11-09-2013, 10:45 AM
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CERTIFYD #3 (Red and beige handle)

What's up Doc? Here I am with another humble restoration.

You know that I love the old barber style brushes. You know that I love using them, and replacing the long bristles by new badger knots, even the bristles be yet unused. It is my way. It is the way that I best prefer to have brushes completely functional for me, that usually lather in the face.

Well, do you remember this brush that I was fortunate to acquire months ago?

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Yes, another beautiful brush in my hands. It was NOS.

Well, this another piece of Americana traveled from Enola, Pennsylvania, United States, to Barcelona, Spain, and has been treated with care, and restored here, in Spain, with patience, and a lot of passion by myself. Prior to that, I let my good friend Juan Cabello the privilege to use it for first time. I sent it to him and he has used it a couple months. I'm face latherer, and he is bowl latherer. This brush had the knot a little dry and brittle and lost some bristles. Anyway, I was going to install a badger knot.

First I wet the knot. I masked it with masking tape and fastened with a zip tie. I cut it with a kitchen knife, and then I drilled with caution to go releasing the bristles. The brush is hollow. After that, the brush was placed on a mandrel and polished with plastic polish with a cloth. Repainted a bit with Tamiya acrylic matte white enamel.

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The handle was hollow. I molded a piece as a flat top with a bit of Araldite and polypropylene granules, using a water bottle cap.

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I prepared the necessary amount of polypropylene granules to fill the handle, and washers to calculate the height of the shelf, as the loft of the knot that I intended.

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I protected the brush with masking tape, and prepared a syringe plunger to push the mass of Araldite and polypropylene on the inside of the handle.

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I finally placed the flat top and washers to place it horizontally. After a while I removed the washers and prepared the knot. The next day, when the shelf was cured, I glued the knot with a bit more of Araldite.

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And we go with the brush specs and the pics of the finished restoration.

Specs:
Knot: ACE Shaving Finest Badger 24 mm
Lenghts
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Height : 129 mm
Loft : 52 mm
Whole handle: 77 mm
Ferrule : 25 mm
Handle : 52 mm
Weight : 68 gr (Hollow weighed 36 gr. Filling sum 32 gr.)
Diameters
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Knot : 25 mm
Ferrule : 32 mm
Top : 32 mm
Narrow : 20.6 mm
Wide : 31.3 mm
Base : 21.5 mm

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Update 15.NOV.2013
Friends, I had no patience with the ACE Shaving knot. The brush was behaving like a dominatrix with me! The knot has been removed without compassion. I installed a new knot, Finest Badger too, but much more sweet to me. Now the brush length is 1 mm less (128 mm), and weighs 4 grams less (64 grams).

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 11-09-2013, 10:49 AM
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Another fantastic restore Juan! Thanks for sharing.

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 11-09-2013, 10:51 AM
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Oh Brian, you are here. I did not know you were in this forum, friend. Glad to meet you here also.

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 11-09-2013, 10:55 AM
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Wonderful transformation, Juan!
Thank you for sharing photos of the meticulous process you underwent ... well done!
Small world, isn't it? Enola is very close to me ... Smile

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 11-09-2013, 11:12 AM
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Nice work.

Give the ACE knot a week or two of constant work. The ones I have needed a break in before they mellowed out

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 11-09-2013, 11:22 AM
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Juan, hermosa brocha, amigo! Que buen trabajo! Biggrin

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 11-09-2013, 01:03 PM
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Very nice work, thanks for the step by step tutorial!

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 11-10-2013, 01:58 AM
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Beautiful work Jaun, thank you for sharing……….

Charles U.K

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 11-10-2013, 06:02 AM
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Juan, thanks for the excellent description and the detailed photos and notes. It turned out beautifully! I know you will enjoy using it often.

I've been able to refurb a few of these nice old brushes, and they do make excellent shaving tools. My most recent was a Dubl Duck. I fill my hollow handles with auto body plastic filler, and for weight I use steel bolts with heads cut off, or large threaded nuts, if the hollow is not too deep, then I fill the void and attach the knot with a 2-part epoxy, clear plastic, just as it appears you have done. The finished product is worth the effort. My Dubl Duck received a tall lofted boar knot, probably made by Omega. Enjoy your brush!

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 11-10-2013, 07:56 AM
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Absolutely gorgeous Juan Clap I too am a fan of the old barber style brushes, one day I will treat myself to one Tongue

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 11-10-2013, 03:22 PM
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Awesome! Excellent Work!

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 11-15-2013, 01:38 PM
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Friends, I had no patience with the ACE Shaving knot. The brush was behaving like a dominatrix with me! The knot has been removed without compassion. I installed a new knot, Finest Badger too, but much more sweet to me. Now the brush length is 1 mm less (128 mm), and weighs 4 grams less (64 grams).

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