08-06-2015, 06:10 PM
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Okay everyone, I can confirm as another member here did that the Stirling is 100% the same fiber as the Plisson. In the pics below my Plisson is next to the Stirling, followed by a Whipped Dog 24mm synthetic and a Colonel X2L pure badger. As you can see the Stirling is a beast. I will shave with it tonight and can't wait. Mine was $18.95 due to a scratched logo which is barely noticeable. What a deal for such a nice brush. The handle is perfect weight and feels nice too. I am 100% satisfied. Additionally, the soaps and balm I bought smell terrific, especially the cherry soap. 

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 08-06-2015, 06:13 PM
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Oh yeah, I got mine a couple weeks ago, and it's pretty phenomenal. The handle feels very substantial in the hand, although I slightly prefer the shape of the Plisson. But you can't beat 26mm of that fiber.

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 08-06-2015, 06:25 PM
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Cool...that brush looks like a keeper! Can't wait for mine to arrive tomorrow!

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 08-06-2015, 06:28 PM
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Looks exactly like the Plisson fiber!! Does it feel and behave like one one as well?

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 08-06-2015, 06:43 PM
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(08-06-2015, 06:13 PM)chamm Wrote: Oh yeah, I got mine a couple weeks ago, and it's pretty phenomenal. The handle feels very substantial in the hand, although I slightly prefer the shape of the Plisson. But you can't beat 26mm of that fiber.

28mm of the fiber is pretty amazing too though

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 08-06-2015, 09:19 PM
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(08-06-2015, 06:28 PM)1SOAP Wrote: Looks exactly like the Plisson fiber!! Does it feel and behave like one one as well?

It is 100% without a doubt the exact same fiber as the Plisson. there is no difference other than this is much larger. Plisson's secret fiber is out, which was only a matter of time. I knew someone would find the manufacturer in China eventually. Chiseled Face, Fine Accoutrements, and Stirling all have the Plisson type fibers. If you want a custom handle with Plisson knot then I would go to Chiseled Face and get a 24mm or 28mm knot, if you want a 20mm then go to Fine, a 26mm go to Stirling, and a 22mm go to Plisson.

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 08-06-2015, 09:24 PM
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(08-06-2015, 06:43 PM)DamnitGoose Wrote:
(08-06-2015, 06:13 PM)chamm Wrote: Oh yeah, I got mine a couple weeks ago, and it's pretty phenomenal. The handle feels very substantial in the hand, although I slightly prefer the shape of the Plisson. But you can't beat 26mm of that fiber.

28mm of the fiber is pretty amazing too though

I will measure mine to see exactly what it is but Stirling says 26mm on their website. I'm happy with it regardless but was getting ready to buy a 28mm knot from CF until Rod from Stirling replied to my email saying he had seconds. You can't beat that brush for $18.95 seconds and $22.95 regular. I will by one from CF too eventually to put in a custom handle.

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 08-06-2015, 09:30 PM
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The Whipped Dog Ubersoft isn't bad, and Shave Revolution will have another 24mm Plisson knot coming out in about a month, set into a pretty good looking M7-style handle. Synthetic Summer is upon us.

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 08-06-2015, 09:38 PM
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(08-06-2015, 09:30 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: The Whipped Dog Ubersoft isn't bad, and Shave Revolution will have another 24mm Plisson knot coming out in about a month, set into a pretty good looking M7-style handle. Synthetic Summer is upon us.

I use my Whipped Dog 24 as much as my Plisson. The backbone is better on the WD so I use it on harder soaps. 

The Shave Revolution synthetic I heard will be the Plisson type fiber as well.

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 08-07-2015, 07:05 AM
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(08-06-2015, 09:19 PM)Hobbyist Wrote:
(08-06-2015, 06:28 PM)1SOAP Wrote: Looks exactly like the Plisson fiber!! Does it feel and behave like one one as well?

It is 100% without a doubt the exact same fiber as the Plisson. there is no difference other than this is much larger. Plisson's secret fiber is out, which was only a matter of time. I knew someone would find the manufacturer in China eventually. Chiseled Face, Fine Accoutrements, and Stirling all have the Plisson type fibers. If you want a custom handle with Plisson knot then I would go to Chiseled Face and get a 24mm or 28mm knot, if you want a 20mm then go to Fine, a 26mm go to Stirling, and a 22mm go to Plisson.

Thank you Sir for the feedback, much appreciated. I currently use the Plisson almost exclusively! Like it so much that I have two with two different handles. 22 is of course on the small side, doesn't really bother me. With badgers 24mm is my favorite size so I may take you recommendation and get a 24mm for Chiseled face and put it on a custom handle!! Bottom line synthetics rock!
If these knots are as soft as the Plisson but in different sizes then this is gonna get interesting Smile

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 08-07-2015, 12:16 PM
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(08-07-2015, 07:05 AM)1SOAP Wrote:
(08-06-2015, 09:19 PM)Hobbyist Wrote:
(08-06-2015, 06:28 PM)1SOAP Wrote: Looks exactly like the Plisson fiber!! Does it feel and behave like one one as well?

