08-29-2012, 01:40 PM
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I wasn't 100% happy with the mixed hair knot in this little brush, so ordered a 24mm XH Fan from TGN that came today.

I had steamed out the knot already, so all that was left was to fit this one (that was much easier then ripping it out with pliers)...thanks Teiste for the link and video in one of your posts.

Widened the hole to about 25.5mm to allow for a bit of splay (thanks edgerunner for the tip) and drilled down with a flat bottom dremel piece.

It's dry fit at around 50.2mm, perfect for face lathering. It's similar shape to my Duke 3 which I love, but the handle is just a tad heftier.

I liked the look of a few other guys brushes, and the Tulip brush, that have a bit of a flat top, so I decided to give mine just a smidgen of that effect by rubbing on a flat super fine sanding pad, then polishing with a higher grade.

So far it's looking pretty good Biggrin

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 08-29-2012, 01:44 PM
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  • Teiste
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Bruce,very nice!!! That fan shaped knot looks very good in that handle.Man,now you have a "Manchurian Grosvenor"!!!Biggrin

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 08-29-2012, 01:55 PM
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Thanks Teiste. I had had seen your re-knotted one a while back and it inspired me to do mine.

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 08-29-2012, 01:57 PM
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Nice, Bruce! Well done

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 08-29-2012, 04:19 PM
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Bruce,

I no longer miss that brush. It's gone to a better knot. Beautiful job.
oake

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 08-29-2012, 08:05 PM
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  • Teiste
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It seems that some 404 have really scratchy tips.I should get one again and test it out...and if it has really scratchy tips , I will re knot it with a finest badger fan shaped knot, like Bruce have done.

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 08-29-2012, 09:37 PM
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Excellent final.. very much like grosvenor handle and TGN finest fan.. perfect couple..

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 08-30-2012, 09:33 AM
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  • mikeperry
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(08-29-2012, 01:40 PM)Bruce Wrote: So far it's looking pretty good Biggrin

Hi Bruce

I agree, looking very! nice Thumbsup

Take care, Mike

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 08-30-2012, 09:49 AM
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Cool brush! I have one that's similar and love it!

I've removed some of the bristle markings on mine though.

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 08-30-2012, 10:28 AM
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Bruce, good job on the brush.

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 08-30-2012, 10:41 AM
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Do you still have a link to the vid for steaming the knot out? I have a T&H moonjava that I want to put a new knot in.

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 08-30-2012, 10:54 AM
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(08-30-2012, 10:41 AM)FlyingCostello Wrote: Do you still have a link to the vid for steaming the knot out? I have a T&H moonjava that I want to put a new knot in.

Hi Ryan

Here you go, Teiste's Shaving Brushes restorations post...

Good luck Smile

Take care, Mike

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 08-30-2012, 12:09 PM
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(08-30-2012, 10:54 AM)mikeperry Wrote:
(08-30-2012, 10:41 AM)FlyingCostello Wrote: Do you still have a link to the vid for steaming the knot out? I have a T&H moonjava that I want to put a new knot in.

Hi Ryan

Here you go, Teiste's Shaving Brushes restorations post...

Good luck Smile

Take care, Mike

that's the one. mine took a good 45min or so of steaming, just make sure you have enough water and/or check it every 10min to make sure it doesn't boil the pot dry.

i wonder if an actually steamer (like a rice steamer) would work?

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 08-30-2012, 12:15 PM
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  • freddy
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Bruce, you did a beautiful job and the brush looks great so enjoy it. Thumbsup

I do have to admit that I actually like my mixed hair 404 but I can see where it wouldn't be for everyone.

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 08-30-2012, 01:00 PM
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(08-30-2012, 12:15 PM)freddy Wrote: Bruce, you did a beautiful job and the brush looks great so enjoy it. Thumbsup

I do have to admit that I actually like my mixed hair 404 but I can see where it wouldn't be for everyone.

thanks. i love the handle, from the 1st time i held it. used it a few times and it was ok, but after seeing and reading about a few other 404 restores, i couldn't resist giving it a try.

it's currently setting in some epoxy (I didn't have any on hand yesterday) and may be put to use as early as tomorrow morning. Biggrin

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 08-30-2012, 10:22 PM
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  • steve g
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Nice job, I thought about buying a 404 just to change knots but it seems such a waste. The TGN finest fan top is a excellent choice, I have one in a Vey handle and love it, very soft.

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 08-30-2012, 11:03 PM
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(08-30-2012, 10:22 PM)steve g Wrote: Nice job, I thought about buying a 404 just to change knots but it seems such a waste. The TGN finest fan top is a excellent choice, I have one in a Vey handle and love it, very soft.

Its not a waste at all : the Grosvenor handle is one of the best handles I have tried.

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 08-31-2012, 04:01 AM
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(08-30-2012, 11:03 PM)Teiste Wrote:
(08-30-2012, 10:22 PM)steve g Wrote: Nice job, I thought about buying a 404 just to change knots but it seems such a waste. The TGN finest fan top is a excellent choice, I have one in a Vey handle and love it, very soft.

Its not a waste at all : the Grosvenor handle is one of the best handles I have tried.

agreed. i just used it for the 1st time.

to me, it's like the D3's little-bigger brother. and i think, if there was such a thing as a Simpson Duke 4, the Vulfix 404 handle would be it.

the handle is very similar to my D3 in terms of shape. the original opening for the knot, was obviously smaller (which i widened) but it's taller and beefier/robust, which is why I say "Little Big-Brother", rahter then "Big-Brother".

I'll post a side by side of the D3 with my 404 tonight.

i'm very happy with it's 1st outing.

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 08-31-2012, 04:17 AM
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I have the Grosvenor Mix and the Simfix 2-band, and I think this is one of the best handles in all of shavedom.

I generally prefer Vulfix handles to Simpson handles. The Vulfix 2234h is another example of a nice Vulfix handle, sturdy and pretty.

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 08-31-2012, 04:25 AM
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  • Johnny
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Bruce,

Fine job young man. Can't wait to see the side by side with your Duke 3.

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