11-03-2017, 04:38 PM
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I have been around for a few years now. I love checking out the SOTD pics and frequently drop into the BST forum. Today I used my restored Ever Ready 350 TGN Finest (purchased through BST) and it got me thinking.  I love this brush!!! The TGN Finest knot is from years ago. Since then I have owned numerous TGN knots with good results. But this one blows them away. When I think of TGN Finest knots, this is what I look for. The 2 band knot is dense and has super soft hooked tips. Needless to say this brush exceeds the price point which it originally cost. 

This got me thinking about those budget gems that used to exist. A couple items that come to mind are those Vintage Blades Finest brushes circa 2011?, Bob's Razor Works handles. I have not seen these items listed for sale or in SOTD pics. Just makes me wonder who has them. 

Here is a pic of my Ever Ready 350 with TGN Finest knot. If you have one of these gems, please post a pic. 

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 11-03-2017, 05:09 PM
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There indeed were some 26mm TGN Finest knots from 2011-2012 which were amazing.  They were very dense with strong backbone and gel tips.  They were among best 2-band knots I have ever used.

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 11-03-2017, 05:47 PM
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+1 on the three items you mentioned , I had a couple BRW handles and they were very nice. Stirling has a nice finest brush now as well although I hear the batches of hair may be inconsistent. Morris & Forndran when first introduced by Lee were absolute bargains compared to the other high end two band brushes that were being sold at the time.

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 11-03-2017, 05:56 PM
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Interesting question.  I did see a BRW progress on BST a few weeks ago.  I was surprised to see it since you rarely hear about them.

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 11-03-2017, 05:58 PM
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(11-03-2017, 05:09 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: There indeed were some 26mm TGN Finest knots from 2011-2012 which were amazing.  They were very dense with strong backbone and gel tips.  They were among best 2-band knots I have ever used.

Being a brush maker - I have several of these TGN Finest knots in my own personal brush handles. I have also made many more Custom Brushes with these knots for clients out in "The Shave Nook" world..... I found some more great TGN Finest Gel-tips in 2014 as well...... and a couple more just recently from TGN..... Seen here is a new 2017 knot from TGN that I set in one of my D7 handles for a client.... She will be a great brush once this knot gets broken in a bit...  

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 11-03-2017, 05:59 PM
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Woah.  That's gorgeous.

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 11-03-2017, 06:14 PM
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Inconsistency seems to be the main issue with knots.

Another great knot was the Superfine WSP offered years ago.

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 11-03-2017, 06:17 PM
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(11-03-2017, 05:58 PM)55dougie Wrote:
(11-03-2017, 05:09 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: There indeed were some 26mm TGN Finest knots from 2011-2012 which were amazing.  They were very dense with strong backbone and gel tips.  They were among best 2-band knots I have ever used.

Being a brush maker - I have several of these TGN Finest knots in my own personal brush handles. I have also made many more Custom Brushes with these knots for clients out in "The Shave Nook" world..... I found some more great TGN Finest Gel-tips in 2014 as well...... and a couple more just recently from TGN..... Seen here is a new 2017 knot from TGN that I set in one of my D7 handles for a client.... She will be a great brush once this knot gets broken in a bit...  

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Beautiful brush!!

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 11-03-2017, 06:27 PM
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Would we include a brush like the Semogue Mistura in this?  The mixed knot and handle on these were great.  I don't think I've seen one posted here other than mine...for the $50+ they were a bargain.

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 11-03-2017, 06:44 PM
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(11-03-2017, 06:14 PM)Gabe Wrote: Inconsistency seems to be the main issue with knots.

Another great knot was the Superfine WSP offered years ago.
I have a Superfine knot from ‘14 in a Scott Pav brush. One of the best knots I’ve ever used.

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 11-03-2017, 08:30 PM
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Still have my BRW stuff.

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Sold my old TGN.

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I did luck out this summer with a very similar new TGN finest knot though.

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I missed the boat in a lot of the easy pickings good stuff when new like good DE blades. I stocked up at the top of the market I guess. No regrets.

There's some really good values out there today depending on your preferences and needs. It just takes hindsight and enough concensus later to illustrate I think.

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 11-04-2017, 03:37 AM
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(11-03-2017, 08:30 PM)bakerbarber Wrote: [Image: sdxsAiA.jpg]

Still have my BRW stuff.

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Sold my old TGN.

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I did luck out this summer with a very similar new TGN finest knot though.

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I missed the boat in a lot of the easy pickings good stuff when new like good DE blades. I stocked up at the top of the market I guess. No regrets.

There's some really good values out there today depending on your preferences and needs. It just takes hindsight and enough concensus later to illustrate I think.

Very nice collection.

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 11-04-2017, 03:38 AM
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(11-03-2017, 06:27 PM)wreck | fish Wrote: Would we include a brush like the Semogue Mistura in this?  The mixed knot and handle on these were great.  I don't think I've seen one posted here other than mine...for the $50+ they were a bargain.

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Definitely. I haven't seen to many of those posted.

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 11-04-2017, 03:40 AM
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(11-03-2017, 06:44 PM)shaveser Wrote:
(11-03-2017, 06:14 PM)Gabe Wrote: Inconsistency seems to be the main issue with knots.

Another great knot was the Superfine WSP offered years ago.
I have a Superfine knot from ‘14 in a Scott Pav brush.  One of the best knots I’ve ever used.

You are reading my mind. I had one in a Pav Tulip in Ivory. I wish I had that one back. That was a nice brush.

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 11-04-2017, 06:35 AM
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Here's a nice gel-tip I have up-for-sale over on the Artisan page.... If you're interested....

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 11-04-2017, 07:00 AM
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There was a time when Weber razors were the good “budget” razor. $50 for the full razor shipped.

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 11-04-2017, 08:47 AM
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(11-04-2017, 07:00 AM)Steelman Wrote: There was a time when Weber razors were the good “budget” razor. $50 for the full razor shipped.

I remember well , I sold my last one for $45 actually.

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 11-04-2017, 04:56 PM
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I think I paid $75 for mine with a bulldog handle.  I thought it was a bit pricey at the time, but what a bargain.  I often thought about buying a backup to eventually pass to my son when he was shaving age...but waited too long!  It's not worth $150 to me at this point, but that's easy for me to say since I have one!  Here is mine paired with another razor in a similar price range.... Dodgy

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 11-04-2017, 07:07 PM
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I thought about the Weber. It's one of the few DEs left in my den. I had to pay the higher price for mine but it's still well worth it.

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 11-05-2017, 03:21 AM
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I suggest the GEM Jr. razor one of my top three razors..... I get great shaves every time with this "GEM", pun intended.... and they are easily acquired...

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