Paladin® Barely Second™ Shaving Brushes have small – and in some cases virtually indistinguishable – imperfections. Each brush has been discounted to reflect our subjective assessment of its particular imperfection’s aesthetic significance.
After careful consideration and much discussion, we decided not to attempt verbal description or photographic representation of what accounts for any brush’s having been selected for offering as a barely second. Descriptions would be difficult, time-consuming, subjective (and, consequently, arguable). Photographs intended to clearly show imperfections would also be time-consuming and often require high-resolution images captured by use of a macro lens with exaggerated results. Our conclusion was to let customers just for themselves with the brush in hand. Upon receiving your barely-second Paladin shaving brush (and prior to use, please) carefully examine it as you would any Paladin shaving brush, and let us know if you’re not satisfied for any reason. We’ll accept prompt return of an unused brush with no fuss or hassle. "See our Warranty and Return Policies here."
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We introduced the first Paladin shaving brushes made with synthetic knots in September of 2020. Those knots were designated as either 3SSBA7s (all 3-band semi-bulbs) or 3SHYH7s (all 3-band hybrids). We subsequently commissioned the production of knots made with structurally similar synthetic fibers but simulating the appearance of 2-band badger hair. Those third batch knots are associated with the simplified code SYN-B3. We plan to carry forward that format (i.e., B3, B4, B5….) in assigning codes to synthetic knots in the future. Although we believe it’s unlikely that synthetic fibers will ever fully mimic the characteristics of badger hair, significant progress in that direction has been made over the past several years, and the fact is that synthetic knots can fairly be claimed to offer functional advantages as compared to knots made with badger hair. We will continue to strive for improvement as opportunities arise.