12-13-2012, 11:07 AM
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  • oscar11
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I received this brush as a gift from a friend. It's an oldie, horn and I believe I can make out made in France on it. Now do I restore, leave as is and just admire, or use it. Looks like around a 20-22mm knot.
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 12-13-2012, 11:13 AM
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Ben made the most compelling argument ever.

What's the point of a brush if not to shave with it? (paraphrasing)

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 12-13-2012, 11:19 AM
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That looks structurally good enough that you can reknot it.

Given it's age and form, I would make this into a softer brush by using a TGN Super Badger or better yet a Shavemac or higher quality knot.

I recall a discussion maybe over here, maybe over on TSD about horn and polishes to restore and keep them from having issues with getting brittle.

Maybe Glen at TSD or Jamie would have some information on that.

I would get that cleaned up and reknotted so that it will be a show stopper.

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 12-13-2012, 11:25 AM
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+1 What's already been written. Use it and do what it takes to make it useable if it isn't useable as it is.

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 12-13-2012, 03:36 PM
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Use it and see how it feels. It sure looks lovely and in great condition.

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 12-13-2012, 03:39 PM
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(12-13-2012, 11:19 AM)GDCarrington Wrote: I recall a discussion maybe over here, maybe over on TSD about horn and polishes to restore and keep them from having issues with getting brittle.

A soak in neatsfoot oil will bring horn back to life.

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 12-13-2012, 06:38 PM
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(12-13-2012, 11:13 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: Ben made the most compelling argument ever.

What's the point of a brush if not to shave with it? (paraphrasing)

Wink

(12-13-2012, 03:39 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(12-13-2012, 11:19 AM)GDCarrington Wrote: I recall a discussion maybe over here, maybe over on TSD about horn and polishes to restore and keep them from having issues with getting brittle.

A soak in neatsfoot oil will bring horn back to life.

I concur...

Brushes are made to be shaved with. The relationship that builds with use makes the brush more valuable to me...

I also use neatsfoot oil on my natural horn brushes.

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 12-13-2012, 06:43 PM
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That looks a lot like some of the old Plissons I've seen. I would try lathering with it before thinking about reknotting.

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 12-13-2012, 06:47 PM
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(12-13-2012, 06:43 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: That looks a lot like some of the old Plissons I've seen. I would try lathering with it before thinking about reknotting.

... "made in France" ... Stands to reason it would most likely be a Plisson... An email to Joris Viart (of Plisson) would confirm and perhaps they'd even re-knot?

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 12-13-2012, 07:01 PM
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[quote]perhaps they'd even re-knot? quote]

That would be amazing! A veritable Blast from the Past. It's a beautiful handle.

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 12-13-2012, 07:07 PM
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That is, indeed, a beautiful handle. If the knot is still able to be used then go for it. Otherwise, I agree with the others; reknot it and get a long life of use from it. Smile

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 12-13-2012, 11:26 PM
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I'll use it as is this morning. Thanks for the opinions.

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 12-14-2012, 02:09 PM
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(12-13-2012, 11:26 PM)oscar11 Wrote: I'll use it as is this morning. Thanks for the opinions.

Did you finally use it , Steve ?

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 12-14-2012, 04:42 PM
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Yes, I used it with some Simpson SC and face lathered. It did a very nice job and it is missing hairs (broken off) on the outside of the knot. Tomorrow I'll use it with a soap and face lather again.I was going to order a 28mm Shavemac knot today but think I'll wait for a few more days, I might have to order a 22mm knot instead. Of course, I'm sure my wife would like a 28mm Shavemac knot for Christmas.

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 12-14-2012, 04:46 PM
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(12-14-2012, 04:42 PM)oscar11 Wrote: Yes, I used it with some Simpson SC and face lathered. It did a very nice job and it is missing hairs (broken off) on the outside of the knot. Tomorrow I'll use it with a soap and face lather again.I was going to order a 28mm Shavemac knot today but think I'll wait for a few more days, I might have to order a 22mm knot instead. Of course, I'm sure my wife would like a 28mm Shavemac knot for Christmas.

Interesting , Steve. I thought , for some reason , that the knot was going to collapse...

What badger hair , finest ?

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