Men’s Blocks

More and more of you are getting interested in making men’s hats so you’ll find all of our range collected here in one place for ease of viewing. Of course these blocks are not exclusively for men’s hats but we thought it would be useful to have them grouped together.

Keep watching as we expand our range of blocks and tools.

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CB151 Open Crown Block

£132.00

A very timeless and classic shape that has been used for generations to make open crowns that are subsequently shaped by hand. Sometimes referred to as the #52. More slope in the front and back than the sides and a gently domed top. Shown is a 5 3/4″ high version but can be made to any height required. Discount available for orders of sets and pouncing machine hollowing can also be added to the base.

Ex VAT £110.00

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CB161 Open Crown Block

£125.00

An open crown block like CB151 but without the more sloping front and back. The profile you see in the picture is the same all the way round.

Ex VAT £104.17

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CB167 Open Crown Block

£132.00

A more rounded open crown block with less of a flat top. Front hand back have more slope than the sides.

Ex VAT £110.00

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CB194 Open Crown Block

£132.00

Similar to CB151 but with straighter sides producing a squarer fedora shape – 5 1/2″ tall.

Ex VAT £110.00

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CB188 – Open Crown Block

£134.00

A well rounded crown, great for being left open but also suitable for shaping.

Ex Vat £111.66

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CB112 – Trilby Block

£198.00£243.00

One of our most popular trilby crowns.

Ex VAT £165.00

 

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CB117 – Crown Block

£218.00

A trilby/fedora crown featuring a central dome this time. Again, it is made to the exact height for the finished hat enabling it to be used in conjunction with a screw on brim so that you can block in one. The crown is of course useable in its own right too and includes stand and finger holes as normal. You might want to consider a tipper for the valley and maybe one of our stainless steel egg irons to really get a great finish. See the Accessories page.

Ex VAT £181.67

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CB141 – Trilby Crown Block

£218.00

A very shapely trilby/fedora crown block with long and deep dimples and a domed valley in the top. This block has been stained – do enquire if you’re interested in this for other blocks. We would recommend a tipper to go with this to help you shape the valley.

Ex VAT £181.67

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CB178 – Crown Block

£198.00

A taller trilby/fedora crown block – 124mm tall – with well sloping sides and a tighter pinch at the front.

Ex VAT £165.00

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CB185 – Crown Block

£198.00

A lower trilby/fedora crown block – 103mm tall – with a broad pinch at the front.

Ex VAT £165.00

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CB186 – Crown Block

£198.00

A trilby/fedora crown block – 112mm tall.

Ex VAT £165.00

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CB189 Crown Block

£189.00

A subtle trilby style crown block with a gentle valley and undefined dimples.

Ex VAT £157.50

 

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CB211 – Trilby/Fedora Crown Block

£198.00

A version of CB189 with more pronounced dimples this time.

Ex VAT £165.00

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CB227 Trilby Crown Block

£198.00

A trilby/fedora crown with well sloped sides and a narrower valley.

Ex Vat £165.00

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CB187 – Crown Block

£198.00

A trilby/fedora crown block – 112mm tall – with a fairly wide pinch at the front and a well curved side profile.

Ex VAT £165.00

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Crown Extenders

£15.00£21.00

Crown extenders allow you to increase the height of a shaped crown block such as trilbies/ fedoras & bowler. They are not intended as extensions that go in-between a crown and a brim but they simply screw onto the bottom of the crown and therefore increase its working height. They are used when blocking in one bother where the crown is pushed through the hole in the upturned brim and also where the crown is blocked flat on a work surface. Please note; these will not attach onto open crown blocks unless you order both together and specifically request this.

They come four thicknesses; 6mm (1/4″), 12mm (1/2″) 18mm (3/4″) and 25mm (1″) and are sized to match your crown block.

Ex VAT £62.50

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Crown Extender Set

£75.00

Crown extenders allow you to increase the height of a shaped crown block such as trilbies/ fedoras & bowler. They are not intended as extensions that go in-between a crown and a brim but they simply screw onto the bottom of the crown and therefore increase its working height. They are used when blocking in one bother where the crown is pushed through the hole in the upturned brim and also where the crown is blocked flat on a work surface.

They come in a set of four thicknesses; 6mm (1/4″), 12mm (1/2″) 18mm (3/4″) and 25mm (1″) and are sized to match your crown block.

Ex VAT £62.50

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CB181 Crown Block

£121.00

A pork pie crown with a gently sloped top front to back, a sharp valley and a slightly pinched front. Also available with a tipper to create a very neat valley. 97mm high.

