Of late I’ve been using boar brushes pretty exclusively. I’ve even had Tony Forsythe make a couple of boar brushes for me using supplied Whipped Dog knots. I have also purchased a couple of knots from Golden Nib, a High Mountain White 25mm and a Boar hair knot 27mm. It was the Golden Nib Boar that I decided needed a handle first and I was going to make it. I’ve never seen a handle without a knot and do not have a lathe but I do have a pocket knife and a Dremel. Last time I was Atherton I purchased a block of Black Bean wood long enough to make two handles.
The first thing I done was to cut the block in half and I couldn’t even get that square; no vice either is my excuse and I’ m sticking with that. After drilling a hole for the knot I then used the Dremel to expand the hole to the required 1 ¼ inch diameter. That gave me the critical circle I required for the rest of the handle to comply with. One shave brush handle that I really like is the Thater 4125 handle, and while I couldn’t duplicate it that shape was the inspiration behind the shape of the handle I was about to embark on. Pocket knife and Dremel to work, then a lot of sandpapering. I then finished the handle off with Birchwood Tru-oil gun stock finish (that’s where I’m up to now) but wish for a satin finish. To achieve this I need to wait seven days before applying Stock Sheen and Conditioner. Another seven day wait then I can try and protect the handle with Wax to give it the best chance of survival. Like everyone I wanted the handle finished yesterday but I have now slowed down my heart rate and am prepared to wait another three weeks to get it right.