11-28-2013, 08:38 AM
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Some time ago, I did a brush restore for Codfish (Jim). The handle has a corn colored top and a amber Lucite base.

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Through some research we were able to find that the brush was the same make as this one.

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So after I completed the restoration (custom 2 band badger 20 mm with 50 mm loft) here was the final view.

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Since the Mühle emblem was used on the similar brush, Jim decided to contact the source to see if it was a Mühle or not. The next few lines are quoted from Jim on the brush.

Quote:I wrote to Christian Muller at Mühle to see if I could get more information about this brush. He was able to identify it as an early model of Mühle'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). Mühle, 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!


Now if you think that is the end of the story, think again. I had one more of these handles that I planned to become my own personal brush. I simply waited on restoring it until I decided on a course of action. I decided that since this was a Mühle brush, a Mühle knot would be in order. I had in my possession the Version 1 STF brush I purchased from Bullgoose in April 2012 to support the first round of Mantic's Synthetic Team testing that took place in the May-June 2012 time frame. In addition each member of team received an Version 1 STF in May 2012 directly from Mühle. Since I had two STF Version 1 brushes, I decided that my smaller 23 mm white handle STF would be sacrificed to supply the knot I wanted for this brush. So the surgery began and the knot was removed by cutting away the handle. The knot was embedded so deep and strong that steam would have been useless so the white handle was scrapped for the vintage handle which was expanded to accept the donor knot.

Here is the process before and after shot.

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The loft on the update was made considerably shorter which after the first test showed a dramatic improvement in performance over the original setting. The age of the handle shows the life that it has led. I polished it up until it was smooth but still retained the color changes that only truly come through the years of time.

This setting on the Version 1 fibers makes for a great face lathering brush that still works well bowl lathering. It has great backbone and just a slight amount of scritch. The closest performer would be like a really good two band badger in terms of backbone, softness and slight scritch. Now it is a high performing an interesting looking all Mühle brush.

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 11-28-2013, 08:49 AM
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  • Johnny
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Very well done Gary. Beautiful old brushes and a great restore on both.

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 11-28-2013, 10:34 AM
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Very Cool, I love the brushes already, and the history only adding to the allure...Neat altogether

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 11-28-2013, 10:44 AM
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Great job, Gary! Smile

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 11-28-2013, 10:50 AM
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Very nice restoration, Gary, and interesting history. It makes me wonder how many old brushes are sitting around, forgotten now, in closets, drawers, and attics in eastern Europe.

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 11-28-2013, 10:59 AM
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(11-28-2013, 08:49 AM)Johnny Wrote: Very well done Gary. Beautiful old brushes and a great restore on both.

(11-28-2013, 10:34 AM)LORDBISHOP Wrote: Very Cool, I love the brushes already, and the history only adding to the allure...Neat altogether

(11-28-2013, 10:44 AM)celestino Wrote: Great job, Gary! Smile

(11-28-2013, 10:50 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: Very nice restoration, Gary, and interesting history. It makes me wonder how many old brushes are sitting around, forgotten now, in closets, drawers, and attics in eastern Europe.

Thanks Gents!

I was surprised that I could get these two in separate auctions.
There must still be quite a few in eastern Europe and we see a few come to light on e-Bay and other sites.

SOTD photo:

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 11-28-2013, 12:30 PM
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Fantastic article, and what beautiful brushes. Thank you GD CarringtonSmile

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 11-28-2013, 10:09 PM
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  • Teiste
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Thats a nice restoration , Gary.

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 11-29-2013, 04:31 AM
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  • TheMonk
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Very well done, Gary... Congratulations!

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 11-30-2013, 08:56 PM
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  • ben74
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Wonderful restoration!

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 11-30-2013, 09:05 PM
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  • Agravic
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Beautiful restoration, Gary.

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 12-01-2013, 12:27 PM
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Amazing job getting the donor knot out of the handle without damaging the knot.

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 01-06-2014, 04:48 PM
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(12-01-2013, 12:27 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Amazing job getting the donor knot out of the handle without damaging the knot.

Thanks!







Here is today's shave.

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 03-08-2014, 07:07 AM
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 03-08-2014, 02:29 PM
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I am the lucky owner of this beautiful "Rein Dachs" brush that Gary created for me. He had the handle for some time, and it wasn't until he found the red handle with the Muhle logo that we suspected that it might have originated at Muhle.

I was very happy to have Christian Muller take time from his day to tell the history of the brush. I had never known the history of Muhle in that level of detail. Nor was I aware that Muhle has been a totally family-run business for over 60 years.

This brush is the only one that I have on permanent display on my shaving shelf. It's a terrific looking brush that performs as well as it works.

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 03-08-2014, 02:34 PM
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Wow, Jim! That is a lovely brush! Smile

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 03-09-2014, 05:02 PM
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(03-08-2014, 02:29 PM)Codfish Wrote:
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I am the lucky owner of this beautiful "Rein Dachs" brush that Gary created for me. He had the handle for some time, and it wasn't until he found the red handle with the Muhle logo that we suspected that it might have originated at Muhle.

I was very happy to have Christian Muller take time from his day to tell the history of the brush. I had never known the history of Muhle in that level of detail. Nor was I aware that Muhle has been a totally family-run business for over 60 years.

This brush is the only one that I have on permanent display on my shaving shelf. It's a terrific looking brush that performs as well as it works.

I was really fortunate to find two of these handles. Jim, I am glad you are enjoying yours with the custom procured two band badger.

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 03-09-2014, 10:02 PM
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A most excellent story. Thanks!

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 03-10-2014, 02:28 AM
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Today's shave.

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