I picked this guy up a couple weeks ago with the hope that there was life left in it. This brush looked like it had been abused at some point in its life. Not 100% positive, but I'm sure it had touched paint at some point in its life. It took some elbow grease to get out a lot of the scratches and gouges and to make it shine. I think it came out just fine. I chose to fill the handle with epoxy and some BBs to give this large brush some heft. The knot is a Maggard 30mm SHD fan knot. Hasn't touched water yet, but can't wait to try it out.