Marlow White's Kingform Cap Black Berets
The Black Berets that we sell are manufactured by Kingform Cap Company. We have found that Kingform Cap's berets are the best quality available on the market, and we sell them at a fair price.
You might see other berets online or at the PX and wonder what the quality differences are. We've put this page together to help show you what to expect.
Please note that the beret's in this comparison are certified to Natick standards. There are cheap knock offs available online that aren't even up to Natick standards! The goal of this comparison is to show some of the variety among beret's that are Natick certified.
We don't have to point out the differences in the wool quality, you can clearly see them. Kingform's wool is smooth and even, while the other beret's wool is clumpy with significant variation in nap and pile. Due to the quality of the Kingform wool, there is no need to "shave" the beret.
Next let's take a look inside the berets at their headbands. Over the years we have seen some berets with terrible stitching: uneven, wobbly lines of thread that seem to wonder aimlessly back and forth across the band. The beret in this comparison has reasonable stitching. But there are still two advantages to the Kingform beret that you may not have noticed upon first glance, but you would likely come to appreciate over time as you wear the beret:
- Kingform's headband has a greater amount of padding inside the leather band
- Kingform's stitching is closer to the edge
I have been in search of an Army Black Beret of superior quality for years now. Unfortunately, I have owned and coveted a Kingform beret for approximately five years and it has been the scale by which I have measured all others. The [...] products I have purchased include a product marked [...], which I can only describe as a shining example of poor craftsmanship. The quality of the wool is poor at best, poorly dyed, no consistency in thickness or nap and to top it off there is entirely too much of it. The beret should not make the wearer appear to be a pastry chef.
The second product I have purchased, I purchased with the highest of hopes. I relied upon the [...] emblem, believing I was at the very least going to be rewarded with a product that met all Army standards and would present a professional appearance. Once again, I was disappointed. The [...] product shares many of the characteristics of the [...] product only more so in terms of the quality of the wool. The sweatband seems to have been sewn in place without regard to the consistency or placement of the stitching. The backing for the beret flash seems to be several layers of heavy paper rather crudely covered on one side by a ragged and fraying piece of thin cotton. A list of the shortcomings of this product could go on for many pages.
You would think that finding a high quality beret in size 7 to 7 and 1/8th would be a simple proposition with so many thousands out but that is not the case. Despite my best efforts to find a fine quality beret like yours, no others measure up. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me and for the superior quality of your craftsmanship.
"An Army Major"