10-10-2018, 09:19 PM
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Allow me to present the "Brush, Experimental, version Alpha" - or "X-A" for short.



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The knot is inexpensive Chinese badger from source who seems to mostly sell budget make up brushes and wigs. The handle is a piece of two-by-two construction lumber, good Norwegian spruce most likely, that have been ageing in my shed for a few years now. The finish is a mineral oil and CA glue finish, which - if my sources online can be trusted - should be at least somewhat water resistant.

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It's a 19mm knot with a "free loft" (above the handle) of approximately 55mm. The handle itself is about 45mm tall and 40mm in diameter... perhaps a little chubby, but the main objective with "Brush, Experimental, version Alpha" is to see how the knot works. Since I fully expect and even plans to de-knot it at some point and transfer the knot to a future "X-B", the knot is set in place with bathroom caulk as suggested in a thread on the Shave Nook.

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Finishing the handle took quite some time - not because it was particularly hard to turn, but I had to procure some Forstner Bits, thin CA glue, and not at least find the time in between everything else that have been going on.

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Used my punch set to stamp an A on the bottom. What I'll do when I have not just made versions Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and so on, but also versions Ærlig, Østen og Åse... well.. I guess I have to get some punches with numbers on. Or a laser engraver... either way it'll be a long time before that point is reached.

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The actual knot itself is fairly soft, with a bit of backbone and a pretty decent face feel for not having been broken in. It honestly feels better than my Wilkinson Sword Badger did before I broke it in... but miles away from the lovely Artisania Romera Manchurian Badger that I got from Phil at BullGoose Shaving. To me it's a pretty decent little lathererer, good for an inexpensive brush or for a beginner wetshaver who don't want to sink too much money into a new hobby. It'll be fun to see how the knot develops, in this handle and the ones that are sure to follow.

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Gents... I've taken the first step on a new shaving related journey... I have NO idea where I will end up Biggrin

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 10-10-2018, 10:20 PM
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  • ischiapp
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Nice first step!!

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 10-11-2018, 02:40 AM
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Soooooo, not taking orders yet.. Huh 
I want a different handle material, you have to offer more variety... Wink     Cheers

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 10-11-2018, 03:46 AM
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An excellent start Hans.

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 10-11-2018, 10:10 AM
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  • nikos.a
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Very very nice, Hans!

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 10-11-2018, 10:14 AM
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That is one heckuva first step.  The brush looks great.  I can't wait to see where this journey takes you.

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 10-11-2018, 02:58 PM
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Awesome handle. It looks very ergonomic. That definitely looks like a synthetic knot, btw. The crimping of the fibers is common in synthetics.

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 10-12-2018, 12:24 AM
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I guess Chinese badgers have synthetic hair.. after a few uses I'm leaning toward it being a synth, despite a somewhat beastly scent when I opened the package Tongue

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 10-12-2018, 02:48 AM
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  • chazt
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Nice work, Hans. I like it.

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 10-12-2018, 03:04 AM
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(10-11-2018, 02:58 PM)Watson15 Wrote: Awesome handle. It looks very ergonomic. That definitely looks like a synthetic knot, btw. The crimping of the fibers is common in synthetics.

+1

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 10-18-2018, 06:43 AM
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Having used the home made X-A for two weeks, I have reached a few conclusion; 
- While sold as "Chinese Badger", the knot is undoubtedly synthetic. Not a bad synthetic either, but not a great one.
- The knot lathers well, soft and with just enough backbone.
- The handle sits well in my hand, but is slightly on the large side.
- The mineral oil and CA-glue finish is in fact fairly waterproof. 
Overall I'll rate the X-A as a successful first brush.

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 10-18-2018, 07:28 AM
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  • SCOV
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(10-12-2018, 03:04 AM)Paladin Shaving Wrote:
(10-11-2018, 02:58 PM)Watson15 Wrote: Awesome handle. It looks very ergonomic. That definitely looks like a synthetic knot, btw. The crimping of the fibers is common in synthetics.

+1


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 10-19-2018, 10:42 AM
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Has a nice look to it, Hans

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 10-19-2018, 08:54 PM
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Thank you all; I am rather pleased with the result, although I think everyone is happy with the first brush they make - at least until the second one rolls of the lathe Wink

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