05-08-2014, 10:49 PM
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Guys I am having another custom brush made but I really want a good knot to put into it. I was lucky fortunately with my first and only TGN knot (two band finest XH) which was dense and soft but not as soft as a two band chubby 2. That got me craving something even more....I want it to be a two band or atleast be as stiff as one, be dense and be really soft. Thats not much to ask right? is there anything or anyone out there with something like that or should I just stick with a TGN cause thats the best ill get with buying knots?

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 05-09-2014, 01:22 AM
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I can't make any decisions for you but I can tell you that my TGN knot'd brush is my absolute favorite brush I've tried so far, and that's even with a handle I'm not particularly fond of. Oddly enough, I believe it's the cheapest brush I have by a good margin too. I think it just checks all the boxes for what I like in a knot (2 band, shape, size softness, etc). Love this brush, doesn't hog lather, quite dense, softer than just about every brush I've tried except one or two. I've got another brush handle that's on knot number 2 from elsewhere that consistently sheds 15-20+ hairs every time it's used, so I'm thinking about contacted TGN at some point and seeing if they can get me something similar to put in that handle too.

This is the brush, it's apparently a 28mm finest. I'd say it's a good bit bigger.

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 05-09-2014, 02:43 AM
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  • Rufus
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You might consider shavemac's DO 1 Silvertip or DO 1 2-band Silvertip. Both knots have too much backbone for my liking; I prefer shavemac's plain Silvertip.

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 05-09-2014, 03:21 AM
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TGN Finest is a special product available at a minimal cost. I have used brushes from the majority of brush manufacturers out there - in various badger hair types - and TGN Finest is comparable if not better than a lot of them.

There are three different forms of TGN Finest as well. I have only tried the regular TGN Finest Extra Stuffed, but there are:

1. TGN Finest
2. TGN Super Finest
3. TGN Finest F2

It really isn't fair to be comparing a Chubby 2 2-Band (over $300 brush) with a very inexpensive pre-made knot. My favorite brush is the Chubby 2 2-Band as well. If you're looking for an equally soft brush, try out Thater. I've e-mailed them with requests to buy a stand alone knot but have no heard back from them.

What I would do is try out the other Finest options; the Finest F2 is rumored to be softer than the normal Finest XH. Super finest also sounds amazing but it's just hearsay.

Because you have a taste for 2013+ Simpson 2-band hair, it will be difficult to not be disappointed with other knots. I would change my mindset and look for something new for variety. That way, you can appreciate each brush for what they are.

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 05-09-2014, 02:03 PM
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Shavemac knots are very nice.

WSP Stubby Extra-Dense Superfine 2-Band brushes are also excellent and relatively inexpensive and you can get just the knot.

Best of luck.

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 05-09-2014, 06:04 PM
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  • MaxP
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For the characteristics you're seeking, IMHO the TGN Finest is an excellent value that will do what you want. This is particularly true in sizes 24mm and larger.

I have a CH2 two band. And four other Simpsons two bands. And I have seven TGN Finest. And I've owned and sold three Thater two bands.

I say all this only to provide a bit of evidence that there is basis in my opinion. It is, remember, only my opinion.

I have no first hand experience with the TGN Finest Super or F2 or I'd offer observations on them.

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 05-09-2014, 09:04 PM
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Thank you guys for your opinions, I love hearing it as I have only tried so much aka so little. So far I am torn on these, WSP Stubby Extra-Dense Superfine 2-Band, DO1 2-band Silvertip, and another TGN. I agree comparing it to a 300 dollar brush isnt fair but believe me it is right behind that brush, the only thing I would give the Chubby would be the softness. Has anyone tried the options above? The d01 two band silvertip sounds like it would be my kind of brush but not sure about the density on those. I have heard a lot of good things about the WSP stubby too

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 05-10-2014, 05:52 AM
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I agree with Celestino that a WSP Stubby SuperFine is a great option for you.

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 05-10-2014, 05:57 AM
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+2 on the WSP Superfine Stubby recommendation! It is an excellent knot. Super soft, dense and plenty of backbone!

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 05-10-2014, 11:11 AM
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Alright then guess thats that, I just cant find the Stubby Extra-Dense Superfine 2-Band being offerred unfortunately

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 05-11-2014, 04:44 PM
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  • Attila
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The WSP stubby dense superfine is a good suggestion. Email Lee and ask if he can help you with that. The Shavemac DO1 knots set at a lower loft are also a great option.

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 05-11-2014, 04:55 PM
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The TGN HMW is an excellent knot. I am not happy at all with the finest F2

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 05-12-2014, 04:12 AM
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(05-11-2014, 04:55 PM)Bowhnter Wrote: The TGN HMW is an excellent knot. I am not happy at all with the finest F2

I've heard this as well. A friend has been recommending one now for a while.

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 05-13-2014, 12:31 AM
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I'm going with the WSB but something in my gut makes me wonder if the shavemac would be denser and softer...oh well, sure to get to get one of those eventually as well

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