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Handguard comparison: RS and Karins

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I had a chance to compare RS handguards, Karins white rubber, and Karins latex handguards. The RS ones are attached to gloves. The white rubber ones are slightly whiter and glossier. Both latex ones have a matte paint.

 

Flash on with RS drop boxes for color comparison.  From Left to Right:  Karin's Latex, White Rubber, and RS handguards:
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Flash off:
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Karin's Latex on bottom, White Rubber to the side:

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The rest of the pictures are comparing Karin's Latex handguards to the RS handguards (which are attached to gloves).  The White Rubber ones appear to have an identical cast to the Latex, so no need to compare them anymore.  Here, Karin's Latex handguards are resting on top of the RS handguards to show the differences in length and angles.  I moved Karin's around so you could see the edges of both guards.  Karin's are a couple millimeters longer though (from knuckle to wrist).
 

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Karin's handguards have a rounded knuckle, whereas RS's handguards have a straight knuckle.  Karin's have the knuckles dremeled out underneath, but RS's is flat.

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Karins on left:
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Karin's is on the left again.  The width here at the knuckle is the most noticeable difference IMO.

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Side of the Handguards.  Karin's are thicker, especially closer to the knuckles.  Ignore the Curve of the RS; that is from the glue holding it to the glove.

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Sorry for the less than stellar pics, but I think they show the differences well enough. I hope this helps someone make a purchasing decision. :-)

 

The key differences I noticed were that Karin's handguards (compared to RS) are:

- Thicker overall, especially near the knuckles (viewed from side)

- Round Knuckles (viewed from top)

- Slightly longer (finger to wrist)

- Less defined detail line near the thumb (viewed from top)

- Rounded corners and edges

 

The key differences I noticed with the White Rubber Handguards (compared to Latex) are:

- More flexible (in a bending fashion)

- Semi-gloss (Latex uses a Matte or eggshell type paint)

- Slicker (hard to paint due to silicone)

- a shade whiter

 

Of course there are some differences between Latex and Silicone materials as well, but I'll let our friend Google explain that.

Edited by Kilryth

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can you outline exactly which is where?

the photos look interesting.

 

can you give us your review between them?

a set of descriptions per photo?

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Sorry for the short description.  I was on my phone, and it was tedious enough switching between apps to post the IMG links. :D

 

I'm updating the first post with a bit more description now. :)

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I have to agree with Karin on this point, until some good original photos are released. They're both very good handguards. If you want a slimmer guard with more linear shapes, go RS. If you want a thicker one with more variation in it, Go with Karins.

 

I think more time and thought was placed into the moulding of Karins, judging by the detail.. but perhaps RS had access to an original.. And the original nay have been more plain. I don't know for sure

 

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I don't want to turn this into a lenghty accuracy discussion, but I think this points should bev considered:

 

 

No set of hand guards was the same in ANH.

 

+) amount of latex poured in: more latex, thicker hand guards.

+) level of the mold: thicker or thinner on one end

+) mold wear: after a few pulls, the mold wears out; chunks missing, rough surface, etc

 

+mold flash: latex is a non-wetting fluid.

 

            if you just pour it in, it produces a convexe surface, with no flash. > Thin edges (like RS above)

 

 

            if you wet the edges of the mold, it produces a concave surface, with flash, almost like a "return edge" see this famous pic:

 

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+) latex shrinkage: depending on humididty, temperature, etc. latex shrinks between 5 and 10%

 

+) I'm convinced there were at least 2 different molds of standard hand gaurds (+ 1 alternative style). 

 

    a) one with somewhat round front

    B) "straighter" front, pinky finger part a little wider

 

 

(Gee, after 4 years, Icould major in latex hand guards)

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusio: if you like a particular set of hand guards and the price is right for you, get it. If not, don't. 

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Once again Karin demonstrates why she has an Achievement Award. I don't think anyone knows more on the subject than she does :salute:

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Thanks, Paul :)

 

But I must point out, that before me Stormtrooper_guy and R2Dan made latex hand guards, and in the past 4 years I got lots of encouragement, help and input from other members here.

 

 

 

My salutes to them!

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One stupid question, is there any hand guard that survived?

 

Eric

 

 

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And even if there was a real one, one would have to sculpt a new master sculpt because of the shrinkage of latex.

 

Latex is durable, but degrades soon if not properly cared for.

 

Why do you think they made new versions for ESB?

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And even if there was a real one, one would have to sculpt a new master sculpt because of the shrinkage of latex.

 

Latex is durable, but degrades soon if not properly cared for.

 

Why do you think they made new versions for ESB?

To be honnest, I never thought of why they changed the model loll. But it does make alot of sense.

 

I could figure that with time, the latex would pretty much become sand.

 

Could the rubber ones last longer or they will end up by drying and cracking too as fast as the latex one? (Pure curiosity, I love my latex one from you)

 

 

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If exposed to oxygen, fatty acids and sunlight latex degrades soon. But that doesn't happen over night.

I have a set of latex guards on my balcony, unprotected, lying on my balcony for 3 years now. No significant damage so far .

 

(Costumes on every movie production endure a lot of abuse. Do you know the pic where the suits of armor were just thrown into bins? Heart breaking!)

 

Maybe the paint problem was another factor to make a new design.

 

My white rubber guards are mostly silicone. The only problem with them world be a slight discoloration over time if they are exposed to sunlight, smoke, etc.

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Do you know the pic where the suits of armor were just thrown into bins? Heart breaking!

Sadly or gladly, I never saw that picture.

 

Thanks for the answers Karin.

 

Eric

 

 

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