Review: Buccaneer Hat

Rating: ★★★½☆
Captain Jack’s Pirate Hats
www.captjackspiratehats.com

Until recently, quality pirate hats seemed to come in only two styles – the stylish working class pirate, and that of the pirate king. Capain Jack’s, who has handily redifined the market for the working class hat, has now gone one step better and created a third style – the pirate tradesman, perhaps?

Jack refers to it as his “18th Century Cocked Hat” series – quality cashmere hats with fine metal buttons, softer and in a wider range of colors than his original series. And where his original series of hats is perfect for the rough’n’tumble variety of pirate, these new 18th century hats would seem the ideal choice for the slightly more educated scalliwagg – the navigators and surgeons, for instance.

The 18th Century series is a mix of old and new, featuring some styles from his original series, and a couple unique to this new line. For myself I chose “The Buccaneer” It’s a take on the standard tricorn, except that the back section is left free rather than being pinned up or rolled, and creating a novel effect that I’ve not seen before in pirate hats (and providing a nice outlet down your back for rainwater, I might add.) As promised by Jack’s description, the cashmere felt is indeed very soft, although the reverse side is noticeably rougher. As I’ve come to expect with Captain Jack, it’s sturdily built, and the attention-to-detail is beyond reproach. In my hat pictured you’ll notice a smart pair of pheasant feathers tucked into the left button – this is not standard, but feathers are available for purchase seperately (and always remember that Jack can do custom work upon request!)

The soft cashmere of the 18th Century series, free of the sticky oil/wax treatment offered for Jack’s original series, makes for a hat that is comfortable and stylish right out of the box. These hats won’t weather as well as the treated hats. But that said – like all of Captain Jack’s products – these are hats meant to be worn, meant to share in your adventures, victories, and scars. Any signs of age will only add to their character.

note: This hat is displayed on a skull hatstand, also available from Captain Jacks.