08-31-2015, 07:18 PM
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Hi Gents--

One brush that gets a lot of love around here is the TGN Finest knot.  I'm thinking about one as my next brush, but never bought one.   It looks like on the TGN site that you buy the knot and one of their handles, and either assemble it yourself or pay them extra to do it.  However i've seen these knots in a variety of more interesting handles.

What's the best way to buy this brush with a different handle?  Do you buy it and send it to a handle maker?  Or do they order the knot and assemble it?  Sorry for the noob like question, but I've only bought whole brushes before.

TGN Finest experts, please weigh in!  BTW I have tried to buy TGN Finest brushes on the BSTs, but they always seem to sell before I get the chance.

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 08-31-2015, 07:35 PM
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Some of the custom brush makers may have the TGN knot you want in stock.  Otherwise, you just order the knot from TGN and have them ship it to the person making your handle.

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 08-31-2015, 07:43 PM
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Thanks, Ricardo!  That's pretty much what I imagined.  I'll look into it.  If anybody has any favorite brush makers, let me know!

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 08-31-2015, 08:54 PM
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Rudy Vey can do great customs. Also I've found that some of the classic ever ready handles are easy to drill out and fit a new knot into. There are also some Chinese brush makers on ebay that sell brushes that are fairly cheap that make great donors; There are plenty of Rooney 1/2 knockoffs that are pretty nice for less than $20 shipped that you can spend 15 minutes steaming the cheap knot out of and simply epoxy a good one in.  

When you do buy a brush ask the maker to ship the knot loose, especially if it's a TGN finest. There are some knots that area bit denser and the general 2:1 loft to hole ratio may make them too stiff. Friction fit it, test lather, get an idea of how it will feel, and spend $4 on epoxy so it's "perfect."

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 08-31-2015, 09:01 PM
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thanks for the insight, i was thinking about loft choices.  makes sense.

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 08-31-2015, 09:21 PM
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  • lfs70
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Doug Korn uses TGN knots in his custom brushes. He is known as 55dougie around here, there are a couple threads in the artisan section with examples of his work.
He's a great guy to deal with.


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 08-31-2015, 09:41 PM
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Rudy Vey makes excellent custom brushes.

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 09-01-2015, 03:34 AM
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Rudy Vey, Bob Quinn (Elite Razor), Doug Korn, all great ways to get a custom handle with a TGN knot.

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 09-01-2015, 03:35 AM
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  • Mouser
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Contact Gary Carrington. He often has a variety of vintage handles you can choose from then have the knot sent to him. He'll set it according to your specifications and does an extremely good job..

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 09-01-2015, 03:39 AM
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  • Lando
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Shaverjoe and Matt zettl as well

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 09-01-2015, 03:59 AM
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Don't forget Wolf Whiskers. Although you have to get on the wait list when it's open.

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 09-01-2015, 04:49 AM
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  • kwsher
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(08-31-2015, 09:21 PM)lfs70 Wrote: Doug Korn uses TGN knots in his custom brushes. He is known as 55dougie around here,  there are a couple threads in the artisan section with examples of his work.
He's a great guy to deal with.


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There you have it... Doug is a great artisan, super to deal with and does use TGN knots.

In fact, I just received a new brush from him with a TGN that is perfect (28mm x 52mm).

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 09-01-2015, 08:44 AM
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  • srgjazz
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Alex,
I would also consider a Shavemac knot.

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 09-01-2015, 09:17 AM
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(09-01-2015, 08:44 AM)srgjazz Wrote: Alex,
I would also consider a Shavemac knot.

Thanks Stephen!   Yes, absolutely a Shavemac is next on my list for a high-end brush.  Waiting on Christmas or another special occasion for that!

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 09-01-2015, 09:18 AM
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(09-01-2015, 04:49 AM)kwsher Wrote:
(08-31-2015, 09:21 PM)lfs70 Wrote: Doug Korn uses TGN knots in his custom brushes. He is known as 55dougie around here,  there are a couple threads in the artisan section with examples of his work.
He's a great guy to deal with.


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There you have it... Doug is a great artisan, super to deal with and does use TGN knots.

In fact, I just received a new brush from him with a TGN that is perfect (28mm x 52mm).

Thanks!  Which knot?  Does he give advice on what lofts works best with which knots?

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 09-01-2015, 10:50 AM
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(09-01-2015, 09:18 AM)surfshaver Wrote:
(09-01-2015, 04:49 AM)kwsher Wrote:
(08-31-2015, 09:21 PM)lfs70 Wrote: Doug Korn uses TGN knots in his custom brushes. He is known as 55dougie around here,  there are a couple threads in the artisan section with examples of his work.
He's a great guy to deal with.


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There you have it... Doug is a great artisan, super to deal with and does use TGN knots.

In fact, I just received a new brush from him with a TGN that is perfect (28mm x 52mm).

Thanks!  Which knot?  Does he give advice on what lofts works best with which knots?

Tell him what you're looking for in a knot, and I am sure he will assist you any way he can. He was very helpful when I had my first custom made last year.
I believe he has a good selection of different hair grades to choose from.
Send him a pm.


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 09-01-2015, 11:05 AM
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I'll suggest Brushguy.  Makes a really nice handle, sells them in batches (see etsy page for next time and date.)  They sellout fast, usually within 5-10 minutes.  Buy it without knot for $40. A TGN Finest 22mm fits perfectly, set a little deep at 16mm for good backbone on my fan.  Only comes in one size.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Brushguy

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 09-01-2015, 11:05 AM
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  • Rufus
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I had a Vie-Long horse hair brush I didn't like the knot, but I liked the handle.  I sent it to Vladimir Ferdman and he replaced the horse knot with a TGN 2-band finest,  which he recommended and I couldn't be more pleased.  Vlad is a member here and is on the list of Artisans.

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 09-01-2015, 11:12 AM
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(09-01-2015, 09:18 AM)surfshaver Wrote:
(09-01-2015, 04:49 AM)kwsher Wrote:
(08-31-2015, 09:21 PM)lfs70 Wrote: Doug Korn uses TGN knots in his custom brushes. He is known as 55dougie around here,  there are a couple threads in the artisan section with examples of his work.
He's a great guy to deal with.


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There you have it... Doug is a great artisan, super to deal with and does use TGN knots.

In fact, I just received a new brush from him with a TGN that is perfect (28mm x 52mm).

Thanks!  Which knot?  Does he give advice on what lofts works best with which knots?

TGN Finest 2-Band; nice hooked tips and a superb face lathering machine.

Doug will coach you through the process with recommendations whether face lathering, bowl lathering, etc.

He can give you all the particulars but I know he typically only stocks bulb TGN knots (my preference) but can order fans as needed or requested.

I have two of his brushes and they are very special pieces indeed. In fact, I am brainstorming my next request right now Smile

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 09-02-2015, 08:34 AM
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This is my new D Korn with a TGN Silver Tip Premium Grade A 24x50 knot.[Image: ihmZ7J1.jpg][Image: T3fHc1S.jpg]

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