06-16-2017, 07:58 AM
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Is it possible to lower the loft of my Thater brushes? If so, who do you recommend to lower the loft for me? Thanks

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 06-16-2017, 08:04 AM
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Normally, separating knot from handle involves the sacrifice of one of them. For that I would recommend Rudy Vey from Ultimate Pen Designs. 
There is an alternative DIY method that I don't think any pro brush maker would do for you and I personally would not use http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=764.

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 06-16-2017, 08:21 AM
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I'd echo the above.  It might not be worth the effort, considering the possible loss of a very nice Thater knot.  Some members have put rubber bands or zip ties around the knot to effectively "lower" the loft but of course, that's not the most visually pleasing solution.

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 06-16-2017, 08:32 AM
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You could send your Thater to Doug Korn, who can transplant the knot into one of his custom handles and set the loft lower.  However, I would be surprised if an artisan can lower the loft on your existing handle.

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 06-16-2017, 08:36 AM
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(06-16-2017, 08:32 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: You could send your Thater to Doug Korn, who can transplant the knot into one of his custom handles and set the loft lower.
Had to sacrifice my handle but yes, that's exactly what I did - and a Thater to boot.

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 06-17-2017, 02:45 PM
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I've done a couple, and I wouldn't mess with steaming. There's a high risk of completely ruining a very high end badger knot. Cutting it out is the way to go, and then have a professional turn a new handle for it. Here's one I did for myself in Trustone.

[Image: 216728d1445899532-my-rehandled-thater-im...151052.jpg] [Image: 216730d1445899540-my-rehandled-thater-im...152017.jpg][Image: 216738d1445899794-my-rehandled-thater-im...145022.jpg][Image: 216733d1445899773-my-rehandled-thater-im...t_edit.jpg]

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 06-17-2017, 02:50 PM
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Nice work, Harry!

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 06-17-2017, 02:51 PM
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(06-17-2017, 02:50 PM)TexBilly Wrote: Nice work, Harry!

Thank you Sir. I love my lathe!! Smile

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 06-17-2017, 02:52 PM
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(06-17-2017, 02:45 PM)HarryWally Wrote: I've done a couple, and I wouldn't mess with steaming. There's a high risk of completely ruining a very high end badger knot. Cutting it out is the way to go, and then have a professional turn a new handle for it. Here's one I did for myself in Trustone.

[Image: 216728d1445899532-my-rehandled-thater-im...151052.jpg] [Image: 216730d1445899540-my-rehandled-thater-im...152017.jpg][Image: 216738d1445899794-my-rehandled-thater-im...145022.jpg][Image: 216733d1445899773-my-rehandled-thater-im...t_edit.jpg]

Very nicely done.

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 06-17-2017, 03:00 PM
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Thanks very much.

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 06-17-2017, 03:19 PM
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My 2 bits, sell the Thater/Thaters and buy one with the loft you want. IIRC some brush makers (artisans) have been able to acquire Thater knots, sans handle, but I might be in error there. (I was wrong once before)

Tell you this, if you're looking for scritch, I don't care how low you go, you won't find it in a Thater knot, Gel tips, but never scritch. IME.

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 06-17-2017, 04:01 PM
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(06-17-2017, 03:19 PM)JimmyH Wrote: My 2 bits, sell the Thater/Thaters and buy one with the loft you want. IIRC some brush makers (artisans) have been able to acquire Thater knots, sans handle, but I might be in error there. (I was wrong once before)

Tell you this, if you're looking for scritch, I don't care how low you go, you won't find it in a Thater knot, Gel tips, but never scritch. IME.

Ha! Just try to find one that doesn't smell like smoke is the key!  Tongue Wink

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 06-17-2017, 05:27 PM
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(06-17-2017, 04:01 PM)HarryWally Wrote:
(06-17-2017, 03:19 PM)JimmyH Wrote: My 2 bits, sell the Thater/Thaters and buy one with the loft you want. IIRC some brush makers (artisans) have been able to acquire Thater knots, sans handle, but I might be in error there. (I was wrong once before)

Tell you this, if you're looking for scritch, I don't care how low you go, you won't find it in a Thater knot, Gel tips, but never scritch. IME.

Ha! Just try to find one that doesn't smell like smoke is the key!  Tongue Wink

Not possible in my experience. All the brushes I've ever had smell like Dunhill Early Morning Pipe .......... or something similar .......  Thumbup

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 06-22-2017, 07:04 AM
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(06-16-2017, 07:58 AM)SweetReason Wrote: Is it possible to lower the loft of my Thater brushes? If so, who do you recommend to lower the loft for me? Thanks

Ouch!  I wish there was a way to do that without, as others have said, sacrificing the handle.  Some artisans have the skill and experience to cut the knot out of the handle, but it's a delicate procedure at best with no guarantees of success.  I've done it a number of times and frankly been lucky.  Rudy, Bob Quinn, and maybe a few others have the necessary skills and equipment, but I would tread very carefully.  The thing is:  unless you know how deeply the knot's set in the handle--and how much adhesive was used--it's very easy to cut through the knot--or the plug--and end up with a mess.

Candidly, if it was my brush, I'd sell it and order another one with a lower loft, as JimmyH suggests.

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