High mountain Manchurian 24mm "silver tip" badger bristles are sought after by shaving aficionados for their strong backbone and great performance. This upper end knot is ready for you to set into your own handle. *Please review the full details below prior to purchase*
Specs: Head is hand shaped with natural tips that have not been clipped, and when set into the handle has the two band sketch known for this grade of hair. Natural tips help provide better foaming of the shaving soap. These knots have good density and springiness.
~ Approx. 24mm (15/16 inch) knot by 75mm (3 inch) long. This is the rarest bristle grade of hair obtained from the high mountain region. The colder the weather, the lighter the natural tips. The thicker shaft of these hairs give it more backbone, especially nice for face lathering.
Please note: Measurements are approximate and various monitors can show colors or shades that my vary slightly from what is pictured for actual product.
What you need to know:
~ The first three images show the hair being purchased with this listing. All the other images are visuals for the information below.
~ Image 4 is how Em measures the knot. Understand that sometimes the area just above the knot is larger than the knot size. This is because epoxy/glue can slightly wick into the hairs above the plug and cause them to swell (image 5). This is why you want to set the head down into the handle a little more than the plug depth, due to wicking that can often be seen slightly above the actual plug itself.
Therefore, it is best to have the knot on hand before drilling the handle’s final hole diameter. That way you can be sure how big the hole should be, and how deep you want to set the knot into the handle. A good opening for this head would be 26mm +/-. A 25mm hole may be too snug, especially if you want to set it a little deeper into the handle. A good rule of thumb is to have the handle's hole diameter about 2mm larger than the head being purchased. This is not a hard rule because each person will want to set the head depth to their own needs and desires.
The deeper the knot is set into the handle, the more dense and more resistance the hairs will feel when in use. This way you can control the springiness of the hairs to suit your personal preference.
~ Image 6 shows how Em measures the height of the head. The total is from the base of the plug to the top bristles.
~ Image 7 is for visuals and ideas only.
~ Epoxy colors may vary slightly from images pictured.
Note: For business, badger bristles or brushes with badger bristles are imported into the United States under an Import/Export permit obtained through the US Department of Fish and Wildlife.