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Removing old bristles

Postby churchilllafemme » Mon May 16, 2011 10:03 am

I have a brush handle from which I want to remove the old bristles, so that I can replace them with a new silvertip or super knot. However, I'm not really a handyman and don't have a dremel or even a power drill. I had read that one shaver here had used channel lock pliers to yank out old bristles, then used a drill with a dremel bit to get the last of them out. Does anyone have any other suggestions for getting the residual bristles out without a power drill? If I were going to be doing this regularly, I'd buy a drill, but I probably am going to do just the one brush. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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Postby Sodapopjones » Mon May 16, 2011 1:25 pm

Depends on the brush, if its one that wasn't hand tied and is just a plug, good luck with that you're going to need a drill or a lot of patience and an ice pick to get all the epoxy out.

These are the steps I use before I bust the drill out,
Tape the entire handle with duct tape, making sure to go completely go around the collar and fold in the pieces of tape with my thumbnail.

A pair of scissors or sheers and trim the bristle down as far as possible

After that comes the drill :lol:
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Postby Blue As A Jewel » Mon May 16, 2011 2:37 pm

Or you could just send the handle in to Rudy Vey or Bernd at Shavemac... unless you see yourself as doing a number of these restorations/repairs
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Postby Squire » Mon May 16, 2011 3:24 pm

Or band saw the handle in half lengthwise, chisel out what doesn't belong, epoxy the two halves back together . . . wait a minute, you don't have a band saw . . . never mind.
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Postby brothers » Tue May 17, 2011 5:34 am

Sodapopjones wrote:Depends on the brush, if its one that wasn't hand tied and is just a plug, good luck with that you're going to need a drill or a lot of patience and an ice pick to get all the epoxy out.

These are the steps I use before I bust the drill out,
Tape the entire handle with duct tape, making sure to go completely go around the collar and fold in the pieces of tape with my thumbnail.

A pair of scissors or sheers and trim the bristle down as far as possible

After that comes the drill :lol:


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Postby druphus » Tue May 17, 2011 8:57 am

Squire wrote:Or band saw the handle in half lengthwise, chisel out what doesn't belong, epoxy the two halves back together . . . wait a minute, you don't have a band saw . . . never mind.


:lol: We should turn you loose on a wood-working forum Squire! :lol:

Do they make Feather band saws?
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Postby Squire » Tue May 17, 2011 8:56 pm

If they did I'm sure it would cut.
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