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#101 Post by dmcharg » Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:44 pm

Just a call out to anyone who sews with pig bristles. If you like the heavier ones, and primarily use them for inseaming and soles, I would be interested in any unwanted fine bristles, as I sew *all* seams by hand, and none are too fine. I use more of the finer ones as there are more seams in the upper than the insole and sole, so I'm starting to find it harder to spot them in my stash. I have Paypal, and am happy to reimburse for the bristles and the postage.
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#102 Post by das » Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:23 am

Duncan,

Sadly my "finer" rejects were burnt in the shop fireplace while sorting-out the stiff ones. The source in Pakistan (scroll way up) still offers them--closer to you than the colonies. If you don't specify 8" extra stiff, you'll get a mix including more of the thin ones you're after.

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#103 Post by dw » Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:03 am

I know this will sound rude (don't mean it that way) and somewhat "unthinkable" for those who revel in Traditional techniques...but nylon monofilament comes in very fine diameters--5lb. (2,4kg) is @ .008" in diameter (.20mm). That's pretty fine. I have split 12lb. and I believe I could split 8lb.. Maybe, if my eyes were better, even 5lb.

I use split 12lb to welt stitch. And it's strong...stronger than a comparable diameter hog's bristle. I suspect that the 5lb. mono is stronger than the comparable hog bristle...if one even exists.
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#104 Post by martin » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:55 am

Hi Duncan,

I have both white (very fine, from China, got a bunch from a guy who makes brushes etc. the traditional way) and black bristles (all sorts, from wild boars hunted in Germany) and more than I need. I'll send you some pics over the weekend so you can decide if they'll do.

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#105 Post by dmcharg » Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:05 am

:) Yes I've used fishing line in the past DW. What I like about the natural bristles is that they are not parallel. Thickest at the root and finest at the frayed tip, so when you splice in the waxed end, it isn't thicker than the the root, thus making a smoother transition through the hole in the leather :) And they are very easy to split, no matter their size.

Looking forward to the photos Martin. I'll let you know what I think.

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I'll keep the Pakistani supplier in mind for future reference, maybe for supplying students. Thanks.

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#106 Post by martin » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:45 pm

Hi Duncan,
got around to do them just now, pictures are on their way to your inbox, please check!

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#107 Post by dw » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:21 pm

Duncan,

Well, I can't answer for "parallel". I know what you're saying but on the bristles I have the tips are split into many 'strands" and from what I remember as a composite they have always seemed about the same thickness as the main shaft except at the very ends.

No worries, I admire your devotion to the boars bristles.

That said here is a photo of a, 8lb., .010" diameter nylon bristle that I split just to see if I could do it...the un-split end is threaded through the eye of a #10 (70) sewing machine needle and a fine long eye beading needle (the eye is in the middle of the needle) for comparison for size. And for the penultimate comparison, a hair (one of the longer ones=2"+/-)from the top of my head (hey, I can't afford to do this many more times):
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8lb. monofilament bristle, .010 inch diameter
PS...not every brand of mono will split but Maxima Chameleon will...if handled correctly. That said, I can't see well enough or get a grip on it when I try to split 6lb. :sigh:
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#108 Post by dw » Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:21 am

Just a quick update...today I split a 6lb. nylon bristle (.009"). Just needed a sharper knife, Still can't do 5lb.

And FWIW, I have some fine wild European boars's bristles sent to me by Serge Volken some years ago...all of 4" long, if that. I mic'ed them out with a kind of rinky-dink device for measuring the diameter of nylon monofilament and the thinnest I could find in this small bundle was .013...and that was in one direction only--the bristles seem to be oval in diameter.
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