12-14-2012, 06:31 PM
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The first Horse hair brush that I had purchased was a Vie-Long Sardinero 13800. After less than a month it had developed a doughnut hole the size of Texas...okay, maybe not that big, but as you can see from the pics, bad enough.

I had wanted to re-knot this almost immediately, but I decided to spend my money on a Semogue boar instead. Well it has just bugged me for this brush to be sitting in a drawer, so I felt the time had come to get a knot for it.

I had purchased a knot that was too small, so after talking to Gary (GD Carrington) I decided to go with a 22mm knot based on the size of the opening.

Well here are the before and after pics. I have to laugh, as I had no idea this thing would bloom as large as it did. I have not used it yet, but it will get the inaugural shave tomorrow.
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Sorry for bad quality of this image but I was so upset by the doughnut hole, I really did not care if it was in focus or not.
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Another angle of that large doughnut hole
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The knot easily came out after following Gary's steaming method.
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New 22mm TGN Super Silvertip Pre-Bloom
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The knot after the building a lather, allowing it sit all day, and then rinsing tonight.[Image: vie-long-04.jpg]
The mushroom head of this crazy thing....it's huge.

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 12-14-2012, 06:35 PM
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  • Dave
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That's awesome and looks great

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 12-14-2012, 06:38 PM
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Thanks Dave...it feels really nice, I cannot wait to try it tomorrow.

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 12-14-2012, 06:39 PM
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  • Dave
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(12-14-2012, 06:38 PM)Azarius Wrote: Thanks Dave...it feels really nice, I cannot wait to try it tomorrow.

You can paint some lather then paint your fence with it. Very nice bloom!!

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 12-14-2012, 06:41 PM
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  • beartrap
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It is a really good match, looks great!

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 12-14-2012, 07:13 PM
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The nuclear bloom! Awesome. That should be quite a luxurious brush for you!

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 12-14-2012, 08:04 PM
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That turned out gorgeous!

I have a Zurito, and the best thing about it is the handle. You've inspired me to go ahead and reknot it.

--Glenn

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 12-15-2012, 04:51 AM
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  • MikekiM
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I reknotted a Hoffritz beer barrel using a TGN Super Silvertip in 22.. I had to enlarge the hole a little, but once done.. it bloomed much the same as yours..

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Sad to say, it's a little too floppy for me and I have considered pulling the knot and starting over. I actually added a rubber o-ring to the knot just above the collar and it helped a bit, but it would take about three o-rings to get this knot where I would want it..

Good luck with your maiden voyage!!

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 12-15-2012, 04:53 AM
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Mike don't touch that brush, it may be floppy but man, that thing is pure beauty.

If you do pull it though, knowing your tastes, I suggest a Shavemac Finest, its silvertip soft, with boar flow through.

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 12-15-2012, 05:16 AM
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Wow, that's quite the bloom.

I've restored a number of brushes. How deep did you set the knot?

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 12-15-2012, 08:04 AM
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  • mikeperry
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Hi Arley

Nicely done, and that is some serious bloom Eyepop

What loft did you set the knot at?

What was the diameter of the (existing) knot hole? Did you end up widening it or leaving as is?

Take care, Mike

Edit: Fixed grammar.

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 12-15-2012, 03:21 PM
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Great job, Arley! Looks great!

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 12-17-2012, 07:24 PM
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Huge bloom - don't try to dip that into a half empty pot of Acqua Di Parma shaving cream Biggrin

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