07-25-2019, 04:11 AM
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It’s hard to say exactly when Paladin Shaving started. The 2013 Morris & Forndran Chief group buy on Badger & Blade was a seminal experience. A first CAD drawing of the PK-47 was completed in September 2013. We made a road trip to Holmen, Wisconsin (north of La Crosse) in January 2014 to acquire our first CNC lathe (an Austrian-made, 25-year-old, bench-top machine). We came out as Dark Holler Design Works on Badger & Blade in August 2014 and incorporated as an LLC under that name in December of the same year. But from our perspective, what was to become Paladin Shaving first took firm root in July of 2014. That’s when serious work toward production of our first batch of brushes in collaboration with Lee Sabini began. It’s also when we chose “Paladin” as a name. Those developments came about as a direct result of successfully turning the first PK-47 prototype handle, which happened on July 4, 2014. Lift-off wasn’t immediate, but as viewed with the benefit of hindsight, that event clearly effected ignition.

The first PK-47 prototype was turned from acrylic rod produced in Iowa. We ended up purchasing the remnants of another party's custom order and eventually dubbed that material Indigo. Fittingly, the handles we created for this special edition were all made from that stock (same order). We like it a lot, but it’s tricky to work with, so we’ve used it sparingly.

In medieval French legend, the paladins were the twelve closest companions of Charlemagne, comparable to the Knights of the Round Table in Arthurian legend. The classic western TV series Have Gun Will Travel (1957-1963) followed the adventures of a roving gunfighter who went by the name Paladin and whose calling card bore the image of a knight chess piece. We selected a related image for the backside engraving on this special edition of Indigo PK-47s.

We had envisioned doing something on a larger scale in celebration of Paladin Shaving’s (and the PK-47’s) fifth anniversary; however, we’re currently engaged in a major move that hasn’t left much time for anything else over the past couple of months. For what it’s worth, these brushes are the last (i.e., there won’t be any more) Paladins with handles turned, knotted, and photographed in the original Dark Holler Design Works shop in our home, where the first PK-47 prototype (shown below) was also made. This may be a relatively small offering, but it has considerable significance for us. 

See https://www.paladinshaving.com/pages/special-events for details.

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 07-25-2019, 04:57 AM
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Beautiful brush, Ken. Thank you for the note about Shopify.

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 07-25-2019, 05:11 AM
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(07-25-2019, 04:57 AM)primotenore Wrote: Beautiful brush, Ken. 

Thanks!

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 07-25-2019, 06:03 AM
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  • bullgoose
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Outstanding! I need to set an alarm for this one.

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 07-25-2019, 06:14 AM
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Beautiful... Congrats on 5 years Ken!  Hoping I get lucky enough to grab one I've enjoyed watching you and your family grow your brand and reputation since the first round of KC-London brushes became a reality.  That and the PK47 is the best handle made in my opinion.

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 07-25-2019, 02:56 PM
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I, too, am a fan of the PK-47 and that engraving is amazing. Between that one and the Vesuvius scene you guys did I am speechless (almost). No one else in the business is doing anything like it.

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 07-25-2019, 04:35 PM
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Beautiful brush

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 07-25-2019, 05:47 PM
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Exceptional offering Ken.  For me, the Chief and PK-47 remain the most elegant Paladin handles.

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 07-26-2019, 03:12 AM
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  • Sully
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Amazing work Ken.  I'll set an alarm and hope for the best.

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 07-26-2019, 05:32 AM
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another milestone well earned.  your dedication to detail is shown repeatedly in your products.  A large part of my delight with wet shaving comes from your brushes.  and yes my original pk 47 is still my favorite.

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 07-26-2019, 12:13 PM
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Thanks all for the kind comments!

(07-26-2019, 05:32 AM)daveinsweethome Wrote: ... A large part of my delight with wet shaving comes from your brushes.  and yes my original pk 47 is still my favorite.

Nice to hear.

From our website:

WE ARE PASSION-DRIVEN DESIGNER-MAKERS OF FINE SHAVING BRUSHES. OUR PURPOSE IS TO CREATE AND OFFER TO THE WET-SHAVING COMMUNITY PRODUCTS OF THE KIND AND QUALITY WE WANT FOR OURSELVES. OUR MISSION IS TO ELEVATE THE EXPERIENCE OUR CUSTOMERS DERIVE FROM SHAVING.

Those aren't just words.

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 07-28-2019, 11:04 AM
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  • w_mcnabb
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Well congrats on successful sale Ken and everyone who got one.  I was too slow unfortunately. 2:01 and paypal routed me back to an empty cart. Bummer that indigo is stunning

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 07-28-2019, 11:05 AM
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wow...I watched as a spectator....was all over inside of a minute

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 07-28-2019, 11:07 AM
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(07-28-2019, 11:05 AM)Tester28 Wrote: wow...I watched as a spectator....was all over inside of a minute

More like 30 seconds!

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 07-28-2019, 11:14 AM
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So excited, Got lucky enough to get one. Cant wait!!!

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 07-28-2019, 11:19 AM
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(07-28-2019, 11:04 AM)w_mcnabb Wrote: Well congrats on successful sale Ken and everyone who got one.  I was too slow unfortunately. 2:01 and paypal routed me back to an empty cart. Bummer that indigo is stunning

I had the same experience..
Congratulations new owners..

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 07-28-2019, 02:42 PM
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(07-28-2019, 11:19 AM)morecolor Wrote:
(07-28-2019, 11:04 AM)w_mcnabb Wrote: Well congrats on successful sale Ken and everyone who got one.  I was too slow unfortunately. 2:01 and paypal routed me back to an empty cart. Bummer that indigo is stunning

I had the same experience..
Congratulations new owners..
Not I.

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 07-28-2019, 02:43 PM
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(07-28-2019, 11:04 AM)w_mcnabb Wrote: Well congrats on successful sale Ken and everyone who got one.  I was too slow unfortunately. 2:01 and paypal routed me back to an empty cart. Bummer that indigo is stunning
Didn't have that issue.

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 07-28-2019, 04:49 PM
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  • w_mcnabb
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Good primo happy for you! I just want them cherished not flipped I'm lucky enough to own some Paladins so no sour grapes from me. Looking forward to your sotd shots featuring it!

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 07-28-2019, 07:20 PM
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Congratulations to Paladin and all those who were able to acquire one.  To those not so lucky, there will be other superb Paladin offerings.

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