Ex VAT £100.83

 

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CB114 – Bowler Crown Block

£125.00

A fully shaped men’s bowler crown – gently sloping front and back (thumbnail picture) and vertical sides (main picture). Made to the exact height for the size to allow the possibility for it to be screwed onto a brim.

Ex VAT £104.17

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CB114 – Bowler Crown Block (150mm)

£134.00

We’ve also made the CB114 above in a full height version – 150mm tall

Ex VAT £ 111.67

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CB216 Pork Pie Crown Block

£121.00

A pork pie crown block.

Ex Vat £100.83

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CB217 Crown Block

£107.00

A crown block with gently sloping sides and a shallow doomed top.

Ex Vat £89.17

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CB218 Pork Pie Crown Block

£135.00

A pork pie crown block with pinched front.

Ex Vat £112.50

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CB202 Crown Block

£198.00

A crown block for a mountie hat.

Ex Vat £165.00

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CB23 – Crown Block

£107.00

A simple domed tip block with sloping straight sides, perfect for making hand shaped fedoras/trilbies. Oval or circular.

Ex VAT £89.17

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CB7 – Crown Block

£110.00

A classic round bowler, with a domed tip and vertical sides. Also available as a Multiblock tip, ref MB7. Oval or circular.

Ex VAT £91.67

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CB9 – Crown Block

£82.00

A simple and elegant classic design with a flat tip and vertical straight sides. Also available as a Multiblock tip, ref MB9. Oval or circular.

Ex VAT £68.33

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CB5 – Pork Pie Crown Block

£148.00

A classic pork pie with domed tip and straight vertical sides. Also available as a Multiblock tip, ref MB5. Oval or circular.

Ex VAT £123.33

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CB38 – Pork Pie Crown Block

£149.00

With its lowered domed tip, this version of the classic pork pie offers further possibilities to your collection. Also avalaible as a Multiblock tip, ref MB38. Oval or circular.

Ex VAT £124.17

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CB100 – Pork Pie Crown Block

£159.00

A more graceful version of the pork pie, this time with a narrower rim and gently sloping sides. A full height crown so that you can block and trim to your desired height. Oval or circular.

Ex VAT £132.50

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CB51 – Pork Pie Crown Block

£187.00

An elegant take on the pork pie design with a backwards sloping top, gently sloping sides and a pinched front. Oval or circular.

Ex VAT £155.83

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CB144 – Homburg Crown Block

£198.00

A crown block for a classic homburg.

Ex VAT £165.00

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CB29 – Crown Block

£198.00

A western-style design with many possibilities. Can be paired with the brim BB37 for a traditional style.

Ex VAT £165.00

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CB29A Crown Block

£198.00

Lower version of our western crown CB29.

Ex Vat £165.00

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CB102 – Crown Block

£150.00

A CB7 bowler in shape with a trilby style indent in the top. Oval or circular.

Ex VAT £125.00

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CB166 – Cap Block

£235.00

A block for making a felt ‘flat cap’. Fully hollowed base. Men’s flat caps are often worn bigger in size than the wearers’ head because the back tends to come down lower than the usual hat fitting area and the front sits higher – 1/2″ bigger is a good guide. Pictured is one I made earlier…

Ex VAT £195.83

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CB204 – Cap Block

£215.00

A version of CB166 without the crease at the front. Fully hollowed base included.

Ex VAT £179.17

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Below is a selection of five part puzzle crowns for making top hats.


CB22F – Topper Crown Block

£259.00

A superior classic five-part topper block.

Ex VAT £215.83

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CB22F (18cm) Crown Block

£259.00

An 18cm tall version of our classic topper CB22F.

Ex Vat £215.83

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CB118F – Topper Crown Block

£259.00

Another topper block but this time only 11cm high and a little more flare!

Ex VAT £215.83

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CB121F – Topper Crown Block

£259.00

An even more flared version of our classic topper.

Ex VAT £215.83

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CB4F – Topper Crown Block

£249.00


A Victorian topper has a slightly domed tip and sloping straight sides. Oval or circular.

Ex VAT £207.50

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CB25F – Topper Crown Block

£249.00

A Victorian topper with a domed tip and sloping straight sides. Oval or circular.

Ex VAT £207.50

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CB210F – Topper Crown

£295.00

A stunning five part topper crown block copied from a 19th century original hat. The sides have that classic flare while the front and back slope inwards leaving the top almost a circle. Goes beautifully with BB117 topper brim.

Ex VAT £245.83

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Brims

BB100 Trilby/Fedora Brim Block

£195.00

A stingy and tightly up turned trilby or fedora brim that can be flipped down at the front.

