02-02-2018, 11:11 PM
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Hello Gentlemen,

I want to include you all on a project that will take some time to finish and accomplish. For any of you interested in how someone in the brush industry may feel when assembling hair into a knot, this thread may be for you. I think this may be an opportunity to clear up some misconceptions of badger hair and the names or grading of certain hairs. In this thread, I would like to share pictures of individually hand picked and sorted badger loose badger hair. I plan to sort the hair into multiple divisions and sub-divisions.

After receiving a pack of loose badger hair, marked "2 band finest", I soon had to toss out some "common knowledge" I had learned over the last few years. I think some of you will be surprised by what you see once I am able to get pictures uploaded. The things I will be looking at the help sort the hair will be differences in taper of the tip, length of taper/tip, overall length of hair, length of middle band, thickness of shaft, etc.

Here are a few pictures of what I sorted months back and it has taken lots of time as one, it is very daunting to even do this with about 100 grams of hair, but it is so fine to grasp delicately and is very hard to view accurately with the naked eye as the hair is so thin, even for being supposedly finest or 2 band hair. In these pictures, it may be less than 40 individual hairs. It may not look all that great or even easy to decipher but even this amount requires quite a bit of paying attention.

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 02-03-2018, 12:25 AM
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This could be a very interesting thread as your observations & findings are relayed.

I’m sure, even at this very early stage, you’ve probably realised & deduced just how difficult Badger hair is to work with. By that I mean the actual handling of the material. Forming hand-made knots is a laboursome & highly skilled business. The hair is extremely fine & waste high in percentage terms, all adding a premium to brush pricing.

Good work.


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 02-03-2018, 12:53 AM
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This will be interesting to follow.  Thanks for undertaking this project and reporting on it.

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 02-03-2018, 04:13 AM
  • Shaun
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I'll be reading this thread very closely. Very interesting.

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 02-03-2018, 05:14 AM
  • Rufus
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This thread will be very interesting. I put the art of sorting and tying badger hair on a par with sorting and cutting diamonds. Neither is something I care to do, but I love the final outcome in both cases.

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 02-04-2018, 12:49 PM
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are those criteria similar to what vendors use? Do they have any tech/tricks to speed up the process given the scale at which they operate?

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 02-04-2018, 09:24 PM
  • chazt
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 02-05-2018, 06:19 PM
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Thank you for taking the time and sharing your thoughts.

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 02-15-2018, 07:21 PM
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Here is a little bouquet or fan of badger hair you can see. I can't tell you how many hairs that might be but it will require a bit of rinsing and visual sorting. It has been rinsed and cleaned as the badger funk still exists with the natural hair itself. But visually I have noticed a bit of character or spikes in the tips when they have started to be soaked in water and rinsed.

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 02-19-2018, 02:50 PM
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Now, that's a hobby!  Wink
Lightbulb Idea....A make your own brush kit. Comes with a hunk of plastic or wood for handle, bag of hair and instructions,, Badger

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