02-24-2013, 09:34 AM
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I honestly wasn't sure how much I would like this brush. It was a bit of a gamble because of the enormous size of the knot (36mm) and the D01 knot's reputation for scratchiness. Now, after a few weeks of palm-lathering (to speed up the break-in process) and about 10 uses, here's what I think...

To sum it up, it is a great brush and it is now one of my three favorites along with my Chubby 3's in 2-band and Manchurian. The density is higher than the 2-band but not as high as my Manchurian, which is the densest of all my brushes. That giant Chubby-style handle is easy and comfortable to grasp. The knot itself is beautifully shaped.

The brush has great backbone and scrub; it's very strong without being irritating in any way. There's no question that it covers a lot of territory when applying the lather, but it's not overwhelming - well, okay, maybe a little.

Flow-through? Not great, but not bad either. Then again, it's not great with my other big, dense brushes either. It is partly dependent on the amount of soap or cream I use. And speaking of soap, this brush is the soap hog to end all soap hogs. Hard soaps are essentially impossible. I have spent 90 seconds (yes, I timed it) loading triple-milled soap onto this brush and still ended up with thin lather. On the other hand, I have gotten excellent results with croaps like Proraso, Castle Forbes and QCS, although they still require extra loading time.

For those of you who want to know the specs, the knot is 36mm in diameter, the loft is 63mm, the handle is 56mm high and 52mm diameter at the base.

So the bottom line is that Rudy Vey has created a first-class brush for me that I call "The Beast" because that is just what it is (look at the comparo pic). Quality-wise, it is every bit the equal to my Simpson Chubbies. I know Rudy has access to more of these knots, so if you're a Chubby fan like I am or if you just like big brushes, you too can have a Beast of your very own.

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 02-24-2013, 09:47 AM
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  • tgutc
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Wow! That truly is a beast.

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 02-24-2013, 09:49 AM
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  • Agravic
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Scared

awe·some
/ˈôsəm/
Adjective

Extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear.
Extremely good; excellent.

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 02-24-2013, 11:08 AM
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Should be in a zoo... ? Confused

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 02-24-2013, 11:50 AM
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  • Teiste
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That brush is the King of brushes...how many badgers did die to create that beast ? A47

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 02-24-2013, 11:59 AM
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Dang...a beast indeed!

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 02-24-2013, 12:32 PM
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The GODZILLA of brushes, Bob :monoloco:

Glad you like it, Bob Biggrin

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 02-24-2013, 02:11 PM
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Enjoy the brush, Bob. Wow, that is a monster!

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 02-24-2013, 04:28 PM
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It is a beast alright, to practically dwarf a CH3 is not an easy thing to do. Rudy Vey is a master craftsman no doubt.

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 02-24-2013, 09:24 PM
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Thats a big boy there!

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 02-27-2013, 04:23 AM
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That would be a two handed face lather. Beautiful!

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 02-28-2013, 12:05 AM
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(02-24-2013, 11:50 AM)Teiste Wrote: That brush is the King of brushes...how many badgers did die to create that beast ? A47

As little as one, as many as two. Not too bad actually.

Bob's shaving with an entire badger. Hehe. Biggrin

What a beast....

How does it compare to the Manchurian in terms of scrub?

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 02-28-2013, 07:03 AM
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Lee: They are very close, but the Manchurian has a bit more scrub due to its denser knot and shorter loft.

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 12-17-2013, 10:39 AM
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  • TheMonk
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I wanted to see this famous brush, but the pictures seem to be gone. Undecided

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 12-17-2013, 11:00 AM
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...and I don't have the pics - or the brush - anymore.

It was a truly great brush, but it just wasn't well-suited to my sensitive skin.

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 12-17-2013, 11:49 AM
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A 36mm D01 will do that to your skin...Angel
(12-17-2013, 11:00 AM)vocalistbob Wrote: ...and I don't have the pics - or the brush - anymore.

It was a truly great brush, but it just wasn't well-suited to my sensitive skin.

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 12-17-2013, 12:44 PM
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Was it a silvertip of 2 band?

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 12-17-2013, 04:02 PM
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Alas the pictures seem to be missing. I would love to see "The Beast"...

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 12-17-2013, 04:12 PM
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(12-17-2013, 04:02 PM)ntr(nwu) Wrote: Alas the pictures seem to be missing. I would love to see "The Beast"...

Anyone else owns this brush, and would mind sharing some pictures? Rolleyes

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 12-17-2013, 06:08 PM
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