Panama Hat Thread

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Burma Shave, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. The Jackal

    The Jackal One of the Regulars

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    After months of trying, I think I've determined that my black rimmed panama just flat out doesn't fit like I want it too and never will, so I'm on the hunt again for a daily wear straw hat.
     
  2. desktopgrass

    desktopgrass New in Town

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    I'm a new member I stumbled on this site while looking for info on Panama hats.

    Well, today I pulled the trigger on a Craigslist item. Pictures below.... IMG_20190617_143259235.jpg IMG_20190617_143327298.jpg IMG_20190617_143239833.jpg

    Now my questions.... Is it worth spending, whatever it may cost, to have this blocked professionally?

    Would it be a good project hat for getting my blocking feet wet? I've never done anything like that.

    Should I find a hobbyist hat blocker and let them have a crack at it? How do I go about finding someone that can block a hat?

    Did I basically buy a cool balsa wood stash box?

    P.S. @humanshoes I'm in Knoxville too

    Your thought, comments, concerns, etc are welcome. Thanks
     
  3. The Jackal

    The Jackal One of the Regulars

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    First of all, welcome. I've no doubt you will find a lot of really useful and fun information on here.

    I don't have any experience with packable hats, but I'm sure someone will pipe up here soon to give you the low down.
     
  4. Tukwila

    Tukwila Call Me a Cab

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    The body itself looks decent enough. Nice. You can check out how tall the hat body us and estimate how much brim you'll get by setting it gently on your head.

    That's the only thing I see... but it's hard to tell just looking at a picture. I had Mike Miller at NW Hat Co. make me a hat from a Cuenca grade 12 hat body and it turned out really nice... although I generally prefer a hat with a touch more crown and a wider brim.
     
  5. jonbuilder

    jonbuilder Practically Family

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    @Bill I might have your mate. It's on the block at Brent Black now getting resized and finish into a Monte Carlo
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  6. Bill Hughes

    Bill Hughes One Too Many

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    @jonbuilder I agree they are very close. I think yours will look great as a Monte Carlo. The brim on mine is only 3 1/4”. I just didn’t think that wide enough to do a curl so I didn’t. Mine is currently at Northwest. Mike said he was working on it. So it shouldn’t be long. And congratulations on a fantastic Montecristi.
     
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  7. jonbuilder

    jonbuilder Practically Family

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    here what the seller said about the hat "It was purchased at Newt, at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu." He has another montiscriti for sale from the same collection size 7 1/8 but the weave is not as fine and the sweat is not leather like the sweat was on the hat I purchased. I am changing the sweat but I took the leather sweat to indicate a step up in grade of the weave.
    Brents' last comment "It is on the first block. Changing size by almost an inch and also changing style is a challenge."
     
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  8. Chepstow

    Chepstow I'll Lock Up

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    Very nice Alan, suits you !


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  9. alanfgag

    alanfgag

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    Thank you Manfred... it's good to hear from you!
     
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  10. Chepstow

    Chepstow I'll Lock Up

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    It‘s good to hear you too,Alan.


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  11. alanfgag

    alanfgag

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    Lightweight (2.0 ounces) baku straw. I think.

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  12. Scooterz

    Scooterz A-List Customer

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    Used some credit from a return to pick this inexpensive panama up off amazon. It's a Tumia, reported to be made in Ecuador and tweaked in England. Its a nice light golden brown with a brown band. A little bigger than I expected, its at least a 3 1/4" brim. Smushed a bit from the box. Steamed it and it's responding, may take a couple of sessions to find the shape I want and to get it to stay. Seems really nice and lightweight and kind of flexible. This is my first traditional looking panama so I don't know how to judge but its nice enough that I will keep it despite it's large brim. Description said non rollable but had instructions for rolling. Probably won't try it. Might steam an roll the edges up since there is so much brim to work with.
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  13. Tukwila

    Tukwila Call Me a Cab

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    Very nice. Yeah, don't roll it up. You'll get creases that never go away.

    You just might come to appreciated that wide brim on hot , sunny days!
     
  14. Steinbockhase

    Steinbockhase A-List Customer

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    Looks nice :)
     
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  15. Bill Hughes

    Bill Hughes One Too Many

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    Got this back today from Mike at Northwest Hats. As you can see I had him re-block, replace the sweat, and replace the ribbon. The treatment is a bit different and some won't like it. But it's exactly what I asked Mike to do and I absolutely love it.

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  16. Tukwila

    Tukwila Call Me a Cab

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    I love it, Bill!
     
  17. Dlaniger

    Dlaniger Call Me a Cab

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    That hat is on a different level, Bill. It’s absolutely stunning.


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  18. You are talking gibberish! What is not to like??? I love it! Stunner!
     
  19. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

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    I found the his hat for sale. All the seller knows is that it was “hand woven in Ecuador.””

    Lacks the size and a solid brim that I’d need, but a neat hat all the same. Reasonably priced too. I guess there are women who like Panama hats but don’t care about sun protection.

    Maybe the crown for a Duplex / Dualist?

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