02-03-2015, 06:54 PM
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  • Teddyboy
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I recently inquired about the apparent long term absence of new brushes on the Wiborg site.  I received an email stating that currently, they are focusing primarily on custom brush orders.  Has anyone else heard of this?  Anyone availed themselves of this service?

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 02-03-2015, 06:57 PM
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I placed a custom order few weeks ago. Why not try custom ? The waiting time will not exceed more than 4 weeks.

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 02-03-2015, 06:59 PM
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  • Giorgio
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I ordered a custom White Badger from Florian in December and received it a few weeks ago...I loved it so much that last week I ordered another White Badger in a different handle shape and color Biggrin

I can see there being increased demand on his end as the White Badger knot is an excellent hair and becoming one of my favorite badger knots...impossibly soft tips along with many other excellent qualities. 

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 02-03-2015, 07:01 PM
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Are the knots produced by Wiborg or bought from China pre-made?

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 02-03-2015, 07:04 PM
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(02-03-2015, 07:01 PM)Starkicker Wrote: Are the knots produced by Wiborg or bought from China pre-made?

I don't know but the badger is great . I received a pictures from the owner of an actual brush and it wasn't finished and he told me that the brush came out of production and the knot will be trim perfectly before ship. My understanding is that the knot is make in Germany . However who knows about the hair origin.

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 02-03-2015, 07:05 PM
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  • Giorgio
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This you'd have to check with Florian or perhaps someone that already spoke to Florian about this can chime in...I assumed the latter...

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 02-03-2015, 07:19 PM
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I got two customs as well... Current batch is incredible!

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 02-03-2015, 08:17 PM
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  • jamesrobson5
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I picked up a production brush "the Sturdy" a 28mm White badger in ebony. Its a beautiful brush and has super soft tips that are very white. I would have gladly waited for this to be made as a custom. If your thinking of one, you will not be disappointed. 
Here it is between a Simpson CH3 Super and CH2 Manchurian. This is before its first use. 
[Image: l0MtF1f.jpg] 

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 02-03-2015, 09:19 PM
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  • grantmm
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Wiborg brushes are usually added in spurts after long dry spells.  This used to be 3-5 months at a time 2 years back.

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 02-03-2015, 09:25 PM
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(02-03-2015, 07:01 PM)Starkicker Wrote: Are the knots produced by Wiborg or bought from China pre-made?

I suspect they are China pre-made, but not confirmed. Twice I sent emails asking if he makes the knots but did not get a reply. I then sent an email asking if he has a certain handle style in stock and got a response the next day. 

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 02-03-2015, 09:33 PM
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(02-03-2015, 09:25 PM)shevek Wrote:
(02-03-2015, 07:01 PM)Starkicker Wrote: Are the knots produced by Wiborg or bought from China pre-made?

I suspect they are China pre-made, but not confirmed. Twice I sent emails asking if he makes the knots but did not get a reply. I then sent an email asking if he has a certain handle style in stock and got a response the next day. 

I would have to ascertain this also as it would be very labour-intensive to make all of his knots by hand unless he has helpers/workers, but I wouldn't mind being corrected.  Smile

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 02-04-2015, 02:58 AM
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(02-03-2015, 08:17 PM)jamesrobson5 Wrote: I picked up a production brush "the Sturdy" a 28mm White badger in ebony. Its a beautiful brush and has super soft tips that are very white. I would have gladly waited for this to be made as a custom. If your thinking of one, you will not be disappointed. 
Here it is between a Simpson CH3 Super and CH2 Manchurian. This is before its first use. 
[Image: l0MtF1f.jpg] 


How does such a large knot of White Badger feel, in comparison to, say, the Chubby 2?

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 02-04-2015, 05:16 AM
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I sent him an email a couple of weeks ago on a custom order and got a prompt response. He quoted a five week production time. No payment until brush is ready.

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 02-04-2015, 03:12 PM
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I have ordered stock and custom brushes from Florian @Wiborg and he is a great guy to work with. I don't care where his knots are made or who makes them - all I know is that the quality is excellent and I recommend them without reservation.

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 02-04-2015, 04:39 PM
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(02-04-2015, 03:12 PM)vocalistbob Wrote: I have ordered stock and custom brushes from Florian @Wiborg and he is a great guy to work with. I don't care where his knots are made or who makes them - all I know is that the quality is excellent and I recommend them without reservation.

+1

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 02-04-2015, 09:50 PM
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(02-04-2015, 03:12 PM)vocalistbob Wrote: I have ordered stock and custom brushes from Florian @Wiborg and he is a great guy to work with. I don't care where his knots are made or who makes them - all I know is that the quality is excellent and I recommend them without reservation.

The quality being excellent is definitely the most important thing. Plenty of knots in my den are not made by an artisan and they are awesome and I would recommend them. I just think it's extra special if the artisan hand makes either the knot or the handle and I would like to know it when they do. I think an artisan would be justified in charging more if they put in the work to hand make things. 

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 02-05-2015, 02:38 AM
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i like transparency - otherwise it easily looks like someone tries to hide something to trick me...

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 02-05-2015, 07:24 AM
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I think I emailed Wiborg early on inquiring about the knots but never got a response. This was back when they had the old logo and only a handful of brushes were available.

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 02-05-2015, 07:28 AM
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(02-04-2015, 09:50 PM)shevek Wrote:
(02-04-2015, 03:12 PM)vocalistbob Wrote: I have ordered stock and custom brushes from Florian @Wiborg and he is a great guy to work with. I don't care where his knots are made or who makes them - all I know is that the quality is excellent and I recommend them without reservation.

The quality being excellent is definitely the most important thing. Plenty of knots in my den are not made by an artisan and they are awesome and I would recommend them. I just think it's extra special if the artisan hand makes either the knot or the handle and I would like to know it when they do. I think an artisan would be justified in charging more if they put in the work to hand make things. Maybe I am not entitled to know these things, but still, I am inquisitive and I try to find out! Blush 
This is how I see it too. If someone is charging upwards of $200+ for a brush, I'd want to know where the knot is coming from, where, who and how the handles are being made etc.

If they can't answer, refuse or ignore the questions, I'd move on to the next brush maker.

There are plenty who will provide the info. The ones who don't, may be hiding something. I'm not saying that Wyborg is hiding anything but if I had specifically asked and the question ignored, I'd start to speculate.

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 02-05-2015, 08:12 AM
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(02-04-2015, 03:12 PM)vocalistbob Wrote: I have ordered stock and custom brushes from Florian @Wiborg and he is a great guy to work with. I don't care where his knots are made or who makes them - all I know is that the quality is excellent and I recommend them without reservation.

+1

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