12-16-2013, 03:21 AM
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  • MikekiM
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muuuaaahhhh!!

The transplant of the SoC to the an oscar11 handle is done and was a success! Another Frankenbrush is alive!

The donors...
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The SoC is my favorite brush, by a pretty long margin. I had one in rotation and two backups. The oscar11 brush handle is my preferred handle. Love the cobalt blue/black combo, longer length and knobby feel, but it had a TGN synthetic knot that I never quite fell in love with. About six seconds in the microwave and the glue softened enough that the knot fell out, and apart. No love lost. A small amount of glue needed to be cleaned up from the hole.

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Unfortunate that the SoC knots are not available for purchase, but that shouldn't stop anyone from hacking up a perfectly good SoC cherry handle to release the knot, right? Cut the bulk off with a band saw. Gentle tap with a chisel to split the top of the handle and some sanding with a Dremel and the knot is freed.

Once the knot was out, what I find is the silver collar is integral to a metal cup into which the knot is glued. hmm, that isn't going to work for me..a black handle with silver collar? Paint it? Sharpie? Nah, I have power tools, I'll remove it.

With knot out and collared, I tapered and flattened the bottom so the work on the handle would be minimal.

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Amazingly, I didn't sacrifice a single hair while grinding off the collar.

The hole in the handle needed to be widened by about 1mm and deepened by about 8mm. Forstner bits to the rescue along with some fine sanding.

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A glob of two part waterproof epoxy in the handle; press fit and make sure it's straight (made that mistake before) and BOOM!

My Oscar11/SoC transplant...Waiting to be broken in!

Total build time was well under an hour.

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 12-16-2013, 03:28 AM
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(12-16-2013, 03:21 AM)MikekiM Wrote: muuuaaahhhh!!

The transplant of the SoC to the an oscar11 handle is done and was a success! Another Frankenbrush is alive!

The donors...
[Image: p465808942-11.jpg] [Image: p166455172-11.jpg]

The SoC is my favorite brush, by a pretty long margin. I had one in rotation and two backups. The oscar11 brush handle is my preferred handle. Love the cobalt blue/black combo, longer length and knobby feel, but it had a TGN synthetic knot that I never quite fell in love with. About six seconds in the microwave and the glue softened enough that the knot fell out, and apart. No love lost. A small amount of glue needed to be cleaned up from the hole.

[Image: p470588874-2.jpg]

Unfortunate that the SoC knots are not available for purchase, but that shouldn't stop anyone from hacking up a perfectly good SoC cherry handle to release the knot, right? Cut the bulk off with a band saw. Gentle tap with a chisel to split the top of the handle and some sanding with a Dremel and the knot is freed.

Once the knot was out, what I find is the silver collar is integral to a metal cup into which the knot is glued. hmm, that isn't going to work for me..a black handle with silver collar? Paint it? Sharpie? Nah, I have power tools, I'll remove it.

With knot out and collared, I tapered and flattened the bottom so the work on the handle would be minimal.

[Image: p427216945-2.jpg]

Amazingly, I didn't sacrifice a single hair while grinding off the collar.

The hole in the handle needed to be widened by about 1mm and deepened by about 8mm. Forstner bits to the rescue along with some fine sanding.

[Image: p73875433-2.jpg]

A glob of two part waterproof epoxy in the handle; press fit and make sure it's straight (made that mistake before) and BOOM!

My Oscar11/SoC transplant...Waiting to be broken in!

Total build time was well under an hour.

[Image: p173451874-2.jpg]

[Image: p334270865-2.jpg]

Looks great! Enjoy!

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 12-16-2013, 04:15 AM
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  • Deuce
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Looks great. You're motivating me to jump into my brush restore project over the Holidays

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 12-16-2013, 05:38 AM
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Great job removing that SOC knot and cutting away the metal ring. The resulting brush with the Oscar11 handle is a beauty.

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 12-16-2013, 05:58 AM
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Well done! Great looking results!!

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 12-16-2013, 06:06 AM
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Congratulations on a transplant conducted with such surgical precision. The result looks fantastic.

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 12-16-2013, 09:00 AM
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It looks pretty fantastic, is it as awesome as you were imagining?

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 12-16-2013, 10:15 AM
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You can't see it, but you are receiving a one man standing ovation right now. Brilliant surgery! Cool

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 12-16-2013, 10:23 AM
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That handle looks soooooo much better with a quality boar knot ! Beauteeeeeeeful !!!

