11-25-2014, 02:24 AM
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Good morning Sirs,

Today, I am going to introduce my first shaving brush restoration, a Rubberset 400-4. This is a quite well known and appreciated brush among the audience, so it does not need too much presentation.

First, let me show you the state in which the brush arrived to my hands, on August 2013.

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As you can see, the brush was in poor conditions. The bristles were in their last days, and need to be replaced with a fresh knot, but the problem was also the corrosion that aluminium experienced during its life.

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Corrosion damaged the aluminium in a way that created big holes in the top of the handle.

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The bottom was not in so bad condition, just needed a good cleaning.

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It took me a while to split the handle in the two pieces, but I succeeded! Here you have a couple picture where the holes in the top part of the handle can be seen more clearly.

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At this point, it was clear that the handle needed a good cleaning, a good polish and a new knot, but I was worried about the corrosion affecting the top part. I also knew that I was not going to restore the handle following the current trend (including a colourful ring, for instance) since I wanted to have something different.

Then, I decided to use my knowledge about a hobby that I have, the Japanese lacquering. I thought it was a perfect project to work in, and I was not risking to much when applying the Japanese lacquer to the top part of the brush.

The Japanese lacquering that I am using applies the so-called Cashew lacquer, in very thin layers. After the lacquer is applied, you need to leave it dry for a week, and then sand it a little bit and apply a new layer of lacquer. In my case, I applied more than 40 layers, which means that this restoration project took me around one year to be completed. Yes, one year…

Here you have some pictures of the final result:

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And, after few uses:

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I hope that you have enjoyed the presentation of this brush restoration!


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 11-25-2014, 02:51 AM
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Wow, what painstaking effort, Josep! Cheers. The end result must be very satisfying.

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 11-25-2014, 05:55 AM
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That was a lot of work Josep, but the result is great. I would not have considered that brush salvageable.

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 11-25-2014, 06:13 AM
  • refles
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  • New York
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Labor of love there to the restore it using lacquer as that was an extremely slow process, well done sir!

Beautiful as it really doesn't hide its age. thanks for sharing.. truly unique approach.

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 11-25-2014, 06:30 AM
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super! intriguing with the dark "flakes" inside the lacquer. really very well done. did you use japanese urushi? Bow

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 11-25-2014, 08:34 AM
  • Agravic
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  • Pennsylvania, USA
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Beautifully done, Josep .. I applaud your painstaking efforts to bring new life to this brush, while retaining its history & age.

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 11-25-2014, 11:42 AM
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Josep, hermosa brocha! You surely have great patience!

That would have looked lovely in all-red laquer! Biggrin

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 11-25-2014, 12:56 PM
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Master work

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 11-25-2014, 02:33 PM
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You get out of it what you put in.All that work paid off with a fantastic finished job,KUDOS & may she live long enough to be passed on Thumbup

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 11-25-2014, 02:38 PM
  • 55dougie
  • Doug Korn's Workshop - Artisan
  • NY USA
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Wow ~ very cool... Congrats your efforts, they show.... Well done, Doug

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 11-25-2014, 03:28 PM
  • Kravocks
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Amazing. Great work, patience and carefull work really payoff. Its stunning Cool

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 11-26-2014, 05:38 AM
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Thank you very much for your kind comments. As you mention, this restoration takes a lot of time, but the final outcome is rewarding!

As for the lacquer used, it is not urushi, it is cashew, another Japanese lacquer that dries in a dry environment (urushi requires humidity for drying).

I am on the process of finishing another restoration, which I will post here.


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 11-27-2014, 08:43 PM
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It is obvious from the photos of your restored brush, and from the razor and handle shown with it, that you are a man with fine tastes and the patience the wait for something that meets your liking. Kudos! Great Job!

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 12-01-2014, 04:55 PM
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Now THAT'S a 400 I'm impressed with.

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