06-09-2016, 05:26 AM
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(06-09-2016, 05:08 AM)Bloodwood87 Wrote: Thank you for schooling me on this. I am still a noob trying to understand everything. I appreciate it.

I know this stuff can be confusing as hell. And the fact is that it isn't necessary to think or care about any of it to enjoy a brush. But we think and care about it, and we're trying to come up with better ways (at least from our perspective) of providing information and enabling more meaningful discussion about our brushes.  
 
For what it's worth, the differences we're talking about can be insignificant to some and profound to others. That doesn't mean the former are Cretins and the latter some kind of wet-shaving Illumunati.

And we're delighted to make brushes available to new initiates. Growing the community is central to the Paladin Shaving mission.

Here's an out-of-left-field book book recommendation: Zen Mind Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki. I suspect some of Suzuki's teachings might apply to wet-shaving.

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 06-09-2016, 05:50 AM
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(06-09-2016, 05:26 AM)Paladin Shaving Wrote: Here's out-of-left-field book book recommendation: Zen Mind Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki. I suspect some of Suzuki's teachings might apply to wet-shaving.

Ken, this is my favourite book of all time! Encapsulates what life is truly all about, my friend!  Thumbup

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 06-09-2016, 09:49 AM
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They look amazing, now I'm feeling real bummed that I missed out Sad

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 06-09-2016, 10:06 AM
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 06-09-2016, 10:12 AM
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dep411 Your brush is tearing up a Chinese farmer's field in search of earthworms right now and sitting in Ken's raw stock waiting to be shaped on a glorious Kansas morning after hot coffee. These brushes were not meant for you, so stop feeling bummed. You may fill my ricebowl  now.

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 06-09-2016, 10:53 AM
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(06-08-2016, 09:02 PM)Bloodwood87 Wrote: Thank you. The knot code is 2CSND3. The knot type is S.

I got an S knot from the last batch in April. It's a great knot... no scritch, good backbone, nice scrub, good flow. Hope yours treats you well :-)

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 06-09-2016, 06:29 PM
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(06-09-2016, 10:12 AM)kav Wrote: dep411 Your brush is tearing up a Chinese farmer's field in search of earthworms right now and sitting in Ken's raw stock waiting to be shaped on a glorious Kansas morning after hot coffee. These brushes were not meant for you, so stop feeling bummed. You may fill my ricebowl  now.
I should just go buy a bunch of earthworms and start an earthworm farm.

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 06-09-2016, 06:46 PM
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This landed today. The 26mm Falstaff Disco with knott code 2CLND3
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 06-09-2016, 06:57 PM
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Oh my! Beautiful!

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 06-09-2016, 07:29 PM
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Music to shave with your new brush by

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 06-09-2016, 10:00 PM
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(06-09-2016, 07:29 PM)kav Wrote: www.youtube.com/watch?V=B_wGI3_sGf8

Music to shave with your new brush by

 Lol.. I am more of a Bee Gees guy...  Thumbs up..  Plus I was born in 87.

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 06-10-2016, 03:24 AM
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(06-09-2016, 06:46 PM)Bloodwood87 Wrote: This landed today. The 26mm Falstaff Disco with knott code 2CLND3
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Nice colors on that disco, and a well shaped bulb knot.

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 06-10-2016, 04:27 AM
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Very nice Sherlock!
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 06-11-2016, 11:09 AM
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So i have had the chance to use my PK-47 with an S-knot, and Falstaf with an L-knot. First of all, these brushes are true qualitly. I know what Ken talks about when he says that he pays attention to every little detail. In my opinion, those little details that some might say, well no one will notice, well those are the thing that if you get right will take something thats very good and, transform it into something that is great. Thats what these brushes are, great. You can tell that its not just a product, its something that he puts out that is part of him. Ive recently aquired some other top notch brushes that are all fantastic, but these Paladins feel more personal. Some may say, what is this guy talking about, but you brush lovers know what im saying. 


We all know the handles are great, but what of these Select knots. Well in my limited experience, ive never seen hair that looks quite like this. From the base to the tips it is its own knot. Ive actually never had a true bulb before but i quite like it. It looks to me that the tips arent treated but i could be wrong. It has the longest silver/white tips with hint of brown scattered lightly aroung right below the tips.
There was a slight smell in both but i have definitely smelt worse. The density is right on point to me.

PK-47 Falstaf
S-knot L-knot 
Loft=51 Loft=50.5 
Free Loft=48. Free Loft=49

The knots look the same to me. Both very good density. I couldnt have chosen a better loft for myself. These thing hold enough lather for 7-8 passes, and its easy to get the lather out as well. 

But here is where the differences are. Even though these brushes were presumably made at the same time, the face feel is different. The S-knot is my favorite. It has some scrub if you want it, but the tips do feel like a cloud. No scritch, scratch, and will get even softer when broken in. 

The L knot has about the same scrub. It doesnt really have any scratch, but it does have some prickly to it. The tips are not as soft as th S-knot. I can feel the tips drag across my face. Its not bad but the 2 knots do feel quite different. 

Having said all this thes two knots are my current favorites with the S-knot being my #1.

So why the big difference? Is it loft or just hair variances?

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 06-11-2016, 11:13 AM
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 06-11-2016, 02:03 PM
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Good write up, @Thundert65. The Select knots are excellent.

I'll add that I've had some nice brushes that feel somewhat delicate, like I might mess them up if I actually use them. These are rock solid. Of course, they require proper care, but they are very well constructed.


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 06-11-2016, 03:50 PM
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Almost forgot, out of the 2 brushes, only 1 hair has shed.

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 06-14-2016, 09:56 AM
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Everything about paladin brushes screams quality. Truly beautiful craftsmanship.


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 06-14-2016, 12:46 PM
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Received mine yesterday.  Handle quality is the absolute best.  Really happy about this one.
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 06-14-2016, 01:10 PM
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(06-14-2016, 12:46 PM)Mr_Smartepants Wrote: Received mine yesterday.  Handle quality is the absolute best.  Really happy about this one.
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Nice!  Congrats, she's beautiful!

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