02-16-2017, 11:16 AM
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We've settled on Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 PM Central for our next release. This one will include about 35 brushes, all with faux tortoise handles. Stay tuned for more details. We should have preview photos up in our Flickr gallery by mid-day Saturday. We'll post a link when they're ready.

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 02-16-2017, 11:20 AM
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Cool!

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 02-16-2017, 11:23 AM
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Is this a one-time concept,  or will you be having future releases of brushes with all the same handle material?

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 02-16-2017, 12:08 PM
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(02-16-2017, 11:23 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Is this a one-time concept,  or will you be having future releases of brushes with all the same handle material?

It's not so much a concept as simply a batch of brushes. 

Tortoise is a bit of a pain because of the partial transparency. We dial-in knot placement with spacers turned to optimal diameter to fit a handle size and precisely cut in half mm increments. A problem we ran into with tortoise handles was that the small-diameter Somerset and Butterscotch rod we had acquired specifically for use in making spacers showed through. So although we continued making tortoise handles, we stopped gluing knots in them until we could get some small diameter tortoise rod for spacers. It's more expensive, so we only use it for tortoise handles. 

Every now and then I cut a bunch of spacers in different sizes from the Butterscotch and Somerset rod to have on hand for non-tortoise handles. But I don't cut tortoise spacers until I know exactly what we need to set selected knots in particular tortoise handles. Otherwise we'd run short faster, and the only way for us to get non-standard sizes of rod is to order it in 50 kilo minimum quantities. 

We received a large order of tortoise rod late last summer, but we just recently caught ourselves up to cutting spacers and setting knots in the tortoise handles that had accumulated. That's mostly because it works best for us to set knots in tortoise handles separately (i.e., not in line with other handles). We thought it might be fun to have a release with only tortoise since we haven't offered any (at least not that I recall) since early last year. And I'm pretty sure that was only a few.

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 02-16-2017, 12:17 PM
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That's fascinating.

Cool.

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 02-16-2017, 12:41 PM
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The attention to detail to even such a small item such as a spacer is amazing! Hopefully I get to nab one this go round.

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 02-16-2017, 05:19 PM
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(02-16-2017, 12:17 PM)bakerbarber Wrote: That's fascinating.

Cool.

+1

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 02-16-2017, 05:45 PM
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Glad to hear.  Will give it a go on the 19th and hopefully land a brush.

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 02-16-2017, 06:38 PM
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Looking forward to seeing the tortoise brushes.  My guess is that a release of all briar brushes would do very well!

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 02-16-2017, 06:55 PM
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(02-16-2017, 06:38 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Looking forward to seeing the tortoise brushes.  My guess is that a release of all briar brushes would do very well!

That's interesting. It's never seemed to me like briar is in very high demand. But given our small production capacity, there really isn't much basis for analytics.

I'm not at all opposed to doing "theme" releases.

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 02-16-2017, 07:00 PM
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(02-16-2017, 06:38 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Looking forward to seeing the tortoise brushes.  My guess is that a release of all briar brushes would do very well!

+1 to briar!

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 02-16-2017, 08:04 PM
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I like turtles.

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 02-16-2017, 08:23 PM
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I'm looking forward to seeing the Paladin tortoishell stock; one of my favorites.

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 02-16-2017, 11:13 PM
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Is there any chance of releasing some Lemondrop brushes?

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 02-17-2017, 01:53 AM
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(02-16-2017, 12:08 PM)Paladin Shaving Wrote:
(02-16-2017, 11:23 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Is this a one-time concept,  or will you be having future releases of brushes with all the same handle material?

It's not so much a concept as simply a batch of brushes. 

Tortoise is a bit of a pain because of the partial transparency. We dial-in knot placement with spacers turned to optimal diameter to fit a handle size and precisely cut in half mm increments. A problem we ran into with tortoise handles was that the small-diameter Somerset and Butterscotch rod we had acquired specifically for use in making spacers showed through. So although we continued making tortoise handles, we stopped gluing knots in them until we could get some small diameter tortoise rod for spacers. It's more expensive, so we only use it for tortoise handles. 

Every now and then I cut a bunch of spacers in different sizes from the Butterscotch and Somerset rod to have on hand for non-tortoise handles. But I don't cut tortoise spacers until I know exactly what we need to set selected knots in particular tortoise handles. Otherwise we'd run short faster, and the only way for us to get non-standard sizes of rod is to order it in 50 kilo minimum quantities. 

We received a large order of tortoise rod late last summer, but we just recently caught ourselves up to cutting spacers and setting knots in the tortoise handles that had accumulated. That's mostly because it works best for us to set knots in tortoise handles separately (i.e., not in line with other handles). We thought it might be fun to have a release with only tortoise since we haven't offered any (at least not that I recall) since early last year. And I'm pretty sure that was only a few.

Very fascinating, this is exactly my problem with the couple of Tortoise brushes I have. They are almost see through in some parts and the glue is a bit of an eye sore. I don't have a Tortoise Paladin yet but this shows you really know your stuff and pay a lot of attention to details, Ken.

This was exactly the reason why I was trying to look for the old school Tortoises I'm seeing from SOTD's, specially Celestino's 3XL, because from the pics, I think they might not show the glue as much. Unfortunately I'm unable to find those anymore. 

Now I have a Paladin Tortoise on my wishlist... Biggrin

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 02-17-2017, 04:12 AM
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(02-17-2017, 01:53 AM)1Geralt Wrote:
(02-16-2017, 12:08 PM)Paladin Shaving Wrote:
(02-16-2017, 11:23 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Is this a one-time concept,  or will you be having future releases of brushes with all the same handle material?
Now I have a Paladin Tortoise on my wishlist... Biggrin

Me too...!!! ;-)

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 02-17-2017, 01:50 PM
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(02-16-2017, 08:04 PM)Shanman Wrote: I like turtles.

Ha!  lol

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 02-17-2017, 02:11 PM
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I don't know if I'll land a Paladin from this release.  However, I'll definitely get one of their soaps.  Of the five Paladin soaps, I have four and like them all.  The one I haven't tried is Crossroads (Tobacco Leaf, Sandalwood, Menthol), so I'll get that even if I don't score a brush.

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 02-17-2017, 02:41 PM
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I'm still jazzed over the PK I got last release: it's a gift that keeps on giving. Best of luck to all the turtle fans.

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 02-17-2017, 02:56 PM
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February 19 release preview: https://www.flickr.com/photos/141014234@...0358237396

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