08-02-2012, 05:37 PM
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Last month I decided to do a little project with three handles.

The first was an Ever Ready 150 which I decided to drill out the knot and replace it with a 20 mm Best Badger and weighted the handle with six nickels for ballast and heft.

The second was a Rex which I decided to drill out the knot and replace it with a 22 mm Best Badger (required that the knot be enlarged) and weighted the handle with seven nickels for ballast and heft.

The third was an older model Burma Shave brush made before the production was transferred outside the U.S. This brush is the old Ever Ready C40 mold made after ASR folded all traditional shaving items under the Burma Shave brand. To remain at the same level and knot size the knot was drilled and removed and no additional ballast or drilling was done. The knot sits on the original shelf.

The pictures will discuss the knot and loft sizes.

[Image: ThreeBadgersSlide1.jpg]

[Image: ThreeBadgersSlide2.jpg]

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 08-02-2012, 11:17 PM
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  • Teiste
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Gary,why 56 mm loft,my friend?

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 08-03-2012, 03:56 AM
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Was there a method for how you decided on each brush for each handle? Were you going for a look or a performance criteria?

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 08-03-2012, 04:04 AM
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  • oscar11
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I like the shape of the Burma Shave brush, nice.

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 08-03-2012, 04:46 AM
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(08-03-2012, 03:56 AM)oakeshott Wrote: Was there a method for how you decided on each brush for each handle? Were you going for a look or a performance criteria?

(08-02-2012, 11:17 PM)Teiste Wrote: Gary,why 56 mm loft,my friend?

The 56 mm in the Rex was set so it could be an all purpose brush, both face and bowl lathering. The Rex also came with a higher lofted brush originally, but it was easy to drop down from 58 mm originally to 56 mm for the new knot because the old shelf drilled away easy. I also put several nickels in the Rex so that it would be balanced all the way from top to bottom.

On the Burma Shave it was to keep the brush handle the same as original but with the better knot. Once you drill down through the shelf it is a lot of work to rebuild, so I just kept it the way it was. So it became 56 mm by default using the original shelf.

The Ever Ready was one that once the knot was removed, the entire handle inside was available so I wanted that one to have the shorter loft for face lathering. It is also weighted down for a nice solid feeling.

It was a mix of performance type on the Rex and Ever Ready and a keep it more stock looking on the Burma Shave.

(08-03-2012, 04:04 AM)oscar11 Wrote: I like the shape of the Burma Shave brush, nice.

Thanks. I wanted to keep that old Burma Shave / C40 looking as original as possible but with a much better knot.

Now you see why I was in no real hurry earlier for other handles. These were in the works.

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 08-03-2012, 05:31 AM
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Very nice pictures and great work, Gary.

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 08-03-2012, 05:32 AM
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Great restoration work, congratulations!

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 08-03-2012, 10:47 AM
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Gary,I find 56 mm loft too long to be suitable for facelathering.Could it be used with that loft for face lathering,im sure it could,but with 53mm or even 52mm,Im sure would perform better.Just my thoughts.Looking forward to read your review of the brushes.

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 08-03-2012, 04:54 PM
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(08-03-2012, 10:47 AM)Teiste Wrote: Gary,I find 56 mm loft too long to be suitable for facelathering.Could it be used with that loft for face lathering,im sure it could,but with 53mm or even 52mm,Im sure would perform better.Just my thoughts.Looking forward to read your review of the brushes.

Now my 60 mm Silvertip is worthless for face lathering.
My 55 mm Silvertip with the wood handle works well for either way face or bowl. That is why I picked two lofts and let the Burma Shave stay as is.

Stay tuned because something else is coming out soon.

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 07-04-2013, 07:34 AM
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Here is the Burma / C40 for today's shave.

[Image: 9207072565_03a75d270c_b.jpg]

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 07-04-2013, 08:46 AM
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(07-04-2013, 07:34 AM)GDCarrington Wrote: Here is the Burma / C40 for today's shave.

[Image: 9207072565_03a75d270c_b.jpg]

Great picture. Happy 4th

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 08-04-2013, 04:56 AM
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Very nice Gary! I am really liking my Chesterfield you did!!

Bob

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 08-04-2013, 04:21 PM
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(08-04-2013, 04:56 AM)Coyote Wrote: Very nice Gary! I am really liking my Chesterfield you did!!

Bob

Wonderful! I knew it would be a great brush when I held it at the finished stage!

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