08-15-2020, 07:04 AM
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I'm sorry...


I recently acquired a Paladin PK-47 with a 2CLNL6 knot. I cannot tell you just how perfect I find this brush and knot from a performance standpoint. It has just the right backbone and incredible softness I was looking for. I also think it's looks amazing. I'll probably never part with it.

That said, I can tell you that there is a color scheme and material (Ebonite), that I would consider chasing as a sort of "ultimate Paladin" for me. I may wait and wait for the opportunity to strike, but one thing is giving me pause. This darn issue of knots and knot codes. I have seen some reference that the 2CLNL6 knot is a particularly good one. I have no idea. I would hate to wait for a particular handle to become available, only to be disappointed by the knot that's in it.

I guess my real question is if the knots vary to such a meaningful degree that it really matters. My gut tells me that the answer is no, and that I'd be happy with anything this (amazing) group puts out. Paladin's transparency may work against them in that it's just not that big a deal. But perhaps somebody here with more experience can speak to this issue!!

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 08-15-2020, 07:44 AM
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From one Paladin Ebonite chaser to another--I have owned three, currently own two Paladin Ebonite brushes, I can confirm to you with confidence that only the best hand-selected knots are set into a Paladin Ebonite brush.

A 26MM Lee Sabini/Morris & Forndran Finest Badger fan knot in my Denim Blue Ebonite PK-47 and a 28MM2CLSE5 Select Badger Semi-bulb in the Cumberland Honey Ebonite High Rise Beehive.

In the end, the chase for a Paladin Ebonite brush is well worth it. They're the best brushes in the business, in my honest opinion.[Image: fa7ef4a72aab5feeb3e9ece9a9287311.jpg][Image: 0f9a8ddb6f0e9193172f9035e6c3b259.jpg]

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 08-15-2020, 08:40 AM
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  • garyg
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I've read the various comparisons of the different Paladin knots, including Ken's descriptions.  And I've had a number of his brushes going back to the original Chief that started the business off, up to and including a couple in Ebonite.    My face isn't that sensitive that I notice the nuances of the badger; I'm sure they are there but this old mug just knows they all to date have been superb.  I don't think Ken would release anything with a less than stellar knot.

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 08-18-2020, 04:48 PM
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  • Niro884
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  • Stoney Creek, Ontario CANADA
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(08-15-2020, 07:44 AM)FABarbuto Wrote: From one Paladin Ebonite chaser to another--I have owned three, currently own two Paladin Ebonite brushes, I can confirm to you with confidence that only the best hand-selected knots are set into a Paladin Ebonite brush.  

A 26MM Lee Sabini/Morris & Forndran Finest Badger fan knot in my Denim Blue Ebonite PK-47 and a 28MM2CLSE5 Select Badger Semi-bulb in the Cumberland Honey Ebonite High Rise Beehive.

In the end, the chase for a Paladin Ebonite brush is well worth it.  They're the best brushes in the business, in my honest opinion.[Image: fa7ef4a72aab5feeb3e9ece9a9287311.jpg][Image: 0f9a8ddb6f0e9193172f9035e6c3b259.jpg]

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I could not agree more; Paladin is on another level. I know some chase the other premium brushes like Declaration and Wiborg and for good reason; they make nice brushes. But Paladin offers the best selection and overall quality/craftsmanship of any.  I've owned and sold all the best. I have only used Paladin on a daily basis for the last couple of years.  No regrets!

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 08-18-2020, 05:05 PM
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(08-15-2020, 07:44 AM)FABarbuto Wrote: From one Paladin Ebonite chaser to another--I have owned three, currently own two Paladin Ebonite brushes, I can confirm to you with confidence that only the best hand-selected knots are set into a Paladin Ebonite brush.  

A 26MM Lee Sabini/Morris & Forndran Finest Badger fan knot in my Denim Blue Ebonite PK-47 and a 28MM2CLSE5 Select Badger Semi-bulb in the Cumberland Honey Ebonite High Rise Beehive.

In the end, the chase for a Paladin Ebonite brush is well worth it.  They're the best brushes in the business, in my honest opinion.[Image: fa7ef4a72aab5feeb3e9ece9a9287311.jpg][Image: 0f9a8ddb6f0e9193172f9035e6c3b259.jpg]

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Damn it Frank i am crying here.  blue denim of course

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 08-18-2020, 05:21 PM
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never owned a paladin that i didn't like.  Ken just seems to nail it.

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 08-19-2020, 04:58 AM
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  • German
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Paladin knots of the "6th generation" have become very consistent in feel and quality. I view all of them as excellent (regardless if the are As, Bs, Gs, Js, Ls). My personal preference are the J6 and L6 knots. Luckily I was able to score about half a dozen of those...  Smile

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 08-19-2020, 06:02 AM
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All of the knots from Paladin that I have tried have been exceptional. From the L2s to the latest, you really can’t go wrong.

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 08-21-2020, 10:33 AM
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  • Niro884
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(08-19-2020, 06:02 AM)chiefthunder Wrote: All of the knots from Paladin that I have tried have been exceptional. From the L2s to the latest, you really can’t go wrong.

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Very impressive collection Jorge!

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