10-01-2016, 11:38 AM
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has anybody else noticed that gel tips (hooked?) are a pain to 'towel strop' dry? It's like trying to dry a wet flannel, rather than a brush...I have to dab, and squeeze the bristles, as a stropping action just feels like the  tips are gripping onto the towel..a sort of velcro feeling between tips and towel....what are your thoughts..

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 10-01-2016, 12:34 PM
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1st world problems are a bitch! Smile

Seriously, never done this, I just squeeze the knot and let it dry on the counter, never had any problems.

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 10-01-2016, 12:37 PM
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I haven't noticed a difference between hooked and non-hooked. It might be because I just very lightly and quickly brush the bristles on the towel, almost floating on the towel. It may be that if you're pressing a little harder, the curled tips grab onto the towel threads and create some resistance.

For me, the towel is not so much for drying, as the air will do that, but to help fan out or spread the hairs on the knot.

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 10-01-2016, 12:49 PM
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Instead of using a towel to get out the excess moisture, do a few fast whips on the hand and that will release the water that is deeper in the knot. I never hit the knot on a towel, not that it is a bad thing though.

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 10-01-2016, 01:02 PM
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I have never had much of an issue with this. I just squeeze out most of the water from the knot, robustly towel dry and let sit.
This method has worked very well for my very large M&F 3XL Tortiose Heritage 31mm knot. Shy

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 10-01-2016, 01:29 PM
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I just give it a good squeeze and flick it a few times. Have never used a towel. I may fan it with my hands a few hours later as well.

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 10-01-2016, 01:45 PM
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  • Chaddy
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Where can one get a gel tip brush?

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 10-01-2016, 11:43 PM
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thanks everyone, I guess you can only do so much, eh? Smile

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 10-03-2016, 06:15 PM
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  • ARGH
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(10-01-2016, 01:45 PM)Chaddy Wrote: Where can one get a gel tip brush?

I have two brushes from Brad Sears and they both have gel tips.

[Image: 2NzAUxU.jpg]

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 10-03-2016, 06:54 PM
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That's a nice gel tip knot right there. Cool handle as well.

You can find 3 bands that will gel tip but you are more likely to encounter it in a 2 band brush.

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 10-04-2016, 06:27 AM
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(10-03-2016, 06:15 PM)ARGH Wrote:
(10-01-2016, 01:45 PM)Chaddy Wrote: Where can one get a gel tip brush?

I have two brushes from Brad Sears and they both have gel tips.

[Image: 2NzAUxU.jpg]

Yeah, mine is a 2-Band Manchurian from Brad.... I believe we have them from the same batch... Thumbsup

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 10-04-2016, 06:36 AM
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(10-03-2016, 06:15 PM)ARGH Wrote:
(10-01-2016, 01:45 PM)Chaddy Wrote: Where can one get a gel tip brush?

I have two brushes from Brad Sears and they both have gel tips.

[Image: 2NzAUxU.jpg]

A beautiful brush!

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 10-23-2016, 07:25 AM
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  • Jorvaljr
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How can you tell if your brush or knot is gel tip?

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 10-23-2016, 07:37 AM
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(10-23-2016, 07:25 AM)Jorvaljr Wrote: How can you tell if your brush or knot is gel tip?

I will see if I can post some pictures later but the tips of the knot as it starts to dry will begin to form together into clumps or spiked badger tips. If you poke your face with a broken in gel tip knot, there should be a level of prickly or cactus like feeling. My suggestion to those with a knot forming curled or gel tipped ends is to only touch it when it is wet if you want to run your hand over the knot.

This is a picture of a Plisson and this is not a gel tip. But they do form together into spikes. http://i.imgur.com/pnJkUIS.jpg

This is the picture of a knot that has gel tips on a MF Finest knot. bcEVh59.jpg v1dvAF5.jpg

The difference is the Plisson is much less treated "3 band HMW" and the MF Finest is closer to "2 banded treated" badger hair. The Plissons are known for having more 3 banded offerings and less likely to have tips that are super soft due to treatment. The first pic above is a vintage knot that has very high quality hair, with great sorting so it was a very soft brush even for not having treated tips.

Let me know if you have any other questions. Most people follow with where can I get a gel tip.

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 10-23-2016, 10:23 AM
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  • Chaddy
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[Image: UaGCUpF.jpg]Here's a whipped dog. HW knot.

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