06-21-2013, 02:22 AM
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  • JRod22
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Hi all. I recently purchased the Bengal/orange and black swirl Rooney brush from Classicshaving.com. I wasn't thrilled with the characteristics of the original knot and I just thought that the handle deserved a 2 band knot. So I sent the handle to GDCarrington to work on.

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Talk about a transformation. Gary was amazing to deal with, his knowledge and professionalism were astounding. I highly suggest working with him if you need some brush work done. Any way, I'm so pumped for this new brush, can't wait to get it into the rotation. I'll add some post bloom pictures once I've given it a couple uses.

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 06-21-2013, 07:54 AM
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Transformation indeed! That now looks much, much better.

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 06-21-2013, 08:00 AM
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Great looking brush! Biggrin

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 06-21-2013, 08:04 AM
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  • Agravic
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Beautiful handle and knot ... nice job with the 'restore' ... enjoy! Smile

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 06-21-2013, 08:14 AM
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  • Elbe
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Honestly I like the former fan shaped knot more, just from the aesthetics.

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 06-21-2013, 09:32 AM
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  • P Funk
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Aesthetically perhaps the fan looks a bit better. But I have the same brush and I too was disappointed in the knot. It is soft enough but too floppy and not really dense at all. It is probably the worst Rooney/M&F knot that I own or tried. But the handle is pretty sweet.
Great idea swapping it out immediately - why mess around?Smile I'm going to look into doing the same.

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 06-21-2013, 11:32 AM
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  • Codfish
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Beautiful handle. I trust that Gary addressed whatever shortcomings there were in the knot, and am looking forward to some post-bloom shots.

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 06-21-2013, 12:43 PM
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High praise goes to Gary, a very nice piece of work from a very nice gentleman.

Jamie.

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 06-21-2013, 01:29 PM
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  • JRod22
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(06-21-2013, 08:14 AM)Elbe Wrote: Honestly I like the former fan shaped knot more, just from the aesthetics.

I agree, the fan shape did look nice, but i prefer the color of the 2 band.

PFunk, I'm right the with you that it was a bit on the floppy side. Loved the handle though so wanted to get it working nice. Mission accomplished.

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 06-21-2013, 01:37 PM
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Thanks for all the kind words on the restoration.

When Josh wrote to me about the handle, he discussed that he was not totally pleased with the softness (floppiness) of the brush and saw what I had done in the various Two Band restorations. So the brush came my way and the transformation was completed. The most important thing is that Josh got the brush that he wanted.

Enjoy it and I am looking forward to bloom pictures!

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 06-21-2013, 09:02 PM
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Another nice job from Gary.

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 06-21-2013, 10:10 PM
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I have a Super Silver Tip like that with the Hendrix psychedelic handle. Its nice but the knot is so tight it only holds one lather. Its been relegated to the travel pouch.

I'd hate to have anyone mucking around with it but I might use it more if I did something like that.

Hummmmm?!

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 06-22-2013, 04:48 AM
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I have a 3/1 in faux horn from T&H... A twin to this Rooney...The knot is not very dense but the hair is one of the best 3 bands I have ever tried - in softness and feel comparable to Thäter...
It is reserved for creams and I would never give it away...

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 06-23-2013, 04:49 AM
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  • ben74
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I have the same brush, sans re-knot and san fan shape as mine is more hybrid in shape (and was purchased more than a few years ago now).

Congratulations it looks grrreat!

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 06-23-2013, 04:54 AM
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  • ben74
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(06-22-2013, 04:48 AM)German Wrote: I have a 3/1 in faux horn from T&H... A twin to this Rooney...The knot is not very dense but the hair is one of the best 3 bands I have ever tried - in softness and feel comparable to Thäter...
It is reserved for creams and I would never give it away...

Agreed, the hair on mine is outstandingly soft too.

I also have the pink candy swirl version as well, which has been claimed by my daughter and is now set aside and patiently awaiting the many years before she is actually ready to shave.

