01-25-2013, 12:51 PM
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I received my first official custom brush by Gary Carrington in Monday's mail. First, let me say I love this brush!

Gary and I have been talking about synthetic brushes and brush design and restoration for some time. We both continue to follow synthetic manufacturing developments, and he knows I have not used a natural brush in years.

I've been tempted to re-try good quality badgers, and Gary's offer to build one for me was something I jumped at. Together, we talked about knot and handle selection, and my preferences for color, stain, finish, weight, balance, size and loft. I wanted a medium stain in a dusty-rose/walnut color. I like the look of natural wood grain. I prefer a solid heft in a mid-sized handle. The brush specs:

·Knot: ACE Shaving 25mm high-density (24.5 mm actual size)
·Loft: 49mm
·Stain: Custom
·Finish: 3 coats polyurethane + 1 coat cyanoacrylate (CA)

It's been some time since I used a natural badger, let alone a silvertip. I had nearly forgotten about what they are like compared to synths. Remarkably soft and luxurious. Different backbone (a little softer) and an amazing bloom.

Here are a few photos. The first is of the new brush as I received it from Gary. The second was taken after a single use, while the brush was still damp. The photo below compares the new brush to a Mühle 23mm V2 (with over 100 uses) to the brush after a single use.

I really like the medallion detail on the bottom. It adds another touch of class.

No wonder so many shavers like naturals!

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 01-25-2013, 01:05 PM
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Jim, I am glad you are enjoying this brush!

Thanks for letting me make one for you!

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 01-25-2013, 09:14 PM
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  • tgutc
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Very nice Sir!

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 01-26-2013, 03:57 PM
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  • Teiste
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Those ACE shaving silvertip knots seems to be of a good quality indeed.Enjoy it , Jim !

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 01-26-2013, 09:29 PM
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Looks lovely! Enjoy the brush.

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 01-26-2013, 11:31 PM
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(01-25-2013, 01:05 PM)GDCarrington Wrote: Jim, I am glad you are enjoying this brush!

Thanks for letting me make one for you!
I am next.......Biggrin

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 01-27-2013, 05:57 AM
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(01-26-2013, 11:31 PM)alex2363 Wrote:
(01-25-2013, 01:05 PM)GDCarrington Wrote: Jim, I am glad you are enjoying this brush!

Thanks for letting me make one for you!
I am next.......Biggrin

I have go one of the handles ready to go!

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