Measurements and Holder Information

This page is to provide information to help when deciding what stand or holder to purchase. When contacting Em's Place for suggestions and help please have the relevant information handy for your particular brush or razor.


This is the way Em's Place measures the diameter of a brush when talking about the point where the bristles meet the handle. Same measurement style would be applicable depending upon what area of the handle is being discussed. While Em prefers to use calipers, not everyone has one and a ruler will work.

This brush handle flares out from the bristles and is an example of a good fit for the normal/regular one inch, 25mm, holders. The main consideration after this, is the length of the bristles. Most brush bristles average 2" to 2 1/4" in length. Bristles 2 1/2" or more in length usually need a stand or a longer stemmed holder.

Some brush handles, for example straight handles or some metal handles, will not fit certain holders. This is because some straight handles may simply fall through rounded holder forks. Also, some metal handles can be slippery on rounded fork holders when inserting at the knot area. In many instances, the horseshoe holder forks work best for those types of handles or inserting them into the fork lower on the handle.

   Brush Knot Measurement



The two main ways to insert the brush into a brush holder is either where the bristles go into the handle, or further down the handle at a waist/grip ring area.

Knot Area Measurement

Grip Ring Base Measurement


For placing a brush in holder at the point where the bristles meet the handle, and when contacting Em's Place to find out if a given stand will hold a brush you already have on hand, please provide the following information using the measuring style referenced above. Most brush handles round or bulb/flare out a little as in these images:


Brush Width Measurement

Brush Height Measurement

A the diameter where the bristles meet the handle.
B the diameter slightly after point "A" as the handle starts to bulge out.
C the diameter at the largest part of the handle.

Other helpful information is: Length of bristle and length of handle. The other main factor is if there is any metal at the handle base the would make the brush base heavy and therefore subject to toppling over if placed into a holder at the point where the bristles meet the handle.


If you have a very different type of handle style, please refer to these images and let us know which style comes closest to your brush, together with measurement "A" and any other measurements that will be helpful. For the flat-ish style let us also know the measure at the far end of the flat area too. If you are interested in purchasing a brush and separate stand supplied on our web site simply refer to the item number/s and we can let you know if they are compatible. Or, if only one brush and stand is part of an order, Em's Place will make sure they will work together and notify the customer otherwise.

Brush Handle Shapes



This picture shows how Em's Place measures the knot. When you look at the anatomy of a brush page you will see the craftsman bundling the hair into "knots". These knots come in different diameters and discussed in millimeters (mm).  Since not all manufactures provide the knot size, we use a  pair of precision calipers to take the measurement from the inside handle lip at the point where the bristles meet the handle. Inventory and brush sizes in stock can sometimes vary slightly from shipment to shipment.

When using the larger size brushes keep in mind that they may take a larger lather bowl as the "bloom" diameter can get quite large - see bristle styles for more information.

Knot Size Measurement




This is the way Em's Place measures the diameter of a razor handle depending upon what section of the razor is being discussed.

In reference to the brush and razor holder #mno-bbrh (if available) this picture shows the following example: The handle base on the left and right will fit in the holder, the handle base in the middle is a little to large.


 Razor Base Measurement