07-07-2016, 05:28 PM
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Alessandro of PantaRei ceramics made this brush for me based on my suggestions and a crude sketch.  It illustrates a story that Buddha told to a disciple regarding the preciousness of our human life. 
The handle is quite hefty requiring a manly grip.  It's a 30mm Manchurian knot set quite low and exhibited some gentle scrub during the first palm lather.
This is a wonderful addition to my den and won't be put away to make room for others in the rotation. It will remain out to remind me daily of my good fortune.
Fresh out of the box:

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First lather:
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First bloom (still damp):
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 07-07-2016, 05:32 PM
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  • evnpar
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Very beautiful and unique. Now you really can get into the Zen moment when shaving. Congratulations.

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 07-07-2016, 05:33 PM
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Nice, I like that. Yes sir we are lucky. Enjoy it in good health

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 07-07-2016, 05:59 PM
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  • EricM
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Super cool!

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 07-07-2016, 06:01 PM
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Incarnating as a human is an opportunity to create good karma and potential enlightenment. It is a rare gift  compared to a sea turtle who may only surface once in  100 years and poke it's head through a ring floating on the surface.  Roshi Kohashikawa to Kav San:  Soto Zen Mountain Center Tassajara California 1978 watching deer appear in morning mist.

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 07-07-2016, 06:07 PM
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Lovely brush, Chris! I would love to hear/read the story, though. Thumbup

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 07-07-2016, 06:20 PM
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  • Gabe
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very cool brush

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 07-07-2016, 06:38 PM
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Very cool! Where is the knot from?

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 07-07-2016, 07:37 PM
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  • chazt
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That's a really swell brush! Enjoy your shaves Smile

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 07-07-2016, 09:29 PM
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(07-07-2016, 06:07 PM)celestino Wrote: Lovely brush, Chris! I would love to hear/read the story, though. Thumbup

Thanks. I think Kav covered the essence well.

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 07-07-2016, 09:32 PM
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Thanks all. I'm very pleased with the result.

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 07-07-2016, 09:33 PM
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(07-07-2016, 06:38 PM)vigilantesd Wrote: Very cool! Where is the knot from?

Alessandro sources the hair and then makes the knots for each brush. At least that is the way I understand the process from our communications. He does various knots from badger, horse, squirrel....

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 07-07-2016, 09:44 PM
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(07-07-2016, 09:33 PM)number six Wrote:
(07-07-2016, 06:38 PM)vigilantesd Wrote: Very cool! Where is the knot from?

Alessandro sources the hair and then makes the knots for each brush. At least that is the way I understand the process from our communications. He does various knots from badger, horse, squirrel....

Squirrel?? This is the first time I've heard of that. Wow. I didn't think that was possible.

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 07-07-2016, 10:15 PM
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  • Thug
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Very nice brush. Alessandro does some lovely work.

I'm hoping to collect my PantaRei from the post office within the next couple of days.

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 07-07-2016, 10:59 PM
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Nice brush.

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 07-08-2016, 07:49 AM
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(07-07-2016, 09:44 PM)1Geralt Wrote:
(07-07-2016, 09:33 PM)number six Wrote:
(07-07-2016, 06:38 PM)vigilantesd Wrote: Very cool! Where is the knot from?

Alessandro sources the hair and then makes the knots for each brush. At least that is the way I understand the process from our communications. He does various knots from badger, horse, squirrel....

Squirrel?? This is the first time I've heard of that. Wow. I didn't think that was possible.

I think he mixes it with other hairs...

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 07-08-2016, 08:06 AM
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  • kav
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I just ran outside and tried to catch a grey squirrel to test. In spite of feeding peanuts to five  generations  he objected and raced up a tree.

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 07-08-2016, 08:13 AM
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  • nikos.a
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The handle is beautiful! I am not so sure how durable the drawing and the material are, but I'd really like to have one in my den. It would beautify my bathroom. Enjoy it!

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 07-08-2016, 08:19 AM
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  • kav
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If these can survive you should order a replica today
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 07-08-2016, 08:20 AM
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(07-08-2016, 08:13 AM)nikos.a Wrote: The handle is beautiful! I am not so sure how durable the drawing and the material are, but I'd really like to have one in my den. It would beautify my bathroom. Enjoy it!

Thanks. The painting is fired ceramic so it is durable. Of course it's a ceramic handle so care must be taken to avoid drops or hard contact. Does look good in the bathroom!
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