02-08-2016, 12:04 PM
  • blzrfn
  • Butterscotch Bandit
  • Vancouver USA
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A few years ago I spent as much of my limited spare time as I could out in the garage restoring shaving brushes.  I find it rather calming even though I know one small slip of the drill or Dremmel can completely ruin the project, making the prep time up to that point a complete waste.  Lately I haven't made it a priority to get back out there, not due to a lack of project material, but probably just because I already have a lot of brushes in my collection and sometimes just reorganizing the brush cabinet seems more relaxing than starting a new project.  This past week I found myself sick with a cold for the first time in several years.  After a few hours of watching very boring television programming I decided to find something more productive to do.  Walking past my Gillette razor blade display case, which is practically full of old British brushes waiting for restoration, a particular brush caught my eye.  This Simpson L9 is very similar if not identical to the 59 model.  The original knot was at one time magical, having a similar coloration to some of my favorite old timers.

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Unfortunately, like many brushes of this age, it suffered from Male Pattern Baldness! 

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Now before deciding to restore this brush, or even put it on display with the other brushes awaiting restoration, I did of course clean it thoroughly and took it for a test drive.  The sparse condition was further worsened by some adhesive failure causing several hairs to fall out with each lather.  The previous owner of this brush was a very lucky man (or woman) and I'm sure loved the use of it for several years, even probably beyond its prime condition well into this deranged condition.  Knowing what a special knot this once contained I decided I needed to try and honor the heritage by installing something nice in it's place.  At first a crazy thought occurred involving the Dremmel, a hammer and my 2-band Polo 8 Super 2-band, and while that may one day take place I knew I shouldn't make such a rash decision while medicated.  I then thought about a similar situation with my excellent Chubby 1 Super 3-band, but again I talked myself down as this was in fact my first restoration in a while and I should keep it simple.  So I opened up my drawer of knots, expecting to choose from an Ace, Virginia Sheng, or some other cheap but respectable knot.  Then to my surprise I noticed a knot that I had forgotten I had.  It was a 24mm TGN Super 2-Band.  These were available for a short time and was the only knot that I have ever owned from TGN that I enjoyed more than the old extra-dense Finest 2-band gel tip.  In fact this knot shares so many characteristics with the old Simpson 2-band hair that it would be a perfect match.  Now that I had all the pieces, OK, both pieces of my puzzle solved I went to work.  Some drilling, sanding, grinding, buffing and a little hot gluing resulted in this:

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I haven't had a chance to shave with it yet, but the clean-up shampoo and practice lather have me feeling good about what I have to look forward to.

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 02-08-2016, 12:09 PM
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Beautiful brush and a great re-knot job! Well done. Nothing like real butterscotch!

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 02-08-2016, 01:55 PM
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She's a looker, great job.


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 02-08-2016, 02:04 PM
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Good job! Thumbsup

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 02-08-2016, 02:25 PM
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Looks great Dave, nice job!

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 02-08-2016, 02:32 PM
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Too bad about that old knot. It did look special. Great job with the restoration.

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 02-08-2016, 03:04 PM
  • ben74
  • Senior Member
  • Perth, Australia
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Great job, well done!

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 02-08-2016, 03:09 PM
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Great looking brush. Well done.

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 02-09-2016, 08:04 AM
  • Balj86
  • Senior Member
  • Maryland USA
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That is a nice brush, enjoy it in good health.

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 02-09-2016, 08:27 AM
  • refles
  • Senior Member
  • New York
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Great write up and photos, the results came out beautifully!

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 02-09-2016, 10:59 AM
  • chazt
  • Super Moderator
  • Queens, NY
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Dave, the pictures are making me drool! You do nice work. I also enjoyed reading the accompanying narrative. Hope you're feeling better Smile

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 02-09-2016, 02:01 PM
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Nice restore. Still has great color

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