02-12-2015, 11:57 AM
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I have a couple of vie long horse brushes I want to put the knots on some homemade handles. Does the steaming method of removing hair knots from shaving brushes ruin or damage the hair knot?

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 02-12-2015, 01:22 PM
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It will likely ruin the knot, at least it did when I tried it. 

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 02-12-2015, 01:38 PM
  • MaxP
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  • Des Moines, Iowa
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If you want to re-use the knots, then I'd sacrifice the handles. Meaning, I'd saw or crack them apart to get to knot.

Steaming isn't something I've ever tried and have no desire or intent to try. YMMV.

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 02-12-2015, 02:04 PM
  • blzrfn
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I've only attempted the steaming method once - one inch of water in pot, brush in ramekin to insulate it from direct heat, medium heat to get the steam going

Result - handle split in two places (DR Harris mixed badger brush likely made by Vulfix or Rooney) tossed in trash

If I want to salvage the knot I will sacrifice the handle and same goes true for the opposite. 

I do respect that some have had success using steam, I have suffered a 100% failure rate using it and am close to a 95%+ success rate when using other methods.

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 02-12-2015, 02:14 PM
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I can do that. Thanks for the advice

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