08-15-2013, 09:10 PM
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Oh did I screw up!

I found this beautiful old Rubberset 153 brush that I've been planning on restoring for the last 6 months but never got around to it. I was planning on either a TGN Finest or a WD synthetic.

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Then last night my son finally told me he was ready to start shaving. We had talked about it a few times before and I had told him to let me know when he was ready and I'd get him set up. So now he's ready and I'm excited to get his first kit put together.

I didn't want to overwhelm the kid so we started with just the razor. I asked if he wanted something brand new, or something vintage. His response? "I don't care, Dad, I just don't want to cut myself". LOL! Ok, so I'm thinking either a Tech or an adjustable. I show him both and he's drawn to the Slim. He thinks it's pretty cool how the doors open and likes the idea of being adjustable. Great, that's taken care of.

So now the brush. I think about the possibilities and then remember the Rubberset I've been meaning to restore...perfect!! Today I got home from work early and decide to try the steam method of getting the old knot out. I get a pan out, put an egg cooker thing in it to raise the brush off the bottom, then put water in it.

Set the brush on the egg cooker thing, turn on the flame, and promptly forget to set a timer. I get preoccupied with some work I brought home and the next thing I know I 'm smelling a horrible smell and there's thick smoke coming from the stove...DAMN!!!

Well, this is what happened to my son's brush:

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I feel horrible about it. It was just the type of vintage handle I love. I know I'll be able to find another one, but screwing this up is really getting to me. I'm not even going to bother trying to salvage the pan, it stinks so bad.

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 08-15-2013, 09:13 PM
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  • beartrap
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That sucks, but just be thankful that you caught it in time, could have been much worse.

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 08-15-2013, 09:18 PM
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  • Johnny
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That is really to bad. I would be glad to send your son a nice Semogue boar to start with if you want. No charge.

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 08-15-2013, 09:21 PM
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  • marcel
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Ouch! That's a tragic loss of a beautiful handle!

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 08-15-2013, 09:30 PM
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Yeah, you really need to use a rotary tool to get the knots out of the Rubbersets, the handles don't really hold up well to heat. That being said, I might have a similar brush laying around if you'd like to give a restore another try...yours at no cost, just send me a PM if interested.

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 08-15-2013, 09:57 PM
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(08-15-2013, 09:30 PM)BladeDE40 Wrote: Yeah, you really need to use a rotary tool to get the knots out of the Rubbersets, the handles don't really hold up well to heat. That being said, I might have a similar brush laying around if you'd like to give a restore another try...yours at no cost, just send me a PM if interested.

Gotta love this forum. Great members!

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 08-15-2013, 11:46 PM
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Sorry about the melted brush... I am sure you will find another replacement, especially with the offers already from our fine members.

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 08-15-2013, 11:53 PM
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  • ben74
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Oh dear... RIP Rubberset 153...

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 08-16-2013, 12:22 AM
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Disaster !
That's why i don't like the steam method or any other related
I prefer mechanical work
Thank God thing didn't get any worse.

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 08-16-2013, 01:26 AM
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(08-16-2013, 12:22 AM)Doryferon Wrote: Disaster !
That's why i don't like the steam method or any other related
I prefer mechanical work
Thank God thing didn't get any worse.

Ditto. Drilling the old knot out gently after giving the old brush a "haircut" is the only way to go in my opinion. Condolences to the OP for the loss of an otherwise promising restore.

Frank

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 08-16-2013, 03:57 AM
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(08-15-2013, 09:57 PM)Ronnie Aloha Wrote:
(08-15-2013, 09:30 PM)BladeDE40 Wrote: Yeah, you really need to use a rotary tool to get the knots out of the Rubbersets, the handles don't really hold up well to heat. That being said, I might have a similar brush laying around if you'd like to give a restore another try...yours at no cost, just send me a PM if interested.

Gotta love this forum. Great members!

Absolutely!

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 08-16-2013, 04:28 AM
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(08-16-2013, 03:57 AM)TheMonk Wrote:
(08-15-2013, 09:57 PM)Ronnie Aloha Wrote:
(08-15-2013, 09:30 PM)BladeDE40 Wrote: Yeah, you really need to use a rotary tool to get the knots out of the Rubbersets, the handles don't really hold up well to heat. That being said, I might have a similar brush laying around if you'd like to give a restore another try...yours at no cost, just send me a PM if interested.

Gotta love this forum. Great members!

Absolutely!

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 08-16-2013, 06:24 AM
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This is another problem with the steaming method.

All methods have potential for damage but I have for the most part abandoned the steam method for my restores due to things like this.

Sorry about the brush.

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 08-16-2013, 07:15 AM
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Well as my 16 year old would say "That Sucks!"

As my 5 year old would say "Accidents happen Daddy!"

Now I would keep the darn brush for a little while just to make sure that I would remember to set the timer.

Other than that "There is no use crying over spilt milk."

Sorry for the loss.

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 08-16-2013, 09:16 AM
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Wow, Pat, that is very unfortunate!

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 08-16-2013, 09:45 AM
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The late "Bob Dog" (a guy I knew) always said, "It'll either work or it won't!"

Pretty clear that this steaming session didn't.

AND it's made me certain that I'll continue the knife, drill, Dremel method of knot removal.

Still, that's a bummer about the handle. It would've been nice.

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 08-16-2013, 10:13 AM
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Oh no, hate to see this happen. Sorry about the demise of the vintage handle.

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 08-17-2013, 06:07 AM
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Thanks for the very generous offers, Johnny & Tom! I reaffirms what a great community this is! Let me think about how I want to proceed and I'll get back to you soon.

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 08-17-2013, 01:35 PM
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Hi Pat

Sorry to hear of your *bad* restore experience, but thank you for taking the time to share it here, we can learn some valuable lessons from such stories...

Take care, Mike

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 08-19-2013, 06:35 AM
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I have two replacement handles on the way. I bought both on Ebay and they should look great after they're cleaned up and restored, provided I don't torch them. I bought two so I could restore one for my son, and one for myself. I'm hoping at least one will allow me to use a 22mm or 23mm knot. I currently have an 18mm TGN Finest that I love, but I'd like to go bigger.

Funny thing. I can find vintage razors at the antique stores around here all the time. I probably have 25 from antique stores, most at great prices. Good vintage brushes though, are hard to find and crazy expensive when I do.

Here are the two I bought:

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