WOOD HANDLE SECRET

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WOOD HANDLE SECRET

Post by malocchio » Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:27 pm

How do the old portuguese wet shavers keep those old wood handles so good looking on their shave brushes ?? it's been a secret for a long time,but now with the wonder of internet power,you can find the mystery out for yourself...I have known about this for awhile,from an old post on a portuguese shave forum....the secret is an antique product that has been around since the year I was born ! ENCERITE...a small can will last you a long ,long time,even if you have a dozen brushes with wood handles...you rub it on,let the brush sit for an hour,then rub it off.encerite cleans,shines,and protects the wood..this stuff is made to be used by hand,not machine....it is a very moist wax-cleaner and comes in several tints and sizes...I use the neutral,and it works great...
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Post by nathanb » Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:01 pm

Thanks for the great tip! I have a Semogue Owners Club 2 band with a wood handle on the way and will want to keep it looking good. 8)
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Post by divotmax » Mon Jun 20, 2011 6:27 am

I guess you would have to have a wood handle that wasn't sealed with epoxy or something else; the wax wouldn't be able to be absorbed into the wood. Same problem with most wood furniture made since the 1960's; it has been sealed and none of the commercial furniture waxes or other "protection" solutions get to the wood. It just sits on top of the finish and gets wiped off.
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Re: WOOD HANDLE SECRET

Post by ScottB » Mon Jun 20, 2011 6:41 am

malocchio wrote:How do the old portuguese wet shavers keep those old wood handles so good looking on their shave brushes ?? it's been a secret for a long time,but now with the wonder of internet power,you can find the mystery out for yourself...I have known about this for awhile,from an old post on a portuguese shave forum....the secret is an antique product that has been around since the year I was born ! ENCERITE...a small can will last you a long ,long time,even if you have a dozen brushes with wood handles...you rub it on,let the brush sit for an hour,then rub it off.encerite cleans,shines,and protects the wood..this stuff is made to be used by hand,not machine....it is a very moist wax-cleaner and comes in several tints and sizes...I use the neutral,and it works great...
I applied carnuba to the handle of my Semogue 1305 after I received it since the handle seems to be painted.

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Post by 95% » Mon Jun 20, 2011 6:51 am

I don't have any brushes with wooden handles (except a Semogue 1305, which, as Scott says, is painted.) But this product interests me as a preservative for my wooden soap bowls (Trumper, Taylor, Harris.) They don't appear to have a sealed finish and ought to benefit.
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Post by malocchio » Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:44 am

yes ,most modern brushes will have something equal to a "lacquer" or varnishing...with time the coating wears off and encerite will restore the luster,sure you can always re-varnish,but encerite is good also...even with a fresh handle,the encerite will disolve and clean the lather residue off your handle,works really well..a lot of economy brushes,especially those from turkey such as some of the jaguars ,are unvarnished,or uncoated,encerite is perfect for these as well

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Post by Blue As A Jewel » Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:28 am

Renaissance wax also works very well on a variety of handles including wood and horn.
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Post by m3m0ryleak » Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:41 pm

I can't translate the label but the art work suggests it's a paste floor wax so wouldn't a similar product like Butcher's achieve the same end?.
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Post by malocchio » Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:28 pm

I have never used the butchers boston polish,but I am sure there are many good waxes and polishes out there.the encerite is about 10 times softer than the old johnsons floor wax in the can,it really has a lot of wood moisturizers in it...

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