Our Cheetah Brushes are carefully selected from our production line, but sometimes there are brushes that don't perfectly meet spec. We have completed our Cheetah Series limited sets, and what remains are considered Factory 2nds. (Currently, we are preparing our Sierra Series set and may reintroduce an upgraded version of the Cheetah Series down the line, but until then if you had your heart set on the Cheetah's, Factory 2nds will be your best bet.)
Issues that occur such as glue overflows, convex pressure points too thin or missing entirely (causing a loose fitting), chips in the lacquered wood handle, smudged logo and/or brush #, crimps in the ferrule, dents and/or scratches in ferrule, dents in the cover handle, slight angle off-setting/gluing of the brush end.
One or all of these possible imperfections may be contained in each brush, but all brushes within our Factory 2nds will have intact brush tufts that will perform for many years with proper care.
All faux-leather cases are perfectly intact with only a tiny fraction of loose ring fittings for the lanyard hole. (1 out 40 experienced this issue, but we do hand-check all Factory 2nds before shipment.)
Our final inspection before shipment ensures brush tufts are resealed in new gum arabic to maintain their points until they’re in your hands. On occasion there may be remnants of gum arabic left on the ferrule, that can easily be wiped off upon first use with water (or alcohol/cleaner if the buildup is persistent).
Bottom line, most Factory 2nd customers have trouble spotting these particular issues listed above without a keen eye and have been pleased with their brush sets.
We hope you will enjoy using your Cheetah Series - Factory 2nds sets for many years of adventures!
[ IMPORTANT: Factory 2nds brushes will be shipped in the faux-leather case alone inside a Poly bag with no canister.
To prevent any possible mixup of our Factory 2nds brush sets potentially being resold as originals, we have chosen to remove the canister from all Factory 2nds units.
All Sales are FINAL... unless you experience some serious defect you feel is outside the range of the description above, otherwise contact us immediately and we can provide a remedy.]