Ex VAT £162.50


BB97 Brim Block

£215.00

A traditional brim block for men’s trilby hats. Also known as a flange, this kind of brim is used for shaping brims that have already been cut to an even width and are often (although not essentially) used with a sandbagging machine. Rather than a string groove for the brim edge, there is a simple rope line around the base for tieing on a protective sheet only. Once blocked, the front is flipped down for a very classic look. BB97 is available in 5 different brim widths 1 7/8″ – 2″, 2 1/8″ – 2 1/4″, 2 3/8″ – 2 1/2″, 2 5/8″ – 2 3/4″ & 2 7/8″ – 3″. Please specify when ordering and also enquire about discounts for sets if you are interested. This brim also features a cutaway on the inside to allow a hat complete with band ribbon to be blocked or re blocked.

Ex VAT £179.17

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BB77 – Panama Brim Block

£158.00£173.00

A panama brim, onto which you can screw a crown block in order to block in one. The brim is 7cm, 8cm, 9cm or 10cm wide all round, flat sides with a gently sloping front and back. Viewed side on it has a graceful curved edge front to back. String groove included as standard.

Ex VAT £131.67 (7cm), £135.83 (8cm), £140 (9cm), £144.16 (10cm)

 

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BB71 – Snap Brim Block

£208.00

A very stylish ‘snap’ brim which features a ridge round the back where the blocked brim will ‘snap’ to create an upturn running from the sides round to the back. This has the advantage that with a crown or indeed any of our multiblock tips screwed on top, you can ‘block in one’ in the same way that you would make a cloche hat. The ideal crown to accompany this brim is the CB112 pictured left, but why not try any of our multiblock tips too. Other blocks that will attach in the same way as CB112 are CB117, CB15a and CB51. String groove as standard and the overall brim width is 2″.

Ex VAT £173.33

 

 

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BB64 – Bowler Brim Block

£235.00

A brim block for the classic bowler. An integral string groove with one vertical side allows the traditional turned-over rim to be created straight on the block. The groove ‘fades out’ at the front & back. An ideal crown is CB114.

Ex VAT £195.83

 

 

 

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BB86 – Bowler Brim Block

£218.00

A really stylish bowler brim block with well rounded sides and a gentle down turn front and back. Perfect with CB114 bowler crown. String groove included.

Ex VAT £181.67

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BB128 Brim Block

£195.00

An tightly upturned brim (flange) for trilbies/fedoras that can be flipped down at the front after blocking.

Ex VAT £162.50

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BB117 Topper Brim Block

£218.00

A very victorian and well curved topper brim block copied from an original. This block is designed to allow you to block a top hat in one piece of felt – nothing that is not normally possible because you can push the top hat crown through the hole in the brim. In this case, the brim is made in two halves that can separate. Once your crown is blocked, the halves can go around allowing you to block the same piece of felt over and into the groove. The two halves are held together simply by the pressure of the string as you tie in the felt. Other blocks such as BB86, BB46 and BB72 can also be made as separating brims for an additional £25. The legs come as standard with this block.

Ex VAT £181.67

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BB133 Brim Block

£195.00

An upturned brim the same dimensions as our popular BB107 but this time with a steep and tighter upturn.

Ex Vat £162.50

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The blocks are absolutely beautiful and the craftsmanship is superb. I shan’t get my blocks from anyone else. Michelle Webb – UK

BB101 – Brim Block

£199.00

A short and tight up-turned brim suitable for pork pie or trilby/fedora hats. Slightly higher at the back than the front, string groove included.

Ex VAT £165.83

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BB108 – Brim Block

£218.00

A tight trilby/fedora brim with a brim width of 53mm. String groove included. Head block not included.

Ex VAT £181.67

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BB106 – Brim Block

£222.00

A wide trilby/fedora brim with a brim width of 85mm (front and back). String groove included. Head block not included.

Ex VAT £185.00

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BB104 – Brim Block

£194.00

A very neat and stingy bowler style brim block. Well curled sides and straight slope front and back, string groove included but not head block.

Ex VAT £161.67

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BB109 – Brim Block

£235.00

An homburg brim that allows a fully rolled edge to be created right on the block. The felt can be tied into the corner and because of the blocks’ design, the string will naturally be pulled in and down to create a tight corner. This brim also features a curved line where the crown meets the brim. This is a common feature on old hats and is only (and easily) achievable by blocking in one. For this a brim on a stand or with brim legs will be necessary.

Ex VAT £195.83

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BB107 – Brim Block

£195.00

An upturned brim (flange) for trilbies/fedoras that can be flipped down at the front after blocking.

