09-06-2017, 01:00 PM
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I recently contacted Bob Quinn at Elite Razors because I saw his new metal brushes on his site but I wanted one that he had made a little while ago.  He just so happened to have a block of the metal combination that i wanted so we went back and forth about the shape and since he is in the Atlanta, Georgia area (Roswell) , I will be picking this one up personally.  He just sent me pics of the process with a detailed list of each process as I asked him if I could post them on the Shave Nook.  Hopefully all of the pictures are in order as I was uploading them 1 by 1. Very cool and as always, he is a true artisan!!  When we were going back and forth on the shape, I asked if he had some molds already made because I didn't realize that he hand turns his metal brushes just like he does all of his others.  This is probably a difficult way of making a metal brush so I am always appreciative of someone that is a true artist in their craft.  Enjoy and, as always, let me know your thoughts and opinions. 
Process list picture by picture; 
– The block of Copper and Silver
2 – Preparing to bore the hole for the knot
3 – After the knot hole has been cut
4 – Mounted and ready to turn
5 – From square to round
6 – Ridge has been cut that will be between the knot cup and the base of the handle
7 – Knot cup has been rough shaped
8 – The ridge has been defined and the handle has been trimmed to length leaving a support piece for the remainder of the turning
9 – Base of the handle has been rough shaped
10 – After sanding with 150 grit paper
11 – After sanding with 220 grit paper
12 – After sanding with 400 grit paper
13 – Support piece has been removed and the bottom finished
14 – 3-piece buffing wheel to remove remaining tool marks.  From left to right, Canvas, Linen, Cotton wheels
15 – Back on the lather for final polishing, 2 step process using polish with a pumice additive to remove the last of any fine scratches, followed by just the pure polish.
16 – After the final coat of polish has been buffed off.
10436a, 10436b, 10436c, 10436d – finished brush with the 26mm Fan knot set in place.  
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 09-06-2017, 01:18 PM
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A beautiful brush and a great write-up.  We are fortunate to have Bob Quinn as an Artisan here on TSN.

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 09-06-2017, 02:29 PM
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 09-07-2017, 11:14 AM
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Sensational! Bob's a true pro.

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 09-07-2017, 11:37 AM
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Very interesting.

Is it metal? Metal colored resin? Metal suspended in resin? 

Looks fantastic! Beautiful brush.

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 09-07-2017, 12:34 PM
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(09-07-2017, 11:37 AM)bakerbarber Wrote: Very interesting.

Is it metal? Metal colored resin? Metal suspended in resin? 

Looks fantastic! Beautiful brush.


All metal. Copper and silver.


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 09-07-2017, 06:19 PM
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Bob's handles are among the best produced by artisans.  His in-house Manchurian White knots are excellent.   Buying a custom brush from him is a pleasure, with excellent communication, reasonable turnaround time, and no waiting list or hype.

I've purchased wood, resin, and stone handles from Bob.  I'm going to have to try these metal ones.  How heavy is it?

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 09-07-2017, 06:25 PM
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(09-07-2017, 06:19 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Bob's handles are among the best produced by artisans.  His in-house Manchurian White knots are excellent.   Buying a custom brush from him is a pleasure, with excellent communication, reasonable turnaround time, and no waiting list or hype.

I've purchased wood, resin, and stone handles from Bob.  I'm going to have to try these metal ones.  How heavy is it?


I fully agree! I will let you know how it feels in the hand tomorrow after I pick it up. I'm having him mount another one of his Manchurian knots in my new Markus Herber brush while I'm out there. I agree, his knots are among the best I have ever used.


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 09-08-2017, 02:52 PM
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(09-07-2017, 06:19 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Bob's handles are among the best produced by artisans.  His in-house Manchurian White knots are excellent.   Buying a custom brush from him is a pleasure, with excellent communication, reasonable turnaround time, and no waiting list or hype.

I've purchased wood, resin, and stone handles from Bob.  I'm going to have to try these metal ones.  How heavy is it?


Went to visit and meet Bob today and I have to say, he's one of the coolest, laid back and humble people I have ever met! His brushes are absolutely beautiful and my new metal brush is a beauty. The weight is similar to his stone brushes and the craftsmanship is second to none!! He has 2 other metal handles in different colors ready to knot and ship. He really is a class act and I enjoyed talking and visiting with him! Great guy and loved how he wants to put his own personal touch on everything he makes. Those that support him, please continue and those that are on the fence of a purchase, run and click that "buy" button! You will not be disappointed!


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 09-08-2017, 06:45 PM
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We'll look forward to pictures of your new metal brush.

I have a Bob Quinn faux briar brush headed my way.  It was supposed to be delivered today, but the USPS in Miami was closed in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.  I don't know when mail delivery will resume, so I have to deal with the frustrating wait.

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 09-08-2017, 07:41 PM
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The last brush standing in my den is an Elite Razor 2 band Manchurian, excellent knot and outstanding wood handles! IMHO he's the most underrated brush maker.

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 09-08-2017, 09:21 PM
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Wow, that is stunning. Thanks for sharing Smile

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 09-09-2017, 04:32 AM
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Here it is bloomed. Absolutely love this one! The handle feels soooooo good in the hand and I already know how great the knot is.[Image: 4c6d906a46090d35e4d069079652d211.jpg]


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 09-09-2017, 04:38 AM
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Enjoy your brush. Thanks for the pictures of the process. That was interesting to see.

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 09-09-2017, 05:10 AM
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(09-09-2017, 04:32 AM)gmhjr06 Wrote: Here it is bloomed.  Absolutely love this one!  The handle feels soooooo good in the hand and I already know how great the knot is.[Image: 4c6d906a46090d35e4d069079652d211.jpg]


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Looks great!

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 09-09-2017, 05:41 AM
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(09-09-2017, 05:10 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(09-09-2017, 04:32 AM)gmhjr06 Wrote: Here it is bloomed.  Absolutely love this one!  The handle feels soooooo good in the hand and I already know how great the knot is.[Image: 4c6d906a46090d35e4d069079652d211.jpg]


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Looks great!

Yes. It also matches nicely with the color scheme going on with the floor tiles.

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 09-09-2017, 06:49 AM
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(09-09-2017, 05:41 AM)chazt Wrote:
(09-09-2017, 05:10 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(09-09-2017, 04:32 AM)gmhjr06 Wrote: Here it is bloomed.  Absolutely love this one!  The handle feels soooooo good in the hand and I already know how great the knot is.[Image: 4c6d906a46090d35e4d069079652d211.jpg]


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Looks great!

Yes. It also matches nicely with the color scheme going on with the floor tiles.


That's funny! Never even thought about the floor as I was taking the pic.


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 09-12-2017, 06:10 AM
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copper and silver?  That looks amazing.  Plus it will last  FOREVER.  All you have to do is replace the knots.

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 09-14-2017, 02:21 PM
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Wow, that looks fantastic congrats

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