06-02-2018, 01:54 AM
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Brad Sears current batch of select badger is on par with Declaration. I just got my first Declaration which I absolutely love but Brad Sears compares favorably to it. Both are very dense blonde badgers with extremely soft pillowy tips that gel like crazy. Both with good to firm backbone as well. If you are unable to obtain a Declaration and want something similar try a Brad Sears!

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 06-02-2018, 03:52 AM
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There are many great brushes out there that compare favorably to DG. Thäter, Shavemac, Simpson. I enjoy my DG also, but it does not stand alone at the top of the mountain.

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 06-02-2018, 05:06 AM
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(06-02-2018, 03:52 AM)primotenore Wrote: There are many great brushes out there that compare favorably to DG. Thäter, Shavemac, Simpson. I enjoy my DG also, but it does not stand alone at the top of the mountain.

I agree. A brush is made from the hair of an animal. Soooo many variables, animal age, sex, health, diet even genetics. You will probably get a great brush from any well known maker
and I got a lousy one. Used it today and it still sheds like crazy(not Declaration) after 3 years! I had a bad experience with two SV brushes. Love my inexpensive Fendrihan HMW.
No two items will ever be the same.

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 06-02-2018, 05:32 AM
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(06-02-2018, 03:52 AM)primotenore Wrote: There are many great brushes out there that compare favorably to DG. Thäter, Shavemac, Simpson. I enjoy my DG also, but it does not stand alone at the top of the mountain.

I agree the Shavemacs and Thaters are close. Both are soft gel like tips with good backbone but in my opinion the Declaration gels up better and is more denser which puts it over the top.

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 06-02-2018, 05:33 AM
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(06-02-2018, 05:06 AM)zipper Wrote:
(06-02-2018, 03:52 AM)primotenore Wrote: There are many great brushes out there that compare favorably to DG. Thäter, Shavemac, Simpson. I enjoy my DG also, but it does not stand alone at the top of the mountain.

I agree. A brush is made from the hair of an animal. Soooo many variables, animal age, sex, health, diet even genetics. You will probably get a great brush from any well known maker
and I got a lousy one. Used it today and it still sheds like crazy(not Declaration) after 3 years! I had a bad experience with two SV brushes. Love my inexpensive Fendrihan HMW.
No two items will ever be the same.
Shedding is a manufacturing issue, that doesn't have anything to do with the Badger's sex. (or lack thereof) Wink  I have had very expensive badger brushes shed, while my $40 Stirling has never lost a hair.

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 06-02-2018, 05:53 AM
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(06-02-2018, 05:33 AM)primotenore Wrote:
(06-02-2018, 05:06 AM)zipper Wrote:
(06-02-2018, 03:52 AM)primotenore Wrote: There are many great brushes out there that compare favorably to DG. Thäter, Shavemac, Simpson. I enjoy my DG also, but it does not stand alone at the top of the mountain.

I agree. A brush is made from the hair of an animal. Soooo many variables, animal age, sex, health, diet even genetics. You will probably get a great brush from any well known maker
and I got a lousy one. Used it today and it still sheds like crazy(not Declaration) after 3 years! I had a bad experience with two SV brushes. Love my inexpensive Fendrihan HMW.
No two items will ever be the same.
Shedding is a manufacturing issue, that doesn't have anything to do with the Badger's sex. (or lack thereof) Wink  I have had very expensive badger brushes shed, while my $40 Stirling has never lost a hair.

I understand. My comment was directed to the two aspects of a maker, (1) hair (2) manufacture. Declaration does not grow the hair, they put it in a handle. Other companies
probably have access to the same hair. Good hair in my Shavemac doesn't keep it from being a lousy brush that sheds like a Siberian Husky in Miami.

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 06-02-2018, 06:31 AM
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(06-02-2018, 05:53 AM)zipper Wrote:
(06-02-2018, 05:33 AM)primotenore Wrote:
(06-02-2018, 05:06 AM)zipper Wrote: I agree. A brush is made from the hair of an animal. Soooo many variables, animal age, sex, health, diet even genetics. You will probably get a great brush from any well known maker
and I got a lousy one. Used it today and it still sheds like crazy(not Declaration) after 3 years! I had a bad experience with two SV brushes. Love my inexpensive Fendrihan HMW.
No two items will ever be the same.
Shedding is a manufacturing issue, that doesn't have anything to do with the Badger's sex. (or lack thereof) Wink  I have had very expensive badger brushes shed, while my $40 Stirling has never lost a hair.

I understand. My comment was directed to the two aspects of a maker, (1) hair (2) manufacture. Declaration does not grow the hair, they put it in a handle. Other companies
probably have access to the same hair. Good hair in my Shavemac doesn't keep it from being a lousy brush that sheds like a Siberian Husky in Miami.
Or...like my two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.  Exclamation

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 06-02-2018, 09:16 AM
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I am going to order a knot from Elite Razor soon.  So far Thater is my favorite maker of badger knots.

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 06-02-2018, 12:34 PM
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(06-02-2018, 09:16 AM)Asafiev Wrote: I am going to order a knot from Elite Razor soon.  So far Thater is my favorite maker of badger knots.

