Reducing brush loft

Victor Creazzi

King of Bondo
I want to reduce the loft of a synthetic knot and have some questions. sharptonn,on another thread, has alluded to trying different lofts and then when you are satisfied use goop to set the knot.

First, how do you try the different loft heights? One person glues the knot in with a small amount of silicone so that the glue bond can be broken. I don't really have any other ideas on how to temporarily set the loft.

Second, it seems like if the loft is significantly reduced, that there would be an area above the glue holding the knot together, but below the lip of the handle that would be a place for water to pool if the brush is set to dry bristles up.
 

whoever

Anonymous new guy
try some one economical like whippeddog.com age get a few different loft and diameters, granted they are not the best and will most likely drive you insane with all the shedding
but here is a tip 48 -50 mm loft and 24 -26mm knot seems to be what most like.
think of it as buying underwear, no one wants it after you tried it so go cheap until you find something you like.
 

Gasman

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I've never been able to get a knot out after glueing. I posted my opinions on the Other forum. Hope it helped. Let us know how you made out when you get to done.
 

Victor Creazzi

King of Bondo
Yeah, I decided to just use a temporary mock up handle out of a piece of fir with the hole small enough to hold by friction until I see what I want for loft. Then make the real handle and glue the knot once.

Edit; Changed fur to fir.
 
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Victor Creazzi

King of Bondo
This one is Timberwolf. A synthetic knot from Maggard. Made the temporary fir handle today.

Oh, I get it. No, fir, as in douglas fir. Misspelled it in the other post.
 

Gasman

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Ive always found a little less than double the knot size works for me when figuring loft. But brushes are a personnal thing. Glad you found what works for ya.

But were splitting hairs here. Lol
 

RezDog

Member
Knot all things being equal. There are vast differences in the density of knots. So while one knot may have a backbone at double the diameter the other may be a bit more floppy. I have been using VS knots from China with good success. They seem to last a while and have good density. The first round of knots I ordered, came from TGN and every one shed in no time. I ordered some from Frank shaving and they did not stand up for long either. I have some VS knots that are three years old and still holding on. Pixelfixed swore by TNG knots though and he made a lot of brushes.
 

Gasman

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Ive used a couple VS knots. Nothing bad to say about them at all. Plis the price is decent.

Vic, ive been wanting to pick up a fan shaped knot just to be different but havent gotten around to it. All of mine are bulb shaped too.
 
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