Smithbilt produces Western hats in six different grades.
Fur Rabbit – 6X
Beaver Blend – 10X, 20X, 50X
Pure Beaver – 100X
Wool felt is the most economical felt available and is a good choice for the price conscious consumer. In the process of making wool felt hats, the wool is shaped using heat and steam to manipulate it into many different styles of hat – western, or dress hats. A wool hat will hold its shape as long as it is not exposed to the elements for extended periods of time.
Fur has a distinct advantage over wool felt when it comes to durability. Imagine a barb on the end of the fur – the longer the barb the tighter the bind in the felt and the greater the memory in the felt. Rabbit or hare has a short barb, Beaver a long barb and wool has no barb. The memory in the fur allows for retention of shape, while the fur quality allows for easier clean up and restorations. A Pure Beaver Felt hat will last you a lifetime.
Fur felt hats are produced from Beaver, Rabbit, or a blend of both. Different blends produce different grades. The compositions of fur combined with the level of workmanship in the hat determine the X quality of each hat. The higher the X, the more expensive the hat. This is due to higher concentrations of beaver fur and workmanship in the hat. A 100X hat, for example, is made of 100% Beaver fur and requires up to 5 hours of hand sanding and shaping before it is worthy of the 100X Smithbilt brand.
It always amazes us that women do not feel comfortable in a Western hat. This is probably due to the fact that when women put on a hat they feel the hat is “wearing them”. By simply shortening the brim width a woman can look fabulous in a hat that actually looks and feels proportionate. Let us show you the difference.
Whatever your requirements, Smithbilt has the products to meet any budget.