Hi all, I won this on E-bay: I cleaned it up with a silver polishing cloth I have and it looked great (I left some tarnish and patina on purpose). The problem was that the original knot in the brush looked and smelled awful. Musty and mildewy. I didn't have any power tools and was going to send it off for restoration but I thought maybe if I got some towels and wrapped them around the hair and gave a sharp tug... Well, it worked. I got most of the glue and the knot out in one sharp tug. I got out as much of the old glue as possible and then put a few dimes in to build a little 'shelf' inside the base of the handle. There was already an existing shelf but I didn't think it was going to be good for my brush as it was too deep. Hence the three dimes. I ordered myself an 18mm Best Badger knot from Tony at The Golden Nib (it was a little too small, my fault for forgetting the +/- and it was closer to 17.5mm than the 18mm diameter opening I had). No worries, I let it sit in a bit deeper but now I'm wondering if I should have ordered some of that black badger...that'd be a nice contrast but oh well. I did use some heavy duty super glue (Gorilla Glue type stuff) so hopefully that will work as my JB Weld was welded shut (typical luck). Sadly, I miscalculated and some of the base hairs above the plug soaked up glue but only about 3-4mm worth of hair is affected. The brush is a little scritchy (as I desired) and able to lather with soap or cream in the bowl of my mug. I like the 2 part assembly so that the mug holds hot water and a cup section slots in over the open mug and is warmed by the hot water it sits in. I already enjoyed a shave with my new Queen Charlotte Soaps Key Lime sample and my Gillette Old Type with a Wilkinson Sword blade and my new shaving brush. The brush lathers up like a champ and with an almond sized dollop of the Key Lime, I had at least enough to do my usual 3 pass with 2 or 3 touch up passes for the problem spots. Thanks to everyone for the tips I read here and to Tony for the knot!