It is a very thick dense western felt at 220grams. I pounced the heck out of it and I guess the good news is the dye penetration is good and only after a great deal of pouncing (double blocking/pouncing) did the slight beginnings of shellac core exposure. I would have continued to thin it out if that had not occurred. But I was able to thin it a lot as the original felt was a monster thickness. I think these 50/50 felts would make for great working western hats.
I agree that it’s a decent western felt. It’s not as thin, dense, and firm as a Northwest western using Winchester’s 100% beaver, and it’s not as supple and soft as a Gannon using western nutria fur felt. I guess I’d say it’s just what should be expected from a 50% beaver felt.
The hat fits perfectly, the curl is beautiful, and the color is unique. I’m glad to have such a well-made western in my collection.