03-25-2012, 07:58 AM
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I bought this vintage Rooney handle reknotted in the (now unavailable) UK Silvertip knot from TGN a while ago, from a guy who restored it himself.

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Part of what attracted me to the brush was the beautiful butterscotch handle (pretty substantial - that's a 24 mm knot in there). The knot itself was another attraction - I've always liked the UK Silvertip knots.

This brush was assembled at the height of the 'super dense knot' craze over on B&B, and the loft was set low - to make the brush unable to really bloom much. It also limited the flow-through, and so, while I liked the brush and the feel of the knot, I didn't care for its other characteristics, and I kept trying to sell it.

I thought about just reknotting it, but that would have meant sacrificing the knot, and I didn't want to do that.

So, then Teiste put up his little tutorial on knot removal here, I decided to give it a go with this brush. This was the result:

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The knot essentially came out whole, though the plug may have been left behind a bit. I thought I'd just re-adjust the knot height and use it in the same handle. Idea

Some judicious gluing later, this was that I had:

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You can see the difference in bloom (when compared to the first pic, above). The feel on the face improved a lot too, it resembles a Chubby 2 in Super, even though the knot is smaller. The flow-through was just about spot-on.

I am really happy with the brush now, and will almost certainly hold onto it indefinitely. It's pretty much perfect for me, and all it took was raising the knot by a few mm!!

So, thanks Teiste!! Without your tutorial, I would have sold this brush, and that would have been a pity.


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 03-25-2012, 08:05 AM
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That looks great. What did you glue the knot to, or use as a spacer?

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 03-25-2012, 08:10 AM
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  • Johnny
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Depending on the size of the whole/knot, a nickel or a quarter works well for a spacer.

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 03-25-2012, 08:15 AM
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Great job! Brush looks fantastic. I am with you on not understanding the whole super dense, short loft craze

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 03-25-2012, 08:21 AM
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(03-25-2012, 08:05 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: That looks great. What did you glue the knot to, or use as a spacer?

I used two nickels. So this restoration cost me 10 cents.

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 03-25-2012, 08:22 AM
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  • mikeperry
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Hi Yohann

Very! nice, looks good Thumbup

Take care, Mike

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 03-25-2012, 08:25 AM
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Great job! It looks lovely now! Thumbsup

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 03-25-2012, 09:01 AM
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  • Howler
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Nice looking brush.

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 03-25-2012, 10:01 AM
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  • Sully
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Thanks Yohann. Now I'm off to read Teiste's tutorial.

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 03-25-2012, 10:38 AM
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  • seixi
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Great job, congratulations!

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 03-25-2012, 10:44 AM
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Very nice job Yohann.

(03-25-2012, 10:01 AM)Sully Wrote: Thanks Yohann. Now I'm off to read Teiste's tutorial.

Wait for me Shawn, I'm right behind you.

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 03-25-2012, 07:08 PM
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  • MaxP
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So what did you use to glue the knot?

Since you were able to get the knot loose using steam I doubt that it was previously set with epoxy.

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 03-25-2012, 09:16 PM
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  • Teiste
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Yohann,my friend,glad to know that I worked for you,and yes,a couple mm could change how we like/the behavior of a brush.

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 03-26-2012, 07:48 AM
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(03-25-2012, 07:08 PM)MaxP Wrote: So what did you use to glue the knot?

Since you were able to get the knot loose using steam I doubt that it was previously set with epoxy.

I don't know what was used to set it in the handle the first time, but I used rubber cement. It works, and it can be removed without drilling - both positives in my book.

The difference in height that it was set at was about 3 mm, and still the difference in feel is pretty amazing. The brush retains its backbone, but the flow-through is much, much better.

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 03-26-2012, 07:52 AM
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  • Leon
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That's a nice touch, Yohann. Enjoy it.

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 03-27-2012, 04:22 AM
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That's a Vulfix Silvertip, it must have been set extremely low to try and compensate for its lack of density; glad to see you remedied the previous owners folly.

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 03-27-2012, 09:06 AM
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Yohann,
Great job resetting the knot. Beautiful colour!

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 03-27-2012, 04:12 PM
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Nice finish and full bloom!

Excellent work!

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 03-29-2012, 07:34 AM
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  • Brent
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(03-25-2012, 08:10 AM)Johnny Wrote: Depending on the size of the whole/knot, a nickel or a quarter works well for a spacer.

And it adds an additional 5-25 cents in value! Wink

I'm not the biggest fan of butterscotch brushes but I do have to say that is one awesome looking brush. It's definately now in my top 5 of brushes that I've seen!

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 04-04-2012, 11:32 AM
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  • Edson
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(03-27-2012, 04:22 AM)Sodapopjones Wrote: That's a Vulfix Silvertip, it must have been set extremely low to try and compensate for its lack of density; glad to see you remedied the previous owners folly.

Actually I own 2 of these knots and am convinced that it was Simpson's 3-band super hair. The knot is actually extremely dense. I've owned Simpson's 3-band super brushes in the past and these knots feel the same to me. Based on the knot size, I and others really thought that this was a Chubby 1 knot.

In fact, I believe the prior owner of this brush (was it SliceOfLife Yohann?) was in the same agreement as I in regards to this being a Chubby 1 knot and he knew his brushes as well. Wish he was still around to post as he was a host of good information.

I have one set at 52mm, which I thought might be too high but it turned out to be one of my favorite 3-banders. I got another knot earlier this year and had it set at 48mm and it does make a huge difference. So far I'm liking the higher lofted one better.

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