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At one time in my life, the Dremel was the only power tool I owned and I used it for everything. It still finds its way into almost any carving or fine-scale modeling project I manage to undertake. Now Dremel has added another bullet to the already extensive accessory-laden gun with the new detail abrasive brush.

Each of the finger-style bristles on the brush has a bit of sanding abrasive embedded in it that wears down as the brush is used up to expose new grit, eliminating the need for abrasive compound. It also negates the need to replace the wheel after you wear the first bit of abrasive off. The entire wheel is abrasive, instead of just a bunch of sanding grit glued to paper.

We’re also guessing that the rows of little flexible fingers are designed to fit into tiny spaces and remove rust, grime, and gunk instead of removing the gunk along with whatever it was clinging to. In an uber-smart move, Dremel also conveniently color-coded the brushes by grit strength for identification. The brown brush is 36 grit, the white brush is 120 grit, and the red brush is 220 grit.

We’re pretty stoked about the new addition and can’t wait to get our hands on them and see if they really work as advertised. If so, there will be quite a few in the shop toolbox.

Detail Abrasive Brush [Dremel]


4 Responses to Preview: Dremel Detail Abrasive Brush

  1. Swedub says:

    Sand paper on antique silver pieces? If that is silver plated you’ll be seeing copper before you know it. If it is Sterling Silver (or 800 Silver and above) you’ll be sanding off valuable silver let alone ruining the polish. Clean the gunk off and put that thing in a container with aluminum (foil), warm water and baking soda to regain it’s luster (or use a mild polishing cream). I used to help list antiques on eBay and I just cringe seeing what they are doing to that piece in the photo. I love my Dremel and I am sure that tool is great but I would never use it to polish silver. Do a search for ‘polishing silver baking soda’ to find more info on a much less invasive polishing technique.

  2. russ says:

    I have the same exact silver as shown, one is for sugar, the other for tea, and there is the tray. It was my grandmother’s. It was one of two things handed down to me that didn’t shoot bullets. I believe they called it poor man’s silver – from the depression era. Most likely it is silver plated copper. I polish mine by hand and use a toothbrush for the handle and post – the hardest part. I get my polish at the local walgreens. It works great. And no I would not use a dremel tool on my silver either.

  3. Kurt says:

    I have to agree that their choice of project was unfortunate, but the brush itself looks promising to me for variety of my projects. I build propellers for my model ships, for example, and this little critter looks perfect for the blade roots.

  4. april brooks says:

    I will be getting a set of these free from Dremel! I am very excited. They were giving away 100 sets through their facebook page a week or so ago. I’ll let you know how they work out.

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