Quaker Marine Supply Oysterman - Navy
We are thrilled to offer one of our favorite long bill hats, the iconic “Oysterman” by Quaker Marine Supply. Read below for the backstory via Quaker Marine.
“The Oysterman is the most famous of Quaker Marine’s classics. It was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway, who wore it duck hunting in Idaho and sport fishing in Cuba and Key West. Quaker Marine offered this hat for more than 60 years before the business closed down during the Great Recession. It is now being manufactured once again -- by hand -- in the original factory from the 1950s in the USA.
Quaker Marine Supply’s founder and Coast Guard veteran, Joe Kadison, designed this hat with function in mind based on his own experiences on the water. Like many purpose-built items, it developed a singular personality along the way. To start, the bill is long. At 4 3/4” long, the Swordfish’s brim is 50% longer than your standard ball cap. Why? Because it actually offers sun protection when this long.
While most hats today are a standard 6-panel, this hat is constructed with 4 lateral panels to deliver a low profile that reduces windage. Like the original, it features four eyelets on each side panel that provide ventilation. It is made in sturdy twill to perform and last and has a dark green underbrim to absorb reflected light.
Sometimes, when you have the courage to choose functionality over fashion, you wind up back at fashion’s doorstep. We hope you enjoy this hat as much as we do.”