Tutorial - How to Reknot

Nisse

Old geezer
I have used fish tank silicon, no tips or tricks needed, just add to bottom of hole, insert knot, press, twist, press, check if it is looking straight, let it set for a couple of days, enjoy. Never used a coin though as a spacer so not sure how that would work out.
 
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DeeCee

Dan
I think it's the coin that is the problem unfortunately :cry:
Unless I can remove it from the bottom of the knot, I may have to bin it and get some more!
 

Acer89

James
I've set many knots with a two pence coin insert without any issues

Questions:

Firstly, looking at your pic, even with the coin attached does the knot base hit the bottom of the socket? Can you hear the coin tapping on the base of the socket?

are you mixing both parts of the epoxy together for at least 30 seconds?

Are you using a quality epoxy such as araldite rapid and adding enough? Usually a blob the size of 5p is enough

Are you allowing the knot sufficient time to fully cure?
 

DeeCee

Dan
I've set many knots with a two pence coin insert without any issues

Questions:

Firstly, looking at your pic, even with the coin attached does the knot base hit the bottom of the socket? Can you hear the coin tapping on the base of the socket?

are you mixing both parts of the epoxy together for at least 30 seconds?

Are you using a quality epoxy such as araldite rapid and adding enough? Usually a blob the size of 5p is enough

Are you allowing the knot sufficient time to fully cure?
Thanks James,

Yeah I kept reading the tutorial and making sure I'd done all of those things...... The coin was hitting the base of the socket, but that's the part that has come away both times, so maybe there was something up with it? I'm using the araldite rapid epoxy and mixing for probably a bit more than 30 seconds.
I've now managed to get the coin off the knot, re sanded everything (socket and plug of knot), mixed more epoxy and re set it. Pushed it into the socket firmly, gave it a twist and applied some more pressure. Now it's sat on the side, I keep my fingers crossed!
 

Wayne

Forum Sod
Very informative, I'm inspired to give this a go. Following ES recent statement about Badger hairs, I'm thinking about reknotting my badgers with synthetic. I have zero equipment but I might order some and give it a go on one of my least favourite handles.
It isn't nearly as daunting as you may imagine. Equipment wise you only need a Dremmel type tool, a couple of drill bits, sanding drums and a Dremmel 115 bit. Most of that usually comes with the dremmel anyway.
 
It isn't nearly as daunting as you may imagine. Equipment wise you only need a Dremmel type tool, a couple of drill bits, sanding drums and a Dremmel 115 bit. Most of that usually comes with the dremmel anyway.
Yeah I'm about halfway through now. Drilled out 3 knots and the replacements arrived this week. Just need time to do it.
 

DeeCee

Dan
Used the Shavemac Molten Metal with 24mm Oumo Mother Lode today.... First impressions weren't great 😭 Love the handle, it is stunning, and the knot goes really well with it. However the knot is VERY floppy and holds A LOT of water! Couldn't get as good a lather as normal, and the knot didn't really seem to apply the lather that well onto my face
 

Nisse

Old geezer
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Using DIY handles in wood the good thing is the possibility to adapt handle to knot both depth and width but the bad thing is finding a suitable finish.
 
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Pattorashu

Senior Moment
Some great info. I've had luck pressing knots in a vise and drilling, never been tempted to steam a brush even with the success stories.

I did find out my limits when I left the speed on the drill press too high and the forstner bit caught and blew the side of a meaningful brush I had out.

My latest re-knots:

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