04-15-2019, 11:24 AM
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What are some of the best quality knots and sellers available to re-knot old handles? I'm interested primarily in badger but also boar and synthetic.

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 04-15-2019, 11:44 AM
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  • ddk13
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There are some wonderful knots out there right now.  Maggards is selling their SHD (super high density) two-bands.  I have a couple and love them.  They perform just like any of my high end brushes.  That Darn Rob, and Grizzly Bay also offer a similar knot called the Fanchurian.  And there's also Turn'n Shave Tip Knots (both fan and bulb), either are a great choice.  I know John at Grizzly bay also offers synthetic as well as boar.  Another vendor who sells all kinds of knots would be The Golden Nib.  At one time I believe their boar knots were sourced from Omega.  Not sure if they still are.  Although the badger knots from TGN are okay, I find the others mentioned have a much better density and are considerably softer.

Someone else will need to chime in here as I haven't had anyone re-knot a handle for me since Doug Korn a few years back and I believe he's taking some time off right now from brushes.

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 04-15-2019, 12:07 PM
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Thank you! I've also heard good things about the Thater boar brush. Do you know if they sell the knot only?

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 04-15-2019, 01:04 PM
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(04-15-2019, 11:44 AM)ddk13 Wrote: There are some wonderful knots out there right now.  Maggards is selling their SHD (super high density) two-bands.  I have a couple and love them.  They perform just like any of my high end brushes.  That Darn Rob, and Grizzly Bay also offer a similar knot called the Fanchurian.  And there's also Turn'n Shave Tip Knots (both fan and bulb), either are a great choice.  I know John at Grizzly bay also offers synthetic as well as boar.  Another vendor who sells all kinds of knots would be The Golden Nib.  At one time I believe their boar knots were sourced from Omega.  Not sure if they still are.  Although the badger knots from TGN are okay, I find the others mentioned have a much better density and are considerably softer.

Someone else will need to chime in here as I haven't had anyone re-knot a handle for me since Doug Korn a few years back and I believe he's taking some time off right now from brushes.

The Maggard knots are sold out.

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 04-15-2019, 01:13 PM
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I checked and it looks like they don't have the SHD in a bulb.

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 04-15-2019, 01:20 PM
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(04-15-2019, 01:13 PM)Bullyson Wrote: I checked and it looks like they don't have the SHD in a bulb.

They have some coming soon in the next fews weeks, perhaps before the end of the month!

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 04-15-2019, 03:13 PM
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TurnNShave has both fan and bulb in 26mm on Etsy.

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 04-15-2019, 04:31 PM
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That Darn Rob sells 26mm Fanchurian knots which may be the best value in shaving at $50.  They are simply fantastic.  He also has a High Mountain White knot that is quite good also. 

Depending on your budget, you can't go wrong with sending a handle into Declaration Grooming and purchase their knotting service for a hand tied knot, custom fitted to your handle.

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 04-15-2019, 05:47 PM
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I've tried numerous knots from  various vendors over the years.  I find the knots offered by Bob Quinn/Elite Razor to be the best.

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 04-15-2019, 06:22 PM
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I’ll check out all recommended here. Has anyone tried the Thater boar?

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 04-15-2019, 06:24 PM
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Believe the cognoscenti will favour DG

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 04-16-2019, 03:27 AM
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I just ordered a 24mm Finest knot from Bob Quinn at Elite Razor. 

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 04-16-2019, 03:30 AM
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(04-15-2019, 05:47 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: I've tried numerous knots from  various vendors over the years.  I find the knots offered by Bob Quinn/Elite Razor to be the best.

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 04-16-2019, 03:39 AM
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(04-16-2019, 03:27 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: I just ordered a 24mm Finest knot from Bob Quinn at Elite Razor. 

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Very nice!

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 04-16-2019, 04:35 AM
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From L to R-TurnNShave, TurnNShave, Grizzly Bay and Maggard SHD.
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 04-16-2019, 04:48 AM
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(04-16-2019, 04:35 AM)ddk13 Wrote: From L to R-TurnNShave, TurnNShave, Grizzly Bay and Maggard SHD.
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Which one of those fan knots has the softest tips with good backbone set at what loft?

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 04-16-2019, 05:22 AM
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All the knots are 26mm.  The fans happen to be the softest.  All three fans are pretty close in softness, but the TurnNShave and Maggard both seem more plush to me.  The density of the Maggards is spot on and is set right around 50mm.  The TurnNShave is at 52mm, and I would've preferred it to be right at 50mm.  The TurnNShave and Grizzly are both starting to exhibit gelling so my preference may change.  But right now the Maggard is so plush and well balanced I would say it edges out the other two just barely.

Both TurnNShave bulbs I have are very soft.  Of the bulb knots I've bought, VS, TGN, TurnNShave, Elite and Envy I give a thumbs up to TurnNShave.  Not quite as dense as Envy, but much softer.  If I compared them to an Elite knot I would say they are softer and denser.  As far as VS and TGN, they're not in the same league.

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 04-16-2019, 06:06 AM
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(04-16-2019, 05:22 AM)ddk13 Wrote: All the knots are 26mm.  The fans happen to be the softest.  All three fans are pretty close in softness, but the TurnNShave and Maggard both seem more plush to me.  The density of the Maggards is spot on and is set right around 50mm.  The TurnNShave is at 52mm, and I would've preferred it to be right at 50mm.  The TurnNShave and Grizzly are both starting to exhibit gelling so my preference may change.  But right now the Maggard is so plush and well balanced I would say it edges out the other two just barely.

Both TurnNShave bulbs I have are very soft.  Of the bulb knots I've bought, VS, TGN, TurnNShave, Elite and Envy I give a thumbs up to TurnNShave.  Not quite as dense as Envy, but much softer.  If I compared them to an Elite knot I would say they are softer and denser.  As far as VS and TGN, they're not in the same league.
Thank you

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 04-16-2019, 09:57 AM
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(04-15-2019, 06:22 PM)Bullyson Wrote: I’ll check out all recommended here. Has anyone tried the Thater boar?

I have used a Thater Boar.  Great handle/ergonomics, but it is a little more floppy than other boars I have tried.

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 04-24-2019, 01:26 AM
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(04-15-2019, 01:13 PM)Bullyson Wrote: I checked and it looks like they don't have the SHD in a bulb.

I used 26mm High mountain knots from dscosmetic ,I think it is the best knots.very soft and have good backbone.It is real natural and not be bleached.they alse sell other badger and synthetic  in Aliexpress store.


You can have a look,maybe you will find you like one.

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