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Ever-Ready 200 Restoration

One of the services I offer over on ShaveYourFace is the restoration of old shaving brushes.  The process is relatively simple: Removing the old hair by various means (sometimes the old hair knot just pops right out, which is most convenient but doesn’t happen very often); drilling out the old glue which is usually epoxy but sometimes other materials; and then installation of the new hair knot  (knots can be provided by customer or us).  I was recently asked to do this for a customer and he was gracious enough to let me post about the restoration and he also provided some before and after picture.

Before any work. Note the worn out bristles.

Some details about this restoration:  I had been having a lot of trouble with drilling out old epoxy.  The bits I had been using in the rotary tool kept getting dull very quickly, would jump out of the handle damaging it or sometimes rendering it useless.  While not so bad a loss on your own, it would be killer on a customer’s handle.  So I went by the local Woodcraft store, picked up a set of diamond coated bits and MAN they made the biggest difference ever.  They are so much easier to use and control, plus they were a whole lot faster at drilling out the epoxy. Wish I had purchased them a lot sooner.

Another thing for this brush is that the customer had provided a larger knot for installation than the original hole.  After some creative thinking I took some sandpaper and a dowel rod to the opening and this worked especially well. My main concern was getting the opening uneven and egg shaped, I think the dowel rod helped prevent this.  The process opened up the hole in no time and it came out very even and smooth.

After the restoration. Refurbished with a Golden Nib 24mm finest badger hair knot set at 50mm.

Overall I was really pleased with how the brush came out, and so was the customer!  The process taught me a lot about modifying the original handle and I look forward to doing many more.  If you have a brush you would like restored or would like to see our current inventory of brush handles to be restored send an e-mail to and I’d be happy to work with you!

Now that's a happy shaving brush! Lathered up and ready to go!

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Posted by on March 13, 2012 in Restoration


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Shaving Oil: use it!

Oil has been used for thousands of years as a healing agent, softener, and moisturizer for our skin. Vegetable oils are very similar to our own oils that our skin produces to help protect our skin. How does this apply to us shaving folk? Well, these are properties that we search for when shaving our faces!

Many different oils have been used in shaving, including olive oil and “baby” oil. But why shave with oil? It provides a smooth and very slick surface that helps to heal razor burn and small nicks, plus helps keep the skin hydrated at the same time! Shaving oil can also be used as effective pre-shave oil under your lather. Adding another protective layer gives you an even more pleasurable shave experience. This may seem like a miracle product, and it should be!

Shaving oil products are very small in quantity and compact in size, making them ideal for the traveler. Usually supplied in one ounce, or half ounce, sized bottles, they are TSA compliant and can provide as many as 100 shaves with one bottle.

A high volume traveler or not, I highly recommend picking up a bottle. Here’s what to look for:

Choose a product that has light oil as its base. Go with a product that uses Sunflower Seed oil, Grape seed oil, Coconut, or Avocado oil. Olive oil is nice, but it can be heavy and people with combination or oily skin can have problems with it clogging pores.

Also look for a tight locking lid! There’s nothing like oil leaked all over your clothes and luggage to ruin a trip. Consider packing your product in a zip-lock sealing baggie.

Find a bottle with a small opening for dispensing, you only need a few drops per shave.

Using shaving oil is quite simple! Simply step out of the shower with your face still damp (not dripping!) dispense the recommended drops into the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together, then rub the oil into your beard area. If it feels a little dry or sticky, dip your finger into water and then repeat. Adding a little bit of water will “activate” and distribute the oil.

Here are a couple of shaving oils that I highly recommend:

  • King of Shaves Shave oil, Alpha Oil, Kinexium and Serums. Will King started the shave oil revolution back in 1993, and his brand has since become the third largest shaving product company in the world! You don’t get this big with crummy products! Well worth finding a bottle!
  • Pacific Shaving Company. A relatively new company that began in 2002, their shave oil is fantastic and has a pleasant light citrus scent! The rest of their products are top notch as well.

(Originally written for, as yet unpublished)

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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in Shaving


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