09-16-2012, 08:19 PM
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I love the handle on this brush. I picked it up for $12 today at an antique shop. I hope these handles can take a reknot as I won't use the brush with its current knot.

does anyone know if the handle on the brush will take a reknot without cracking the handle?

some photos...

   

   

   

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 09-16-2012, 08:22 PM
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Andrew, while I've never done & have no intention to, I do see those handles get reknots quite frequently.

I'm sure one of our many expert reknoters will answer you more definitively though. Great catch btw.

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 09-16-2012, 08:29 PM
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(09-16-2012, 08:22 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: Andrew, while I've never done & have no intention to, I do see those handles get reknots quite frequently.

I'm sure one of our many expert reknoters will answer you more definitively though. Great catch btw.

I hope so too so I can use it!

did you check out my razor scores thread?

http://shavenook.com/thread-i-hit-an-ant...load-today

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 09-17-2012, 11:35 AM
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Andrew- I have not re-knotted one of those yet, but do have 4 Ever Ready's in the que to be re-knotted that I plan on getting to soon. Prior to this my only reknot experience has been with more modern brushes using the steam removal method, which I would not recommend here as I've seen too many Ever Ready restore attempts turn bad when trying to remove the knot w/ steam- basically resulting in the handle cracking.

The information I'm passing on to you here, is information that I have received/ and or seen from other experienced re-knotters. This seems to be the most common approach in successfully removing the knot on the Ever Readys and other vintage brushes.

1- Use a pair of scissors or sharp knife to cut the knot down as close down to the handle as you can.

2- At this point I've seen people place tape around the handle to further reinforce it, not sure if this step is necessary or not.

3- Using a small rotary tool- like a Dremmel- carefully and slowly grind out the rest of the knot from the handle, removing as much of the glue/ epoxy from the inside of the handle as possible

4- Measure hole size, order the correct sized knot of you choice

5- set knot in brush handle using a 2-part epoxy.

Hopefully this helps you out a bit.

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 09-17-2012, 11:44 AM
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Hi Andrew

I believe you will find these couple of threads somewhat helpful, useful: Good luck.

Take care, Mike

Edit: Fixed grammar.

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 09-17-2012, 11:53 AM
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Andrew,

Those handles are great to reknot. I've reknotted plenty of 200T's, which are the same as what you purchased only in a different color.

My process was fairly simple. Cut down the old knot, drill it out carefully from the center and then sand to the size I wanted.

The inside of the handle is in fact hollow, so if you want any sort of weight to it, this is where you add it. I filled mine with epoxy and added BB's from a BB gun till it was where I wanted. (I think I've put ~10-12 in there.)

The epoxy does heat up, but I've never had one break on me. Other users of other forums have found different methods of cooling, like placing the handle in water while the epoxy cures. Not under water, but just enough so that a portion of the handle is in the water.

Obviously there are other methods you can use like corking it, but they're totally up to you.

You've got a great handle there! Good luck with your restoration!

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 09-17-2012, 08:44 PM
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Good luck with the re-knotting, Andrew. That is a beautiful brush.

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 10-04-2012, 05:16 PM
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Those old Ever Ready brushes are very popular. Enjoy!

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 10-05-2012, 04:02 AM
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That handle is a simple, yet elegant design. One of my favorites. Please post pics with the new knot.

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 10-05-2012, 04:51 AM
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That should reknot just fine the handle is going to be hollow and you will need to fill it with something, I would go with the no steam method though, and be careful when you epoxy the knot, the handles heat up a bit...

Here's mine, different handle though!

   

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 10-05-2012, 04:58 AM
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(10-05-2012, 04:51 AM)Sodapopjones Wrote: That should reknot just fine the handle is going to be hollow and you will need to fill it with something, I would go with the no steam method though, and be careful when you epoxy the knot, the handles heat up a bit...

Here's mine, different handle though!

I like to re-knot colorful handles like yours rather than use one ready-made.

(09-16-2012, 08:19 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote: I love the handle on this brush. I picked it up for $12 today at an antique shop. I hope these handles can take a reknot as I won't use the brush with its current knot.

does anyone know if the handle on the brush will take a reknot without cracking the handle?

some photos...

I have messed up a couple because I'm a kluttz, but for the most part I have been successful drilling the old knot out and re-knotting.

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 10-05-2012, 05:09 AM
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(10-05-2012, 04:58 AM)CaliforniaCajun Wrote:
(10-05-2012, 04:51 AM)Sodapopjones Wrote: That should reknot just fine the handle is going to be hollow and you will need to fill it with something, I would go with the no steam method though, and be careful when you epoxy the knot, the handles heat up a bit...

Here's mine, different handle though!

I like to re-knot colorful handles like yours rather than use one ready-made.

(09-16-2012, 08:19 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote: I love the handle on this brush. I picked it up for $12 today at an antique shop. I hope these handles can take a reknot as I won't use the brush with its current knot.

does anyone know if the handle on the brush will take a reknot without cracking the handle?

some photos...

I have messed up a couple because I'm a kluttz, but for the most part I have been successful drilling the old knot out and re-knotting.

I have a bakelite Klenzo I did, and man that one was nerve racking, but its cool, the mess-ups yellowed too over the time I have had it!

   

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 10-05-2012, 07:55 AM
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That's a nice classic handle. Good luck with the re-knot.

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 10-05-2012, 11:03 AM
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I sent my brush to Gary to reknot. It should be in my hands in just a few days. He used a 20mm TGN silvertip knot.

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 10-05-2012, 01:54 PM
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Nice handle! You'll need to let us see the new/old brush when you get it.

IMO it's something pretty special.

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 10-05-2012, 08:01 PM
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(10-05-2012, 01:54 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Nice handle! You'll need to let us see the new/old brush when you get it.

IMO it's something pretty special.

for sure.

I might even take a video of myself face lathering with it since I finally got a tripod attachment for my phone.

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 10-07-2012, 10:54 AM
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100T's a nice brush,feels great in hand.I've got some refurb projects of my own to do,never tried before,not sure if I'm going to attempt it myself or not.

[Image: ER200and100T.jpg]

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 10-07-2012, 11:45 AM
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Nice pick up, my Dad has an old ER brush. You'll have no worries with a re-knot.

Good luck with it.

Mark

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 10-09-2012, 12:04 PM
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I just got the brush back today and it looks great. I can't wait to see how the knot blossoms out after a few uses. Gary did a great job!

I'll take some photos tonight.

Here's a photo Gary sent me of the brush:

reknot progression, with the left being the original knot and the right being the reknot:

[Image: er100t_progression.jpg?m=1349817020]

final restoration:

[Image: er100t_reknot.jpg?m=1349814169]

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 10-09-2012, 04:14 PM
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Thanks Andrew for allowing me the opportunity to recreate that with a much better knot!

I hope it serves you well for years to come.

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