** Shipping time is still 6-8 weeks on our custom hats **
Our Beaver Fur Felt Hat Bodies
All our hats are made with beaver fur felt which is dense and virtually waterproof. It consists of beaver and/or rabbit/hare fur blended with felt to produce a material that lasts 5-10 times longer than wool-felt.
A fine Beaver and Beaver blend fur-felt hat body holds its shape wonderfully and is the best material from which to manufacture hats.
As a general rule of thumb if a hat maker just describes their hat bodies as fur-felt, chances are it’s rabbit or Hare. Hat makers who use beaver fur-felt are proud of it and will state so.
In theory the higher the beaver content the higher higher the X factor – but unfortunately there is no standard within the hat making fraternity – and a lot of confusion. On the Internet few hat sellers tell you what their fur-felt is comprised of – not to mention that we have even seen straw hats promoted as 100X. The rough beaver hat bodies we use to make our cowboy hats are the best available and made in America.
We sell 3 quality beaver blends of fine western hats – 5X, 20X and 100X.
- 5X is a blend of about 5% beaver with rabbit and felt.
- 20X is 50% beaver blend
- 100X is pure 100% beaver fur felt
For an all weather hat you can’t beat a pure beaver cowboy hat. Light, stiff and fabulous looking it’ll shed what ever comes its way. And consider this: Beavers live in the water, rabbits in the dirt.
- GENERAL PRICING includes shipping in North America
– 5X – 350.00 5% BEAVER HAT BODY
– 20X – 480.00 50% BEAVER HAT BODY
– 100X – 750.00 100% BEAVER HAT BODY
– Prices for individual hat styles will vary
Frontier or long haired fur-felt. The more rabbit or hare in the hat body the longer the fur felt will be. 5x will be the longest and 100x the shortest.
A young buffalo bill cody
FRONTIER FUR FELT
The Dodge City is shown in long hair Beaver fur-felt. Some call it SHAGGY some call it GRIZZLY, we prefer the name FRONTIER fur-felt to describe it, as this is what the very first beaver fur-felt would have been like.
Not as long as Buffalo Bill Cody’s hat seen here, but longer than today’s standard hat bodies.
You’ve likely seen this look before in a western movie. You can generally spot a long haired fur-felt in most of the westerns filmed in the 1930s and 40s. Errol Flynn wore it in several of his western movie’s like Dodge City.
FRONTIER FUR FELT has all the same characteristics as our fine, standard hat bodies – just a longer finish to the fur of the hat. You can request Frontier Fur Felt for any of our hats, simply by entering the request in the PRODUCTION NOTES.
Crown and Brim Measurements
The first steps in the crafting of a fine custom cowboy hat.
We make hand-made custom cowboy hats so the crown and brim measurements are pretty much redundant. The hats you see online are our standard hats, which have specific crown heights and brim widths to maximize the look of that particular style or hat design.
If you wish a different crown height or brim width, or if you want to tell us anything else about the making of your hat, just enter it into the PRODUCTION NOTES as you put together your hat order.
We can make up to a six (6″) inch crown and a five (5″) brim. Any hat with a brim width of more than 4 inches we must start with an oversized hat body, which adds a little to the cost.
However the oversized brim can give you up to 50% more sun/bad weather protection, than a regular hat body.
Some hat styles with a wider brim include The Wasey, Quigley, Everett Hitch, Blondie, Little J, The Dunson, Last of the Dogmen, Wild Bill, all our B-Movie hats, and many of our Custom Rodeo Hats.
Light colors will reflect heat the best – while dark colors will retain the heat the most – with black being the worst for staying hot (black absorbs sunlight). However black is the most formal color so bowlers and top hats were generally black or dark gray.
Please keep in mind we try to take our pictures with natural light – so differences between the same color reflects the difference in light when the picture was taken: Indoors, Outdoors, Sunny Day or Cloudy.
For the first 15-20 years cowboy hats were marketed – your choice of color was black and about 3 shades of brown.
Order your hat in 100X undyed, pure beaver fur-felt, and be one of the first to hearken back to an era in hat making a hundred and forty years ago. The first cowboy hats were made from 100% beaver fur-felt, natural and undyed, and unless the cowboy lost it or had it stolen – the hat lasted a lifetime. For an all weather hat – nothing beats a traditional western hat made from pure beaver fur – it’s what old west cowboys wore.