03-07-2017, 09:06 AM
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(03-07-2017, 09:00 AM)jpakstis Wrote: Really interesting new designs!  Ken, what is the anticipted knot size for those "Eagle" style handles?  I've always loved those handles.

You mean the "Moe", right? 

I'd say it's what the Eagle really wants to be. Rolleyes

These are 26s. We'll probably also do a 28. Not sure about 30. That would take some big rod.

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 03-07-2017, 12:10 PM
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Those are some beautiful handles Ken , outstanding work.

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 03-07-2017, 12:20 PM
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A 28mm Moe that sounds like something I need in the den for sure.

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 03-07-2017, 12:29 PM
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(03-06-2017, 07:00 PM)Paladin Shaving Wrote: This one's a prototype and spoken for, I believe, by Cody's fiancé Courtney, who among other things keeps bees. But I'll share it anyway.

It is not a trivial thing to turn this shape without ending up with a lot of unwanted texture in the grooves. And I don't know of anyone who matches the quality of Cody's finish-work and engraving. 

We came up with the idea of using bees because there isn't much space to work with for the usual stuff we put on backsides. And the bees speak for themselves.

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That is a BEAUTY!!

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 03-07-2017, 03:28 PM
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Ken, great to see the new handle shapes hitting the market.  The beehive is beautiful and I can't imagine how the intricate engraving get's done in such tight spaces -- and the finish is spectacular!

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 03-07-2017, 03:42 PM
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(03-07-2017, 03:28 PM)wreck | fish Wrote: Ken, great to see the new handle shapes hitting the market.  The beehive is beautiful and I can't imagine how the intricate engraving get's done in such tight spaces -- and the finish is spectacular!

Thanks.

Here are a couple of macro shots. FWIW, the irregular lines in the font are intended features of the font. And all finishing and painting is by hand. No tumbling.

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 03-07-2017, 03:45 PM
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Ken, let Cody know if he needs more wasp nests to stop by my house.  Come Summer they build them faster than I can knock 'em down!

Those handles are just stunning.   I honestly can't think of any other brush maker that finishes to this level of refinement.

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 03-07-2017, 03:48 PM
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(03-07-2017, 03:45 PM)blzrfn Wrote: Ken, let Cody know if he needs more wasp nests to stop by my house.  Come Summer they build them faster than I can knock 'em down!

Those handles are just stunning.   I honestly can't think of any other brush maker that finishes to this level of refinement.

Dave, I completely agree. The handles are stunning, even more so in person. The new designs are killer, I bet they look amazing up close.

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 03-07-2017, 04:19 PM
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That finish quality isn't attainable without a focus of attention and level of effort that surpass what most would consider reasonable. It also reflects (in fact is enabled by) the surface characteristics of our handles as they come off the lathe (before any sanding).

We've always dedicated the focus and effort, but we're achieving significantly better results now than we were at this time a year ago. Places to compare are around beads and in grooves. We used to do crazy stuff (some of it pretty innovative) to minimize texture in those places after turning. But you can only get so far with remedial finishing techniques. We've put a lot into getting to this point. Time, money, trial-and-error, wasted material, profanity, some real blood, etc. And we're not done. 

To be honest, customer satisfaction is wonderful -- we thrive on it -- but it's not what drives us. We're pretty much completely self-driven.

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 03-07-2017, 04:20 PM
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Stunning handles !!

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 03-07-2017, 05:12 PM
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Beautiful handles, Ken!

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 03-07-2017, 05:13 PM
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(03-07-2017, 03:45 PM)blzrfn Wrote: Ken, let Cody know if he needs more wasp nests to stop by my house.  Come Summer they build them faster than I can knock 'em down!

Those handles are just stunning.   I honestly can't think of any other brush maker that finishes to this level of refinement.

Will do, and thanks!

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 03-07-2017, 05:24 PM
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(03-07-2017, 03:48 PM)chiefthunder Wrote:
(03-07-2017, 03:45 PM)blzrfn Wrote: Ken, let Cody know if he needs more wasp nests to stop by my house.  Come Summer they build them faster than I can knock 'em down!

Those handles are just stunning.   I honestly can't think of any other brush maker that finishes to this level of refinement.

Dave, I completely agree. The handles are stunning, even more so in person. The new designs are killer, I bet they look amazing up close.

Thanks, Jorge.

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 03-07-2017, 05:55 PM
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The attention to polishing really sets the Paladin handles apart.  Some handles look fine in your hand, but when you examine them closely under a bright light or low magnification, you will see fine horizontal lines which were not polished out.  It's somewhat analogous to comparing the superb polishing on a Wolfman razor to that on other stainless razors exhibiting fine machine marks which were not polished out. Paladins have impeccable polishing, which is time consuming and labor intensive.  The result is a deep, flawless, mirror-like finish that definitely stands out.

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 03-07-2017, 06:55 PM
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Ken, take some of that blood and make a ladybug handle.

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 03-07-2017, 06:59 PM
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Best handles in the business. Knots the equal of anything out there. What was the question? Biggrin

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 03-07-2017, 07:00 PM
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(03-07-2017, 06:55 PM)daveinsweethome Wrote: Ken, take some of that blood and make a ladybug handle.

That would be fun!

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