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Särmä Finnish M36 field cap

Särmä Finnish M36 field cap

Price 36.99 USD excluding VAT

A proper good reproduction of the WW2 era Finnish M36 field cap, also known as the "verikauha" or "blood ladle". A surprisingly functional design, especially for its age, and not too shabby looking either. Made from high quality wool frieze with Finnish Lion emblem buttons.

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A proper good reproduction of the WW2 era Finnish M36 field cap, also known as the "verikauha" or "blood ladle". A surprisingly functional design, especially for its age, and not too shabby looking either. Made from high quality wool frieze with Finnish Lion emblem buttons.

New for September 2019! We updated the material and cut just a slight bit towards the better. You're welcome!

A little bit of history

The Finnish "verikauha" (= blood ladle, no one really knows where the name comes from) is as old as Finland itself. This style of caps were first widely issued in the First World War to German and Austro-Hungarian mountain troops. The design was brought to Finland in 1918 by Finnish Jägers returning from training in Germany. From there on it was the go-to field cap design for "White" troops during the Finnish Civil War.

After the Civil War the "verikauha" became the official piece of headwear for Finnish troops. It was used through WW2 up to the 21st century with a number of different variants evolving throughout the decades.

High quality wool blend

70% wool, 20% polyamide and 10% Cashmere wool with cotton lining. Polyamide is added to the wool blend to provide strength - these will probably serve longer than originals. The blend works just like wool should, i.e. it's breathable, warm and all that good stuff, just a bit stronger.

Sizing

One-centimetre increments between 55—63 cm, talking head circumference here. The fit is loose enough to allow a few fingers between the cap and head; definitely no need to size up for relaxed wear. For a taut fit one size smaller than usual might come into question.

Sewn in Estonia.

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11.06.2016 (Edited 15.06.2016)
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This was an expensive purchase, but I have no regrets forking over that kind of money for a quality product. The material and craftsmanship is top of the line. One couldn't have used better resources of techniques crafting the hat.

The added bonus is the piece of history you carry around on your head, and the conversations you will have wearing it. I definitely got a lot of stares wearing it around Germany, and met alot of people, and made some good friends even. I think they mistook it as a German M43.

Cons: It can get too warm if you live in a warmer place. I don't, but I have and I still wear it anyways.
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17.06.2016 (Edited 17.12.2018)
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A very high quality reproduction, i would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a classic ski cap. I think this is the best looking of its kind, the peak is just perfect in size for my taste and the cap really looks good on you.


I would recommend that you pick your actual size, and not to go down one size. I've tried both size 60 and 61 (I'm a size 61) and size 61 fits me perfectly.





I only wear it out in the woods and mountains as that is where it belongs, I don't think it particularly fits the urban look.





Over all it is probably the best repro of the M36 out there, as most made elsewhere look poorly made and overall not that nice. Definitely recommend it to anyone looking for that classy look while going on hikes, and anyone who likes these kind of caps.
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25.07.2016 (Edited 24.05.2017)
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One of my first "pricey" buys relating to repro M36 uniform items.

German made, so you know it will be good quality...and, as expected, no concerns there. The small maker label was very easily removed...and as easily I also added the blue & white cockade...
BUT
If you study the period photos, all the caps in use look like a T34 tank has driven over them prior to use. (Having it happen while IN use would not be the best way to achieve a custom fit...)
So, as soon as I got the cap & tried it for fit - I take a 59 & this size was perfect - I then had to give the cap some "age". How to do this?
I just wore it all day for several months, as I work alone = no problem. It quickly lost the "new" edge & took on a more WW2 appearance.
Very very happy with this purchase, I only wish I'd also taken the plunge with the M36 summer blouse & the cotton M36 cap (Lotta Svard type) when they were available!

TO ADD
Just fitted the cap with a leather headband/sweatband. Makes it appear more like some of the genuine WW2 caps, plus makes the fit a little more snug. IF you wanted to do a similar modification it may be better to go a size up from your normal fitting....as the fit becomes a little more snug = ideal for colder weather as next to zero movement.
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26.02.2017
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Its the Ferrari of fieldcaps, if you don't like people stearing at you, don't buy it! Comfortable, stylish!
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04.04.2017
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This hat is awesome I absolutely think it's the greatest hat for the outdoors. It is high quality wool and very well made
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08.11.2017
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Just got this cap in the mail today. I took a metric tape measure and measured my head and, after debating which size to order, I picked the exact number I came up with and it fits great! Snug but not tight. This is a great looking cap, and it will definitely keep your head warm. I'm headed up to the mountains this weekend to cut some wood and I'm looking forward to wearing my new cap.

It's a little expensive for a cap, but it's worth it. The quality is there, the fit is great, and the look is great.The bill is unstructured, so you can ball it up and stuff it anywhere. And it's a piece of history! I'm not Finnish (not even a little) but it's a classic look that says 'winter? you call this winter?'

Varusteleka, you've done it again.
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15.11.2017
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The best hat I have ever worn! The quality is top notch!
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29.11.2017
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On vähän turhan "runsas" verrattuna aitoon M36 hattuun. Tästä mallista puuttuu myös aidoissa usein ollut siannahkainen hikinauha.
Muistuttaa päässä hieman kokkihattua.
Mutta kai tämä keskiverto reprosta menee.
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01.12.2017 (Edited 09.01.2018)
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As others have said, order your size, not one size smaller as suggested. I should have ordered a 60 but I mis-measured my head and instead ordered a 59. To get the hat to fit the way I wanted it to, I soaked it in cold water and then gently stretched it to my size. It fits well now -- still a bit high up on the back of my head, but that's how most "patrol caps" should be worn anyways.
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