02-17-2015, 09:53 PM
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Oh happy day!

My new Paladin Chief with the Alternative Horn handle has arrived. As expected, it's a work of art. Here are a few pictures of my first test lather:

The brand new brush, still unused:

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The loft seems just slightly taller than my beloved and often-used M&F Chief:
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First lather with the Paladin:

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First bloom after the test lather:
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I can already tell that this is about to become one of my favorite brushes, and I haven't even shaved with it yet.

Nick

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 02-18-2015, 12:29 AM
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Lovely brush . Congrats !!!

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 02-18-2015, 01:46 AM
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most gorgeous! congratulations Smile

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 02-18-2015, 02:41 PM
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Beautiful brush. Congratulations.

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 02-18-2015, 02:52 PM
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Nice addition!

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 02-18-2015, 03:08 PM
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Beautiful brush. I'm envious.

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 02-18-2015, 03:37 PM
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Nice side by sides Nick.  Great looking pair of Chiefs.

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 02-18-2015, 04:22 PM
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Lovely brushes, Nick! Thumbsup

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 02-18-2015, 04:59 PM
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That's a beautiful pair of brushes, I sadly missed out on the group buy. At the time I just wasn't in the position to invest in the hobby. I'm happy to see your new brush has arrived and thank you for sharing.

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 02-18-2015, 05:51 PM
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Beautiful brush and many thanks for sharing!

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 02-18-2015, 08:08 PM
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Had my first shave with the Paladin. It was, of course, superb. The knot is slight larger than my M&F Chief. I don't have calipers, but I'd guess that my Paladin is roughly 26mm x 52mm or so. I can't tell if it's actually more dense than the M&F Chief, or just seems to be because of the bigger knot. Either way, it lathers like a dream. The tips are super soft and it has excellent backbone without being stiff or scritchy. 

For anyone who missed out on the group buy of the original M&F Chief, you won't be disappointed with a Paladin.

Nick

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 02-18-2015, 08:20 PM
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  • cnj01
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Wonderful brush, I am on the list.

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 02-18-2015, 10:06 PM
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That is nice, Nick! Wow!

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 02-19-2015, 06:05 AM
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Great looking brush!

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 02-19-2015, 07:13 AM
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Beautiful. .is that a finest knot in there?

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 02-19-2015, 09:27 AM
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I tried to post this yesterday, but I think I crashed the site...

Anyhow, I got my PK-47 Tuesday as well, and... Wow!

Of course with this pedigree, I had high expectations. Yet somehow, Ken managed to not only exceed them, but really exceed them. I have owned well more than two dozen brushes, including M&F, Thäter, Wiborg, Kent, Simpsons, Shavemac, DaVinci, and even a couple ~2009 Rooney Finests, yet somehow, this Paladin has a type of hair that is unlike anything I've ever tried. Not just different, but radically different. The tips are softer than I ever imagined possible, but I can only describe the backbone as perfect. Perfect density, perfect knot shape.

And that's just the knot. The handle is a work of art in its own right. It sits comfortably in my hand, completely secure. Even with slippery hands, I felt no danger of dropping it. I've heard a lot of ranting and raving about the butterscotch ripple, which is indeed stunningly beautiful, but I couldn't be more impressed with the look of the alternative horn.

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I washed the knot and did a quick test lather last night, but I'm about to go use it for its maiden "real" use. I don't think I'll have time for any post-bloom pics before I run off to work, but I'll try to get some up here eventually.

UPDATE: It went on its maiden voyage, and man was it awesome! This brush is one of the few I've ever had that wasn't second-hand, and now it's causing me to wonder if I've just been collecting everyone else's garbage all these years. :-D

I used LA Shaving Soap Topanga Fougère, which is, in my opinion, the best performing soap I have ever tried, and it made enough lather for four (yes, four!) passes, with enough left over to lather my 7 year old son's face so he could "shave" along side me. (Without a blade, of course!)

I took a couple of lather and post-bloom shots:
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One more thing, Ken,
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 02-19-2015, 09:32 AM
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Beautiful brush and bloom. Congrats !!

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 02-19-2015, 09:33 AM
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If I were any happier, there would be two of me! :-D

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 02-19-2015, 09:37 AM
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(02-19-2015, 09:33 AM)chamm Wrote: If I were any happier, there would be two of me! :-D

Very nice !! I am expecting mine scheduled for batch 2

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 02-19-2015, 10:16 AM
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Congratulations, Craig! Thumbsup

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