10-06-2018, 07:47 PM
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I always comb out my brushes after rinsing and getting water out of the knot before hanging to fully dry. I've used an old comb with a lot of space between the teeth and I'm wondering if this brush has teeth too fine. Picked it up in the pet section at target but it does not specify if it's for long or short hair. What do you think does this brush look appropriate for the task? Is combing the hair out even necessary for that matter?[Image: brOBAAM.jpg]

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 10-06-2018, 07:55 PM
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I've never seen a need to comb badger brushes.  However, some believe that horse hair brushes should be combed to prevent tangling.

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 10-06-2018, 08:15 PM
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I've never combed my vintage badger brushes, and they seem to be aging well.

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 10-06-2018, 08:28 PM
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Combing at all, if required, should be done on a completely dry brush. I do comb my horse hair or Badger with bigger knot sizes.


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 10-06-2018, 09:04 PM
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Never combed any of my brushes.  No plans to do so.

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 10-06-2018, 09:57 PM
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I had to comb out one of my hose hair brushes a while ago, after I had failed to clean and shake it properly. A bead comb did nicely.

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 10-07-2018, 02:40 AM
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Uses to comb.  Don't any more.  I see no difference in my style of use.

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 10-07-2018, 02:51 AM
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Not me... For Badger, I brush it in paint like strokes on towel after gently squeezing out the water (After rinsing) then shape knot, allow to dry.   Cheers

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 10-07-2018, 05:58 AM
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Well I guess I'm wasting 20 seconds a day or a little over 2 hours a year... Time well spent admiring my brushes I think!
Jags I actually do let my 3 band knots, boars, and gel like tip 2-band knots dry before combing but I mostly use manchurian or D01 and they are fine combing damp. Thanks for the tip I will be sure to let them all fully dry before combing them out going forward. This comb works like a champ by the way if anyone is in the market.

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 10-07-2018, 07:16 AM
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I might have combed a brush or two in my day but mostly let them air dry and then paint them on a dry towel to get the shape back on them.

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 10-07-2018, 08:37 AM
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Hey, it’s your brush and your time. No right answer. They come you are using looks fantastic for the task.

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 10-08-2018, 10:47 AM
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For me, two reasons to put brush to a knot.  First, when it arrives, I'll comb the knot to remove any "unseated" hairs.  Second, for pictures (out of the box and freshly unwrapped and again after initial cleaning / lathering / drying).   After that, I only comb for taking pictures or if there is a suspected shedding issue.  Other than what I've mentioned, there isn't a real need to comb a knot.  

And NEVER, EVER run a comb through a wet or damp knot.   Nono

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 10-08-2018, 01:42 PM
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I could see damage to the knot from incorrect combing.  Brad Sears mentioned a shampoo yearly or so - seems to be more productive.

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 10-08-2018, 01:48 PM
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I took a large Goody comb and on the wide end I snipped out alternating tines to widen it a bit. Works quite well. I only comb it if the hairs are getting a bit twisted, and like Wegian says only when dry. That is because trying to comb it wet was quite a chore, but this was before I modified my comb. I suspect it would be much easier now.

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Found the comb and added a picture. Thought I filed the snipped tines down after doing this but I haven't. I'll get around to it.

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 10-08-2018, 02:41 PM
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No comb here.

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 10-08-2018, 03:10 PM
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(10-08-2018, 01:42 PM)SCOV Wrote: I could see damage to the knot from incorrect combing.  Brad Sears mentioned a shampoo yearly or so - seems to be more productive.


I do a shampoo after 15 uses.  It brings the knot back to life!

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 10-08-2018, 03:46 PM
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I used to comb my badger brushes using a handmade Kent comb.

Never really saw any benefits to doing it other than the brush might look nicer, but honestly it does nothing positive to the brush.

I haven't combed my brushes in now 2-3 years and they are all just fine.

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 10-08-2018, 03:51 PM
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(10-08-2018, 03:46 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: I used to comb my badger brushes using a handmade Kent comb.

Never really saw any benefits to doing it other than the brush might look nicer, but honestly it does nothing positive to the brush.

I haven't combed my brushes in now 2-3 years and they are all just fine.

This has been my experience also. They look well groomed Smile

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 10-12-2018, 03:13 AM
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(10-06-2018, 08:28 PM)Jags009 Wrote: Combing at all, if required, should be done on a completely dry brush. 

+1

We comb badger-hair knots when we get them to purge as many loose hairs as possible. We have special combs for that purpose. I hardly ever put a comb to a brush after I start using it. I do brush the tops back and forth with the palm of my hand frequently (and sometimes on a towel). It's best not to let badger-hair knots, especially of the gel-tip variety, dry in clumps.

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 10-12-2018, 04:25 AM
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What benefit do you think your getting from combing? Never done it myself and never had a problem.

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