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 07-16-2017, 09:29 AM
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Oh my poor wallet...
Gorgeous brushes Ken.

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 07-16-2017, 10:13 AM
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  • MaxP
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Very Nice offerings. Some buyers will be pleased I'm sure

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 07-16-2017, 10:20 AM
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Oh man. Some very nice brushes this round.

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 07-16-2017, 06:20 PM
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All buyers will be pleased.

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 07-16-2017, 08:34 PM
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  • Lando
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Do the cleos have the cartouche engraved on back?

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 07-16-2017, 11:03 PM
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Very beautiful. This is going to be quick

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 07-17-2017, 03:24 AM
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(07-16-2017, 08:34 PM)Lando Wrote: Do the cleos have the cartouche engraved on back?

I'm pretty sure they do but will double-check and confirm later today.

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 07-17-2017, 07:01 AM
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(07-17-2017, 03:24 AM)Paladin Shaving Wrote:
(07-16-2017, 08:34 PM)Lando Wrote: Do the cleos have the cartouche engraved on back?

I'm pretty sure they do but will double-check and confirm later today.

Pam had already started wrapping the brushes in this release, so I needed to make sure Cody hadn't engraved any Cleos without the cartouche. 

They all have it.

Back photos will be included in the shop when the brushes go up.

K

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 07-17-2017, 11:04 AM
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Another batch of stunning brushes.  I love the ebony sumo.

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 07-18-2017, 11:30 AM
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As usual, all the handles are superb.  Good luck to all who are going for a Paladin today.

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 07-18-2017, 02:10 PM
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(07-18-2017, 11:30 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: As usual, all the handles are superb.  Good luck to all who are going for a Paladin today.


Thanks, Ricardo.

I try to fairly describe the knots we put in our brushes, and generally haven't offered comparisons to knots used by other makers. But for what it's worth, in my opinion, the knots in these brushes are at least as good as any Lee Sabini ever installed in any of our handles, and far more to my own liking than many of them.

We source our knots from China. So far, all have come from a single supplier with whom we have negotiated -- and pay a premium -- to have our knots made by one or two selected workers who have a clear understanding of our requirements. As with all hand-made, badger-hair knots, there is some variance, but consistency of conformation has steadily improved based on continuous feedback, and the front and back photos we post of each and every brush are mercilessly honest.

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 07-18-2017, 02:29 PM
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(07-18-2017, 02:10 PM)Paladin Shaving Wrote:
(07-18-2017, 11:30 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: As usual, all the handles are superb.  Good luck to all who are going for a Paladin today.
Thanks, Ricardo.

I try to fairly describe the knots we put in our brushes, and generally haven't offered comparisons to knots used by other makers. But for what it's worth, in my opinion, the knots in these brushes are at least as good as any Lee Sabini ever installed in any of our handles, and far more to my own liking than many of them.

We source our knots from China. So far, all have come from a single supplier with whom we have negotiated -- and pay a premium -- to have our knots made by one or two selected workers who have a clear understanding of our requirements. As with all hand-made, badger-hair knots, there is some variance, but consistency of conformation has steadily improved based on continuous feedback, and the front and back photos we post of each and every brush are mercilessly honest.
Ken, will you be getting and using more 2CL knots in future releases?

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 07-18-2017, 02:32 PM
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Best of luck to everyone.  Those are gorgeous handles!

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 07-18-2017, 03:02 PM
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(07-18-2017, 02:29 PM)doc47 Wrote: Ken, will you be getting and using more 2CL knots in future releases?

Over at least the near term I expect our knots will mostly be designated as 2CSL*. Our aim in the development of knots bearing that designation has been to combine characteristics of the hair used in production of S-type knots (particularly those received in May 2016) with adherence to sorting, processing, construction, and conformation standards which we can exert more influence over in the small shop that has made our L-type knots. This has been a long, arduous project.

At some point, I'd like to offer at least two types of two-band hair. But first we want to nail down knots that suit my personal preferences as well as we can.

At some further point, I hope to produce knots in our own shop. But I firmly believe we need to work up to that in steps. We're not there yet.

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 07-18-2017, 03:24 PM
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(07-18-2017, 03:02 PM)Paladin Shaving Wrote:
(07-18-2017, 02:29 PM)doc47 Wrote: Ken, will you be getting and using more 2CL knots in future releases?

Over at least the near term I expect our knots will mostly be designated as 2CSL*. Our aim in the development of knots bearing that designation has been to combine characteristics of the hair used in production of S-type knots (particularly those received in May 2016) with adherence to sorting, processing, construction, and conformation standards which we can exert more influence over in the small shop that has made our L-type knots. This has been a long, arduous project.

At some point, I'd like to offer at least two types of two-band hair. But first we want to nail down knots that suit my personal preferences as well as we can.

At some further point, I hope to produce knots in our own shop. But I firmly believe we need to work up to that in steps. We're not there yet.
Thanks Ken, I can certainly understand what you are trying achieve and can't complain about your process as it has served me very well. Personal preference is a funny bed-fellow...
So my next question has to do with your secondary knot codes, would you explain what secondary characteristics you grade on and the letter designation associated with it? Thank you very much.

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 07-18-2017, 03:56 PM
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Even if I never figure out the knot codes I would buy any of Ken's brushes right now. The odds of his brushes being great are right up there with the odds of the sun rising in the morning.

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 07-18-2017, 05:05 PM
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My first Cleo is on the way, she looks fantastic!

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 07-18-2017, 05:33 PM
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This 28mm knot's loft was something I couldn't pass up!
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 07-19-2017, 09:43 PM
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I'm surprised there are still brushes available for purchase. I had my eye on that disco Sumo, but alas I lost out. Grats to the lucky buyer on that one!

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