Beaver fur hats are the most luxurious felt hats available and they will withstand the rain and snow better than any other material. The amount of beaver fur used in making a hat is represented by an “X”. The larger the X value, the greater the amount of beaver fur used in the hat. Many 100X hats are pure beaver hats but it must be stamped on the hat.
Blended hats offer a mixture of quality and comfort while being less expensive. The materials used in a blended hat are generally rabbit pelt and wool. Rabbit fur is coarser than beaver fur, but still provides substantial durability over wool.
Wool hats are made of natural material including cashmere or angora. A wool hat does not resist wet weather conditions very well yet they offer a lower price point and make a great starter hat.
Felt Hat Making Process-
- Raw Material-
The material is chosen for the hat and blended.
2. Cone Body-
The blended hat material is shaped into a cone loosely resembling a hat. This hat shape is large in size and somewhat flimsy.
3. Hat Body-
The cone body is shrunk and blocked to produce the finished hat body.
4. Finishing Touches-
The hat is stiffened, cut to size, sanded, powdered and the trim applied. At the end of the process the hat is ready for shaping according to the desired specifications.
To help you get ready for felt hat season, we are giving away a free Bailey felt hat! To enter into the drawing tell us the reason(s) why you need a new felt hat in the commetns below. There will be one winner drawn on Friday, September 17th.