09-26-2016, 03:52 PM
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Background - On another forum, I mentioned in passing that those of us who like fan knot brushes have few good options under <$100. Rod from Stirling reached out to me and said he was looking into this, and had sourced a sample knot for a future 24mm 2-band fan-shape brush. He was kind enough to send me the prototype to try out. Before doing so, I stressed to him that I am not interested in a freebie for good publicity, and he insisted on the opposite - that I should be as brutal as possible so he can really see what the product is like. Here we go:

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Handle - The handle is an obvious homage to the Simpson M7, as many brushmakers have done. Rod says he's currently looking into several different styles and hasn't settled on one. For my part, I'll say this is a simple and classic design, and the butterscotch gives it a nice pop. It's hefty and secure, and well-suited to face lathering given the knot's backbone (more ahead).

Knot - This knot is really, really, really good. 24mm and very low-set as you can see, augmenting the naturally high backbone of the two-band knot. Picks up soap very easily from creams, soft soaps, and milled soaps alike. Forms lather very quickly, and holds quite a bit. Compared to the original Stirling badger with its high loft, this one is definitely more of a lather hog. It's still not a lather hog on the grand scale, but the original Stirling was almost boar-like in how freely it gave up lather. The next point I want to touch on is the backbone. It's quite substantial, not only compared to the floppier original, but compared to all the many brushes I've tried. This rolls into my third point - the tips. So soft as I did not know was possible. The tips gel (pics below) when wet, creating the cloudiest, most pleasant face feel with a significant amount of backbone behind it.

As far as availability and price, I don't really know. This is a sample the supplier sent Rod pending a larger batch order, so once those come in they have to get seated and packaged. My hope is this gets out soon because IMHO Rod really killed it with his earlier brush. I was late to get onboard with that one, but for $30 it was quite remarkable. If Rod keeps this one under $50 it'll be a downright steal.

Gel tip pics (high res):

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 09-26-2016, 04:15 PM
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Looks great.

I am not able to take my eyes off the knot! Wish my M7 Manchurian had a lower loft like that.

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 09-26-2016, 04:51 PM
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  • bijou
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(09-26-2016, 04:15 PM)bakerbarber Wrote: Looks great.

I am not able to take my eyes off the knot! Wish my M7 Manchurian had a lower loft like that.

Any idea when this brush (hopefully with the M7 in Butterscotch) will be available for purchase?

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 09-26-2016, 06:01 PM
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I would be all over that so fast your head would spin! I agree the butterscotch gives a pop.


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 09-26-2016, 06:02 PM
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This brush looks quite promising.  What is the loft?

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 09-26-2016, 06:17 PM
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This brush does look and sound very promising, especially in that M7 type butterscotch handle. Hope they can bring it on line.

Bob

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 09-26-2016, 06:18 PM
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Very nice looking knot. I hope you use it for a while and let us know how it evolves Smile

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 09-26-2016, 11:33 PM
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Not sure if you mentioned it, but which one would you prefer? This or the last one?

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 09-27-2016, 02:10 PM
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(09-26-2016, 04:51 PM)bijou Wrote:
(09-26-2016, 04:15 PM)bakerbarber Wrote: Looks great.

I am not able to take my eyes off the knot! Wish my M7 Manchurian had a lower loft like that.

Any idea when this brush (hopefully with the M7 in Butterscotch) will be available for purchase?
Rod informed me that he just put in a large order (1000+ units) so hopefully soon.

(09-26-2016, 06:02 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: This brush looks quite promising.  What is the loft?
24x48

(09-26-2016, 11:33 PM)1Geralt Wrote: Not sure if you mentioned it, but which one would you prefer? This or the last one?
This one, marginally. The previous is softer and floppier, and much easier to lather with owing to the large splay and higher loft. However, the backbone on this one is preferable for me even at the cost of less lather release.

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 09-27-2016, 02:47 PM
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I have the other one and love it.  If he does this one with the M7 handle, I'd buy it in a New York minute.

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 09-27-2016, 03:41 PM
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Me too.

That's the nicest shade of faux butterscotch I think I've ever seen.

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 09-28-2016, 05:27 PM
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That knot looks awesome. Not a big butterscotch fan, but I'd still probably pick this one up to try, since based on your description the knot sounds right in my sweet spot.

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 09-29-2016, 03:32 PM
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Judging from your review, this should be a great performer for the price. Those crazy gel tips look stunning! There's nothing like gummy bear badger tips.

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 10-01-2016, 08:30 AM
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(09-27-2016, 02:47 PM)surfshaver Wrote: I have the other one and love it.  If he does this one with the M7 handle, I'd buy it in a New York minute.


Me too!


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 11-25-2016, 06:21 PM
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I ordered one in black today.  I like the butterscotch, but it looks more like hunters orange to me.

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 11-25-2016, 06:23 PM
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(11-25-2016, 06:21 PM)Mr_Houston Wrote: I ordered one in black today.  I like the butterscotch, but it looks more like hunters orange to me.


We have to keep buying new bright brushes today so it will turn into the vintage butterscotches of tomorrow.

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 11-27-2016, 11:35 AM
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Butterscotch incoming!  I will admit this was an impulse buy while waiting in my car for my girlfriend during Black Friday shopping.  I have the other two Stirling brushes, so I figured why not make it 3 for 3.  Plus I'm getting a Declaration re-knot in a 24 mm Fan, so now I'll have a similar brush for comparison.  Will report back.

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 11-27-2016, 02:07 PM
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(11-27-2016, 11:35 AM)surfshaver Wrote: Butterscotch incoming!  I will admit this was an impulse buy while waiting in my car for my girlfriend during Black Friday shopping.  I have the other two Stirling brushes, so I figured why not make it 3 for 3.  Plus I'm getting a Declaration re-knot in a 24 mm Fan, so now I'll have a similar brush for comparison.  Will report back.

I have both the Stirling and Declaration as well, but have not had both on hand concurrently as I sent this prototype out for a pass-around before getting my Declaration. IMO they're both great in their own way, proving there's more than one way to skin a cat.

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 12-01-2016, 10:18 AM
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(11-27-2016, 02:07 PM)crazindndude Wrote:
(11-27-2016, 11:35 AM)surfshaver Wrote: Butterscotch incoming!  I will admit this was an impulse buy while waiting in my car for my girlfriend during Black Friday shopping.  I have the other two Stirling brushes, so I figured why not make it 3 for 3.  Plus I'm getting a Declaration re-knot in a 24 mm Fan, so now I'll have a similar brush for comparison.  Will report back.

I have both the Stirling and Declaration as well, but have not had both on hand concurrently as I sent this prototype out for a pass-around before getting my Declaration. IMO they're both great in their own way, proving there's more than one way to skin a cat.

That's good to hear.  My Stirling is supposed to come tomorrow, and Scott is working on my brush right now.  Xmas coming early this year!

(In addition to brushes, I think we share similar tastes in soaps (B&M) and razors (Wolfman/BBS-1 ) ;-) )

Cheers,

Alex

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 12-01-2016, 10:29 AM
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I got mine today.  Hand lathered it a little bit ago.  It's definitely got some funk to it.  The loft on mine is right at 50.  When I pulled it out of my shaving mug filled with water it had a little flop to it.  Probably not as dense as I would like.  Very very soft though.  I'll get my first use in tonight as I'm a night shaver.  Although it shed a few hairs during the hand lather, they were all very thin and some of them being shorter.  I don't think it'll be a problem though.  The look and quality seem to be very good.  The knot shape itself came across as very well done.  I'll post a couple of comparison pics tonight after it's first actual use as well as some more detailed thoughts.

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