Thanks to Vlad the Enabler (no, not this guy although the resemblance is striking), I ordered a a Kimson "Black Marble" natural horn brush with a 28 X 64 silvertip knot that was $111.00 including shipping. The brush arrived yesterday and the craftsmanship appears excellent. This is the first time I've encountered badger funk in at least a decade; not a mild case either, as I suspect the hair came from the back end of an animal not terribly concerned with his personal hygiene. Squeezed a full lemon into a glass, added the brush and then enough water to bring the level up to the handle. Let the acid do it work for a half hour then rinsed and shampooed the brush before doing a test lather. That did the trick. The knot measures 31 X 55 with a 50.7 mm handle. As you can see in the picture next to the Thäter 49125-3 (not a dwarf brush itself) this a huge knot. The hair is very soft and decently packed but it's not the brush for those demanding über-backbone. Did a face-lather in the shower with QCS Esquire (this fabulous product is sold as a cream but has the consistency of an Italian soft-soap). It built a quick & easy lather and delivered an altogether excellent shave. Nice flow out of the brush. I like big brushes but this thing is massive; if ordering again I'd likely take the 26. It sort of recommends itself as a head lathering brush but since my two brain surgeries left my head with the topography of Michigan roads in Spring, I'm not head shaving with the frequency I once did. I think the handle alone is worth the price of admission and it will be a nice change of pace on occasion. I ordered the brush on June 25th and received it on August 10th so it's not for those who lack patience or need immediate gratification.
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