02-14-2013, 04:17 PM
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I picked up a Frank's Shaving 28mm synthetic brush a number of months ago. The brush was nice, but I really didn't think the knot offered me anything over my favorite synthetic, my HIS brush; in fact the Franks's knot was overly stiff IMO. As this brush was not getting much use and had a pretty nice looking solid handle on it, I figured I would give it a make over.

I purchased a 28mm. x 65mm. (actually 70mm. if you include the plug) TGN Finest 2-band, and with a little work with the Dremmel and some epxoy, I was was able to get the knot set where I wanted it- 52mm. Being that the knot was on the larger side I felt that taking the loft down any further would make for a pretty stiff brush.

I took the brush for a test drive today (palm lather), and I think it came out perfect for me. The knot has a really nice density, and with a 52mm. loft the brush has a nice backbone to it without being overly stiff and the tips are really quite nice and soft. This will make an excellent face lathering brush for me!

It may be a little too early too tell, but this might end up being my favorite brush.

Here are some before and after pics.

Frank's synthetic prior to knot removal:
   

Handle with new TGN 28mm. 2-band Finest (Frank's logo removed)
   

Knot with a little bloom after first lather:
   

Top view of knot:
   

Total Brush Dimensions:
Total Height- 107mm.
Handle Height- 55mm.
Loft- 52mm.

Thanks for looking!

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 02-14-2013, 04:40 PM
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  • Johnny
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Well, that turned out real nice. Enjoy that brush.

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 02-14-2013, 04:42 PM
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Well done, Tom! Looks like a perfect loft.

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 02-14-2013, 06:19 PM
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  • Kavik79
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looks good to me Thumbup

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 02-14-2013, 06:26 PM
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Very nice. Glad you like the TGN 2-band, one of my favs.

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 02-14-2013, 09:46 PM
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Thanks everyone!

(02-14-2013, 06:26 PM)Moe Wrote: Very nice. Glad you like the TGN 2-band, one of my favs.

Moe, I really am liking this knot. I have a TGN silvertip which is good, but this 2 band feels fantastic!

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 02-14-2013, 10:22 PM
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The TGN Finest is a really superb knot IMO.

You did a fine job. It looks to be about perfect.

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 02-14-2013, 10:24 PM
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  • Teiste
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Thats a serious brush there.It seems that badger hair knot is also well packed with hair.Enjoy it and thanks for sharing the pics.

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 02-14-2013, 11:05 PM
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  • blzrfn
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Nice job! Coincidentally I played around with a Frank's Shaving brush tonight as well. My story will have to be told tomorrow when it is ready for its photo session.

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 02-14-2013, 11:18 PM
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You did a nice job removing the old knot and making the new finest work for you at the specs you wanted. It really looks great!

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 02-15-2013, 01:42 AM
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Lovely! Smile

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 02-15-2013, 10:23 AM
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  • mikeperry
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Hi Tom

Nicely! done Thumbsup

Post-bloom looks excellent.

For what it's worth (nothing) I believe The Golden Nib 2-Band Finest is the best badger hair knot they currently offer...

Take care, Mike

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 02-15-2013, 11:31 AM
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  • tgutc
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That looks great. I like that 2 band hair with the black handle. It looks sharp.

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 02-15-2013, 12:19 PM
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Thanks again for all the comments!

My badger experience is fairly limited. The only complete badger brush I've ever owned was a Tweezerman, which I gave away many moons ago. I have a TGN 22mm. Silvertip which I set into the handle of what was a Parker synthetic brush, and now this two band. That being said for the time being I think I have found/ created the badger brush for me and I am quite happy with how it turned out- the TGN Finest 2-band knot is well packed and feels great on the face. I also have a few other handles that need to be restored so I'll probably experiment with some other knot types. One day I may dabble in some of the higher end/ more well known badger brushes, but there is such great satisfaction in building something yourself Smile.

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 02-15-2013, 12:43 PM
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  • Attila
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The hair knot looks great (stunning actually) with that black handle. Well done!

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 02-15-2013, 08:36 PM
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Wow, Tom, that sure looks great.
It is unfortunate that you did not like the FS brush. i have really enjoyed my custom ones (24/48mm). i think they may be the best brushes i own for their performance and value.

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 02-15-2013, 08:55 PM
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(02-15-2013, 08:36 PM)celestino Wrote: Wow, Tom, that sure looks great.
It is unfortunate that you did not like the FS brush. i have really enjoyed my custom ones (24/48mm). i think they may be the best brushes i own for their performance and value.

Celestino, it's not that I did not like it, it was a good synthetic knot but I liked my HIS better so this one was just laying around. I contemplated selling it, but then thought I would have a little fun w/ it. Frank's has certainly been putting out some nice brushes lately.

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