The Elite Manchurian White are as good as any of the top tier knots.

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 06-02-2018, 04:10 PM
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The lower tier knots are nice as well. I just got a new fan and bulb 26mm Manchurian from Bob.

The finest I have from him a few weeks ago is obviously a bit different to the eye but performs very nicely.

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 06-03-2018, 07:13 AM
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When it comes to silvertip knots those from shavemac, Thater and Kent are hard to beat. Whilst Declaration makes excellent knots it’s a great stretch to conclude that they are ‘the best knots in the business.’

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 06-03-2018, 08:09 AM
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(06-02-2018, 12:34 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(06-02-2018, 09:16 AM)Asafiev Wrote: I am going to order a knot from Elite Razor soon.  So far Thater is my favorite maker of badger knots.

The Elite Manchurian White are as good as any of the top tier knots.

My Elite Razer 26mm Manchurian fan is far and away my favorite knot.

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 06-03-2018, 08:21 AM
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Let my clarify then! In my opinion Declaration has the best knots in the business. Others are close and good but in my experience Declaration is the best!!

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 06-03-2018, 09:13 AM
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(06-02-2018, 09:16 AM)Asafiev Wrote: I am going to order a knot from Elite Razor soon.  So far Thater is my favorite maker of badger knots.


I just ordered from them and it's on the way. They have incredible knots

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 06-03-2018, 10:38 AM
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(06-02-2018, 12:34 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(06-02-2018, 09:16 AM)Asafiev Wrote: I am going to order a knot from Elite Razor soon.  So far Thater is my favorite maker of badger knots.

The Elite Manchurian White are as good as any of the top tier knots.


^ TRUTH!!!

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 06-03-2018, 07:03 PM
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(06-03-2018, 08:21 AM)discerningbev Wrote: Let my clarify then! In my opinion Declaration has the best knots in the business. Others are close and good but in my experience Declaration is the best!!

Lack of experience then... Biggrin

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 06-03-2018, 08:14 PM
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Pretty much. Appreciate the enthusiasm though

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 06-04-2018, 03:16 AM
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(06-03-2018, 07:03 PM)German Wrote:
(06-03-2018, 08:21 AM)discerningbev Wrote: Let my clarify then! In my opinion Declaration has the best knots in the business. Others are close and good but in my experience Declaration is the best!!

Lack of experience then... Biggrin

I have all the high end brushes to compare Declaration with. Thater and Brad Sears are close. I would rank them like this:

1) Declaration
2) Brad Sears
3) Thater
4) Shavemac
5) Paladin/M&F

These are knots only. In my opinion Paladin makes the best handles.

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 06-04-2018, 03:59 AM
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(06-04-2018, 03:16 AM)discerningbev Wrote:
(06-03-2018, 07:03 PM)German Wrote:
(06-03-2018, 08:21 AM)discerningbev Wrote: Let my clarify then! In my opinion Declaration has the best knots in the business. Others are close and good but in my experience Declaration is the best!!

Lack of experience then... Biggrin

I have all the high end brushes to compare Declaration with. Thater and Brad Sears are close. I would rank them like this:

1) Declaration
2) Brad Sears
3) Thater
4) Shavemac
5) Paladin/M&F

These are knots only. In my opinion Paladin makes the best handles.

Which knots do you have and by what criteria do you judge them?

I've liked some of our knots more than others. But that's largely subjective. Some of the knots that I would not rank as high as others based on my preferences are others' favorites. Sometimes when one says a particular knot is best, it's more a reflection of personal (subjective) preferences than the objective attributes of the knot.

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 06-04-2018, 05:26 AM
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(06-04-2018, 03:59 AM)Paladin Shaving Wrote:
(06-04-2018, 03:16 AM)discerningbev Wrote:
(06-03-2018, 07:03 PM)German Wrote: Lack of experience then... Biggrin

I have all the high end brushes to compare Declaration with. Thater and Brad Sears are close. I would rank them like this:

1) Declaration
2) Brad Sears
3) Thater
4) Shavemac
5) Paladin/M&F

These are knots only. In my opinion Paladin makes the best handles.

Which knots do you have and by what criteria do you judge them?

I've liked some of our knots more than others. But that's largely subjective. Some of the knots that I would not rank as high as others based on my preferences are others' favorites. Sometimes when one says a particular knot is best, it's more a reflection of personal (subjective) preferences than the objective attributes of the knot.

Good question! I would say it is a reflection of subjective preferences.  I like a true fan knot which you guys don't have much of.  I also like a very, very dense knot that has yellow blonde badger with pillow tips that gel and clump like crazy with a medium to firm backbone.  The tips feel like a luxury Pima or Sea Island cotton swab.  Don't get me wrong I love Paladin Brushes and I have 5 of them and will probably buy more.  In my opinion you guys make the best handles in the business.  Most variety, no flaws and the most beautiful.  I do like your knots but they are different that the Declarations.  Not as dense, they don't gel (at least the ones I have), tips not as soft and they are a little more firmer with some scrub.  Nothing wrong with that as I like that characteristic every now and then but I like extremely dense fan brushes that gel like crazy more.

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