08-11-2017, 10:25 AM
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  • blzrfn
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  • Vancouver USA
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As an avid brush collector that has been buying brushes for several years, it isn't often that I run across something that "I just gotta have".  However, while suffering from insomnia the other night I decided to take a stroll through my usual sites looking to see what was available.  I ran across a listing for this "LARGE" shaving brush and at first glance thought it was just another Plexi brush.  Upon closer look the proportioning of the knot and handle just didn't seem right and without any size reference in the pictures I took a gamble and made the purchase.  Less than a week later, this monster was delivered to my office:

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Now, this may not seem like anything other than a nice vintage Plisson European White.  Let's put some perspective on the size real quick.

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(From left to right: Plisson Size 6 EW, Plisson Size 22 EW, Plisson Size 14 HMW)

This brush is an absolute beast!  I don't even think I will be able to face lather with it (though you know I will try).  The knot is 30mm in diameter with a loft measuring in at 78mm.  The largest brush manufactured by Plisson currently is the Size 20, with a 28mm knot, and even those are pretty rare.  This Plisson Size 22 must have been a special order used for store display.

After taking these photos I proceeded to get it all cleaned up and it holds a LOT of water in the knot and took a LOT of shampoo to get the hair cleaned up.  The handle and decal do show signs of wear and there is a little bit of residue around the rim of the socket indicating that somebody has at least lathered this brush in the past.  I will continue my cleaning and sanitizing routine over the weekend and see if I can't find a way to actually use the brush next weekend.  This will most likely end up as a shelf queen and hanging out with my Ogee (Simpson) #312 on display.

One final Plisson family photo:
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 08-11-2017, 10:56 AM
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Very nice find. I wish I was so productive during insomnia. 
Side note: can you share your cleaning and sanitizing routine?

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 08-11-2017, 11:42 AM
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  • blzrfn
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(08-11-2017, 10:56 AM)lloydrm Wrote: Very nice find. I wish I was so productive during insomnia. 
Side note: can you share your cleaning and sanitizing routine?

It really varies depending on the brush and what it needs.  I use some combination of the following: borax (residue removal), apple cider vinegar (residue removal with brittle hair), shampoo (follows residue removal soak), Benefect Disinfectant (botanical disnifectant, applied to dry brush and allowed to sit overnight), shaving soap (anything with lots of conditioners as final step).

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 08-11-2017, 12:00 PM
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Shok   A huge score indeed, both literally and figuratively.  Congratulations on a truly exceptional and unique piece.

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 08-11-2017, 12:01 PM
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sure beats visiting new indian casino with no buffet.  Big boy brush for the head shaver in us all.  well done Dave

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 08-11-2017, 12:18 PM
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That is spectacular. 

"Huge" score indeed.

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 08-11-2017, 12:21 PM
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  • eengler
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Very Nice!

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 08-11-2017, 12:43 PM
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(08-11-2017, 11:42 AM)blzrfn Wrote:
(08-11-2017, 10:56 AM)lloydrm Wrote: Very nice find. I wish I was so productive during insomnia. 
Side note: can you share your cleaning and sanitizing routine?

It really varies depending on the brush and what it needs.  I use some combination of the following: borax (residue removal), apple cider vinegar (residue removal with brittle hair), shampoo (follows residue removal soak), Benefect Disinfectant (botanical disnifectant, applied to dry brush and allowed to sit overnight), shaving soap (anything with lots of conditioners as final step).

Very useful response. 
I've yet to buy an used brush with natural hair.
Your approach seems very safe, both for the brush and user.

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 08-11-2017, 12:51 PM
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  • EricM
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What a beast of a brush!!!  Congratulations.  Great find!

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 08-11-2017, 01:24 PM
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  • Barrylu
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Wow Just when I thought  I was through with Plissons

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 08-11-2017, 03:40 PM
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  • chazt
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Man, oh man! Talk about your wall of badger.

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 08-11-2017, 03:57 PM
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  • Shaun
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Picture next to Ogee please Smile

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 08-11-2017, 08:55 PM
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Amazing brush. I love the uniformity of the tips. Treasure that piece

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 08-12-2017, 03:42 AM
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Great find.  There are some amazing old brushes out there.

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 08-12-2017, 06:23 AM
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(08-11-2017, 12:01 PM)daveinsweethome Wrote: sure beats visiting new indian casino with no buffet.  Big boy brush for the head shaver in us all.  well done Dave

It sure does!  Very well done, indeed.

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 08-12-2017, 07:19 AM
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  • Nero
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We finally discovered the matching brush for this soap!!! Great work, Dave! Biggrin

Quoting the OP from a thread in 2015

"I scored a MONSTER sized bowl and soap of vintage Floris Elite. The soap alone weighed 907g on the scale."
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From: http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=32457

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 08-12-2017, 07:40 AM
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VERY nice score!!!

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 08-14-2017, 07:54 AM
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  • blzrfn
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(08-11-2017, 03:57 PM)Shaun Wrote: Picture next to Ogee please Smile

It would be my pleasure Shaun!

@Nero - I had a similar soap from Crabtree & Evelyn.  I never got up the nerve to use it and ended up selling it but yeah, that is about right.

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(Those are my Plisson Size 18 in the background)

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 08-15-2017, 07:24 AM
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  • Nero
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Very nice! What scent was the C&E??

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 08-15-2017, 08:46 AM
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  • blzrfn
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(08-15-2017, 07:24 AM)Nero Wrote: Very nice! What scent was the C&E??

It was unmarked but it reminded me most of Sienna.

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