02-10-2013, 12:41 PM
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  • vferdman
  • Artisan
  • Western Massachusetts
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I was given a handle a little while ago that was in two parts and in need of a knot. The original knot was cut off, but the setting and the stubble of the old hair was left in tact. This was a rubber set pure badger knot. The rubber setting closely followed the shape of the top part of the brush (the black part), but was loose and not attached to anything. I flipped it upside down, trimmed the hair stubble a little more to reduce the total height of the rubber mound. Flipping it upside down produced a perfectly flat rubber surface that I then made into a shelf for the new knot. I used 5 minute epoxy to set the upside down rubber puck and the top part of the handle to the bottom, which was also hollow and filled with what looked like gypsum. Fairly heavy white clay-type of stuff that was poured into the hollow handle at the time of manufacture to add integrity and weight. Very nicely done. I am not sure what the plastic material is, but it smelled a bit of celluloid when I was working it with my rotary tool to open up the knot hole. Pretty thin, but still very strong plastic. Has a very nice smooth feel in hand. If anyone knows what this brush is all about, please let me know. The bottom of the handle has the same black plastic as the top and makes for a very nice accent that I have not seen before. The handle shape is very comfortable and the whole thing is just... well, neat.

I used an 18mm TGN two band finest knot, that did not specify XH (their 20mm knots and bigger are specified as XH - extra hair), but it's plenty dense and I really wanted a brush that will not be as dense as the TGN XH finest are. I aimed for a brush with excellent flow through and decent backbone, which two band naturally provides without as much density. I have used this brush in its maiden voyage today to face lather some Cella (I use a scuttle to keep the brush warm, but I face lather) and I am very, very pleased with this brush. This one can easily become my go-to badger, but it still needs a bit of break-in as two bands do.

The final measurements I ended up with: Knot - 21mm, loft - 46, Handle - 52mm (total brush length - 98mm)

   

   

   

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 02-10-2013, 01:49 PM
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  • mikeperry
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  • St Louis via the UK
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Hi

Very nice job on the restoration Thumbsup

The bloom on the 2-Band finest looks excellent!

Take care, Mike

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 02-10-2013, 05:23 PM
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I can't be positive of course but my strong set brush I just finished was made the same way. It had a thin outer shell the same color as yours(the cream colored area) that was filled with a very fine dense plaster of some kind.
You can see it in this section if you would like. Page two by now I'm sure.

Beautiful restoration you have done!

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 02-11-2013, 09:50 AM
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  • vferdman
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  • Western Massachusetts
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(02-10-2013, 05:23 PM)Nickadermis Wrote: I can't be positive of course but my strong set brush I just finished was made the same way. It had a thin outer shell the same color as yours(the cream colored area) that was filled with a very fine dense plaster of some kind.
You can see it in this section if you would like. Page two by now I'm sure.

Beautiful restoration you have done!

Thanks, but I think you forgot the link.

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