09-01-2016, 11:48 AM
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I got a handful of brushes recently and here were two of them.  The handles were created by Rudy Vey and they are stuffed with Bob Quinn's Manchurian White knots from Elite Razors.  I can't say enough good things about them.  The brush handles turned out beautifully and my crappy photography doesn't do them justice.  Further, the knots on these are some of the most luxurious I've experienced.  They have solid backbone with soft tips and are denser than my Shavemacs.  This is knot number 3 and 4 from me from Elite Razor and they are all very consistent.  I believe one of these brushes shed a single hair so far.  Its interesting how stuffed these knots are too because the 26mm Disco Brush, needed a 28mm socket and the 28mm in the Purple Haze handle needed a whopping 32mm socket to install it.  HUGE, dense knots on these and not a touch of scritch to be found.

Here is pre-bloomed 26x54mm Purple Haze:
[Image: aG2XKD5.jpg]

Post Bloom HUGE:
[Image: 8jp6fJ5.jpg]

Pre bloom 26x50mm Disco (sorry that its at a weird angle):
[Image: SmjB19x.jpg]

Post Bloom:
[Image: 64oEf1x.jpg]

Thanks Bob and Rudy.  After getting two other brushes with these Manchurian White knots I have to say, I've been won over.  These are my favorite knots that I currently own and I like them better than Thater and just a touch better than my Shavemacs.

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 09-01-2016, 01:45 PM
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  • Gabe
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Very nice brushes.

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 09-01-2016, 02:01 PM
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  • clint64
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The brushes look fantastic.  Congrats.

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 09-01-2016, 05:27 PM
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Congratulations on a beautiful pair of brushes.  Rudy did a grea job on the two handles.  I have a preference for ivory handles, but my collection could certainly use some colorful handles like yours.   I agree with your assessent of Bob' s premium Manchurian White knots.  Good density, backbone and scrub, yet soft tips with no scritch whatsoever.  I have a 28mm Manchurian White knot from Bob and it does indeed measure over 32mm at the top of the handle.

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 09-01-2016, 05:31 PM
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(09-01-2016, 11:48 AM)SCShaver Wrote: I got a handful of brushes recently and here were two of them.  The handles were created by Rudy Vey and they are stuffed with Bob Quinn's Manchurian White knots from Elite Razors.  I can't say enough good things about them.  The brush handles turned out beautifully and my crappy photography doesn't do them justice.  Further, the knots on these are some of the most luxurious I've experienced.  They have solid backbone with soft tips and are denser than my Shavemacs.  This is knot number 3 and 4 from me from Elite Razor and they are all very consistent.  I believe one of these brushes shed a single hair so far.  Its interesting how stuffed these knots are too because the 26mm Disco Brush, needed a 28mm socket and the 28mm in the Purple Haze handle needed a whopping 32mm socket to install it.  HUGE, dense knots on these and not a touch of scritch to be found.

Here is pre-bloomed 26x54mm Purple Haze:
[Image: aG2XKD5.jpg]

Post Bloom HUGE:
[Image: 8jp6fJ5.jpg]

Pre bloom 26x50mm Disco (sorry that its at a weird angle):
[Image: SmjB19x.jpg]

Post Bloom:
[Image: 64oEf1x.jpg]

Thanks Bob and Rudy.  After getting two other brushes with these Manchurian White knots I have to say, I've been won over.  These are my favorite knots that I currently own and I like them better than Thater and just a touch better than my Shavemacs.

Oh, My!! Beautiful, beautiful brushes Smile. With all the buzz about these knots, I just may have to find out for myself one of these days... Rudy sure turned some nice handles! Enjoy your shaves.

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 09-02-2016, 03:47 PM
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Another Bob Quinn fan here, too
Those two look great!

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 09-02-2016, 04:23 PM
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(09-02-2016, 03:47 PM)morecolor Wrote: Another Bob Quinn fan here, too
Those two look great!

Yeah man. I owe his discovery to many of you. These knots are fantastic. I might want just one more of these 28mm from him. Man it's just big luxury, pillowy goodness. Thanks for all of the food comments gentlemen.

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 09-03-2016, 08:44 AM
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Looking good!!

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 09-03-2016, 06:23 PM
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  • SCOV
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Difficult decision time - which brush do I like better?   Guessing you will be smiling during the morning shave now.

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 09-04-2016, 07:22 AM
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The huge brush might be my preference.  I do believe it is the largest I own.  Like I mentioned earlier the socket for the thing was 32mm.  At 54mm loft, it still has great backbone and wonderful characteristics, super soft and pillowy but still awesome backbone for face lathering.

I have two knots just like the knot in the Disco at 26mm.  They are all excellent as well.  Interestingly of note, the 26mm all have gel tips to them and they honeycomb.  The 28mm is just a bit different when wet although still as soft.

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 09-04-2016, 08:20 AM
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Do you have a preference with lofts regarding the 26mm?

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 09-04-2016, 08:36 AM
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(09-04-2016, 08:20 AM)morecolor Wrote: Do you have a preference with lofts regarding the 26mm?

I have two 26mm set at 51mm and this newest Disco 26mm from Rudy set at 50.  I like 50 although its splitting hairs.  I honestly think someone could probably set this 26mm down to 48 if they like because the tips are incredibly soft, perhaps the softest I've experienced on a 2-band but I will say after using these knots for quite sometime and going back to my Shavemacs, Shavemacs have more backbone. The main difference is the Elite Manchurian Whites have softer hair, but the Shavemac 2-bands have stronger hair I believe.

