OK, I blame the enablers around various fora for this. Posting pics of your wonderful restored brushes.
So I've got the bug, well, maybe. At least the IDEA of a brush restoration is very appealing. The actual practice of it may be less so, especially given the huge list of things I need to do shave related before starting a new project.
Anyway I decided I should get a cheap brush to start with. The pic on eBay looked interesting, butterscotch? and it didn't cost much:
OK, so I've done my dough on that lot. A rough cheap and nasty plastic job that is splitting and a made in China thing (I was hoping for a Omega boar from the vague pics on the listing)
So, time to try again....
The amber looking based one has what looks like a melted bit on the side and the other one has lots of scratches. Repairable? I don't know enough to know. Maybe worth a try????
So, after the lack of success so far I wasn't holding my breath on the final purchase. This is the pic from the ebay listing -
It wasn't a lot of money so maybe another learning experience.
No markings on the brush according to the seller so I had no expectations when this arrived, a nondescript box
Open it up, hmmm, this is more promising, nice colour, a worth candidate for a restoration and re-knot maybe? The colour is very different in the flesh to the listing pic - maybe finally I have taking a punt with some success!
Take the brush out of the box and turn it over....
Hey, that label looks familiar. Have I got a vintage Simpson? The engraving says '41' and 'Pure Badger' with the same written on the box?
The pic doesn't do justice to the richness of the colour. Now to learn what to do with this baby and treat it well.
I've never heard of a Simpson '41' and can't find any information to date on them. I believe you can sent brushes back to Simpson to be re-knoted - in Best maybe? - but I have no idea what to do at this stage. Just happy that it was not the third strike and I was out!
(BTW - sorry for poor phone pics)
Are any of these worth doing anything with or should I use the first couple of purchases as practice pieces until I get something better?