02-04-2015, 02:07 PM
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Good afternoon gents. I just received my 400 handle I purchased off Hanzo and i'm now looking for someone to supply and set a knot for me. Can someone recommend someone who is CONUS that is familiar with knotting a 400 handle?

Brush makers and restorers don't be shy. Feel free to speak up on your own behalf. If you don't want to post then shoot me a PM.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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 02-04-2015, 02:21 PM
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Freddie, I would highly suggest going with a Shavemace knot to compliment this beautiful handle! Good luck and I am looking forward to seeing the finished brush! Thumbup

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 02-04-2015, 02:25 PM
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(02-04-2015, 02:21 PM)celestino Wrote: Freddie, I would highly suggest going with a Shavemace knot to compliment this beautiful handle! Good luck and I am looking forward to seeing the finished brush! Thumbup

How is the feel of the shavemac? I have only ever owned 2 badger brushes. One was my first which was a tweezerman and the other is my current TGN 2  band bulb at 24/50. I was interested in possibly a fan knot.

Seeing some of your collection and hearing you knowledge so far I know you wouldnt recommend it if it wasnt superb! Wink

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 02-04-2015, 02:26 PM
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So no one can recommend anyone?

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 02-04-2015, 07:45 PM
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Fixed the title to the correct brand. My brain is shot today. Everready is just stuck in my head for some reason. Off to bed for me lol.

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 02-04-2015, 07:56 PM
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Freddie, I was just suggesting Shavemace as they, arguably, have the best knots to sell as stand-alone ones. No one else sells knots with the quality that they do. 
I am not sure which one would suit you as they are all quite different. However, you would be paying a premium for one of Bernd's knots. I know that Rudy Vey can easily do this for you as he can source the Shavemac knots, but I am also sure Doug Korn, an artisan here, could also do it for you. Why don't you contact him and discuss it with him. 

If you want to keep costs down, then the TGN 2-Band knots would be the best way to go, in my opinion. Best of luck. 

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 02-04-2015, 10:06 PM
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Best Value, TGN Finest.

I don't really touch any of my other reknots. Shavemac is worth It though, dont have any reknots with it.

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 02-05-2015, 02:19 AM
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Thanks for the input guys. I do like the TGN knot and that's what I currently use. Was wanting to try a something different but if need be will stick with the same. In talks with someone now so will see how things go!

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 02-05-2015, 09:19 AM
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You might want to try a Muhle STF knot (courtesy of Rudy Vey) = that's what I used in mine ^^^

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 02-05-2015, 09:43 AM
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Nice looking brush! I'm actually speaking with a fellow member now who is kind and patient enough to work with me and my ramblings lol. I have to look into something when I get home and may go with a TGN High mountain white.

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 02-05-2015, 10:10 AM
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Here's my R400 replica with replaceable threaded knots.  (Just to give you an idea of the possibilities)
Left is a 24mm ACE shaving silvertip, center is TGN 26mm finest, right is 24mm TGN synthetic.
[Image: wPum2dM.jpg]

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 02-05-2015, 10:31 AM
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TGN Finest is an excellent knot IMHO.  Its a great value.  Wanting to try something different, I have a Shavemac two band in the works. As its not complete yet, no first hand opinion. 

You'll learn there is a significant price difference between the TGN and the Shavemac.


For artisans, ShaverJoe and vferdman are a couple more guys to try.

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 02-05-2015, 10:51 AM
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@MR_Smartepants: how is the feel between the different types? I want something dense, no scritch, and just overall great feel. I'm 98% face latherer but want to be able to use it for bowl as well.

@MAXP: I actually have a TGN 2 band from Shaverjoe. It is a great brush and Joe is a pleasure to deal with! Tried to contact him but never heard back. On another forum he sold a brush the other week and the way he posted it seemed like he may be getting out of brush makeing or just takeing a break.

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 02-05-2015, 11:45 AM
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(02-05-2015, 10:51 AM)FreddieP318ti Wrote: @MR_Smartepants: how is the feel between the different types? I want something dense, no scritch, and just overall great feel. I'm 98% face latherer but want to be able to use it for bowl as well.

The TGN 2-band finest is my favorite knot from my picture above.  It has the perfect amount of backbone and loads quickly with great flow-through.  No scritch and soft tips.  Works great for bowl or face-lathering.
The silvertip I have is too floppy.  I should have had it set 2mm deeper.  The TGN synthetic knot is good.  It's springier than a EJ/Muhle STF which is what I was looking for (not a fan of EJ/Muhle synthetics) but not as good as the Pur-Tech synthetic knot I have.
I've never tried one, but I'm told that the TGN finest F2 has more scritch than the regular finest.
I also have a TGN boar 24mm in a 4th cap (not in picture).  It hasn't broken in yet, but it's turning into a fine brush.

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 02-05-2015, 02:17 PM
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(02-05-2015, 11:45 AM)Mr_Smartepants Wrote:
(02-05-2015, 10:51 AM)FreddieP318ti Wrote: @MR_Smartepants: how is the feel between the different types? I want something dense, no scritch, and just overall great feel. I'm 98% face latherer but want to be able to use it for bowl as well.

The TGN 2-band finest is my favorite knot from my picture above.  It has the perfect amount of backbone and loads quickly with great flow-through.  No scritch and soft tips.  Works great for bowl or face-lathering.
The silvertip I have is too floppy.  I should have had it set 2mm deeper.  The TGN synthetic knot is good.  It's springier than a EJ/Muhle STF which is what I was looking for (not a fan of EJ/Muhle synthetics) but not as good as the Pur-Tech synthetic knot I have.
I've never tried one, but I'm told that the TGN finest F2 has more scritch than the regular finest.
I also have a TGN boar 24mm in a 4th cap (not in picture).  It hasn't broken in yet, but it's turning into a fine brush.

Thanks for the breakdown on the knots. I was somewhat considering a boar knot. I have a Semouge 1305 that is now broken in and has turned into an awesome brush!

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 02-05-2015, 02:20 PM
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A nice boar knot would be classic.

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 02-05-2015, 02:24 PM
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(02-05-2015, 02:20 PM)AngryGreek Wrote: A nice boar knot would be classic.

That's another reason I have somewhat considered it. Keep it classic and somewhat original. Only prob is I know less on boar knots than I do badger lol. Not sure if their are grades like there are with badgers. I know there are Omega and Semouge brushes. Omegas stay more compact while Semouge tend to fan out.

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 02-05-2015, 02:28 PM
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(02-05-2015, 10:10 AM)Mr_Smartepants Wrote: Here's my R400 replica with replaceable threaded knots.  (Just to give you an idea of the possibilities)
Left is a 24mm ACE shaving silvertip, center is TGN 26mm finest, right is 24mm TGN synthetic.
[Image: wPum2dM.jpg]

That is a brilliant idea!  You can just change the knot to let them dry while still using the handle!
How much did the replica cost, if you don't mind me asking?

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 02-05-2015, 06:00 PM
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This is a great thread, I am going through the same issue now. I was also told to look into the TGN 2 band finest. I am trying to explore my options more. Would love to get a shavemac knot
Though boar would be a classic and I personally love boars but this handle calls for a nice badger knot

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 02-05-2015, 11:33 PM
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Several folks asked to see the base of my R400 knots.
Here's the lineup as of this morning:
From Left to Right...24mm TGN boar...24mm ACE silvertip...26mm TGN Finest 2-band...24mm TGN synthetic
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