I will note something else that came to mind, and I'm curious to get some thoughts from anyone else that has received a 28mm set lower than 54mm.  Do you all find your hybrid bulb pointy or uncomfortable lower than 54mm? Its interesting because I had the above 28mm Knot sent to Rudy and he told me of course about the 32mm socket required due to the knots density, but he also gave me some advice.  I wanted the 28mm also set at 50mm and Rudy did not like it at that height, and said it was way too pointy.  Rudy recommended that the 28mm knot be set at 54mm instead of 50mm and I'm glad he did because its absolutely perfect.

Ricardo I think is the only person on this forum I've seen with a 28mm but if there is anyone else out there, I'd be curious what your thoughts are on the low-lofted 28mm Manchurian White knot.

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 09-04-2016, 08:58 AM
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Thanks for your reply. .
I am undecided  what Loft I want to go with my 26 mm..52 o 50??

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 09-04-2016, 09:38 AM
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I have a few brushes from Rudy and he does most excellent work.

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 09-04-2016, 09:56 AM
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(09-04-2016, 08:58 AM)morecolor Wrote: Thanks for your reply. .
I am undecided  what Loft I want to go with my 26 mm..52 o 50??

I'd err on the side of having more backbone but that's just me. Go with the 50mm IMO.

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 09-04-2016, 02:30 PM
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(09-04-2016, 09:56 AM)SCShaver Wrote:
(09-04-2016, 08:58 AM)morecolor Wrote: Thanks for your reply. .
I am undecided  what Loft I want to go with my 26 mm..52 o 50??

I'd err on the side of having more backbone but that's just me. Go with the 50mm IMO.

I have two of the 26mm Manchurian White and agree that 50mm is the ideal loft.  You may get a little more backbone with no loss of softness.  However, with these knots you can't go wrong with either a 50 or 52 mm loft, so don't agonize in choosing between the two.  Either way you'll get ample backbone, soft tips, and no scritch whatsoever.

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 09-05-2016, 05:01 AM
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(09-04-2016, 02:30 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(09-04-2016, 09:56 AM)SCShaver Wrote:
(09-04-2016, 08:58 AM)morecolor Wrote: Thanks for your reply. .
I am undecided  what Loft I want to go with my 26 mm..52 o 50??

I'd err on the side of having more backbone but that's just me. Go with the 50mm IMO.

I have two of the 26mm Manchurian White and agree that 50mm is the ideal loft.  You may get a little more backbone with no loss of softness.  However, with these knots you can't go wrong with either a 50 or 52 mm loft, so don't agonize in choosing between the two.  Either way you'll get ample backbone, soft tips, and no scritch whatsoever.

^^^^
Very good!
Looking  forward to my first Manchurian...

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 09-10-2016, 09:43 AM
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(09-04-2016, 08:36 AM)SCShaver Wrote: I will note something else that came to mind, and I'm curious to get some thoughts from anyone else that has received a 28mm set lower than 54mm.  Do you all find your hybrid bulb pointy or uncomfortable lower than 54mm? Its interesting because I had the above 28mm Knot sent to Rudy and he told me of course about the 32mm socket required due to the knots density, but he also gave me some advice.  I wanted the 28mm also set at 50mm and Rudy did not like it at that height, and said it was way too pointy.  Rudy recommended that the 28mm knot be set at 54mm instead of 50mm and I'm glad he did because its absolutely perfect.

Ricardo I think is the only person on this forum I've seen with a 28mm but if there is anyone else out there, I'd be curious what your thoughts are on the low-lofted 28mm Manchurian White knot.

Knots can look pointy when new, then open into a nicely rounded bulb once they relax and bloom.  My 28mm looked pointy like yours when new, but here is a picture I took of it yesterday.  It's had about five shaves.  It's a rounded bulb and not pointy at all.

[Image: v6N9i2a.jpg]

With such a nicely rounded bulb, the 51mm loft on mine works great.  I do agree however, that pointy, bulb shaped knots can be a problem.  Over the years, the only pointy bulb shaped knots I had an issue with were Shavemac D01 2-band.  I have since decided that D01 2-band works best in a fan shape.

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 09-12-2016, 03:17 AM
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(09-10-2016, 09:43 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(09-04-2016, 08:36 AM)SCShaver Wrote: I will note something else that came to mind, and I'm curious to get some thoughts from anyone else that has received a 28mm set lower than 54mm.  Do you all find your hybrid bulb pointy or uncomfortable lower than 54mm? Its interesting because I had the above 28mm Knot sent to Rudy and he told me of course about the 32mm socket required due to the knots density, but he also gave me some advice.  I wanted the 28mm also set at 50mm and Rudy did not like it at that height, and said it was way too pointy.  Rudy recommended that the 28mm knot be set at 54mm instead of 50mm and I'm glad he did because its absolutely perfect.

Ricardo I think is the only person on this forum I've seen with a 28mm but if there is anyone else out there, I'd be curious what your thoughts are on the low-lofted 28mm Manchurian White knot.

Knots can look pointy when new, then open into a nicely rounded bulb once they relax and bloom.  My 28mm looked pointy like yours when new, but here is a picture I took of it yesterday.  It's had about five shaves.  It's a rounded bulb and not pointy at all.

[Image: v6N9i2a.jpg]

With such a nicely rounded bulb, the 51mm loft on mine works great.  I do agree however, that pointy, bulb shaped knots can be a problem.  Over the years, the only pointy bulb shaped knots I had an issue with were Shavemac D01 2-band.  I have since decided that D01 2-band works best in a fan shape.

Interesting.  Perhaps this knot blooms wider than it looks when set at that loft?  Like I said, I told Rudy to set this 28mm knot at 50mm for me.  To Rudy, it looked pointy at that loft and he told me to set it at 54mm.  I wonder if I could have gotten away setting it lower then?  Yours turned out well I suppose I could have.  I think I want one more of these huge 28/32mm knots before its all over.  Its a monster and super super luxurious, I've been enjoying it quite a bit.

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