

Is it still a Fed IV if you trim the brim? Or, since this is Heritage felt, would "hare cut" be more accurate? :p

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2" all around, Diamond creased crown lowered to 3.5" (give or take 1/8"). Not perfect, but I like it.
Looking good. It started its life as a Federation but all that matters is if it gets used. You get more mileage with a trimmed brim go for it.
Johnny
 

Art Hat1

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My brown Fed 4 Deluxe is about 2 years old now and fits so damn well I can forget I’m wearing it sometimes! I have a moonstone as well that I love that’s more of my “town” hat. Considering trimming the brim 1/8 of an inch or so, but I’m not sure. Sometimes I feel the brim is too wide, but that’s never been a problewith the brown one.
 

scottyrocks

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^Same experience here. My brown Fed IV's brim is the perfect width, while my carbon gray seems a little wide.

This probably due to the brown one being 2 3/8" on the side while the CG is 2 1/2". Yes, the 1/8" makes a noticeable difference.
 
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Art Hat1

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Yeah, I’m debating taking off 2/8 in off the whole brim of the moonstone and giving the crown a good deep Bogart-style diamond bash, figure it’d be a good Maltese Falcon style if did. Thing is, the simple center dent looks great, so I dunno. Either way, shortening the crown maybe in the cards, it just looks wide on little 5’2” me.
 

Art Hat1

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Well, I trimmed the brim down by 1/8 of an inch and reshaped the crown. The brim’s still a work in progress, I may trim it another 1/8 in but I’m going to let it stay for now.
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Well, I trimmed the brim down by 1/8 of an inch and reshaped the crown. The brim’s still a work in progress, I may trim it another 1/8 in but I’m going to let it stay for now...
I think the crown height to brim width ratio is excellent as you have it currently, and it looks damn good on you! To alter it further would be flirting with disaster.
 
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