04-21-2016, 06:01 AM
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This is my first post as a Vendor since we launched the paladinshaving.com website last month. We'd like to use this space to discuss what we're doing and plan to do rather than for hawking our wares. 

Some will recall that early on we explored making shaving-brush handles from Ebonite (vulcanized rubber). We even sold a few brushes with Ebonite handles. We also encountered some problems, one of which was that after spending a sizable chunk of change on Ebonite rod over a year ago, most of it turned out not to be of sufficient diameter to serve our purposes. 

The woman who owns the manufacturing company in Germany likes what we're trying to do and has been very supportive. But she has also been hard to maintain contact with due to her extensive travel commitments and involvement with other companies. Patient persistence has paid off, however. She recently sent us a package of samples produced using a modified process developed specifically for our application. The handles shown above are some of the first we've turned from those samples. I plan to meet with her later this month or in early May.

Not so good news is that we can turn and finish several polyester handles in the time it takes to make one from Ebonite. So getting back into the stuff will have implications for our production capacity, which is pretty limited anyhow. We'll have to figure out how to strike a workable balance. I doubt we'll make more than around a dozen Ebonite brushes in any given month unless we find ways to be significantly more efficient at it.

Ebonite is going to be expensive. Not because we intend to manipulate supply/demand. It simply takes a lot more money, time, care, and effort to make and finish an ebonite handle the way we go about doing it. And that translates into opportunity costs (e.g., impact on overall capacity, as mentioned above). I expect Ebonite-handled brushes will be considered worth the price to a few, but probably not many. In any case, we don't plan to produce many of them.

Functionally, an Ebonite-handled brush is not going to out-perform one with an acrylic or polyester handle.That is, unless it gets dropped, in which case Ebonite clearly rules.

Note that we don't have any Ebonite-handled brushes available for sale now and probably won't for at least a couple months. 

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 04-21-2016, 06:07 AM
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That looks incredible!  I would love to get one of these eventually.

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 04-21-2016, 06:19 AM
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IT is really encouraging to see true INNOVATION in-regards to new brushes!

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 04-21-2016, 06:38 AM
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The Black would be amazing in the Lotus Handle!

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 04-21-2016, 06:41 AM
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Wow. Jaw dropping Ken.

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 04-21-2016, 06:42 AM
  • nikos.a
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The last handle is just amazing!

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 04-21-2016, 06:45 AM
  • kav
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My first thought was of Gutta Percha [Image: xpwbIn1.jpg]

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 04-21-2016, 06:51 AM
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I love these. I also love seeing the before and post polish. You guys do amazing work and the finish on the paladins is the best I've seen

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 04-21-2016, 06:56 AM
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Amazing. Very beautiful handle and can't wait till the come out. Outstanding job

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 04-21-2016, 07:01 AM
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Ken just wow!!!

I'm so glad you plan do make more ebonite!

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 04-21-2016, 07:02 AM
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Any chance the Denim Blue Ebonite will make a reappearance? I would love to have that in a Falstaff.

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 04-21-2016, 07:06 AM
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(04-21-2016, 07:02 AM)OnaBlueCloud Wrote: Any chance the Denim Blue Ebonite will make a reappearance? I would love to have that in a Falstaff.

I'm not sure. That's definitely on the list of questions.

They guy who produced that pigment just stopped early last year or in late 2014. A close -- I'm told virtually indistinguishable -- substitute was developed, but I haven't seen an example of it yet.

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 04-21-2016, 07:19 AM
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Bravo Ken !!!

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 04-21-2016, 07:40 AM
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Such an impressive degree of high polish with the finish.


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 04-21-2016, 07:43 AM
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I opted for the Jade MF Finest Falstaff back then. I just didn't have enough cash flow to buy both the jade falstaff and an ebonite handle brush. I'm so glad these ebonite handles might be brought back. Truly stunning work.


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 04-21-2016, 07:51 AM
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WOW Ken! That is all I have to say.

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 04-21-2016, 07:53 AM
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Clap Clap 
Clap Clap Clap

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 04-21-2016, 08:00 AM
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 04-21-2016, 08:01 AM
  • Shanman
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Man, disco can't touch that ebonite!

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 04-21-2016, 08:09 AM
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you need a perfectly circular handle with 3 finger holes to hold it ; delivered in a Brunswick label box. just kiddin they are gorgeous.

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