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I can tell by your hat….

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I’ll be writing more in the near future about hats, picking a good one, and taking care of it. I’ve been watching “Hell On Wheels” and while the third season is better by almost every metric imaginable, there’s this:

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Cullen Bohannon in something from the truck stop on the edge of town. But he’s not the only offender.

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All the hats in westerns lately suck. These are just oversized fedoras with a pinch front crease almost no one wears outside of movies. The poor Lone Ranger can’t even get a good crease for his brim. Which brings me, I guess, to my big point. These:

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are many things. But they are not cowboy hats. 

 

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About Seth

Bury my heart in West Texas.

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  1. Like visiting a saddlemaker for belts, go to a proper westernwear shop for hats.
    I know that sounds odd, but unlike saddlemakers, very few towns have a real hat shop.
    Look for a steamer for shaping, look for head shape measuring tools.
    Do NOT go into some store that sells all types of hats, they sell bad fedoras to tourists.
    If you want a fedora, you probably deserve a good one.
    If you want a western hat, and it fits properly, you’ll wear it so much it looks like the bad examples. It will also cost a penny more than you expect.
    Hats like heads are not all the same shape. Oblong heads should not try wearing round hats, uncomfortable and leaves a line on your forehead.

    Or next time you are traveling, leave time in a town with a good hat shop.
    North Phoenix has AZTEX. Off the shelf or custom from felt blanks.
    Denver has Sheplers for off-the-shelf.

    my 2 centavos

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    • Good hat shops are hard to find, that’s true. We used to have a few in the area. Lately, I’ve been taking my stuff to a local farm and ranch store because they’ve got some really knowledgable people there who have a lot of experience with hats.

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