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Swiss balaclava, surplus

Swiss balaclava, surplus

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The old Swiss army balaclava is an exceptional specimen for what it is, as it doesn't make its user look like he's gonna rob you. This high quality piece of headwear is probably 100% wool!

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The old Swiss army balaclava is an exceptional specimen for what it is, as it doesn't make its user look like he's gonna rob you. This high quality piece of headwear is probably 100% wool!

When it's really cold, or the movement stops and/or the night falls, you oughta protect your head well. This balaclava covers your noggin and a goo part of the neck pretty well. The large face hole doesn't flap around and the stretchy part on the neck will guarantee a snug fit. Can also be rolled up as a cute watch cap.

Material and care

Made of wool to the best of our knowledge. The thickness is comparable to a thin sweater, so this is not an ultralight baselayer kinda thing. You can probably machine wash it in 30-40 degrees Celsius with wool cycle. However washing should be done only when necessary.

Condition

Used, but overall in nice condition. The knit type and colour shades vary, but all are grey or blue-grey.

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28.09.2020
A bit on the scratchy side, covers all of my neck unless I pull it up to cover my nose instead.
Sadly, it seems the previous owner was shot in the back of the head as there's a bullet sized hole there. Will have to find special fabric to sew it closed.
Otherwise, it's a nice balaclava.
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Björn A. 31.03.2020
Are Swiss evil people?
Cus it looks like has place for a horn..
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Ivica C. 14.04.2020 (Edited 14.07.2020)
Actually, that looks like bad tailoring/defect (maybe the reason the army is getting rid of them).
Given that the balaclava is Swiss (i.e. over-engineered), the upper edge of the face opening is meant to be V-shaped (so it follows the line of your brow), and not straight as in this example.
The horn is what happens if you take a piece of fabric cut in the V pattern, and then (wrongly) sew it in a straight pattern.
Also, this is the reason why there is so much uncovered forehead in this example (plus the staff trying to show that you can cover your mouth).

The actual balaclava leaves a "heart" shaped face opening along your brows and finishing below your mouth / on your chin.
They are quite short (as opposed to the Belgian model), so if you try to cover your mouth, your neck will lose any protection. I assume it was supposed to be layered with the Swiss neck tube which would provide the actual neck protection.
And they even have some extra fabric on the temples, so they work with glasses (Swiss over-engineering, I mean meticulousness).
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