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scottyrocks

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If I may ask how did you shape your brim to be like that? I really love it. Specifically the photo with your jacket. I’m trying to get an Indy Raiders style, but my front brim looks to appear sharper and pointy like a sharp U rather wide one like yours and appears that the right side of the brim is crooked/wavy. I’ve been trying to fix it and get it wide/even and so far kept having the same problem or gotta have the brim very down, pretty sure I screwed up the start process haha. Love the hat, don’t like my mistake can anyone help if they can?
That's when the hat was 4 3/4" at the front, and center-dented.

As for the brim, as mentioned above, it was a combination of time, a lot of mutchering, and the shape of my head. (Like Canuck, my head is a long oval, the result being that my brims tend to develop exaggerated curl.) Let's also not forget wearing it throughout most of the year, including summers, outdoors where the heat and humidity, in combination with crushing, pushing, and curling, not to mention the occasional downpour, result in brim shapes I like, as well as hats that look like they have been worn, because they have been worn.

I am also not shy about schpritzing them down with water at night and going a little postal on them, exaggerating the features so that when they dry by the next morning they have some sharp lines and swoopy curves where I consider them appropriate.

What I don't do, especially with a brim, is focus too much energy on one spot, as it appears you may have done at the very front of your hat. I would spray that entire brim down with water, put the hat on my head, and alternately push up and then roll the sides and front until I got the overall shape I was after. Sometimes exaggerated effort on the sides, moving towards the front, and back again, yield a great look in the front without having to work the front directly. It's kind of an art that may take a little time to develop to get the results you want. And the best part is that if you eff it up you can do it again until you get the look you want.

All that being said, almost none of this works with a hat that doesn't have a raw edge - iow, a bound brim of any type.
 
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TeaAdventuringPanda

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That's when the hat was 4 3/4" at the front, and center-dented.

As far the brim, as mentioned above, it was a combination of time, a lot of mutchering, and the shape of my head. (Like Canuck, my head is a long oval, the result being that my brims tend to develop exaggerated curl.) Let's also not forget wearing it throughout most of the year, including summers, outdoors where the heat and humidity, in combination with crushing, pushing, and curling, not to mention the occasional downpour, result in brim shapes I like, as well as hats that look like they have been won, because they have been worn.

I am also not shy about schpritzing them down with water at night and going a little postal on them, exaggerating the features so that when they dry by the next morning they have some sharp lines and swoopy curves where I consider them appropriate.

What I don't do, especially with a brim, is focus too much energy on one spot, as it appears you may have done at the very front of your hat. I would spray that entire brim down with water, put the hat on my head, and alternately push up and then roll the sides and front until I got the overall shape I was after. Sometimes exaggerated effort on the sides, moving towards the towards the front, and back again, yield a great look in the front without having to work the front directly. It's kind of an art that may take a little time to develop to get the results you want. And the best part is that if you eff it up you can do it again until you get the look you want.

All that being said, almost none of this works with a hat that doesn't have a raw edge - iow, a bound brim of any type.
I do agree and why I also picked the Akubra. Its an art, not only for a good price too, but also an adventure in itself of shaping the hat the way you want it from the start and even till the end. I greatly appreciate the help and info! Gonna start working on my hat with your guys' info! Appreciate it tons
 

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