03-25-2015, 07:08 PM
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  • ThreeBs
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Hi guys,

I have a brush which has a horn handle. Although it might be my favorite material for a handle, I know they do require a bit more care.

For instance, one of my brushes has started to show some crackling on the handle.

Now, I know that you should apply some kind of oil on the horn handle to keep it hydrated, but I do not know what to use exactly. 

I've been told to try Dr Dittmar's protection balm but it is impossible to get here in Canada. What other oil or balm could I use to ensure the good care of my handles ? 

Thanks a lot !

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 03-25-2015, 07:12 PM
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I just oiled my Romera LE with butcher block oil, which is basically mineral oil.  Then I waxed it with Renaissance wax and it looks great, seems to repel water a bit too. Go to the thread here about Romera brushes and there is a lot of info about treating horn handles. 
Got a picture?

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 03-25-2015, 07:14 PM
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  • ThreeBs
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(03-25-2015, 07:12 PM)number six Wrote: I just oiled my Romera LE with butcher block oil, which is basically mineral oil.  Then I waxed it with Renaissance wax and it looks great, seems to repel water a bit too. Go to the thread here about Romera brushes and there is a lot of info about treating horn handles. 
Got a picture?

Thanks a lot for the quick response ! I'll make sure to take a few pics as soon as I get home.

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 03-25-2015, 07:16 PM
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 03-26-2015, 08:03 AM
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  • blzrfn
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100% Neatsfoot Oil is what I use on my horn handled brushes.  I apply a very thin coat once a year or whenever they start to look dry (they will start to lose their sheen when the oil content is getting low). 

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 03-26-2015, 11:40 AM
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  • Ram57
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(03-26-2015, 08:03 AM)blzrfn Wrote: 100% Neatsfoot Oil is what I use on my horn handled brushes.  I apply a very thin coat once a year or whenever they start to look dry (they will start to lose their sheen when the oil content is getting low). 
+1
I do the same on my horn handles but oil every 4 months

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 03-26-2015, 12:13 PM
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I've found if I am using a brush consistently it needs to be oiled and waxed every couple of weeks to maintain the beauty of the horn. However the interval is highly variable depending on frequency of use. There are no wrong answers as far as frequency of oil application goes. When it looks dry oil it!


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 03-26-2015, 08:25 PM
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  • ThreeBs
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Thanks a lot for the tips guys Smile !

Here I took a shot of my problem... There's a bit of cracks all around the round portion on the brush as you can see here :

Will it get better with Neatsfoot oil or will I just stop the cracking ?

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 03-26-2015, 09:33 PM
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  • ben74
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I have a few genuine horn Plisson brushes. I use neatsfoot oil.

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 03-26-2015, 11:44 PM
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Absolutely it will improve with application of Neatsfoot oil. The white lines should practically disappear once the hydration level is back to where it should be. These horn handles just need some TLC and they will continue to look amazing for years to come


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 03-27-2015, 02:34 AM
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(03-26-2015, 08:03 AM)blzrfn Wrote: 100% Neatsfoot Oil is what I use on my horn handled brushes.  I apply a very thin coat once a year or whenever they start to look dry (they will start to lose their sheen when the oil content is getting low). 

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Exactly what I do.
Neatsfoot oil was recommended to me by two artisans, so that's what I use.

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 03-27-2015, 03:59 AM
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  • Mr_Smartepants
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If you're going to use Neatsfoot oil, then use the 100% OIL, NOT the Neatsfoot Compound (which contains solvents).
I use mineral oil and Renaissance wax.

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 07-31-2015, 08:46 PM
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What method did you end up using and how did you like the results?

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