01-29-2015, 01:48 PM
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Picked this up at a local store today.

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Color is a bit bright because I used flash. Took the pic below without flash, but that did not show off the blue properly.

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It's in great shape, except for the worn out boar knot. The 20mm TGN Finest on the left will be it's replacement.
I will not be doing any type of sanding on the outside of the handle if I can avoid it. There is a mold line between the knot hole and the Ever Ready branding that I could do away with if I sanded. But the patina to the creme color of the top portion of the brush might be compromised if I did this, and I don't want to lose that, if I can help it. So this brush will get a soak in hot water and dish soap, and then a good scrubbing with a soapy cloth and tooth brush. Once the knot is fitted I'll hit it with polish, but that is it.
I was going to put this knot in this handle.

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As a matter of fact, this handle has already been fitted for this knot. But I can always get a generic, modern sort of handle like this one, if I want. I'd much rather restore the Ever Ready.
More to come.

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 01-29-2015, 03:57 PM
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I decided to try another way of removing a knot, which I saw on Youtube.


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The idea is to put the brush up tight to the vise jaws, and crush the glue bulge above the knot. It looked good on the video, but for me the vise kept slipping off the glue bulge and just crushing hairs. I tried to push the knot into the vise as I cranked down on the jaws, but all I accomplished was to cause the brush to come apart.

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I trimmed the hair and sussed out my options. I assume a bit of epoxy will put the handle back together. But it was actually good that it happened, because now I can get to both sides of the knot, plus really be able to see what's going on during knot removal.
I started with a 1/8" bit and drilled a few holes.

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You can see my progress from the back side.

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 01-29-2015, 04:14 PM
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Next  the name of the game is use whatever I can to further compromise the  plug in the old knot.  A big drill bit will start us off.



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After that, all I did was take a small chisel and knock the plug out.


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Piece of cake, really. I like that!

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 01-29-2015, 04:30 PM
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Calipers read 20.12mm.


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Glue bulge above the epoxy base plug reads 21.82mm

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Used a flat sanding board to lightly sand and smooth out the opening.

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Wanted something I could use in my drill like a sanding drum. Took a nut driver socket and using 3M 77 spray adhesive, I think we have a winner.

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And, ready to accept the knot.

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 01-29-2015, 04:37 PM
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I don't have any black paint to fill in the lettering. It actually looks like it might have been gold, anyway. Not certain I will even worry about it. It is still quite legible, and I think I might be of a mind to let it be, like the patina on the white piece. Not certain, yet.

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 01-29-2015, 05:13 PM
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Alright, according to my measurements, from the bottom of the glue plug to the tip of the hairs my knot is 64mm in height. I have been playing around with a damp knot at various heights in the handle, and 47mm looks like my sweet spot for this one.

Anyone know if I can just wipe the handle dry with tissue, wipe the epoxy plug dry and go ahead and set the knot, or do I need to wait for the knot to thoroughly dry first?

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 01-29-2015, 05:23 PM
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BTW, anyone notice it looks like the bottom of this brush is stamped "IRREG"? I assume that means "Irregular", though I can't find a thing wrong with it.

P.S.   I think "irregular" has been sorted. GDCarrington pointed out that the original knot was not set straight in the brush. If you look at the first pic in this thread, it appears he is correct. Good thing I'm re knotting. Wink

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 01-29-2015, 08:11 PM
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Good luck with the work, Mike!  Thumbsup

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 01-29-2015, 08:44 PM
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Celestino, Thanks!
Ready for epoxy.


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The three pieces of wooden dowel will be used as filler.
Like this.

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I will fill the bottom half of the handle halfway with epoxy, insert the filler wood, and join the two parts of the handle together. Then I'll finish filling until I reach a level about 18mm below the top of the handle(46mm loft). This should allow for a bit of squeeze out around the plug , and put me (hopefully) right at 47mm loft once I go to set the knot.
I'll let the epoxy in the handle set up good before I do that.

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 01-29-2015, 09:46 PM
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I set the knot. It is curing right now. Loft ended up at 48mm. I was shooting for 47mm, but I don't think 1mm will make a dime's worth of difference in performance.


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I will most likely shave with it tomorrow even, and post up a post bloom pic. Thank you all for watching.

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 01-30-2015, 09:49 PM
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Post shave pic.


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Shaved with this brush tonight. Lathered a puck of Stirling Lavender Sage like a Boss. Brush has the perfect amount of backbone and softness for me.
I have been searching for a brush that had a good backbone, but was easy on the face when I went for some splay. Most brushes I have come across that had good backbone, I had to really press it into my face to get the splay I was looking for. This brush has enough backbone to rip right through a puck of soap, but it gives without trying to spring back and bounce off of your face like others I have used.
And I thought that the F2 Finest in 18mm I set in my ER 500PBT had soft tips, but this thing has an incredibly soft face feel. The F2 is soft and very luxurious in feel. This knot has a wonderful softness, but it has a good firmness as well, Zero scritch, and a light scrub if I want it. None if I don't.
I think this knot at 48mm loft is my ideal. It did not bloom much post shave, but the brush is still wet, so I may get a little more after it dries. Or, it may take a week or two to get it to open up. To be honest, I don't care if it ever does. It is lovely in every way, and I'm a lucky man to have it in my rotation.
Thanks to all who followed along.

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 01-30-2015, 11:17 PM
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I love seeing your progress and now the final reveal. This is great work!

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 01-30-2015, 11:26 PM
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Bryan, thank you.

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 01-31-2015, 05:26 AM
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Nice job. I like looking at the progress. Enjoy!

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 01-31-2015, 12:40 PM
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Nice job Mike, and I really enjoyed all the pictures of the work in progress.

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 02-01-2015, 06:18 PM
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Mike, Ricardo, thanks.

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 02-02-2015, 01:42 PM
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Nice job Mike,good luck with it..............

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 02-02-2015, 04:06 PM
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Thanks!

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