Sorry - it did in fact sell a couple of hours ago but I forgot to update the post - busy day. Thanks everyone and B&B.
I bought this from Lee in February and it immediately became my daily brush. It has the terrific hair Lee was using for a time that was compared to Rooney's Finest for its superior backbone and bit of scritch. I think it’s a fair comparison but IMHO the M&F has less scritch, if anything, than a Rooney's Finest. I’m not a fan of hair that is prickly but I like a good scrub and I think this hair is just right.
It does have great backbone and it's also a great latherer. It's springy without too much flex.
The Emilion handle measures 59mm long and 36mm in diameter and it remains my favorite handle of all my brushes, with the Simpson’s Rover coming in second. It is terrific for bowl or face.
Unfortunately there were shedding problems with some of the brushes made with this hair and this one was no exception. In the first few weeks it probably lost close to two hundred hairs – but I was also doing my best to comb them out between shaves on Lee's advice to see if it would settle down. It eventually did but still loses a hair or two every couple of shaves. It’s been like this for the last month and a half.
Lee stood behind the brush - he's a class act. But because he'd had other problems with the same hair, he was reluctant to replace the knot with an identical one and I was reluctant to let this knot go despite the shedding problem because otherwise this knot was the best I had tried. So we worked out a deal whereby I ended up with a second, smaller Emilion with different hair. Subsequently I also purchased a Simpson Manchurian, which I find to have very similar hair to this one (although this one has slightly better backbone). So I've decided to sell this one - at a significant discount in light of the shedding history.
I paid $155.
$70 U.S. shipped CONUSSOLD
* A member just PM'd me to ask if the handle could be reknotted. I don't see why not (no pun intended) - it's what I ultimately would have done with the handle had I not gotten another Emilion - but this knot will still be good for at least a couple of years with respect to density unless the shedding picks up again dramatically.