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 12-16-2013, 11:39 AM
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Wow, Mike! Great work!
I knew an all-blue handle from Oscar11 would look great, but, alas, I never received mine. Blush
Great looking brush!

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 12-16-2013, 11:45 AM
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That's awesome. I love the SOC as is, but putting that knot into the Oscar11 handle is a serious upgrade.

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 12-16-2013, 03:49 PM
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Very nice work, especially with the collar.

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 12-16-2013, 03:58 PM
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Did you keep the loft the same? My only complaint on the SOC boar is the insane splay. I'd probably have loved that knot if the loft were several mm shorter.

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 12-16-2013, 06:52 PM
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(12-16-2013, 04:15 AM)Deuce Wrote: Looks great. You're motivating me to jump into my brush restore project over the Holidays

Go for it! I find the brush restores are easy, quick and really satisfying!

(12-16-2013, 05:38 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Great job removing that SOC knot and cutting away the metal ring. The resulting brush with the Oscar11 handle is a beauty.

The ring removal was no easy feat. I wish I had taken more pics of the process, but I bolted out to my shop after dinner and left my camera in the house...

I notched the ring every 1/8" or so, using a cutoff wheel. Then a sanding drum to grind each of these tabs off one, by one.

I've given it half a dozen break-in lathers and I know it's going to be a winner!

(12-16-2013, 06:06 AM)ben74 Wrote: Congratulations on a transplant conducted with such surgical precision. The result looks fantastic.

Thanks Ben.. all good!!

(12-16-2013, 09:00 AM)Ufgoodies Wrote: It looks pretty fantastic, is it as awesome as you were imagining?

I've only done a few break-in lathers but so far.. yes, it's everything I imagined.

(12-16-2013, 10:15 AM)blzrfn Wrote: You can't see it, but you are receiving a one man standing ovation right now. Brilliant surgery! Cool

You can't see it, but I am blushing... ;-)

(12-16-2013, 11:39 AM)celestino Wrote: Wow, Mike! Great work!
I knew an all-blue handle from Oscar11 would look great, but, alas, I never received mine. Blush
Great looking brush!

I completely understand.. Unfortunate as it is for those who were waiting on things. I guess luck was on my side.

(12-16-2013, 11:45 AM)Elendil Wrote: That's awesome. I love the SOC as is, but putting that knot into the Oscar11 handle is a serious upgrade.

Frankly, being the boar-whore that I am, I can't think of a better combination.

(12-16-2013, 03:49 PM)kentclark Wrote: Very nice work, especially with the collar.

Yes, a bit of a challenge, but overall, pretty easy.

(12-16-2013, 03:58 PM)wingdo Wrote: Did you keep the loft the same? My only complaint on the SOC boar is the insane splay. I'd probably have loved that knot if the loft were several mm shorter.

It's actually set about 2mm lower (right about at the top of where the collar was), but still splays like a monster. That's one of the things I like about it. Truth told, I find no flaw in the standard SoC. I was limited on depth since I had already hit the bottom of the black section of the brush and drilling any farther would have risked ruining the blue part. But I did take a 2mm - 3mm off the bottom of the knot which is what allowed me to set it a little deeper.

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 12-17-2013, 02:11 PM
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I want to modified mine SOC but i stay calm for the moment
Maybe i like the logo on the wooden handle
I don't know what i will do in the future.

Angel

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 12-18-2013, 03:01 AM
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(12-17-2013, 02:11 PM)Doryferon Wrote: I want to modified mine SOC but i stay calm for the moment
Maybe i like the logo on the wooden handle
I don't know what i will do in the future.

Angel

If I didn't have more than one SoC, I wouldn't have been so quick to crack it apart...

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 12-18-2013, 03:19 PM
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This is so cool! Saw this on your instagram and drooled on my phone...

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 12-18-2013, 09:36 PM
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Nice work Mike!

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 12-19-2013, 06:44 PM
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(12-18-2013, 03:19 PM)tailoredfamcam Wrote: This is so cool! Saw this on your instagram and drooled on my phone...

Ha! Yes, you did see it there.. I am loving this brush!!

(12-18-2013, 09:36 PM)Sodapopjones Wrote: Nice work Mike!

Aaron, how are you my friend!! The brush is killer for sure. I still have your Penworks brush!!

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 12-19-2013, 07:22 PM
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Nice work my friend. Where did you receive your medical training?

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