05-19-2013, 10:23 AM
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Hello mates. Here I introduce a brush that I just restored.

Model: 400-3 Made in USA.
Material: Aluminum.
Year: I would like to know exactly of what year is, but I have not managed to find out. It appears that barbers bought these brushes along with a spare set of knots. Thus changing the knot unscrewing the handle, I do not know if for each customer they had one knot, or not.
Original Hair: Bristle

After restoration:
Knot: The Golden Nib Finest Badger FAN type (Two band)
Diameter: 24 mm
Loft: 49.5 mm

Total height: 130.5 mm
Handle height: 81 mm (25 mm cap and rubber seal, plus 56 mm from the rest of the handle)

Cap diameter: 31 mm
Rim diameter: 34.5 mm
Smaller diameter: 21 mm
Major Diameter: 30.5 mm
Base diameter: 21.5 mm
Distance between fluted ridges: 15 mm approx.

Weight: 62 gr.

Beauty: Significant. I'm falling in love with "her".
Value: Very High. This would not have been possible without the collaboration of many great people. Several friends. The world is full of wonderful people and I have the good fortune to run into them.

I tell its story.

In February I started to see some pictures of a brush like this in the SOTD thread at Badger & Blade. The pictures were of Brian. Some wonderful pics. Made with great taste. Brian had opened a thread about the restoration of his brush in referring to another member who had inspired him, Gigster. I fell madly in love with the brush. I started looking. On ebay find them expensive, but I looked on ebay Spain. One day I asked Brian by PM if he could help me to find one brush at a good price. I thought he frequented the flea markets. He said he did not frequent the flea markets for lack of time, but now there was a direct purchase on ebay USA, at a reasonable price. I did not see it from ebay Spain because it was only for shipping to USA. He did buy it for me and managed to send it to Spain afterwards. Thanks Brian. I was not the only one who was in love with this brush. In the thread of Brian began to appear a legion of fans, and of course, the prices of the brushes on ebay skyrocketed. We were all competing like wolves. I wanted to get two more for my friends Proyet and UFO, but has not yet been possible at a good price.

When I had the brush, I removed the old hair and gave it a cleaning and disinfection. My friend Proyet undertook to restore the handle. He sanded and polished it with care. Thanks Proyet.

Well, slowly but surely, I started looking for colorful rubber gaskets. The rubber seal is not essential, but it gives a touch of color. Since I'm capricious, I wanted to have the brush with colors of Solanum Dulcamara flower, which are purple and yellow. For number, yellow enamel. But the rubber seal has been very difficult. I could not find anything. I asked in the thread of Brian, and Matt DeNicola said there was an O-ring on ebay, purple, one inch, that would be fine.

Days passed and I was ordering the knot while Proyet was restoring the handle. I decided the knot would be The Golden Nib Finest Badger 24mm FAN, I think it's a great knot. When I went to buy the O-ring, damn it, the seller only sent to USA, and ebay not even let me send a message to ask. So I got in touch with Matt and he has been kind enough to buy me a pair of O-rings and send them to me by mail. Also sent me some of his O-rings in other colors. Thanks Matt. This O-ring was so thick I could not screw the cap of the brush. So I decided to cut it in half, guided by the lines that had the O-ring itself. Fortunately Matt sent two units, because the first attempt was disastrous and I damaged the O-ring. In the second I got it right, with a cutter. I had to put the O-ring over a PVC tube with two rubber bands attached to the sides and make the surgery.

Meanwhile, with Proyet we met again for lunch and he returned the handle to me. Note that his work is excellent. It is impossible that craters disappear because the brush is old, and not only that, but it is likely to be casting bubbles, as he said some have appeared in sanding the material with sandpaper.

And with all the parts at home, the doubt was the loft. I was testing several measures. Initially I thought of 53 mm. So dry, the brush was very nice, but probably when wet it will be too opening. Then I went to 51 mm. Let thought so, but after a consultation with Luis, and Matt, I did try to 49.5 mm. And in the end decided to leave it to that loft. I think it's great for face lathering. So yesterday the glue. With standard Araldit to not be overwhelmed by setting time. This brush is glued from behind, and you have to be careful not to clog the thread with the epoxy. And leave enough height to screw the cap even without the rubber seal. Helping epoxy with a wire and gravity does the rest. I used masking tape to prevent staining of the knot, but the knot is tight. I put the tape protected knot inside a PVC pipe, leaving out the cap to hold it upright and able to work. This glue hardens completely in three days, and I will wait before using.

Well, here are some pictures. I have many more but I made a choice to not overwhelm you. Enjoy them.

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 05-19-2013, 10:31 AM
  • Agravic
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  • Pennsylvania, USA
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Beautiful, my friend!!!

Thank you for sharing the story behind this restoration ... this only adds to the immeasurable value of this unique item in your possession now.

Enjoy! Smile

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 05-19-2013, 10:43 AM
  • marcel
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That is a fantastic looking restore! I have the same handle lying in a cupboard, waiting for me.

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 05-19-2013, 10:54 AM
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Very classy indeed.

178 11,976
 05-19-2013, 12:45 PM
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That is a beautiful restoration.

Enjoy it!

1 2,827
 05-19-2013, 01:30 PM
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Juan, what a great looking brush, amigo-mio!
i can't wait to see it in your SOTD pics! Biggrin
Great job and enjoy the beautiful handle!

74 20,804
 05-19-2013, 01:39 PM
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Excellent work.
I need to finally finish mine....

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 05-19-2013, 03:27 PM
  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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Wonderful restoration Juan, congratulations and use in good health my friend.

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 05-19-2013, 05:07 PM
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Great story and result!

47 1,270
 05-21-2013, 12:32 AM
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Dr Dulcamara, congratulations on the result of the restoration
I'm looking forward to receiving a handle like this, to get down to work

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 05-22-2013, 12:37 PM
  • mikeperry
  • Senior Member
  • St Louis via the UK
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Hi Dr Dulcamara

I enjoyed the "story", plus the end result speaks for itself, the newly restored shaving brush looks first class Euro

Take care, Mike

23 1,872
 05-22-2013, 01:05 PM
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Absolutely wonderful!
Congratulations on this work!

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 05-22-2013, 01:12 PM
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Friends, yesterday I cleaned the brush with TarniShield for silver. It was brighter than in the pictures, shone like a star. This morning I used it for the first time.

I'm madly in love with "her". Her curves are perfect. To the touch, it feels soft and warm like the skin of a woman in her splendor. (Aluminum is thermal conductor). I think the romance will be durable and beautiful, mystical. Ah, I am a poet.

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 05-22-2013, 05:20 PM
  • JRod22
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  • Baltimore
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That's a great resto! I like how you documented all the steps out with both text explanation and pictures. Well done. I'm always too excited to stop and take pictures.

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 05-22-2013, 06:49 PM
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It is now a work of art Juan!
Congratulations on a job beautifully done.

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 05-25-2013, 11:16 AM
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I add the promised pics, after bloom.
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And the today's SOTD pic
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 05-25-2013, 11:41 AM
  • Agravic
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  • Pennsylvania, USA
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Beautiful, Juan! Enjoy! Biggrin

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 05-25-2013, 11:55 AM
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My friend, here a nice stainless steel stand for brush and razor. It is made by an spanish artisan metalworker.
The Rubberset 400-3 brush and The Cobra Classic Razor pose beautifully in it for the picture.
Take a look.

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 05-25-2013, 01:31 PM
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Juan, que hermosas coisas, amigo!
Just beautiful! Biggrin

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