08-25-2017, 06:27 PM
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It’s a very nice design. It looks modern and ergonomic. It also appears to be nicely proportioned relative to the knot. It’s very fun to see the prototyping process.


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 08-25-2017, 09:43 PM
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This is a very intriguing thread. Very cool!

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 08-28-2017, 03:03 PM
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Thanks cessnabird!

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 08-28-2017, 03:09 PM
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I had some time this weekend to put a knot in the grey handle.  Truth be told, I moved the knot from the white one to the grey...this knot is getting a bit ragged as it's been in about 4 different handles as a "tester".  Still a very nice feel to it.

Here is the knot and handles.  The red disc on the knot is a silicone shim I cut to get it set at the right loft.

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And with the knot temporarily set using some clear silicone...

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...and who would've thought that the handle design would make a decent brush holder...ala SV...

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I used the brush this morning and it performed very well.  Despite it's raggedness, the knot is still very nice and the handle fits well in the hand.  I am going to continue test driving it this week...

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 09-09-2017, 01:01 PM
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I put the brush through its paces over a week period, including some travel time.  I was very happy with the brush performance and the fit and finish of the handle.  The handle itself is a bit light as it is hollow, but that didn't bother me...particularly when traveling.  As I indicated before, I'll experiment with filling the hollow part with epoxy and maybe a ball bearing to give it some more heft.  

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 09-09-2017, 01:08 PM
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In the midst of these experiments, the opportunity arose for me to put together a brush for a special occasion.  I made a few modifications and sent the model off to the printer.  More on that later as it progresses, but here is a quick picture, hot off the press...

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 09-10-2017, 05:01 AM
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  • Sully
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I am enjoying this thread immensely!  Thank you for sharing your progress Tom.

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 09-10-2017, 07:10 AM
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Awesome progress, Tom. What resolution is that printing at? The finish looks quite good.

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 09-10-2017, 08:50 AM
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Thanks gents.  Appreciate the comments and I'll keep the updates coming.  As for resolution, I'm not sure what it is...I'll confirm with the printer.  I basically asked for "as smooth as possible"!  Smile

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 09-11-2017, 03:23 AM
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Fascinating stuff.

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 09-23-2017, 08:47 AM
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My brother is retiring after 20 years in the Naval Reserves and that prompted me to put a special brush together for him.  I had gotten him into DE shaving with a brush 3 or 4 years ago and I knew it would be appreciated.  Here are a few progress pics of the "20 and Done" special edition brush I put together...

Fresh out of the printer and cleaned up.  The handle has "20" recessed into the body and I added a recess on the bottom for a coin or medallion...

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With some of its buddies...I made two "20 and Done" handles in case I screwed one up, the rest are the original design...

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With the "20" masked off...

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After applying white silicone...

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and a before and after...

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 09-23-2017, 08:57 AM
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Adjusting the weight of the handle (remember it's hollow) using steel ball bearings and some SS washers as shims...


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Masked the handle and poured epoxy into the void to set the bearings and seal the void...

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 09-23-2017, 09:02 AM
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Prepped some "coins" to set in the base.  These are pins that I bought and took off the pin and ground the back flat...

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Coins set...

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 09-23-2017, 09:09 AM
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Tom, this is great. Your craftsmanship will duly impress your brother, I'm sure! A groovy and unique gift.

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 09-23-2017, 09:16 AM
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And the final product...

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 09-23-2017, 09:19 AM
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Thanks Charlie!  Can't wait to see what he thinks!

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 09-23-2017, 09:23 AM
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That's a really great and thoughtful gift Tom.

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 09-23-2017, 12:04 PM
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Thanks Sully!

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 09-23-2017, 12:15 PM
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Super cool project!

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 09-23-2017, 09:07 PM
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Wow very cool with the coins, that's quite an impressive end product

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