07-26-2015, 08:12 PM
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I've used number 62 for a few shaves.  The performance is very good, the slightly higher loft allows for very painterly strokes which really distribute the lather- great flow through. The LE beautifully whipped up creamy non-airy lather from the few soaps I've tried with it... Catie's Bubbles, Sta. Maria del Fiore, B&M Seville.  

The handle in all its aspects is absolutely beautiful.

The brush is scritcher than my two other Paladins.  If I use a broader stroke that allows more of the shaft and less of the tips to make contact with my skin, then I don't really feel much prickly sensation.
The LE adds another color to my palette of brushes, and the different sensation is not unwelcome.  I'm curious to know if the hair will soften up over time.

I'm eager to read other's observations regarding the TSN LE.

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 07-27-2015, 07:38 AM
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Thanks for the review! Make sure to dry it vigorously on a dry towel after rinsing each time. The rougher the towel the better! Use circular motions also. I've found this method greatly helps in "break in" and softening of the tips for my new brushes.

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 07-27-2015, 01:01 PM
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(07-27-2015, 07:38 AM)Attila Wrote: Thanks for the review!  Make sure to dry it vigorously on a dry towel after rinsing each time.  The rougher the towel the better!  Use circular motions also.  I've found this method greatly helps in "break in" and softening of the tips for my new brushes.

Does this actually work?
I thought letting the bristles dried clumped together (brushing it on a towel would seperate the hairs) allows it to break in faster. Or maybe I'm wrong

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 07-27-2015, 01:34 PM
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(07-27-2015, 01:01 PM)Banes_Pubes Wrote:
(07-27-2015, 07:38 AM)Attila Wrote: Thanks for the review!  Make sure to dry it vigorously on a dry towel after rinsing each time.  The rougher the towel the better!  Use circular motions also.  I've found this method greatly helps in "break in" and softening of the tips for my new brushes.

Does this actually work?
I thought letting the bristles dried clumped together (brushing it on a towel would seperate the hairs) allows it to break in faster. Or maybe I'm wrong

Break-in is best facilitated by dusting the knot with a powder compounded from the following ingredients: eye of newt, and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog, adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, lizard's leg, and howlet's wing. It's an old English recipe.

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 07-27-2015, 01:36 PM
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Any recommendations on what type of mortar/pestle is best for grinding this compound?

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 07-27-2015, 01:56 PM
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(07-27-2015, 01:01 PM)Banes_Pubes Wrote:
(07-27-2015, 07:38 AM)Attila Wrote: Thanks for the review!  Make sure to dry it vigorously on a dry towel after rinsing each time.  The rougher the towel the better!  Use circular motions also.  I've found this method greatly helps in "break in" and softening of the tips for my new brushes.

Does this actually work?
I thought letting the bristles dried clumped together (brushing it on a towel would seperate the hairs) allows it to break in faster. Or maybe I'm wrong

The more you use the brush, the quicker it will break in. To me, brushing it on a dry towel afterwards is kind of like adding extra use to it.


(07-27-2015, 01:34 PM)Chiefbroom Wrote:
(07-27-2015, 01:01 PM)Banes_Pubes Wrote:
(07-27-2015, 07:38 AM)Attila Wrote: Thanks for the review!  Make sure to dry it vigorously on a dry towel after rinsing each time.  The rougher the towel the better!  Use circular motions also.  I've found this method greatly helps in "break in" and softening of the tips for my new brushes.

Does this actually work?
I thought letting the bristles dried clumped together (brushing it on a towel would seperate the hairs) allows it to break in faster. Or maybe I'm wrong

Break-in is best facilitated by dusting the knot with a powder compounded from the following ingredients: eye of newt, and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog, adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, lizard's leg, and howlet's wing. It's an old English recipe.

Finally, something scientific!!

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 07-27-2015, 01:58 PM
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(07-27-2015, 01:36 PM)Agravic Wrote: Any recommendations on what type of mortar/pestle is best for grinding this compound?

Biggrin

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 07-27-2015, 02:01 PM
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(07-27-2015, 01:34 PM)Chiefbroom Wrote: Break-in is best facilitated by dusting the knot with a powder compounded from the following ingredients: eye of newt, and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog, adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, lizard's leg, and howlet's wing. It's an old English recipe.

It's tough to find fresh or dried howlet's wing this time of year.... I think I'll stick to water and soap and whiskers, with some dry cotton fiber for good measure.

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 07-27-2015, 02:03 PM
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(07-27-2015, 01:36 PM)Agravic Wrote: Any recommendations on what type of mortar/pestle is best for grinding this compound?

I usually use this:

[Image: Mortar-amp-Pestle_zpsrycx4qnd.jpg]

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 07-27-2015, 02:10 PM
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(07-27-2015, 01:34 PM)Chiefbroom Wrote:
(07-27-2015, 01:01 PM)Banes_Pubes Wrote:
(07-27-2015, 07:38 AM)Attila Wrote: Thanks for the review!  Make sure to dry it vigorously on a dry towel after rinsing each time.  The rougher the towel the better!  Use circular motions also.  I've found this method greatly helps in "break in" and softening of the tips for my new brushes.

Does this actually work?
I thought letting the bristles dried clumped together (brushing it on a towel would seperate the hairs) allows it to break in faster. Or maybe I'm wrong

Break-in is best facilitated by dusting the knot with a powder compounded from the following ingredients: eye of newt, and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog, adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, lizard's leg, and howlet's wing. It's an old English recipe.

