05-30-2021, 03:52 PM
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Got this as part of a set today.  Only $10 for them.  Still looking into the particulars of the brush history.  As you can see, it has a crack in the bottom section of the handle.  Any ideas on repairing it.  Leave it alone?  Epoxy fill?  
Thoughts?
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 05-30-2021, 04:57 PM
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I would let it be. There are many vintage handles to be found that are in excellent condition.

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 05-30-2021, 06:09 PM
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Signs011  Unless the brush had sentimental value, I would not be inclined to put any effort into restoration.  Also, check to see how it shaves before deciding what to do with it.  You may not like the nylon bristles.

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 05-30-2021, 06:50 PM
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I gave it a good cleaning.  Plan on using it tomorrow.  At the very least, I figure it'll make a neat decorative piece for display.  I'll probably let the crack as is.

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 05-31-2021, 04:31 AM
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If you had a mindset to keep it some epoxy and then sanding it would work but as stated, too many brush handles to devote the time into it.

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 05-31-2021, 05:37 AM
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If you want to keep it. Give it a good clean. To stabilise the damage, lightly sand the effected area, keeping the reside from sanding. Then using a clear epoxy mix the residue and fill the crack. Sand again and thats about as good as it will get. There will be other better condition brushes out there but it doesn't mean you shouldn't save this one. If you replace the knot I assume that the handle will be hollow and you can then fill it with epoxy putty.

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 05-31-2021, 09:24 AM
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Used the brush for this mornings shave.  Not the biggest knot.  Similar in size to my Mystery Brush.  So it held enough lather for 3 passes.  The nylon bristles had a slight scritchiness to them.  Which I rather enjoyed.  The handle felt comfortable in my average size hands.  Over all, not a top performer, but good enough to keep as a neat display piece and for occasional use.
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 05-31-2021, 09:25 AM
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(05-31-2021, 05:37 AM)ebonysw45 Wrote: If you want to keep it. Give it a good clean. To stabilise the damage, lightly sand the effected area, keeping the reside from sanding. Then using a clear epoxy mix the residue and fill the crack. Sand again and thats about as good as it will get. There will be other better condition brushes out there but it doesn't mean you shouldn't save this one. If you replace the knot I assume that the handle will be hollow and you can then fill it with epoxy putty.

I like your idea.  May give it a go on down the road.  Thanks.

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 05-31-2021, 11:35 PM
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As an idea here is the last 4 brushes i restored. The red one had a crack that hadn't opened up yet, so after drilling out the knot I filled the cavity to above the red part of the handle with epoxy putty. 

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