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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d be happy to work with you!