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 06-23-2013, 04:33 PM
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  • JRod22
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I agree with you guys (Ben and German) the original silver tip knot was incredibly soft, definitely the softest I've ever felt. The knot had a very weak backbone however which made it undesirable for me. The 2 band Gary put in feels great. Here it is after 4 lathers. Still wet from my shave. It's looking very good.

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 06-23-2013, 04:53 PM
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(06-23-2013, 04:33 PM)JRod22 Wrote: I agree with you guys (Ben and German) the original silver tip knot was incredibly soft, definitely the softest I've ever felt. The knot had a very weak backbone however which made it undesirable for me. The 2 band Gary put in feels great. Here it is after 4 lathers. Still wet from my shave. It's looking very good.

Well, that has bloomed out nice.

I envisioned this as something on a sports card, so here is the image in that context.

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Glad you are enjoying it. Thanks for letting me "transform" it.

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 06-23-2013, 07:45 PM
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  • P Funk
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(06-22-2013, 04:48 AM)German Wrote: I have a 3/1 in faux horn from T&H... A twin to this Rooney...The knot is not very dense but the hair is one of the best 3 bands I have ever tried - in softness and feel comparable to Thäter...
It is reserved for creams and I would never give it away...
I have several Rooney and M&F brushes. The knot in this particular brush had to be the least satisfying out my entire lot.
There is almost no backbone and the brush is very sparse (?- not dense) and it is not a good combo IMHO. It is a flop-meister.

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 06-23-2013, 09:28 PM
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  • ben74
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(06-23-2013, 04:33 PM)JRod22 Wrote: I agree with you guys (Ben and German) the original silver tip knot was incredibly soft, definitely the softest I've ever felt. The knot had a very weak backbone however which made it undesirable for me. The 2 band Gary put in feels great. Here it is after 4 lathers. Still wet from my shave. It's looking very good.

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It looks great and I believe you did the right thing!

I just hope you aren't drinking Jack Daniels and shaving at the same time! Tongue

(06-23-2013, 07:45 PM)P Funk Wrote: I have several Rooney and M&F brushes. The knot in this particular brush had to be the least satisfying out my entire lot.
There is almost no backbone and the brush is very sparse (?- not dense) and it is not a good combo IMHO. It is a flop-meister.

Another example of YMMV (or perhaps even a case of similar brushes my vary)...

I actually found my Tiger to be a good performer for me!

At one time I owned a dozen Rooney Finest and around twice that in other Rooney grades.

I have only retained:

2 LE brushes (Tiger and Candy swirl)
1XXL, 2XXL and 3XXL original batch "gel tips"
Heritage 2 band beehive
and a giant beehive display brush

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 06-23-2013, 09:57 PM
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  • P Funk
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(06-23-2013, 09:28 PM)ben74 Wrote:
(06-23-2013, 07:45 PM)P Funk Wrote: I have several Rooney and M&F brushes. The knot in this particular brush had to be the least satisfying out my entire lot.
There is almost no backbone and the brush is very sparse (?- not dense) and it is not a good combo IMHO. It is a flop-meister.

Another example of YMMV (or perhaps even a case of similar brushes my vary)...

I actually found my Tiger to be a good performer for me!

At one time I owned a dozen Rooney Finest and around twice that in other Rooney grades.

I have only retained:

2 LE brushes (Tiger and Candy swirl)
1XXL, 2XXL and 3XXL original batch "gel tips"
Heritage 2 band beehive
and a giant beehive display brush
Very interesting Ben. I think my tastes are at least somewhat similar to yours based on the ones you have kept and your renowned love for Simpsons Manchurian hair.
I just purchased my tiger (or SF Giants brush as I like to refer to it as) recently and was told that they found them in a box in their warehouse...not sure if they are from the same batch or not. When I received it, it did indeed look like it was at the bottom of a box b/c the hair was lopsided/uneven from storage. Who knows if there was something else happened to while stored. That being said perhaps it is as you said, a variance within the same model brush.
I don't think I'll be ridding myself of it though b/c the handle is a gem.

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