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Favorite handle shape (suggestions w/pictures please)...

It's Hedley

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Very different sides. Both good. Way too small of course.

It's very interesting to me how the size of the knot matters to all of us but there's no general agreement about what size is best.

Some guys, like Cal @Cal think of 23 mm as being the very upper limit of the size range (I hope I'm not wrong about what Cal thinks and apologize if I am). They prefer 18 mm or thereabouts.

Others, like you, might see 23 mm as the bee's knees.

I like 26 mm and up, and think of 24 mm as medium sized and borderline too small, but will admit to occasionally liking to use my Omega Mighty Midget. I'll also admit I don't like all large brushes so some of it depends on the aspects of the brush other than knot size.

A few gentlemen have mentioned their affinity for very large brushes. To them, 28 mm might be the beginning of medium size and 26 mm might fall into the too small range.

I have no idea what any of that means other than to say use what you like, and sell what you don't.

I've just discovered one of my best friends, a local gentleman, has gotten into wet shaving giving me the perfect PIF opportunity. He's my second local PIF opportunity, but the first into the hobby (and into the DE razor).

I like the green (with brown highlights) side better, but both are great. Thanks for showing it off.

Happy shaves,

Jim
I couldn't agree more Jim. I am firmly in the 24/48 camp. Anything larger than 26 and I don't enjoy at all, but I could live with a 26/52. This Jade Tulip knot is possibly 22.5/45, which is on the very edge of being too small. If it was a 22/44, too small, at least in my mind. Amazing what a mm means to the size of a knot. I know watch aficionados also debate about the difference of a mm on a watch case, so it's not exclusive to shaving brushes.
 
Those Eagle / Simpsons 3 handles that @Owen Bawn just posted are near my ideal for a large knot. I like a narrow waist. Below is an eagleish profile I turned for a friend with a 28mm knot.

Below that are an olivewood handle by @GAW9576 and a black walnut turned by me that are set with smaller diameter knots, but which could be scaled up. The black walnut is meant to be reminiscent of classic wooden chisel and screwdriver handles.
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Owen Bawn

"Ask me about a fluffernutter"
Those Eagle / Simpsons 3 handles that @Owen Bawn just posted are near my ideal for a large knot. I like a narrow waist. Below is an eagleish profile I turned for a friend with a 28mm knot.

Below that are an olivewood handle by @GAW9576 and a black walnut turned by me that are set with smaller diameter knots, but which could be scaled up. The black walnut is meant to be reminiscent of classic wooden chisel and screwdriver handles.
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Those are handsome- thanks for sharing them. I like the cut of the top brush but the wood in the bottom two is exquisite.
 
Those are handsome- thanks for sharing them. I like the cut of the top brush but the wood in the bottom two is exquisite.
Thanks!

The top brush handle in pearwood is still raw. In that photo it was still due for more sanding, has no finish yet, and the knot is loose. But if I liked large knots, that shape would be first choice. I like that the eagle profile does not have to get much longer as it gets wider.
 
I hated the boar knot, and I generally love boars,, but the handle? Oh, my, I love the handle. I've kept it, just to hold onto the handle, and may one day replace the knot.
Same experience. Worst knot I own but can't seem to get rid of it because of the handle ... wonder what size the knot is in there ...
 

Chan Eil Whiskers

Fumbling about.
Thanks. Maybe I should just try to extract the knot and see how things look ...
Just looking at the brush and how the handle is shaped and made it looks like it would be easy enough to enlarge the hole for a nominally 26 mm knot, but that's not me saying I've tried it.

I've taken exactly one knot out of a handle - which was a bigger pain than I expected - and replaced it.

I'll be interested to see what you find out as you dive into it.

Happy shaves,

Jim
 
Just looking at the brush and how the handle is shaped and made it looks like it would be easy enough to enlarge the hole for a nominally 26 mm knot, but that's not me saying I've tried it.

I've taken exactly one knot out of a handle - which was a bigger pain than I expected - and replaced it.

I'll be interested to see what you find out as you dive into it.
I was able to get the knot out. But as I tried to get more of the glue out I ruined the handle, a big chunk of the rim came right off. Surprisingly brittle.

Oh well.
 
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