Hand Made Luxury Shaving accessories by Rodney Neep


 

BRUSH RE-KNOTTING

I am prepared to re-knot shaving brushes that have been originally made by myself
BUT
Re-knotting of shaving brushes by other makers is not something that I really want to do.

Normally I avoid re-knotting other peoples' brushes if at all possible. The main problem that I have is that sometimes removing an old knot fails and damages the handle, especially if it is a brush from another manufacturer, when I am not sure how it is fitted. The old knot has to be cut out and then the core of the knot carefully ground out before a new knot can be fitted. There are some weird ones! Some types simply cannot be removed. If a brush is a treasured old one, and the handle fails, then I am the one who is blamed of course.

 


THIS ARTICLE IS INTENDED TO HELP PREVENT PROBLEMS WITH YOUR SHAVING BRUSHES.
Brushes can be expensive! They need to be carefully looked after, and then they will last for many years.

Please read
: Caring for your shaving brush
This information is included in the packaging of every shaving brush that I sell.

In particular please note:

Soap left at the base of the hairs is the most common cause of hair failure! This is even worse if the brush has been stored damp, when the base of the hairs will rot. I have seen one month old brushes shed hairs and fail for this reason! Moral: make sure the brush is thoroughly washed out after every use. This is especially important with extra dense packed silvertip badger. Run clean water under the tap into the END of the brush for 30 seconds or so. During this process gently squeeze (do not wring or twist!) the hairs together occasionally and then run more water into the knot, until there is no trace of soapy water remaining.

DESPITE THIS WARNING I HAVE HAD SOME COMPLAINTS OF BRUSHES STARTING TO LOSE HAIRS. IN EVERY CASE THE PROBLEM HAS BEEN FOUND TO BE ROTTEN & FRAGILE HAIRS DUE TO NOT HAVING BEEN WASHED OUT THROROUGHLY ENOUGH AND DRIED PROPERLY.

I might add that this is not a common problem, as most people look after their shaving brushes very well. In fact during the last two years (out of literally hundreds of shaving brushes made) there have only been three instances of the knots in my shaving brushes shedding hairs. Ironically two of those three instances have been from the same customer. I re-knotted his brush and he came back a few months later with the same problem with the re-knotted brush!

*Update March 2016 : I have now had another customer wanting to return three shaving brushes with a similar problem.

dried soap
Dried soap in the base of the hairs when the knot is cut out

dried soap
Dried soap at the base of the hairs when the knot is cut out.

I WILL NOT REPLACE KNOTS FREE OF CHARGE IF THIS IS FOUND TO BE THE CASE.
I will do it for you, but a charge will be made.

NEVER MASH A SHAVING BRUSH HARD AGAINST  YOUR FACE FLATTENING THE HAIRS. THE HAIRS  WILL FAIL.
Typical symptoms of this type of misuse are:
1. Hair loss
2. Tangled hairs
3. In severe cases a "hole" develops in the centre of the knot
damaged knot

damaged knot

I WILL NOT REPLACE KNOTS FREE OF CHARGE IF THIS IS FOUND TO BE THE CASE.
I will do it for you, but a charge will be made.

In areas of very hard water, calcium deposits may form on the hairs. That can also make the hairs very brittle and stiff, and they may shed as a result. Soaking the hairs (not the handle) in a mixture of white vinegar and water for a couple of hours once a month or so can solve problems.

I WILL NOT REPLACE KNOTS FREE OF CHARGE IF THIS IS FOUND TO BE THE CASE.
I will do it for you, but a charge will be made.

A shaving brush MUST be allowed to dry properly.
Do NOT put it in an enclosed cabinet when wet. It needs to be in the open air so that any remaining water in the knot will evaporate. There are mixed schools of thought on whether the brush should stand up on its base to dry or hung upside down on a brush stand. I don't believe that it makes a difference either way! After a thorough rinsing to remove ALL traces of soap flick out the remaining water and then lighly strop the hairs on a dry towel. Brushes that are put away wet will result in rotting of the hairs at the base of the knot, and the hairs will fail and shed from the brush.

I WILL NOT REPLACE KNOTS FREE OF CHARGE IF THIS IS FOUND TO BE THE CASE.
I will do it for you, but a charge will be made.

It is incredibly rare that a knot is faulty.
In fact I always test all knots by tugging at the hairs before fitting them to a new brush handle.

Re-knotting a shaving brush is not a simple and easy task. The old knot needs to be cut out, and its core ground out from the handle. That process is quite time-consuming. In fact, I can usually make an entirely new shaving brush in less time than it takes to re-knot an existing brush! Therefore it is not a cheap process.

Guide prices for re-knotting shaving brushes, including the cost of the new knot.
(The prices may vary accoring to the current price of replacement knots).

85.00
28/30mm Extra Dense Silvertip Badger
85.00
26/28mm Extra Dense Silvertip Badger
80.00
24/26mm Extra Dense Silvertip Badger
80.00
22/25mm Extra Dense Silvertip Badger
75.00
24/26mm Silvertip badger
75.00
24/26mm Manchurian 2 Band Badger

Plus postage or carriage costs to return the brush to you.

IMPORTANT: If you are sending a brush from overseas to be reknotted then there is an additional problem. On import into the UK then HM Customs will make a charge of 20% VAT on the stated value, plus 20% VAT on the postage cost, plus a handling charge. This can amount to a considerable cost in addition to the re-knotting charge. I will not know the actual amount of customs charge until it is ready to be delivered to me, and I will email you informing you of the payment due. If payment is not made immediately then I will refuse delivery and the brush will be returned to the sender.

Read the above article again. It is much better to look after your brush properly than have it fail because of misuse! A high quality shaving brush should last for many years!


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