This may be sacrilege for Semogue boar fans, but my Semogue 1250 never quite did it for me, though I loved the handle. So I removed the knot, retaining the aluminum ring, which was no small challenge, because the ring is the top of the cup that holds the boar knot. I glued in a TGN 18mm silvertip Grade A knot. The loft is set at 46mm. Yes, I could have bought a Semogue badger, but I really like the TGN Grade A knots. I'm happy with the result and am going to try this tomorrow.