|Premium quality badger knots from Elite Razor|
I went to antique stores and searched eBay for vintage shaving brushes in need of restoration. The first couple were sort of rough, but I caught on quickly and learned what to look for. I have done a lot of grinding and sanding the past couple of months. I would actually love to do more, but I only need so many brushes. I probably don't need as many as I currently own, but I have been enjoying the process and learning about the subtleties of brush making and restoration. Here are some pics of restorations completed this winter and early spring:
|Rubberset 200-3 w/24mm mixed badger and boar knot|
This scrubby, barber-style brush is a keeper...in my top three
|Ever-Ready 100 w/22mm two band badger fan knot|
Magnets are installed in the handle to hang dry w/o a stand
|Century mini-brush w/16mm synthetic knot|
|Rubberset 153 w/22mm two band badger bulb knot|
This one was made for my friend Frank,
who might as well have been shaving with a roadkill brush.
|Ever-Ready 650PB w/22mm Tuxedo synthetic knot|
|Ever-Ready 150 w/26mm Plissoft synthetic knot|
|Made Rite 303L (ivory) w/22mm Silvertip badger knot|
|Made Rite 303L (black) w/22mm two band badger fan knot|
I didn't plan on buying this, but it was a good companion
to the ivory-colored brush above.
|Rubberset 754 w/20mm Tuxedo synthetic knot|
This one fits in a large pill bottle and now lives in my carry-on bag.
|Rubberset 203 w/24mm Manchurian White badger fan knot|
|Erskine 120 w/24mm High Mountain White badger knot|
Along with my original restore and the Rubberset 200-3 above,
this one rounds out my top three. Pillowy soft!
Most of this work was leading up to restoring a coveted Rubberset 400. Sanding these old resin brushes is not too hard. Sanding and polishing aluminum is a lot more work, so I wanted to be sure my technique was sound before putting in 4-5 hours worth of work on this. In the end, it came out pretty good! I might remove the knot I installed and have a super premium knot installed by Declaration Grooming. Here is a progression of sanding...
|Original, well used condition w/boar bristles|
|Before sanding - 400 grit wet sanding|
|600 - 1500 grit wet sanding|
|2000-3000 grit wet sanding and first polishing|
|5 hours later...with a mirror finish and a 24mm Manchurian White badger knot|
Like flies, I have way more brushes than I need, but I like variety. Want one? Let me know...I'm fishing again now that spring has sprung, but would gladly take a break for an excuse to work on some old brushes. Based on a recent comment from my wife, I won't be restoring any more for myself anytime soon! Thanks for indulging this slight departure. More fishing content coming soon...