It is 100% without a doubt the exact same fiber as the Plisson. there is no difference other than this is much larger. Plisson's secret fiber is out, which was only a matter of time. I knew someone would find the manufacturer in China eventually. Chiseled Face, Fine Accoutrements, and Stirling all have the Plisson type fibers. If you want a custom handle with Plisson knot then I would go to Chiseled Face and get a 24mm or 28mm knot, if you want a 20mm then go to Fine, a 26mm go to Stirling, and a 22mm go to Plisson.

Thank you Sir for the feedback, much appreciated. I currently use the Plisson almost exclusively! Like it so much that I have two with two different handles. 22 is of course on the small side, doesn't really bother me. With badgers 24mm is my favorite size so I may take you recommendation and get a 24mm for Chiseled face and put it on a custom handle!! Bottom line synthetics rock!
If these knots are as soft as the Plisson but in different sizes then this is gonna get interesting Smile

Glad I could help. By the way, it isn't "if these knots are as soft as the Plisson", they are the same fibers, thus softness if exactly the same. I promise you there is no difference in the Stirling, and from other reviewers the Fine and Chiseled Face appear to be as well. I only own the Stirling and Plisson but have no doubt that other reviews are correct on the other two, which I suspected from the pictures and description. I will be buying a Chiseled Face 24mm next.

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 08-07-2015, 12:23 PM
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That's probably what I am gonna end up buying as well. Let us know what you think if you do get it

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 08-07-2015, 01:06 PM
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Anybody know when these will be back in stock? Also how's the weight on the handle?? Love to have a heavier handle with a plisson knot.

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 08-07-2015, 01:52 PM
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(08-07-2015, 01:06 PM)Otis375 Wrote: Anybody know when these will be back in stock? Also how's the weight on the handle?? Love to have a heavier handle with a plisson knot.

I just weighed both the Plisson and Stirling on my digital scale. See below. Rod replied to my email on July 27 and said it would likely be a few weeks before new brushes are back in stock.

Stirling - 108g  3.8oz
Plisson La Maison - 64g  2.25oz

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 08-07-2015, 02:41 PM
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I just shaved with it and did a face lather for the first time. It is amazing and blows away the Plisson for me. Wow! What a performer! I loaded my brush in seconds and had a ridiculous amount of lather using Stirling for the first time as well, which by the way is an awesome soap and in my top 3 immediately.

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 08-07-2015, 03:05 PM
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(08-07-2015, 01:52 PM)Hobbyist Wrote:
(08-07-2015, 01:06 PM)Otis375 Wrote: Anybody know when these will be back in stock? Also how's the weight on the handle?? Love to have a heavier handle with a plisson knot.

I just weighed both the Plisson and Stirling on my digital scale. See below. Rod replied to my email on July 27 and said it would likely be a few weeks before new brushes are back in stock.

Stirling - 108g  3.8oz
Plisson La Maison - 64g  2.25oz

Good to know, for the price I can't see any reason to not have this.

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 08-07-2015, 06:23 PM
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(08-07-2015, 02:41 PM)Hobbyist Wrote: I just shaved with it and did a face lather for the first time. It is amazing and blows away the Plisson for me. Wow! What a performer! I loaded my brush in seconds and had a ridiculous amount of lather using Stirling for the first time as well, which by the way is an awesome soap and in my top 3 immediately.

What makes it blow away the Plisson?

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 08-07-2015, 06:38 PM
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(08-07-2015, 06:23 PM)1SOAP Wrote:
(08-07-2015, 02:41 PM)Hobbyist Wrote: I just shaved with it and did a face lather for the first time. It is amazing and blows away the Plisson for me. Wow! What a performer! I loaded my brush in seconds and had a ridiculous amount of lather using Stirling for the first time as well, which by the way is an awesome soap and in my top 3 immediately.

What makes it blow away the Plisson?

I'm glad you asked. The brush is so large that is loads extra fast. I could not believe how fast it loaded from my Stirling sample puck. Lather was going out of the tin within several seconds of starting. I probably loaded for 15 seconds to be safe but had way more than I needed for 3 passes. Then I face lathered and it was perfect in every way. The splay was excellent and it has backbone at the same time but minimal pressure is needed to keep a nice splay. The softness is identical to Plisson of course which is what I like so much about this type of fiber. Also, the handle feels good and has a nice weight to it which I prefer. It is without a doubt my new favorite brush. If you've ever watched Busta and/or TSE review it then you know how impressed they were. I am equally as impressed, and probably reacted more like Busta...lol. I will continue to use my Plisson too but probably not as often as I use the Stirling. Both are excellent but I prefer a larger knot size, and apparently loft after my experience with the Stirling.

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 08-07-2015, 06:40 PM
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Wow that's more than a positive review!
I have seen Busta's video but not TSE's yet.
So from what I understand the size is the major difference that contributes to other qualities? Nice review man. Thanks and enjoy

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 08-07-2015, 06:48 PM
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(08-07-2015, 06:40 PM)1SOAP Wrote: Wow that's more than a positive review!
I have seen Busta's video but not TSE's yet.
So from what I understand the size is the major difference that contributes to other qualities? Nice review man. Thanks and enjoy

Yes, the size on this brush makes all of the difference for me. Glad my review helped. I hope you like it too.

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