11-15-2014, 05:19 AM
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Hey all, this question would be better suited in the artisans section but I am new to the group and can't post there yet. My father will be making me a shave set for christmas. Pretty much all of the available kits out there give you a 1.5" blank but I'm not sure if that will suffice. If any of you have made your own handle, could you tell me what size blank you started with? I will be using a 24mm knot so just shy of an inch in diameter. I know my opening will be around 25mm, I just want to make sure I have enough for a sufficient handle. Or is this all up to preference?

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 11-15-2014, 07:34 AM
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I have never turned a handle but I just checked out three of my brushes.
Simpson CH2
28mm knot- widest point= just over 1 1/2"
New Forest 2401 (chubby style)
24mm knot- widest point= just under 1 1/2"
Elite Razor E7
26mm knot- widest point=1 3/8"
Simpson Duke 3
23.5mm knot- widest point=1 3/8"
I would think that you would be fine with a 1.5" blank, but it would depend on how big you want the handle to be. The New Forest is a very thick brush for its knot and my wife loves it.
These are the brushes that I took the measurements from.
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 11-15-2014, 01:05 PM
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If you need a longer handle, you could always try finding something on ebay. I know Frank Shaving has the Barbershop-type handles that are 70mm.

That blank should be fine for a handle as Jim has stated.
Best of luck and show us some pics of the handle when it is finished if you can. Biggrin

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 11-15-2014, 04:08 PM
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I have used 1 1/2" x 3" blanks but for 20-22mm knots.

I hope to know tomorrow if that size will work for 25mm. I think it will be close.

If you had the option, I would probably opt for a 2" blank for that size knot.

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 11-16-2014, 05:30 AM
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A 1.5" square blank with the corners just knocked off will still be 1.5" round, so yes it can work but just barely.

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