Good Olde Break-In Dust [Image: uzZBzgm.gif]

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 07-27-2015, 02:24 PM
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(07-27-2015, 02:01 PM)number six Wrote:
(07-27-2015, 01:34 PM)Chiefbroom Wrote: Break-in is best facilitated by dusting the knot with a powder compounded from the following ingredients: eye of newt, and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog, adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, lizard's leg, and howlet's wing. It's an old English recipe.

It's tough to find fresh or dried howlet's wing this time of year.... I think I'll stick to water and soap and whiskers, with some dry cotton fiber for good measure.

I beg to differ.  We here in Blighty are fortunate to have an exclusive, specialist source of this elusive, yet potent substance.  We call this special  place Asda.  I believe in other parts of the world they, rather strangely, call it other names...I've heard it spoken of as Walmart.  But Walmart are banned from dealing in the potion following an unfortunate incident involving the use of the stuff which took place in a branch of the aforementioned establishment involving a certain, now no longer practicing, member of the clergy...and an unemployed, but apparently most accommodating, actress.  Probably best left there in the interests of discretion.

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 07-27-2015, 02:24 PM
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(07-27-2015, 01:34 PM)Chiefbroom Wrote:
(07-27-2015, 01:01 PM)Banes_Pubes Wrote:
(07-27-2015, 07:38 AM)Attila Wrote: Thanks for the review!  Make sure to dry it vigorously on a dry towel after rinsing each time.  The rougher the towel the better!  Use circular motions also.  I've found this method greatly helps in "break in" and softening of the tips for my new brushes.

Does this actually work?
I thought letting the bristles dried clumped together (brushing it on a towel would seperate the hairs) allows it to break in faster. Or maybe I'm wrong

Break-in is best facilitated by dusting the knot with a powder compounded from the following ingredients: eye of newt, and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog, adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, lizard's leg, and howlet's wing. It's an old English recipe.

Is this compound patented yet  Tongue

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 07-27-2015, 02:40 PM
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(07-27-2015, 02:03 PM)Chiefbroom Wrote:
(07-27-2015, 01:36 PM)Agravic Wrote: Any recommendations on what type of mortar/pestle is best for grinding this compound?

I usually use this:

[Image: Mortar-amp-Pestle_zpsrycx4qnd.jpg]

And I thought you were joking! Now I get the "Dark Holler" thing... The Paladins ARE magic.

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 07-27-2015, 02:55 PM
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Ken is actually a Master Druid.

All those pics of 21st century lathes and such .. a clever and expensive front.

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 07-27-2015, 03:21 PM
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Thanks for the review Chris. Being the first owner of #62 I was curious to see what someone else thought of it as it had more scritch than I tend to like. I am of the opinion that badger brushes change very little, if at all, with use so please follow up and tell us if you think it gets softer.

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 07-27-2015, 03:25 PM
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(07-27-2015, 01:34 PM)Chiefbroom Wrote:
(07-27-2015, 01:01 PM)Banes_Pubes Wrote:
(07-27-2015, 07:38 AM)Attila Wrote: Thanks for the review!  Make sure to dry it vigorously on a dry towel after rinsing each time.  The rougher the towel the better!  Use circular motions also.  I've found this method greatly helps in "break in" and softening of the tips for my new brushes.

Does this actually work?
I thought letting the bristles dried clumped together (brushing it on a towel would seperate the hairs) allows it to break in faster. Or maybe I'm wrong

Break-in is best facilitated by dusting the knot with a powder compounded from the following ingredients: eye of newt, and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog, adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, lizard's leg, and howlet's wing. It's an old English recipe.
I don't recall you having permission to reveal that age old secret.  Biggrin

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 07-27-2015, 04:13 PM
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(07-27-2015, 03:21 PM)guildx500 Wrote: Thanks for the review Chris. Being the first owner of #62 I was curious to see what someone else thought of it as it had more scritch than I tend to like. I am of the opinion that badger brushes change very little, if at all, with use so please follow up and tell us if you think it gets softer.


I've noticed substantial difference in a shavemac d01 knot from when I received it (12 shaves) to now, (15 shaves, 2 conditioner treatments and several Palm lathers). I'm not sure the d01 will lose every last bit of scritch but it has shown huge improvements and is very close to becoming a keeper

Has anybody else tried a conditioner treatment? Maybe it's in my head...

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 07-27-2015, 04:25 PM
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Thanks for review!  I hope a few more eventually show up on BST.  Can anyone compare this butterscotch to Simpsons chubby butterscotch?

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 07-27-2015, 04:42 PM
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(07-27-2015, 03:21 PM)guildx500 Wrote: Thanks for the review Chris. Being the first owner of #62 I was curious to see what someone else thought of it as it had more scritch than I tend to like. I am of the opinion that badger brushes change very little, if at all, with use so please follow up and tell us if you think it gets softer.

Thanks again for the opportunity.  I don't expect it to change much either. There definitely seems to be a way to use a brush with more scritch like this or the Vie-Long Anniversary, which has a bit of scritch i.e. different strokes.  I'm very spoiled by my two other Paladins which have no scritch, nice scrub, great flow etc etc.  

As I mentioned in the review I like the way the LE makes and releases lather, as well as the balance of the handle to the loft.  I will be interested in future Paladins with these characteristics perhaps with softer tips.  

I've also realized that somedays I like a little scritch...mmmm.

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 07-27-2015, 04:43 PM
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Variety is the spice of life ..

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