04-25-2012, 04:08 AM
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I've had this small Kent for a while now. I bought it with the intention of restoring it, even though the original knot was in pretty decent condition.

Here's a 'before' pic (on the left):

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As you can see, the knot was set at a very low loft. It was dense, but it was also pretty impossible to build a lather with it or to apply the lather to the face. It had no carrying capacity.

So, I wanted to replace the knot, but I didn't want to drill out the knot (not really having the tools to do so).

Luckily, Teiste posted about his steam knot removal technique in another thread here. I tried that on a couple of other brushes with great success, but it didn't work on this one on my first try.

This past weekend, I decided to give it another go, so I steamed it for about 30 mins. When I pulled it out, I was able to move the knot, but it quickly stopped moving. So I went through the sequence of steaming and twisting the knot out a few times, and the knot came out on the third try.

The reason it took so long to come out was the glue used. I'm pretty certain it is shellac. Whatever it was, it softened with the steam treatment, but it would harden in a few seconds after removing the brush from the saucepan. I know this, because it took another three rounds of steaming to scrape off most of the glue from in the brush. Smile

Anyway, that done I measured the bore of the hole and found that a 16 mm knot would work. This was great, because that's the smallest sized Finest knot that TGN sells. I received the knot and used the residual shellac that was present in the handle to glue it in there......another steaming round and then I set the knot.

The brush now looks more proportional and it works really well. I like the TGN Finest knots, and this one is no exception.

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Here is the brush in comparison to a Thater I just received form Phil.

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In use the brush is really nice. I like small brushes, and use them a lot, but I find that the short handles they usually come with are a problem for me. This handle is pretty long, as you can see, so it's easier to use than a Wee Scot, for example. The knot doesn't bloom a lot, so it's got some nice scrub and backbone. Basically, I'm really happy with it - it looks good and works well, and will be a nice addition to my brush stable.

Thanks again Teiste. Without your tutorial, I would probably have sent this out to be re-knotted, so you saved me a bunch of $$. Biggrin

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 04-25-2012, 05:17 AM
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  • TexBilly
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Nice work, Yohann. I really like that handle and you nailed the proportions! Cool

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 04-25-2012, 05:22 AM
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  • Teiste
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Nice Yohann!That Kent surely looks good now.I should get one of those small finest badger knots to one of my restorations.Biggrin

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 04-25-2012, 06:24 AM
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  • Johnny
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Yohann, very well done sir.

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 04-25-2012, 06:30 AM
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That looks great. Thanks for sharing. I wish I had known about Teiste's method before I ruined a New Forest handle trying to remove the bad old knot.

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 04-25-2012, 07:03 AM
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John -

Teiste's post was a real.....er......brush saver for me! Biggrin

I don't have many specialized tools, so not needing any tools for the knot removal was a real plus.

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 04-25-2012, 08:04 AM
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  • MaxP
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Great work. Congrats.

Are you going to do anything to protect and preserve the decal?

I ask because I have a vintage Kent that has a decal that I'm concerned about.

Thanks

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 04-25-2012, 08:20 AM
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very nice work!!

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 04-25-2012, 08:32 AM
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(04-25-2012, 08:04 AM)MaxP Wrote: Great work. Congrats.

Are you going to do anything to protect and preserve the decal?

I ask because I have a vintage Kent that has a decal that I'm concerned about.

Thanks

No, I don't think I'm going to do anything special to protect the decal. If it comes off, that's fine with me.

However, since it survived several hours in a steam bath (literally), I think it's stuck on there pretty well. Biggrin

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 04-25-2012, 09:43 AM
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Hi Yohann

Looks good Thumbsup

What loft did you set the TGN 16mm Finest knot at?

Take care, Mike

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 04-25-2012, 04:24 PM
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Excellent work! Looks great!

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 04-26-2012, 03:34 AM
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(04-25-2012, 09:43 AM)mikeperry Wrote: Hi Yohann

Looks good Thumbsup

What loft did you set the TGN 16mm Finest knot at?


Take care, Mike

Mike,

I set it at 40 mm. It seems high, but in use it's actually just about right (for me). The TGN Finest doesn't bloom much, and the knots are pretty high, so it's sunk into the handle quite a lot, even at this loft.

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 04-26-2012, 03:42 AM
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  • Howler
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Yohann, excellent work job well done.

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 04-26-2012, 04:38 AM
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  • Sully
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Great job, Yohann.

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 04-26-2012, 05:20 AM
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Nice work, Yohann! That sure looks classy!

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 04-26-2012, 01:16 PM
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(04-26-2012, 03:34 AM)yohannrjm Wrote: I set it at 40 mm. It seems high, but in use it's actually just about right (for me). The TGN Finest doesn't bloom much, and the knots are pretty high, so it's sunk into the handle quite a lot, even at this loft.

Hi Yohann

The overall proportions look good to me, and anything much less than 40mm probably wouldn't work very well -- at least that is how I tend to view shaving brushes from my rose tinted outlook, of course Simpsons Wee Scot is the exception, but then again that only has a 14mm knot.

I must say I'm really liking my 20mm Two Band Finest Badger (bulb knot from The Golden Nib) set at a loft height of 47mm.

I'm currently contemplating if to get one in a 24mm knot, then get a handle made to fit...

Take care, Mike

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 05-13-2012, 12:12 AM
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  • ben74
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Beautiful restoration! A really like the TGN knot in my Rudy Vey!

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