10-27-2019, 12:14 PM
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  • bijou
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For some unknown reason, I went looking through a few (of the many) boxes of shaving items that I had stored away, items that had been replaced with new purchases, put away and forgotten. Well in my digging through one of the boxes I came across this Brad Sears handle with one of the first Envy White 2 band knots. I remembered the brush as being very nice, but it was replaced in my rotation with a new purchase, and since it hadn't been used for long while I had forgotten its personality.

I took it out and the next morning lathered it up and had myself a wonderful shave. I had become so used to the newer more dense knots that I now use that I had forgotten about the beauty of this brush. This knot is 27 x 54 with very nice backbone for this loft, not overly dense, beautiful feel with soft tips, nice flow through in swirling and brush strokes, what a treat.

I think I got this knot 2015-2016 and at the time I was delighted with how nice this knot was. I really liked it which led me to go and purchase a few more but was told by Nathan that his first batch was sold out and I would have to wait for his new order of knots to arrive. When they came in Nathan got back to me in-which I purchased 2 more a fan and bulb. To my dismay they were not the same knots as in the first batch, they had the same characteristics as his first initial knots except the tips were scitchy. I got rid of the scritchy brushes and later as I put another brush into my rotation I put the Brad Sears away well, until the other day.

Brad Sears Bronze Gonzo (handle 54 tall) 27 x 54 early Envy White 2 band. 

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 10-27-2019, 12:42 PM
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Nice post.  I too have some less dense brushes that I like very much.

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 10-27-2019, 12:45 PM
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very nice and unique looking brush!

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 10-27-2019, 06:10 PM
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I had an Envy White 2 band knot which was too scritchy to keep.  You're fortunate to have one from the earlier batch, and that Brad Sears Gonzo handle is very nice.

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 10-28-2019, 03:40 AM
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I’ve several brushes that fell out of my rotation, inexplicably, until recently.  When I started using them again I couldn’t believe how good they were.  I’m still puzzled as to why I stopped using them and really glad that I didn’t sell any of them.

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 10-28-2019, 05:35 AM
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(10-27-2019, 06:10 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: I had an Envy White 2 band knot which was too scritchy to keep.  You're fortunate to have one from the earlier batch, and that Brad Sears Gonzo handle is very nice.

Thanks, I feel pretty lucky. I purchased another Envy a year later and it was the same as my 2nd purchase sctitchy. This excellent knot really worked out well in the Gonzo handle. The thing is I'm sure many of us have some excellent items that we put away and kind of forgotten about them.

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 10-28-2019, 07:35 AM
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That's a nice looking brush!

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 10-28-2019, 11:45 AM
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(10-28-2019, 07:35 AM)Max Sprecher Wrote: That's a nice looking brush!

thanks

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 10-28-2019, 12:42 PM
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Great photo 14th and Union Square - NYC

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 10-28-2019, 01:09 PM
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  • chazt
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Sweet brush. The heel bevel looks smooth and comfortable and the knot is very nicely shaped as well. Quite bulbulous. It also seems to have some decent loft. I’ll bet it’s firm but not too, with soft tips and lather flow from here until the sun comes up. Enjoy your brush, Steven. Thanks for sharing Smile

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 10-30-2019, 02:30 PM
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  • BSWoodturning
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Blast from the past.  Our records show it was turned as a custom brush in mid-2015.  That's the original Gonzo pattern which we  designed the previous year. Glad you're enjoying it.

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 10-30-2019, 05:14 PM
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(10-30-2019, 02:30 PM)BSWoodturning Wrote: Blast from the past.  Our records show it' was turned a custom brush in mid-2015.  That's the original Gonzo pattern designed the previous year. Glad you're enjoying it.

It's a lovely handle, I just received the re-knot you did for me in the knight handle with your new estate series knot, I will start using it next week. Thanks  Brad

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 10-31-2019, 02:49 AM
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(10-30-2019, 05:14 PM)bijou Wrote:
(10-30-2019, 02:30 PM)BSWoodturning Wrote: Blast from the past.  Our records show it' was turned a custom brush in mid-2015.  That's the original Gonzo pattern designed the previous year. Glad you're enjoying it.

It's a lovely handle, I just received the re-knot you did for me in the knight handle with your new estate series knot, I will start using it next week. Thanks  Brad


You’re quite welcome. We will also welcome your feedback on the Estate Series knot.


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