01-19-2019, 08:38 AM
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See: https://fk8oxo42m09qiakn-9042570.shopify...pt-fordite.

Note that we don't presently offer Fordite-handled brushes for sale and probably won't for a long time, if ever. This is strictly a proof-of-concept project, but it's too fun not to share.


Note that the first photo below is of the handle just as it came off the lathe.


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 01-19-2019, 08:42 AM
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  • Niro884
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That's really impressive Ken!

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 01-19-2019, 08:44 AM
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  • chamm
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Just read a little bit about the material. Pretty fascinating! I’m going to follow the thread, and I’m hoping there’s enough of the stuff that you can make this a regular thing.


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 01-19-2019, 08:44 AM
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  • Agravic
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Stunning.

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 01-19-2019, 08:44 AM
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Absolutely stunning

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 01-19-2019, 08:44 AM
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  • ddk13
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Dibbs!!!!

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 01-19-2019, 08:45 AM
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  • chamm
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How is it to work with? I’m wondering if there is much danger of the paints separating, either in the lathe, or over time.


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 01-19-2019, 08:50 AM
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Great concept and absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing. However, if you ever figure out a way to produce them........

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 01-19-2019, 08:51 AM
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(01-19-2019, 08:45 AM)chamm Wrote: How is it to work with? I’m wondering if there is much danger of the paints separating, either in the lathe, or over time.

Stinks to high heaven.

That's why we're doing this as a proof-of-concept project. We'll see what happens and where it might go. That will take some some. No one should be holding their breath waiting for this, at least not from us. 

As for separation over time, a lot of jewelry has been made with Fordite, so there has been practical experience. We haven't dug deeply into any of that, though. The first test for us was to put it on a lathe.

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 01-19-2019, 08:57 AM
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  • chamm
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If you end up offering these, I’ll definitely pay extra for the clear coat on the undercarriage, but not the roadside assistance package.


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 01-19-2019, 09:05 AM
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(01-19-2019, 08:57 AM)chamm Wrote: If you end up offering these, I’ll definitely pay extra for the clear coat on the underside, but not the roadside assistance package.

I expect if these end up being offered, there won't be many, and they'll be very, very pricey. 

I certainly wouldn't be interested in turning many, and I think I'd want to do it outside.

Sealing the material is something that needs to be evaluated.

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 01-19-2019, 10:05 AM
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Carl Jacobson have a number of videos up on YouTube where he works with this material; rings, finials, bottlestoppers and more. Pretty sure he talked about sealing the surface in at least some of those videos. Might be worth having a peek Smile

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 01-19-2019, 10:22 AM
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(01-19-2019, 10:05 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: Carl Jacobson have a number of videos up on YouTube where he works with this material; rings, finials, bottlestoppers and more. Pretty sure he talked about sealing the surface in at least some of those videos. Might be worth having a peek Smile

Thanks!

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 01-19-2019, 11:12 AM
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Very interesting!

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 01-19-2019, 12:39 PM
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  • Puma
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I'm going to go against the popular opinion on this one. I understand wanting to explore something new, especially if it is good for business, but as a customer, I think a nice Harlequin, Vintage Port, Honey Noir, or Vesuvius would win my hard earned dollars over the pictured handle.

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 01-19-2019, 12:55 PM
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(01-19-2019, 12:39 PM)Puma Wrote: I'm going to go against the popular opinion on this one. I understand wanting to explore something new, especially if it is good for business, but as a customer, I think a nice Harlequin, Vintage Port, Honey Noir, or Vesuvius would win my hard earned dollars over the pictured handle.

Turning the first Fordite brush handle as a prototype wasn't a business decision. It was simply something we wanted to do. We didn't get paid to make it, and the handle isn't ours to sell. 

As stated in the linked blog post, it was something we first thought about doing in July or August of 2014. But we didn't have a source of suitable Fordite and pursued Ebonite instead. This was a great opportunity to scratch an old itch. We'll see where it goes from here. There is no plan. We just thought it was worth sharing.

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 01-19-2019, 01:19 PM
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  • Puma
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(01-19-2019, 12:55 PM)Paladin Shaving Wrote:
(01-19-2019, 12:39 PM)Puma Wrote: I'm going to go against the popular opinion on this one. I understand wanting to explore something new, especially if it is good for business, but as a customer, I think a nice Harlequin, Vintage Port, Honey Noir, or Vesuvius would win my hard earned dollars over the pictured handle.

Turning the first Fordite brush handle as a prototype wasn't a business decision. It was simply something we wanted to do. We didn't get paid to make it, and the handle isn't ours to sell. 

As stated in the linked blog post, it was something we first thought about doing in July or August of 2014. But we didn't have a source of suitable Fordite and pursued Ebonite instead. This was a great opportunity to scratch an old itch. We'll see where it goes from here. There is no plan. We just thought it was worth sharing.

Hi Ken. I apologize if it sounded like I was calling this a business decision. What I meant was that looking for materials to work with that no one else is offering could lead to you selling unique products at a profit. There is nothing wrong with that. It is intelligent business. My opinion on this particular handle is pretty much irrelevant if a hundred others are saying that they love it. Please don't get that opinion wrong, either. I love your brushes, and mean no disrespect, but you already have a number of materials that I prefer over this.

I also admire you working with something just for your own enjoyment and not in the pursuit of profit.

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 01-19-2019, 01:31 PM
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(01-19-2019, 01:19 PM)Puma Wrote: Hi Ken. I apologize if it sounded like I was calling this a business decision. What I meant was that looking for materials to work with that no one else is offering could lead to you selling unique products at a profit. There is nothing wrong with that. It is intelligent business. My opinion on this particular handle is pretty much irrelevant if a hundred others are saying that they love it. Please don't get that opinion wrong, either. I love your brushes, and mean no disrespect, but you already have a number of materials that I prefer over this.

I also admire you working with something just for your own enjoyment and not in the pursuit of profit.

No offense taken and certainly no apology due. I just wanted to make clear what was (still is) behind the choice to make this particular handle. I'd guess not everyone read the linked post.

FWIW, I'd much rather turn any of the materials we already work with than Fordite. I think the result we achieved is stunning. But I do not like machining this stuff.

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 01-19-2019, 01:39 PM
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That. Is. Awesome.

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 01-19-2019, 02:15 PM
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  • Puma
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(01-19-2019, 01:31 PM)Paladin Shaving Wrote: FWIW, I'd much rather turn any of the materials we already work with than Fordite.

Yeah. It sounds like it's got a powerful stench. Worse than ebonite I'd guess.

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