02-21-2016, 01:35 PM
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Good afternoon.

Just received this brush and am hoping to get some more information on it. I'd like to know more about it such as the age and original manufacturer.

It is branded, "COL ICHABOD CONK" and on the other side says, "Super Badger" and, "HANDMADE in ENGLAND."

The knot is shot. Hairs are just falling out. When grasping the knot at once as a whole it spins in the handle.

Before I replace the knot and polish the handle with a power rotary tool, I'd like some input from everyone. I'm open to any and all advice, tips, and recommendations please. 


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Just to note, the pictures are not my own and are from the seller.

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 02-21-2016, 02:20 PM
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Looks like a vulfix. Pretty sure i had a pewter vulfix just like it

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 02-21-2016, 02:55 PM
  • ChiefBroom
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Whatever it is, it's quite nice!

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 02-21-2016, 03:15 PM
  • kav
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isn't 'Col  Ichabod Conk' a contemporary company along the lines of Burts Bees ?

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 02-21-2016, 04:38 PM
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(02-21-2016, 03:15 PM)kav Wrote: isn't 'Col  Ichabod Conk' a contemporary company along the lines of Burts Bees ?


"There REALLY was a Colonel Ichabod Conk. In 1866, soon after the Civil War made him a pauper, Colonel Ichabod Conk traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico. After living there a short time, Col. Conk began to date a woman who owned several barber and hair cutting salons for both men and women. She shaved men's faces daily, and after Col. Conk married her, he became proficient in the barbering profession, helping his wife with her customers, and keeping her books. Suddenly, Col. Conk had a startlingly magnificent idea -- why couldn't he package the products they were using every day, and sell them across the nation?

Colonel Ichabod Conk Shaving Products was born. Col. Conk became a wealthy man for that time and age, and continued the business until his death in 1898. At that time, his business simply ceased to exist. The current ownership discovered his legacy, and decided to continue the legend, in today's marketplace. Conk - a legend of yesteryear, a great reality today. Unique quality, unique product -- created to restore joy to shaving."

"the current company started in 1980."

So, this brush at most is about 36 years old. 
At most.

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 03-05-2016, 08:11 PM
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Got around to replacing the knot earlier today.

It is like a shell of metal around a plaster brush shape. I think. 

I steamed the knot out and then used a rotary tool to remove the little bits of old glue. I never hit metal. 
It seemed to me that this thing is like an M&M. The metal is really soft and is only about 2 or 3 mm thick. The handle is probably mostly filled with plaster. 

There was quite a bit of original glue. I drilled down and enlarged inside the original and unaltered opening trying to reach the bottom of the knot hole but never did. At least a third of the way into the handle. 
So, I had to back fill with epoxy and two nickels to get the ledge where I wanted it for the knot loft to be just right.

Prior to setting the knot for good I used white and then red jeweler's rouge to polish the handle and then applied two coats of Renaissance wax. 
I left the Super Badger and Handmade in England lettering on one side but removed the Colonel Conk logo on the other shown below.

I'm VERY happy with how it turned out. Two test lathers after a 'brush soap' break in later in the day. Going to give it whirl tomorrow. A very nice knot indeed!

20 mm Envy White which came up to 23+ mm at the handle opening.
50 mm loft.

YUM!!   Aaaaa

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