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Just thought I'd recommend a couple of brushes I've bought lately.

My favorite brass brush for years has been a very old suede brush, that I think I got in high school. (!)  It's almost worn down to its nubs, but it's still very good for some things.

But it was time to replace it, so I've been on a shopping spree lately.

First:  these brushes from Home depot are pretty good, and for the price ($4 for a set of three) it's worth trying them, just because.  https://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-Brass-Mini-Brushes-3-Pack-BMB3-HDX/206453088

They're a little course for some work.  And that little unicorn tuft of brush on the end isn't really good for much at all.  But they're narrow enough, and I do find them useful, and I'm not afraid of abusing them a bit when needed, given the cost.
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Since what I used to have was a suede brush, I went searching for those.  One of the things I liked about that brush was that it was long, so you could get a good sweep across whatever you're cleaning, but narrow, so it would fit into smaller corners.  This one from Amazon isn't an exact replacement for my old one, but I like it a lot.  Very fine bristles, and able to do long strokes.  And pretty narrow.  $9.  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0058ECDGC/ 
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Finally, the ones I just got today.  Steve had mentioned he uses a fine wire wheel quite a bit when cleaning, and it turns out I'd forgotten I had one, so I used it quite a bit while cleaning the Biesolt & Locke.  First, it's a pretty aggressive tool, and I think leaves marks of its passing on your steel slide plates, for instance.  Second, at 6" it's fine for bigger stuff -- it took the rust right off my hand wheel -- but not so great for tensioner parts.  Most brass wire wheels on Amazon seem to be brass-coated steel (Really?  What's the point?), so when I spotted this set of all brass brushes for your drill, I grabbed it.  And they're great -- nice bristles, nice size selection, and they really seem to be brass -- a magnet doesn't grab them.  Two thumbs up.  $22 for the set.    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F692G25
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Hello group,  Gotta add my 2 cents on brushes.  I ordered some for a Dremel a while back and was already "smart" on the potential dangers.  Dremel tools are very high rotation speed devices.  These were low quality and sure enough pieces of wire would launch as projectiles from it.  Decades ago I met a SEABEE Chief who I immediately noticed had a good sized red spot on one of his eyes.  I finally asked him about it.  He said he walked into a Galley (what is called a dining facility nowadays but still called a Galley on ships) where work was going on.  When he entered the door is when he got hit by a wire flying like a bullet that lodged into his eye.  This was from a pretty good distance and one of his workers was doing the work focused on his job when a wire projectile was let loose.  Best regards, Mike
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Agreed -- I religiously wear goggles when using rotating brushes.  You only have to just once feel a piece of wire strike elsewhere on your face to know what a good idea that is.
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Good resources - thanks for posting this.
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I was going to give the same warning about flying bristles, I got a couple in my face and my excitement for how well the little brass wheels worked died. Now I use the brushes.

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