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My new and only Plisson brush

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Plisson shaving brush

The Wife went to Paris with a request: to see if she could find a good Plisson brush. I did casually mention “High Mountain White.”

So while there, she looked for someplace that sold them, and found they were sold in a little shop on the other side of the city: the shop of Alain, Maître Barbier Coiffeur. She trekked there, in the last block having to walk along a narrow passageway in a torn-up street. She arrived at a small, unprepossessing shop that did indeed show some shaving brushes. It was the shop of Alain, the last Master Barber in France. The young man with poor posture who was smoking a cigarette turned out not to be Alain, for as soon as she mentioned the shaving brush, he vanished into the rear of the shop and an impish-looking man, somewhat along the lines of Charles Aznavour, emerged.

He was delighted when he heard that she wanted to buy a shaving brush for her husband. A fine gift, he said, beaming. Then he started questioning her about my beard: Was it heavy? How often did I shave? When she rubbed my cheek and I hadn’t shaved, what did it feel like? and so on.

Finally, he offered three brushes for her consideration. The only difference, he explained, was the handle: one of mock tortoise, one of wood, and one (pictured) of metal. She made the same choice I would have made, but she tentatively asked about High Mountain White.

He shook his head gravely. Those, he said, do not last. People like them because they’re pretty—but they do not last. But this, he said, tapping the brush, is what he, Alain, the last Master Barber in France, would recommend. And it was he who wrote Plisson’s brochure (shown in photo).

She bought it and trekked back across town, and with eyes newly aware of shaving brushes spotted a store just down the street from her hotel. It was filled with shaving brushes, including some labeled as Plisson High Mountain White. But those do not last, and besides, she had brought me a brush from the last Master Barber of France.

Tomorrow I shall use it.

Written by LeisureGuy

11 November 2006 at 5:06 pm

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I wanted to get a shave there when I was in Paris in September. Here are three poor photographs taken with my portable telephone.

    Lyrt

    12 November 2006 at 1:41 pm

  2. Very cool. The Wife said that the second photo would not have been possible when she was there—because of the street work, there was sort of a one-person corridor built along in front of the shop, blocking the view. But nice to see it. Note the forest of brushes atop the rack in the right window. And that’s Alain at the back in that photo.

    LeisureGuy

    12 November 2006 at 1:53 pm

  3. I forgot, Alain has his own website: http://www.maitrebarbier.com/page/acueil.html

    Click on “visite virtuelle” then “visite” at the right lower end of the page to get a virtual visit.

    Also, Alain is certainly the last Master Barber of Paris, but I’m not sure he’s the last one of France. I wanted to get a shave, but you have to make an appointment as Alain is pretty busy. I only got a business card and these photographs.

    Lyrt

    12 November 2006 at 2:17 pm

  4. i am confused which brush did he suggest

    stewart little

    21 May 2007 at 11:38 am

  5. The photo shows the brush he recommended and I received. (Click the thumbnail for larger view.) I don’t know the official description, but it’s a very nice brush with a different feel from the other brushes I have: coarser, but still soft…

    LeisureGuy

    21 May 2007 at 11:59 am

  6. Hello,

    I know very well the mark Plisson shaving and it is true that at home, the top is the hair high mountains and their famous horn handle. Now when it comes to buy a badger can be purchased at the official Plisson website on http://www.rasageplisson.com . In addition, they have created a line of care cream or soap that is top!

    If you want to shave, go to Paris because there is Alexendre (the disciple of Alain) to the new BHV Man. I advise you to go there because Alexendre is very good and nice guy.

    You can reach me at any time by mail (my mail: raphcobra@hotmail.fr) or to ask me your questions directly to the site of Plisson;)

    Bye

    Paparas Raphael

    15 November 2007 at 9:16 am

  7. Plisson sounds like a great brand, but they are very pricey. I saw a shaving brush on ebay and was wondering if it would be worth pursuing at $250.00 for a size 18 (maybe greater) white. Any thoughts?

    Harold Kinsey

    26 May 2008 at 12:26 pm

  8. My thoughts: The size 18 is too large for my taste. The 12 is about right. Also, despite the money I paid for my Plisson, it’s really not so satisfying (for me) as MUCH less expensive brushes. I would recommend instead a Rooney Style 1, 2, or 3 small ($76, as I recall—and the 2 is my own personal fave) or the G.B. Kent BK4 ($68). Those are much better (IMHO) and the price is obviously favorable. If you do want to spend more than $200, I really like my Rooney Style 2 Finest.

    Hope this helps.

    LeisureGuy

    26 May 2008 at 12:32 pm

  9. Is this the #12 HMW you refer to so often? It sounds like Alain was advising your wife against a HMW. In the photo, it looks like be a european grey.
    How many Plissons do you have, anyway?

    Carry on,
    Greg

    GregPQ

    6 August 2009 at 11:02 am

  10. The European Grey in the photo is my first Plisson. A year or so later I got a horn-handled HMW 12. Those are the two Plissons I have.

    LeisureGuy

    6 August 2009 at 3:22 pm

  11. Hi, Well I just found your web site. I was looking to find a site like this.
    I inherited a Plisson shaving brush and do wish to sell it.
    I can send a picture of it. It is one with a plexy handle.
    I don’t know how to determine the size or price but someone can make me an offer. You seem to all use one of these and know the prices.
    It of course has never been used and is still in the box.
    I checked a few web sites and checked on the prices.

    Let me know if someone is interested

    Ellen Adam

    14 January 2010 at 12:23 pm

  12. Your best bet, if you don’t want to go the eBay route, is to post the brush on one of the shaving forums’ buy/sell/trade sections. ShaveMyFace.com, for example, has an active forum for that.

    LeisureGuy

    14 January 2010 at 12:27 pm

  13. Also, take a look at at this page to get some idea of the current value of the brush.

    LeisureGuy

    14 January 2010 at 12:28 pm


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