Well as I stated earlier I purchased two of the Stirling Synthetic Brushes that were discounted as seconds due to scratched on the logos. So today the shipment arrived. Thanks Rod for the fast shipping. Now to the brushes. Yes they use the same thin Generation 3 fiber as the L'Occitane Plisson. The fibers are more numerous and more densely packed and the lofts are longer than the L'Occitane Plisson. Now we all know what I was going to do with one of these brushes when they arrived. So here is the tale of the tape. I plan on using the intact brush in next shave of the day. I really do not expect any surprises from this brush and knot. So you may ask what is the plan for the removed knot? Well some time ago, I had another set of handles in which one was used. http://theshaveden.com/forums/threads/a-tale-of-two-handles-but-only-one-knot-decision-time.40006/ I might use this knot in the remaining handle. When I decide that this is indeed the one then I will install it but that will be for a later date. I hope you enjoyed the view of the Stirling Synthetic and viewing the knot that is within.