09-17-2013, 10:41 AM
  • MikeGJ
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I was intrigued by the many positive reviews of synthetic brushes, here and elsewhere, which prompted me to buy a Kent Infinity Silvertex.

I found the Kent to work really well, but wanted something a bit smaller for a travel brush. I was tempted by the Muhle synthetics: V1, V2 and Black Fibre, but thought them a bit pricey to just live in the travel bag.

I decided to make a small travel brush, and after being inspired with a cheap handle idea, I bought a knot from The Golden Nib, the 20mm, three band nylon, for that purpose.

The travel brush handle is simply a plastic plumbing joint with a 3/8" slice of synthetic wine cork inserted to seal it off. Clear, "5 minute" epoxy was used to fasten the knot. Total cost, less than $12 bucks, not counting shipping, (and wine cost.)

I also picked up a 22mm TGN 3 band nylon, as I had a Vulfix mixed brush, the 404 Grovesnor, that I was thinking about selling, but decided to keep, due to the wonderful ergonomics of the handle. I steamed out the old knot, and enlarged the hole a bit, and got a fine daily user as a result.

All three of these brushes work really well. I'm sorry that I didn't get them lined up better, so that the difference in knot sizes is easier to see.

I use the hybrid Vulfix almost daily, and the "plumber's special" is now my travel brush. The TGNs are a bit softer than the Kent, but all three make lather like crazy.

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 09-17-2013, 11:26 AM
  • ischiapp
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All three, very nice.
Plumber special, great!! Tongue

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 09-17-2013, 12:19 PM
  • Teiste
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I truly like the Grovesnor one !

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 09-17-2013, 02:36 PM
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Great looking brushes!

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 09-17-2013, 03:02 PM
  • Agravic
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  • Pennsylvania, USA
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The 'plumbing joint' brush gets the prize for ingenuity and thrift.

The modified Vulfix gets the prize for looks.

Nice job!

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 09-17-2013, 07:44 PM
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 09-18-2013, 01:07 AM
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(09-17-2013, 12:19 PM)Teiste Wrote: I truly like the Grovesnor one !

Me too.

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 09-18-2013, 04:25 PM
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Your results do not surprise me about the Kent. It is designed in my view to mimic a boar rather than badger. Enjoy the brushes.

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