Klaus it is quite odd that your knots smell so bad. I use one from the first day I got them and it does not smell at all, and all my other customers have not complained either. Could it be the smell is coming from the antler and not from the knot??Hi Rudy,
last year I got two of your Manchurians and although they had the worst stench EVER, I kept using them after trying all the usual remedies (shampoo, conditioner, dish liquid, Tabak soap overnight, borax). Still if rinsing with warm water and smelling the knot up close, some of the funk is still there. In actual use lathering it's not a problem anymore.
More importantly the two brushes with the Manchurian 2-band knots have become my "looking forward to use" brushes in my rotation (18). Strangely the brushes became slightly less floppy with more mileage. They were a little soft when wet initially and got even better backbone over time.
They surpassed a couple of TGN 2-bands easily and also a Shavemac D2 in terms of fun to use. They are actually pretty close to my 2 M&F "blonde" badgers. Which tells something about these Manchurians. I will need to get my hands on more antler material and then I will contact you again for some custom work.
Here one of them: