08-07-2012, 11:56 AM
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  • Teiste
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Thanks to Andrew I have the chance to test 2 Plisson High Mountain White brushes : a two and a three band badger hair,and I can say that they are some differences with them,besides the hair color.

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This brush has a 22 mm knot and a 56 mm loft,like the Plisson 12, 2 band High Mountain White two band that Andrew have also sent me.

As the 2 band HMW,this brush has a good amount of hair on the knot,not being densely packed,like other brands,but good enough.To be honest,I like brushes that arent that densely packed of hair,since the flow is,in most of the cases,better and also they dont become in lather hogs.

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The brush is very well made,with one of the most classical handles ever made,easy to hold/grip during shaving.The handle also is quiet heavy,like a good made in UK resin handle.

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In the past,I have tested a Plisson HMW 14 3 band and I discovered how different was the hair used in that brush from any other badger hair I have ever tried.Well,I have the same case here : if I can honestly say than the Plisson 12 HMW 2 band is very,very similar to the Vie Long european white badger hair,I can also honestly say,that the 3 band HMW hair is nothing like I have ever tried/tested before,but the Plisson 14 HMW hair.

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This hair is as thick as the 2 band one,but even with a better flow and also softer tips.Not much softer,but enough to make it noticeable.

I think that those two characteristics,puts this brush ahead of the HMW two band,specially for face lathering with circular movements.Well,I have to be honest now and admit I haven't used it yet ,but as I have been testing it and I was surprised about how softer the tips are.Theyre also much softer than the ones from the Plisson 14 HMW.

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I dont think that I would never spent the amount of money that these shaving brushes cost,but If I would,Im sure that I would go for the 3 band HMW brush,since its so different than many other 3 band badger hair out there.This brush has a loft of 56 mm,and keeps a very good backbone,even when its not really packed with badger hair.Most of the 3 band badger hair brushes that I have tried become "floppy" when they pass the 55 mm loft mark,and some of them are very densely packed of hair.As I said,the bristles of this brush are thick,so the brush can maintain a firm backbone,but with a very good flow.

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Well,I will be using this brush in the next couple days and I will write my impressions of it.

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 08-07-2012, 11:59 AM
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Another great post Teiste.

I am quite surprised that with a loft of 56mm it has a good backbone.

It really has opened my eyes to Plisson.

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 08-07-2012, 03:32 PM
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Beautiful. I love that dark handled brush!

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 08-09-2012, 05:45 PM
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  • Andrew
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I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts after more use, Teiste. I, too, was surprised by the backbone of this brush for the tall loft. And the tips are softer than the 2-band.

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 08-09-2012, 06:19 PM
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  • biggiej42
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You'd think for that much, it'd be much more than a sticker indicating it's a HMW

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 08-09-2012, 07:31 PM
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Teiste, looking forward to hearing your impressions. Good luck with it.

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 08-09-2012, 07:34 PM
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  • Andrew
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(08-09-2012, 06:19 PM)biggiej42 Wrote: You'd think for that much, it'd be much more than a sticker indicating it's a HMW

Maybe I bought a bargain basement HMW. I wonder if I should feel robbed?

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 08-09-2012, 07:49 PM
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  • Teiste
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Today was my second use and I can tell this is a different hair than the 2 band hair.I like this one better,since the tips are softer,but keeping the same amount of backbone and excellent flow,which are a good combination.
So far,of the 2 HMW that Andrew have borrow me,I like this one better,actually much better.However,the 12 seems to be a little big bigger than I was expecting,so I guess that in Plisson,my likes would take me to a size 10 or even a 8.
I need to try it out more and I will write my final impressions about it,but this one,so far so good : very different to any other 3 band badger hair out there.

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 08-10-2012, 04:38 AM
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  • Andrew
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When I was entertaining thoughts of buying a Plisson, I thought the 12 would be a small brush based on the knot measurements you can find online. I thought a 16 would be more to my liking. Fortunately, I was able to buy from a brick & mortar shop and handle these brushes first. The 16 is a big brush, a little too big for my tastes. The size 12 is just right for me. The taller lofts have a lot to do with how big these brushes seem.

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 08-10-2012, 05:32 AM
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  • slantman
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Thank you Teiste for another great review.

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