04-28-2019, 03:33 AM
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(04-27-2019, 04:29 PM)chazt Wrote: Nice brush, Steven. I always like your background photos. Have a great shave!

Thank you

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 06-03-2019, 05:08 PM
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This Blue/Green beauty arrived today. The knot is Bob’s HMW, 26/48. I think it may be closer to 28, but I’m not using legit calipers. iirc the handle is 54mm tall. This is a rare 3 band Elite Razor brush for me. I’m looking forward to using it in the next day or two.

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 06-03-2019, 05:55 PM
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Very nice Charlie.  I have one of Bob's 26mm HMW knots and it's excellent.

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 06-03-2019, 06:27 PM
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(06-03-2019, 05:55 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Very nice Charlie.  I have one of Bob's 26mm HMW knots and it's excellent.

Thanks, Ricardo. This is my second HMW knot. The first one is in the white handled Y28 brush made by Tom Earley. We were experimenting every step of the way with that project and went “safe” with 26-52. It looks great, but as a functional tool it’s just a bit floppy for my taste. After using it a few times, I felt that the next one would benefit from setting it lower. Bob said he could drop the loft as low as 48 mm with this handle. That sounded good to me, and that’s where we are. I’m looking forward to using it soon Smile

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 06-05-2019, 11:10 AM
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After the initial lathering, and all day drying. There was surprisingly little badger funk. I plan on using it for tonight’s shave.
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 06-06-2019, 04:52 PM
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Another winner from Bob.
Looking forward to your thoughts on the lower loft

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 06-07-2019, 06:15 PM
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(06-06-2019, 04:52 PM)morecolor Wrote: Another winner from Bob.
Looking forward to your thoughts on the lower loft

I’ve used it for two shaves and will use it again tomorrow morning. Next up after that will be a direct comparison with a similar knot set 26/52. I can already say that this has been a real pleasing knot. The lower loft gives it a much different feel. Over the next week or so I’ll rotate through similar 3 band knots from other makers for further comparison. I think it’ll make an interesting research study. Hmmm, which brushes? Which soap? Biggrin

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 06-08-2019, 02:33 PM
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I enjoy Bobs knots Immensely. I don’t have anything set that low from him. I’ll be following this thread..
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 06-10-2019, 05:10 AM
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I'm enjoying my 26mm Manchurian knot from Bob. I'm very glad I have this brush. It has become one of my favorite handful of brushes. Performance and face feel are much to my liking.

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 06-10-2019, 04:26 PM
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Saturday's shave was with the new blue over green 26/48 HMW. It's opened up quickly, and likely will continue to do so for a bit longer. Last evening I used a similar HMW knot, this one is 26/52 (this is the brush, here http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=...hlight=Y28). The knots feel different. The taller loft yields a softer face feel. There was/is no scritch, and basically zero scrub. The taller knot has less backbone and apparent density than the shorter lofted knot. The short loft has just as soft face feel, with just a hint of nice gentle-soft scrub, which I like. Both knots demonstrate more than adequate flow through; neither hogs lather. Both brushes produced a nice thick, rich and shiny lather in roughly the same amount of time. I suppose building lather on my face takes about three minutes on average, although truth be told, I haven't checked the clock on this in probably a couple of years. I just know when it's ready, y'know? (edit: I kept half an eye on the clock tonight, it was roughly 2 1/2 minutes till ready)

I'll probably use the short loft again tonight, and over the next week or so cycle through other 3 band knots by other makers for other comparisons. As time permits I'll photograph the various brushes/knots. Btw, for as long as this investigation may continue my soap will be Valobra unscented - simply because that's what was up in the rotation when this began, and I figure it will represent a known and repeatable variable.

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