Well, after the incident that led to the thread "Win Some and Lose Some - Restoration Story" seen under the following thread: http://theshaveden.com/forums/threads/win-some-and-lose-some-restoration-story.28372/ I realized that the Ever Ready would be scrapped but there was success on the other front. The Parker handle had passed the steam knot separation test with flying colors as seen below. So let's go with the winner and get a knot prepared. The knot selected is a Silvertip Badger with a 22.5 mm knot, an overall loft of 57 mm and a peak width of the hairs of 49 mm. The knot was installed with a very strong waterproof epoxy and the results, with a duplicate of the same knot in the picture for reference, are as follows: A note that the knots came with a plastic sleeve that actually protects the hairs and served to aid in placing the knot in the brush. It allowed the knot to have pressure applied and allowed for a turning effect to allow the epoxy to set up well. It also allowed the brush to maintain a vertical position by resting at the top of the handle while the 5 minute curing process took place. A view from the top down is also in order. I think overall it will do quite nicely after a nice break in process is complete and the expected bloom occurs. I will place a picture of the fully bloomed brush when it becomes available in this thread.