11-05-2015, 11:35 AM
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Hey all.  I've seen lots of positive reviews about the Stirling 26mm "Kong" brush but I see they also have a 22mm version.  Has anyone tried the smaller one who can share their experience/opinion?

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 11-05-2015, 04:10 PM
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It's a great little brush. The Plisson type knot does a super job and loads a ton of soap. The handle has a pretty decent heft to it. I would say that I like the brush itself about equally to the Razorock Plissoft. The Stirling has the edge by a bit because of size, I maybe prefer the Razorock's handle a bit better. 100% worth the price.


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 11-05-2015, 04:19 PM
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It would be the same as the original Plisson which is 22mm. I prefer my Stirling 26mm over my Plisson but I like a larger brush. Both are great.

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 11-05-2015, 07:34 PM
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Shorter loft vs a Plisson so it has a bit more backbone but still extremely easy to splay. I like it better than the 26mm Stirking I had. Nice brush, definitely worth it.

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 11-05-2015, 08:09 PM
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The handle height turns out to be around 43mm. That's pretty short, similar to The Grooming Co. version, another brush where I liked the knot but the handle was uncomfortable. I don't know why manufacturers go this route; it wouldn't kill them to add another 4- or 5mm. The price makes it tempting, but I'd pass based on the size.

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 11-05-2015, 08:15 PM
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I sold my TGC because the handle shape was not good for the size. At least the Stirling 22mm has a wider & more full handle. Also, less springy than the TGC. Lil' Kong is far better in my eyes.

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 11-05-2015, 08:23 PM
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(11-05-2015, 08:09 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: The handle height turns out to be around 43mm. That's pretty short, similar to The Grooming Co. version, another brush where I liked the knot but the handle was uncomfortable. I don't know why manufacturers go this route; it wouldn't kill them to add another 4- or 5mm. The price makes it tempting, but I'd pass based on the size.

I didn't know the 22mm handle was small. That's funny because the 26mm one is enormous. I guess Stirling went with extremes on both.

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 11-09-2015, 01:16 PM
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(11-05-2015, 08:23 PM)Hobbyist Wrote:
(11-05-2015, 08:09 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: The handle height turns out to be around 43mm. That's pretty short, similar to The Grooming Co. version, another brush where I liked the knot but the handle was uncomfortable. I don't know why manufacturers go this route; it wouldn't kill them to add another 4- or 5mm. The price makes it tempting, but I'd pass based on the size.

I didn't know the 22mm handle was small. That's funny because the 26mm one is enormous. I guess Stirling went with extremes on both.

Looks that way.  I think I would have liked a middle-of-the-road size.  Anyway, I ordered the 26mm scratch and dent model to try it.  I may decide to try the 22mm after I use this one.

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 11-12-2015, 05:40 PM
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I bought the 22m Stirling brush along with its brother Kong. The "lil brudder" has almost same dimensions as the The Grooming Company brush, including the handle. The TGC brush has more backbone and I find it to be a great bowl and face latherer, whereas to me, the lil brudder performs better as a face latherer due to the softher backbone, but this it makes a poor bowl latherer. When I'm using the TGC to face lather, I leave it in hot wather for a second to soften the bristles a little. The lil brudder does not need this treatment and lathers wonderfully

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