08-30-2017, 06:16 PM
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I bought a custom Elite Manchurian brush (awesome brushes btw) which I purposefully set a bit higher (26x54). Sometimes I like a dense knot, but most times I like a taller setting for better flow through and softness. So I slid a couple of rubber O-rings onto the base of the brush and BAM! Now it's an adjustable! Anyone else ever try doing this? What has your experience been?

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 08-30-2017, 06:56 PM
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Interesting concept. How flexible are the o rings? Clearly enough so that you could get them over the top of the knot and down to the base without ruining the fibers. I'd be concerned that the rubber rings would tear or pull the hairs if/when they are removed or adjusted. But, otoh it's a novel idea, for sure. Got any pics?

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 08-30-2017, 07:14 PM
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(08-30-2017, 06:56 PM)chazt Wrote: Interesting concept. How flexible are the o rings? Clearly enough so that you could get them over the top of the knot and down to the base without ruining the fibers. I'd be concerned that the rubber rings would tear or pull the hairs if/when they are removed or adjusted. But, otoh it's a novel idea, for sure. Got any pics?


The O-rings are somewhat flexible, but it does take some effort to stretch them. You are right to be concerned about going over the brush hair from top to bottom of the knot. That's why I go the reverse route from handle bottom up to the base of the knot. Here's a pic. You can see that I even have a reserve O-ring sitting on the handle and can slide it up if I want even more density.
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 08-30-2017, 07:44 PM
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Well, DUH! I am a real dolt. It never occurred to me that going handle first would be the way to accomplish that. Nice brush, btw. Enjoy your shaves Smile

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 08-31-2017, 03:41 AM
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(08-30-2017, 07:44 PM)chazt Wrote: Well, DUH! I am a real dolt. It never occurred to me that going handle first would be the way to accomplish that. Nice brush, btw. Enjoy your shaves Smile

I wouldn't knock your comment because my own first (failed) attempt at this was over the top. Luckily the O-rings were barely flexible enough to make it work. Obviously won't work with all handle styles, but an interesting experiment for me nonetheless.

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 08-31-2017, 04:18 AM
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At some point over the years I read about this somewhere, but this is the first thread I've seen discussing it in detail.  It seems fine as long as you don't damage the knot, or mind the effort to place and remove the rings.  By the way, that's a very nice brush.  I've set Bob Quinn's 26mm Manchurian White knots to a loft of 50mm, and it's worked well for me.

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 08-31-2017, 04:18 AM
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At some point over the years I read about this somewhere, but this is the first thread I've seen discussing it in detail.  It seems fine as long as you don't damage the knot, or mind the effort to place and remove the rings.  By the way, that's a very nice brush.  I've set Bob Quinn's 26mm Manchurian White knots to a loft of 50mm, and it's worked well for me.

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 08-31-2017, 06:56 AM
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I've done this before. Works well.

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 08-31-2017, 07:39 AM
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I think that it is easier to do this with a roll of blue one inch painters tape.
I use this method when I'm working on the brush handles I've gotten off of eBay to bring them back to life again.
Wrap the brush tight and slide an o-ring over it.
Then unwrap it.
Easy peasie.
You can get o-rings from a auto parts store.
I wouldn't be able to get the o-ring over some of the handles I have.
You could probably make rubber bands do too.

Ron

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 08-31-2017, 12:15 PM
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(08-30-2017, 06:16 PM)shaveser Wrote: I bought a custom Elite Manchurian brush (awesome brushes btw) which I purposefully set a bit higher (26x54). Sometimes I like a dense knot, but most times I like a taller setting for better flow through and softness. So I slid a couple of rubber O-rings onto the base of the brush and BAM! Now it's an adjustable! Anyone else ever try doing this? What has your experience been?


I've thought about this concept many times. Never tried it yet though. Glad it works!!

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 09-04-2017, 05:51 AM
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I have a Semogue SOC boar on the way. Will give this technique a try on that brush as I understand it has a tendency for wild splay at times.

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 09-04-2017, 06:12 AM
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Years ago Shavemac sold an adjustable shave brush.  I was so tempted to buy one and now I kind of regret it.  They are pretty cool.  Here's a few pics I found on the old innerwebs.

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 09-04-2017, 08:54 AM
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I did that with one of my brushes but using a wide rubber band.  It worked just fine, but when I took it off I found I like the feel of the knot without it.  As for the shavemac Moss adjustable brush, there has been some talk on the Against the Grain forum about reviving it; I believe Nishy may have had preliminary discussions with Bernd

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 09-05-2017, 12:19 PM
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(09-04-2017, 06:12 AM)ddk13 Wrote: Years ago Shavemac sold an adjustable shave brush.  I was so tempted to buy one and now I kind of regret it.  They are pretty cool.  Here's a few pics I found on the old innerwebs.

[Image: ul3pCgo.jpg][Image: aGcBtYC.jpg][Image: utJ9lqT.jpg]

Wow, very interesting.  I've never seen this type of Shavemac before.  Bernd should really consider reviving this offering, I'm sure there would be plenty of interest.  Very cool - thanks for posting!

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 09-06-2017, 03:38 PM
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That Shavemac is very cool, thanks for sharing!

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 09-08-2017, 11:27 AM
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That is neat looking

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 09-09-2017, 10:11 AM
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(08-30-2017, 06:16 PM)shaveser Wrote: I bought a custom Elite Manchurian brush (awesome brushes btw) which I purposefully set a bit higher (26x54). Sometimes I like a dense knot, but most times I like a taller setting for better flow through and softness. So I slid a couple of rubber O-rings onto the base of the brush and BAM! Now it's an adjustable!  Anyone else ever try doing this?  What has your experience been?

I've been doing it for years, i use my wifes hair scrunchies. I believe that is what she calls them.

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