07-27-2017, 06:43 PM
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Agreed. .
Very good  looking handle

  That knot certainly opened  up

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 07-27-2017, 08:15 PM
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I'm hoping to grab a Nebula Washington. Already have a Franklin from the first batch.

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 08-10-2017, 01:39 AM
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(07-24-2017, 07:54 PM)bakerbarber Wrote: Here's mine after three uses. 

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Is thy the B3 knot? Looking a getting either a B3 or an Elite Manchurian. Have heard the B3 is a little scrubby. How is yours breaking in now?

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 08-10-2017, 10:54 AM
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These are great knots. The handles are mostly plain (few exceptions lately).
Easier way to obtain is to ask for knotting service, i.e. a knot set in a handle you provide.
Below is my "Jefferson" knot set in a Elite Razor Thuya handle.

[Image: C2QWRcy.jpg]

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 08-10-2017, 12:42 PM
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(08-10-2017, 10:54 AM)German Wrote: These are great knots. The handles are mostly plain (few exceptions lately).
Easier way to obtain is to ask for knotting service, i.e. a knot set in a handle you provide.
Below is my "Jefferson" knot set in a Elite Razor Thuya handle.

[Image: C2QWRcy.jpg]

Georg, combining one of these knots with a Bob Quinn handle is definitely the way to go!

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 08-11-2017, 03:03 AM
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(08-10-2017, 10:54 AM)German Wrote: These are great knots. The handles are mostly plain (few exceptions lately).
Easier way to obtain is to ask for knotting service, i.e. a knot set in a handle you provide.
Below is my "Jefferson" knot set in a Elite Razor Thuya handle.

[Image: C2QWRcy.jpg]

Yea I got a handle on the way from dogwood handcrafts. Should be here pretty soon. Trying to decide what knot to put in it. Elite and do it myself or send it to Declaration. Can't decide

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 08-11-2017, 05:34 AM
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The declaration knots are more dense. Both have great face feel. Matter of personal preference.

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 08-11-2017, 07:48 AM
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(08-10-2017, 01:39 AM)Shavezilla Wrote:
(07-24-2017, 07:54 PM)bakerbarber Wrote: Here's mine after three uses. 

[Image: uprNGcU.jpg]

Is thy the B3 knot? Looking a getting either a B3 or an Elite Manchurian. Have heard the B3 is a little scrubby. How is yours breaking in now?


Yes, B3.

Used it this morning. It's awesome. 

I like the density and face feel a lot. I think it's settled in a bit but hasn't changed much since about the 10th use. Overall it wasn't a big change from when new. I've used it about 15 times now.

It's got a little bit of scrubby feel just because of the extreme density. It's got pretty good flow through considering. That's one of the things that did noticeably improve from the first use. Now it's not a big hog and rinses easier.

It's not extreme gel tips but it will get a little crispy when dry. I make sure to rinse it well and give it a day or two at least to dry out. Not always because I have been enjoying it so much. Sometimes I use it for a few days in a row. My house is fairly constantly at 40 - 50 humidity and I leave my brush on a shelf in the open. I haven't noticed it not being dry after 24 hours. It does take longer than the other other brushes I have to get dry.

The individual hairs look thinner than other finest knots. Similar to the thinness of some silvertips. The backbone is more than it would appear to be just by looking at it. Combined with the density I have noticed that it really excels at painting strokes. It's not uncomfortable or scratchy, it's just really got nice face feel with the shape of the knot now that's it's loosened up a little bit. The first few uses it had an edgey feel that went away all but completely now. Unless I mash too much. That's true with a lot of brushes.

One thing I have noticed is that it is very manageable and doesn't bloom out right after being used. The first wash out of the box I brushed it gently across a towel and thought it bloomed very much. In regular use now it doesn't do that.

I had been trending more towards bulb shaped knots and this is very much a fan. I imagine it would feel pointy if it were more bulb shaped. 

It is exceptionally unique. I like it. I think if anyone who prefers cloud soft brushes tried one they might be less impressed. I'm not sensitive to scrub or even the tickle of a pure grade badger. So I appreciate it's combination of soft enough tips and wall of badger density. The loft is almost exactly twice the size of the knot at the handle. I like it. I think any lower and it wouldn't perform as well.

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 08-12-2017, 05:51 AM
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Wow great review. Thanks a lot. You might have made my decision for me. Btw is yours a 24 or 26 mm knot?

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 08-12-2017, 05:55 AM
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Awesome. Hope to get one at some point. Just haven't been lucky enough yet.

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