07-30-2013, 04:29 PM
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[Image: Reinf_zpsdcf5956b.jpg]___________ [Image: b3a6a5b2-eb28-4668-907c-e16b0229f387_zps3f21fa54.jpg]

This is my latest custom brush restoration by Gary D. Carrington. The photo in the upper left shows it in its original condition--after a thorough cleaning. He was able to trace its lineage to a German brush maker. The original line had a logo that appears to be from Muhle and the words "Rein Dachs", which means "Pure Badger" in German.

As seen below, Gary did an exceptional restoration job. The final configuration:

20mm knot
50mm loft
Custom 2-band badger knot

I've used the brush now for a week. The size and configuration are perfect for me. It has excellent backbone and density, and handles any soap or cream I throw at it. Face- and bowl-lathering are a breeze, and it is certainly the most beautiful of the 30 or so brushes I own. It is now occupying a permanent place among the three brushes in my daily rotation.

I am waiting for Christian Muller to return from holiday to determine if this 1930s-era brush is, in fact, one of Muhle's early models. As a big fan of their brushes,this will be an even more treasured acquisition if it is.

Thank you, Gary, for keeping me in mind!


[Image: Reinbjpg_zps205920fd.jpg]__________ [Image: 712eb93b-4752-4f27-8b19-ae70322830be_zpscb354d2f.jpg]

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 07-30-2013, 04:48 PM
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Very nice, Jim!
Gary did a wonderful restoration, true to the brush's heritage.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy! Smile

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 07-30-2013, 05:14 PM
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Gary has done it again! Congratulations on a beautiful brush Biggrin

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 07-30-2013, 05:16 PM
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I like the nice restores, great job!

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 07-31-2013, 05:43 AM
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Well, it bloomed out even better than I thought it would. It looks absolutely wonderful. Cool

When I saw it, I knew it was beautiful, but when I found another one like it, the potential back story becomes even more interesting. I am interested in what Christian says about this brush as well.

I am glad you are enjoying it.

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 09-22-2013, 11:45 AM
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[Image: 712eb93b-4752-4f27-8b19-ae70322830be_zpscb354d2f.jpg]_______________________[Image: Reinbjpg_zps205920fd.jpg]

After publishing my original post, I wrote to Christian Muller at Muhle to see if I could get more information about this brush. He was able to identify it as an early model of Muhle's pure badger (Rein Dachs) brushes.

He reported to me that the brush was made during the time that his grandfather, Otto Johannes Müller, ran the company (1945-1963). Muhle, it seems, has had an interesting history. It was nationalized by the Nazis duting World War II, and then again by the Soviets when it became part of the Communist-controlled Eastern Block.

The brush was made between 1950 and 1954, and was distributed primarily in Soviet countries.

Thank you to Christian for giving me some background on this marvelous brush, and to Gary Carrington for his superb restoration of what is now one of my all-time favorite brushes!

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 09-22-2013, 12:14 PM
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Jim, that is a lovely brush!Smile

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 09-22-2013, 01:23 PM
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(09-22-2013, 11:45 AM)Codfish Wrote: [img]After publishing my original post, I wrote to Christian Muller at Muhle to see if I could get more information about this brush. He was able to identify it as an early model of Muhle's pure badger (Rein Dachs) brushes.

He reported to me that the brush was made during the time that his grandfather, Otto Johannes Müller, was in charge of production. Muhle, it seems, has had an interesting history. It was nationalized by the Nazis before World War II, and then again when it became part of the Communist-controlled East Block.

The brush was made between 1950 and 1954, and was distributed primarily in Soviet countries.

Thank you to Christian for giving me some background on this marvelous brush, and to Gary Carrington for his superb restoration of what is now one of my all-time favorite brushes!

This brush has really settled into its own with the two band.
Using the same knot on a few of my other brushes, it really performs well.
I am glad you are enjoying it and thanks for getting the full history on the brush and its background.

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 09-22-2013, 02:09 PM
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Lovely Cool

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 09-22-2013, 03:22 PM
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Very Cool brush - Restoration and classic handle ...Awesome to

know more history on a great purveyor like Muhle! Where did you

source the knot from? I also like using 2-Band brushes in smaller

knot sizes.

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 09-23-2013, 03:08 PM
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(09-22-2013, 03:22 PM)LORDBISHOP Wrote: ...Where did you source the knot from?...

As I understand it, this particular knot is privately sourced.

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 09-24-2013, 03:29 PM
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very cool!

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 10-04-2013, 07:09 PM
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(09-23-2013, 03:08 PM)Codfish Wrote:
(09-22-2013, 03:22 PM)LORDBISHOP Wrote: ...Where did you source the knot from?...

As I understand it, this particular knot is privately sourced.

You are correct.

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