Ex VAT £162.50

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BB116 – Brim Block

£218.00

An upturned asymmetrical brim block suitable for trilby styles. The high and low points of the brim edge are slightly off centre at the front and back. String groove included.

Ex VAT £181.66

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BB45 – Trilby Brim Block

£209.00

A classic trilby style. The back sweeps up and the front sweeps down. Ideal for the trilby crown CB15. A generous width allows you to trim smaller if preferred. Oval outline – 350mm diameter. Pictured here with an optional string groove.

Ex VAT £174.17

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BB75 – Brim Block

£218.00

Another great trilby brim, smaller than BB45 and with a much tighter upturn at the back. String groove included as standard and shown here with optional brim legs for blocking in one – a great way to work with these kind of brims.

Ex VAT £181.67

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BB76 – Brim Block

£218.00

A bigger more pronounced version of BB75. Quite a steep downturn at the front and a good round up turn at the back. 65mm wide all round. String groove included as standard.

Ex VAT £181.67

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BB55 – Brim Block

£198.00

Another fedora or trilby brim that is turned up all the way round. Brim width of 2.5″ (63mm) or 3″ (76mm)mm. Once blocked and dry you can flip the front down if required. Pictured here with a set of brim legs (optional) to make blocking in one possible – a real classic fedora brim! String groove as standard.

Ex VAT £165.00

 

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BB102 Brim Block

£198.00

A wide gently upturned fedora brim block with a string grove as standard.

Ex VAT £165.00

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BB141 Brim Block

£198.00

A gentle upturn brim 6cm wide all round. The profile does dip slightly from the base of the crown before the upturn towards the edge resulting in the edge being at the same level as the base of the crown.

Ex Vat £165.00

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BB142 Brim Block

£198.00

A gently upturned brim 8cm wide all round. The profile does dip slightly from the base of the crown before the upturn towards the edge which finishes slightly higher than the base of the crown.

Ex Vat £165.00

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TIP: blocking in one with an up turned brim
Blocking in one means that only one piece of felt or straw is used to create the crown and brim together. First the crown is blocked with a felt or straw hood, after which it is turned upside down and pushed through the brim block. With the crown supported underneath, the felt is then pulled down and pinned to form the brim. When ordering, choose a brim size that is 3/4 inch bigger than the crown.

BB116 – Brim Block

£218.00

An upturned asymmetrical brim block suitable for trilby styles. The high and low points of the brim edge are slightly off centre at the front and back. String groove included.

Ex VAT £181.66

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BB70 – Brim Block

£195.00

A narrower pork pie/trilby/fedora brim that is again turned up all the way round. The width of the brim is 45mm. Once blocked and dry you can flip the front down if required. Pictured here made from tulip wood and with a string groove (optional). Great with trilby or pork pie crowns.

Ex VAT £162.50

 

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BB46 – Topper Brim Block

£218.00

A brim block for the classic topper, CB22F. Can be combined with other crowns to produce extremely attractive designs. String groove included as standard.

Ex VAT £181.67

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BB72 – Topper Brim Block

£247.00

Another brim block for the classic topper CB22F – but this time with much more exaggerated features. The brim sweeps up high at the sides with a fairly steep down turn front and back. String groove included as standard.

Ex VAT £205.83

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BB37 – Brim Block

£253.00

A western style design brim block that works well with the CB29 crown block. Can also be used with other crowns to produce interesting effects. Oval outline – 360mm diameter.

Ex VAT £210.83

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Accessories (see the full range on the Accessories page)

Brim Stand

£69.00

A brim stand saves you from needing to buy a set of brim legs with every upturned brim. Fits our brims only although can be made to other requirements. Please note that our brims do not have stand holes as standard so if you are ordering further brims, please mention that you need the stand holes adding.

Ex VAT £57.50

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Brim Dummy

£75.00

A brim smoothing tool with a round nose and a sharp inside corner for creating a tight corner between crown and brim. Made from good old boxwood like all the originals, there really is no other wood that is so durable and hard wearing. Please note that these tools are used where the brim will be subsequently shaped by hand without the use of a specific brim block.

Ex VAT £62.50

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Crown Dummy

£116.00

A crown smoothing tool made from good old boxwood like all the originals, there really is no other wood that is so durable and hard wearing.

Ex VAT £96.67

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Thumb Dummy (Toliker)

£116.00

A tool used for creating a very sharp crease between the crown and the brim. Made from good old boxwood like all the originals, there really is no other wood that is so durable and hard wearing.

