English Leather Wooden Cap Brush

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by Borderboss, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. Borderboss

    Borderboss Active Member

    Today I received a 16oz bottle of Mem English Leather All Purpose Lotion to add to my stash of vintage aftershaves. The wooden cap was disconnected from the plastic cap, so it was loose. I was about to toss it out when I thought "this could be one interesting shave brush handle".

    Here are the various dimensions:
    • Length: 70mm (2.75")
    • Diameter at middle: 67mm
    • Diameter at each end: 51mm (2.0")
    • Hole diameter: 32mm
    • Hole depth: 20mm
    The photos are below. This is a really large diameter cap, as you'll see below with the tape measure in the photos. It's heavy as well, making me think that this is either oak or ash. I will probably need to score or somehow roughen up the outside to make it less slick.

    As to the knot, the 32mm hole should be perfect for a TGN 30mm badger. They have them in both Silvertip (my personal favorite) and Best Badger grades. The knot has a 67mm loft, which should yield a 48mm-50mm loft when set in the handle.

    What are your thoughts or suggestions? Am I missing something? Thanks!

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  2. MR41

    MR41 Well-Known Member

    Cool idea!
  3. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    @Jayaruh was talking about doing this when he found a top. He made a few out of the cholula hot sauce tops. That came out nice. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out!
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  4. Bird Lives

    Bird Lives Future Root Beer King of Turkey

    I remember Jayaruh was looking for an English Leather Top....I checked my medicine cabinet, thinking I had one I could send him....but all I had was an English Leather Cologne wooden bottle top and those are about half the size of the After Shave Tops....

    This should turn out to be a veddy cool piece!!
  5. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    OK, you beat me to it. I have been wanting to do that for years. I just haven't gotten a cap yet. I look forward to seeing your results. Sounds like you have a plan. Good luck.
    You may want to drop a couple of quarters in the bottom to give you a little more loft. I think around 52mm loft would give you sufficient backbone for a badger.
  6. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    BTW, that is going to be a big brush.
  7. Borderboss

    Borderboss Active Member

    Jim, I'll send you a message on this.
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  8. Borderboss

    Borderboss Active Member

    Anyone who wants to follow the adventure can do so on Jim's blog here.
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  9. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Have you thought about possibly plugging the hole with a contrasting wood, or resin, then re-drill a smaller hole, for a more manageable knot?
  10. Borderboss

    Borderboss Active Member

    Unfortunately that's not an option now, as a 30mm Silvertip knot is on it's way to Jim right now.
  11. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Ok, I was just trying to be creative.

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