Close Shave

Close Shave

13. The Cortador Shaves the Hats Smooth


Fausto Mero 1905–2007 Vaya con dios, Don Fausto


When the hats return from the apaleador, they need more attention from the cortador.

tour_13_06_viccor4.jpgtour_13_05_viccor6.jpg The fringe at the edge of the brim is now cut off entirely. Victoria uses her scissors to cut quickly all around the brim edge. Then she goes back and cuts again, more carefully, closer, right down to almost nothing. It amazes me she can cut so close with scissors.




Here’s Jose with his truck.

Jose is Nestor’s cousin. Jose became a dealer.

I generally enjoyed going out on the town with Jose but I trusted neither his word, nor his judgment. He orchestrated two wives and a girlfriend simultaneously. You know that’s not going to have a pretty ending.


Below, Hermelino uses a razor. Close. Closer. Smooth.


Notice how he uses a thumbnail to wedge up the straw in order to cut it close.

Next, the planchador irons out some problems. Next Page

14. The Planchador Irons the Hats go to

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