Ex VAT £96.67

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Brim Cutting Wheels

£98.00

This is our version of a brim cutter which is used for neatly cutting a flat felt brim to width. The set includes 17 wheels allowing you to cut widths from 1 to 5 inches in 1/4″ increments. For best results work on a cutting mat or board. The wheel is laid on the felt width it’s edge against the base of the crown and the small central wheel is placed in the centre and a scalpel (not included) is inserted in the slot and pressed down into the cutting mat or board. Keeping a little pressure against the side of the crown, the crown is rotated once to cut the felt off to width.

Ex Vat £81.66

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Curling Board

£236.00

A traditional curling board for hand shaping your own topper and bowler brims. Suitable for all sizes and featuring two slightly different curls to choose from.

Ex VAT £196.67


Bottom Board/Setting board

£150.00

Inspired by Henry L Ermatinger’s book ‘Scientific Hat Finishing & Renovating’, this is a bottom board for ironing and shaping brims. Used in conjunction with a band block.

Ex VAT £125


Pressing Ring

£42.00

A pressing ring is used when blocking an up turned brim with a central hole. The material is pressed and held in against the side of the head hole simply by pushing the pressing ring down, leaving you free to get on with shaping the rest of the brim a little more quickly. Saves on pins! The new improved version is made such that with a slight taper on the side and enough depth, you will be able to use it for any material regardless of the thickness. Thinner materials like straw will mean the pressing ring drops in a little further than it would with the thicker felts. When ordering, tell us the head size of the brim that you will use it with.

Ex VAT £35


CO3 – Band Block

£39.00

A band block can be used for final shaping of a hat especially if you want to shape it to the exact outline of your customers’ head. You can send us the outline so we can make the block the correct shape. Just the job to create a perfect fit! Heads can be measured using a conformateur but we’ve heard of it being done with a felxible ruler too. More commonly used for men’s hats.

Ex VAT £32.50


Tipper

£45.00

A tipper is very useful to help hold the felt into the hollowed tip of a crown such as a trilby or fedora. These must be made at the same time as the block and cannot be ordered later (unless you send us the block back!)

Ex VAT £37.50


Stainless Steel Egg Iron

£75.00

An egg iron is used for helping to shape and smooth felt into hollow areas of a block such as a trilby or fedora. Our egg irons are of superior quality being made of stainless steel that will not rust or corrode, giving you years of trouble and maintenance free service. Simply warm the egg in a flame such as your kitchen hob or portable stove and away you go. You'll find it invaluable for use with trilby dimples and valleys but the pointed end (which isn't sharp) will also fit well into sharper valleys such as pork pies.

STAINLESS STEEL MEANS RUST FREE – NO MORE MARKS ON YOUR FELT. NOT YOUR AVERAGE EGG IRON!

If you are not ordering blocks as well, this product can be purchased in our online shop.

Ex VAT £62.50

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Runner Down

£39.00

A runner down is a very handy tool used to push your string down the blocked crown into the corner between crown and brim. This could be on a cloche block or any crown/brim combination where you need a well defined line between crown and brim. They can also be used to push the string into a string groove so that you have as much felt available to create the welt. Made from stainless steel with a hard wood handle.

If you are not ordering blocks as well, this product can be purchased in our online shop.

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HS6 – Band Stretcher Block

£69.00

A Band Stretch Block is for holding a hat firmly inside a brim block (flange) while ironing a brim or shaping under a sand bag. These are sturdy and robust tools made from heavy duty materials which will not wear over a long period of use. These are made to a head size so that when used with the correct brim it will make a very nice sharp crease at the base of the crown. Also used in the manufacture of riding hats and features a faceted handle that will take a 19mm spanner for extra tightening power. The sides can be made to any angle but as standard they come with a slight taper for ease of fitting into the brim and to not damage the crown. An essential hatters tool. Please note that these are not ‘hat jacks’ and are not for hat stretching.

Ex VAT £57.50


Brim Plate

£135.00

A brim plate is very useful for ironing flat brims whilst simultaneously creating a very neat and sharp corner between crown and brim. The blocked crown is pushed through the brim plate and then the brim felt can be ironed flat or pressed with a suitable board on top. The brim could be subsequently be shaped by hand on a curling board for example. Suitable for brims up to 5″ wide. Brim legs not included.

Ex VAT £112.50

Separating Brim Plate

£178.00

As above but with the added feature of being able to be separated into two halves. This allows it to be used with topper blocks which otherwise would not be able to pass through with their top being bigger than their base. Once the topper crown is in place, the two halves are held securely together again with the use of the sturdy clips on the underside. Suitable for brims up to 5″ wide and brim legs as standard.

Ex VAT £148.33