10-28-2016, 01:55 PM
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Won these two beauties in the middle from a recent charity auction!

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Middle left: Paladin 26mm "Chief" in Tequila Sunrise (Ebonite)

Without saying too much since my experience is limited, Ebonite handles from Paladin is truly amazing! It's heavy and solid and inspires confidence, while still being warm in the hand the way a smooth stone in the sun feels like. Balance is fantastic.

I was initially concerned with the knot notes indicating that this newer batch of knot were purposely ordered to be less dense than previous iterations; specifically I thought that the backbone may suffer. My concerns, however, were unfounded as the backbone and scrub is still very present, but the new knots have significantly better lather release (the difference is apparent if you're familiar with both knots but the difference is not worlds apart). I shouldn't have doubted, Ken!

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Middle Right: Morris and Forndran XL2 in Heritage Hair

This Morris and Forndran brush sold as "Heritage Hair". Extremely scrubby (in a good way, almost to the point of scrit without going over) even compared to Simpson's Manchurian while still being a bit less dense than a Chubby Manchurian and consequently has better lather release an feels less like a "wall of badger". A keeper for sure!

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 10-28-2016, 01:58 PM
  • GreeneMD
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That yellow one is a real beauty; my favorite color!  Thumbup

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 10-28-2016, 02:04 PM
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(10-28-2016, 01:58 PM)GreeneMD Wrote: That yellow one is a real beauty; my favorite color!  Thumbup

Lemon Drop.  Yes one of my favorites!.... It has a nice iridescent glow to it when the light hits it.

...but they are all my favorites.... =p

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 10-28-2016, 03:55 PM
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Beautiful brushes AND contributed to a good cause. 
Those two select knots look somewhat different but not by much.

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 10-28-2016, 04:02 PM
  • refles
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Incredible handle material that really represents Paladin, congrats on winning the memorial auction!

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 10-28-2016, 04:21 PM
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 10-28-2016, 06:10 PM
  • MaxP
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It's unfortunate that the photos don't show.

Never mind.  I see them now.

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 10-28-2016, 06:33 PM
  • Gabe
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Beautiful brushes.

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 10-29-2016, 08:06 AM
  • Viking
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Those ebonite handles are stunning. Great pick up!

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 10-29-2016, 05:07 PM
  • chazt
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I don't see pics in this thread. Maybe it's iOS10 bollixing things up again. Will check my laptop.

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 10-30-2016, 08:05 PM
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Fixed pictures hope you guys can see it now.

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 10-31-2016, 10:01 AM
  • blzrfn
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I was also fortunate to score a brush in the recent auction.  My Bazooka Falstaff is my second favorite Paladin of the five I have had the pleasure of owning.  The only brush of the group I prefer is my original release PK47, but only because of the slightly larger handle.  The knot on this Falstaff is superior, I won't throw out comparisons due to the lack of consistency from batch to batch realized by all manufacturers, but I will say the knot is perfect in density backbone and tip softness for my preferences.  Without further ado:

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There is an interesting patch of "gel tips" that isn't consistent with the rest of the knot.  This is only after one use so maybe that will change, but I have never experienced this in the hundreds of brushes I have had the pleasure of owning.

Some more close ups:

Non gelled bristles:
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Gelled area
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