I have begun my second restoration. This time I got an old EverReady 650PB in Pure Badger from BST. This is a beautiful handle. Solid plastic/resin/whatever, hefty, well balanced and has a very nice smooth feel to it. It had a lot of old soap scummed up forming ridges and yellow stains that didn't completely come out. It's fine since it just adds character. I used lots of soap, water, tooth brush, elbow grease and at the end some Flitz to clean it up nicely. I have decided to re-knot it with TGN finest fan shaped knot. The knot has been ordered and I proceeded to remove the old knot. Here are the pictures so far.
Just before removing the old pure badger knot. This knot was old, floppy and shed like crazy
Initial removal of the hair
Handle masked off and the remainder of the knot drilled out. It really smelled like old fragrant talcum powder when I was removing it.
Tape off the handle just to make sure there was no damage.
Stay tuned for when the knot arrives. I have decided to go with a short loft, about 44mm (hole in the handle is 21.6mm or 0.85"). The knot I am getting is 20mm at the plug and something like 60mm total length. So I am planning to sink it about 16mm or so. I will have to make the actual decision on the loft height when I dry fit the knot in person. I am going for a Wee Scot's younger less experienced, but larger brother. The bar is set high. I want to have a brush that is anywhere as good as Wee Scot, but is slightly larger. I have no idea what the secret of Wee Scot is and I am only using it as a goal. Should I come even close to achieving it I will be extremely happy.
I will continue this thread as the work progresses.