12-28-2013, 11:40 AM
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Gents,

I have an itch for a custom to be made with all of the posts I see from guys buying La Druida, Elite, Rod Neep and the like --- how realistic is it to get a great knot --- thinking 28mm Finest Two Band or something like a WSP manchurian knot --- I know Rudy Vey's pricing --- but what is the pricing like for La Druida? For Elite? Etc.... I see so many gorgeous customs in the shave of the day pics and simply want one.

There is a part of me that want to try a New Forest Tubby 2 --- does anyone know the artisan that Fido mentions that he has make his brushes? Anyone know where he sources his knots?


I know I asked a lot of questions above --- any feedback public or private would be welcomed.

Thanks,

Jason

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 12-28-2013, 11:43 AM
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I can't speak much for the other vendors but Peter (Fido) is usually happy to answer any questions if you email him.

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 12-28-2013, 01:14 PM
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  • Rufus
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(12-28-2013, 11:40 AM)Boonie21 Wrote: Gents,


There is a part of me that want to try a New Forest Tubby 2 --- does anyone know the artisan that Fido mentions that he has make his brushes? Anyone know where he sources his knots?


I know I asked a lot of questions above --- any feedback public or private would be welcomed.

Thanks,

Jason

Jason, the NF Tubby2 is an outstanding brush; each time I use mine I marvel at how good it is. On the basis of price, quality and performance it can't be beat. I believe Fido/Peter sources all his knots in China. The handle is hand-turned in Lymington, Hampshire, England, which is in the New Forest, where the brush is assembled too.

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 12-28-2013, 01:27 PM
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  • MaxP
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Jason-

A full custom brush is a real treat. At the sub $150 price point, you should be quite pleased.

May I suggest you define what shape,size, material, etc you have desire for and then contact a number of the artisans and begin a dialogue with each. As you've seen, each has their particular style or flair.

May I add Shaverjoe to your list of artisans to consider. Joe's craftsmanship is superb.

Good luck in you adventure.

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 12-28-2013, 01:36 PM
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  • Rufus
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You should also look into a Shavemac custom brush. Go onto the Shavemac website and using the search function go to Experts Select. There you will see a vast array of Bernd's customisations: 5 grades of badger, 7 handle shapes, 7 handle colours, 3 knot shapes, 11 knot diameters and 14 knot lofts. I've had 2 custom brushes made by Shavemac and they are of the highest quality; I'm currently considering a third.

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 12-28-2013, 01:39 PM
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Thanks guys for the knowledge and suggestions.

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 12-28-2013, 01:50 PM
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I had Bob Quinn make my Elite7 with a WSP Superfine 24mm for well under your proposed budget.
I'm actually planning in commissioning him to make me another but with a larger knot.I can't wait until he's back behind that lathe again!

My suggestion would be to wait for him. Aesthetically I prefer his rendition of the Simpson M7 the most.

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 12-28-2013, 01:58 PM
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That is really what I want, like a 26mm version of a M7 with a WSP Superfine Two Band --- does he stock those knots?

I hope his recovery is going well.

Thanks a lot!



(12-28-2013, 01:50 PM)tailoredfamcam Wrote: I had Bob Quinn make my Elite7 with a WSP Superfine 24mm for well under your proposed budget.
I'm actually planning in commissioning him to make me another but with a larger knot.I can't wait until he's back behind that lathe again!

My suggestion would be to wait for him. Aesthetically I prefer his rendition of the Simpson M7 the most.

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 12-28-2013, 02:21 PM
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He did. I was lucky enough to get in prior to his surgery.

My only problem is I feel the knot is a little floppy. Not Kent BK8 floppy, but I was hoping for more backbone.

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 12-28-2013, 04:04 PM
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(12-28-2013, 02:21 PM)tailoredfamcam Wrote: He did. I was lucky enough to get in prior to his surgery.

My only problem is I feel the knot is a little floppy. Not Kent BK8 floppy, but I was hoping for more backbone.

*I would highly recommend the WSP Stubby 26mm 2-band knots if you want great backbone. The 24mm knot is much less dense than the Stubby knots probably causing it to seem floppy depending on the loft you, or Bob set it at. I have one of the Stubby knots set at 53mm and still find it to have fantastic backbone. Most of mine are set at 50mm and the backbone is incredible coupled with the soft tips. Biggrin

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 12-29-2013, 02:09 PM
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Here are examples of what Bob Quinn at Elite can do for less than $150.00. I like his E7, which is his version of the Simpson M7.

The faux ivory brush on the left has a WSP 26mm SuperFine knot set at a loft of 50mm. The stripped brush on the right has a 26mm TGN Finest knot set at a loft of 50mm. Both knots have good backbone, soft tips, and no scratch. Comparing my two actual knots, I sense that they have comparable softness, and the TGN has slightly more backbone.

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 12-29-2013, 03:36 PM
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I'd also like to suggest Peter Wolf of wolf whiskers. Very reasonable, pours his own blanks, and is fantastic to work with.

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 12-29-2013, 03:39 PM
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I like that faux ivory and was thinking of a WSP HMW 2-band (assuming there's any to be gotten) set at 24/48, but the 26/50 looks great.

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 12-29-2013, 06:12 PM
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(12-29-2013, 03:36 PM)bojangles Wrote: I'd also like to suggest Peter Wolf of wolf whiskers. Very reasonable, pours his own blanks, and is fantastic to work with.

Yes. Peter also does great work. His "Bob" style brush is one of my favorites
among his handle designs.

(12-29-2013, 03:39 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: I like that faux ivory and was thinking of a WSP HMW 2-band (assuming there's any to be gotten) set at 24/48, but the 26/50 looks great.

The HMW 2-band is not currently available at WSP, but I want to try that knot if it becomes available again.

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 12-30-2013, 08:27 AM
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I have a second hand butterscotch Tulip made by Rudy Vey using TGN Super hair, and it is a superb brush; he also restored a butterscotch Simpsons Polo 8 with TGN Finest hair, and talk about backbone - soaps shudder at the very thought of it being brought out to play.

My only other experience with other brushmakers was Larry @ Whipped Dog with one of his supers - nice brush but not a lot of backbone with that particular knot.

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 12-30-2013, 08:52 AM
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Rod Neep?

Pens of the Forest if I recall? I've seen some of his work and they look the part.

Obviously there's Rudy Vey if you are Stateside who crafts a beautiful brush using Shavemac knots.

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 12-30-2013, 10:30 AM
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  • Purplemonkey
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I got a full custom from Peter (Wolf Whiskers). I went so far as to design my own handle shape and he was able to accurately replicate it. Absolute gentleman to deal with.

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