08-08-2013, 12:28 PM
  • Teiste
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Let me introduce to all of you my current favorite brush , made by an Spanish artisan , El Druida : the "Michelle" in Olive wood synthetic brush.

I have been following El Druida since he joined us like a year ago in the Spanish forum foroafeitado.com , and I must admit that I didnt like a bit his earlier designs , until he decided to launch the model that he have named "Michelle" , inspired in one of my favorite handles of all times , the Rooney 1 series.A couple months ago and I asked Javier (El Druida) to make me a Michelle handle , in Olive wood , and put a synthetic knot on it , and my dream brush was born.HeartHeart

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This brush contains a 24 mm synthetic knot from TGN.Its one of the new synthetic knots that TGN is currently selling and has the 4th generation fibre , the same than the Muhle V 2.0 or the Frank Shaving Pur Tech.

Here with the 23 mm Muhle Silvertip Fibre V 2.0 shaving brushes :

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This brush has the following specs :
  • 24 mm knot
  • 50 mm handle height
  • 50 mm loft
  • 100 mm total height

I chose to set the knot at 50 mm since I wanted a brush for facelathering exclusively , and oh boy ! , It seems it was a very right choice for me.

But let me show you how El Druida (Javier) send the brushes.The word GORGEOUS , fall short to express the brilliant box and presentation :

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But that's not all , the brush comes with a stand in the same wood than the handle.In this case , its Olive wood :

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The handle is the best looking one that I currently own , to be honest.It competes with the latest Semogue foroafeitado 2013 horn handle brush , but If I have to pick up only one , I think I know which one I will choose...Let me show you some pics of the handle , in which the grain and the wood pattern is shown.This Olive wood also puts to shame my old Vie Long Olive wood brush that I used to have.

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I truly also enjoy the "Red Heart" symbol on the bottom , as you can see in these pics :

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As I have said , the synthetic knot is made with the 4th generation fibre , very well packed (like a Muhle STF brush 23 mm) and a dream if you are a die hard face latherer , like I am.Set it at 50 mm have been a success , since the backbone its quiet high , but keeping some flow.The tips are extra soft and feels so luxurious on the face ! And not only that : it creates thick and creamy lather in a blink on an eye too.

I have used with triple milled soaps and creams , lathering with circular strokes on my face , and the lather simply "explotes" , even with some "difficult" products , like Musgo Real shaving cream or Mitchell's Wool Fat soap.

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I have tried several hundred shaving brushes (badger , boar , horse , synthetic) , so I know what I want on a brush , and I did ask that to El Druida. He truly followed my instructions and created this , again , GORGEOUS brush (I wish you guys could see it in "person" , since I can not show its real beauty on my pics , I'm afraid).Yes , this brush have become my current favorite shaving brush. So far this is my best acquisition for 2013 , and I think that says a lot.If I also mention that the price and shipping was less than the current price for some of the Muhle Silvertip Fibre brushes out there , then , I can only smile.

El Druida is doing a great job with his latest creations , and I can totally recommend him if you are looking for a customize handle.Seems that he also can get knots from different European brands , like Vie Long or shavemac , and also some special badger hair grades.

You can check El Druida's work here : Artesania El Druida

Muchas gracias , Javier !

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 08-08-2013, 12:40 PM
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Wow, that is absolutely stunning T.

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 08-08-2013, 12:42 PM
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Teiste, wow, what a gorgeous handle! Enjoy your brush, mano! Biggrin

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 08-08-2013, 12:45 PM
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That is a beauty!

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 08-08-2013, 12:49 PM
  • Agravic
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I've admired the El Druida brushes on the Spanish forum SOTDs ... very nice presentation, indeed. Thanks for sharing, Teiste!

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 08-08-2013, 01:47 PM
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It looks just wonderful Teiste, enjoy!

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 08-08-2013, 03:52 PM
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Beautiful brush Teiste and equally good pics! El Druida is really making some fine brushes, and the presentation is fantastic.

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 08-08-2013, 04:11 PM
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Thank you for sharing; the brush is a work of art. The design and workmanship are superb. And as you note, the brush's performance is exceptional. Enjoy.

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 08-08-2013, 04:24 PM
  • Fab
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Gorgeous brush, one of a kind. Outstanding craftsmanship by El Druida. Enjoy my friend!

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 08-08-2013, 05:39 PM
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Certainly a brush to enjoy for many lathers, Teiste. Thanks for sharing.

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 08-08-2013, 06:20 PM
  • Shanman
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Very nice custom brush, and the stand is super cool to boot.

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 08-09-2013, 01:43 AM
  • Elbe
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Great brush!

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 08-09-2013, 04:10 AM
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Wow! Stunishing brush, Teiste!

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 08-09-2013, 04:29 AM
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That is fantastic! Thanks for sharing. Looks like I need to learn Spanish and join that forum

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 08-09-2013, 04:36 AM
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Beautiful brush. I love the whole presentation including the stand and the small details like the brass pin.

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 08-09-2013, 05:05 AM
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That looks lovely! Heart

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 08-09-2013, 11:59 AM
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All aspects of this brush, stand and presentation box are a work of true work of craftsmanship. Shared through your usual excellent photos.

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 08-09-2013, 03:07 PM
  • Teiste
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Used it again today and I can only say that its a brilliant brush.

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 08-09-2013, 04:56 PM
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Teiste, would you say that TGN synthetic knots are the same as the Muhle v2? I seem to recall reading somewhere that they were 3.5 generation, not 4.

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 08-09-2013, 05:00 PM
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I have that knot in my "Bulb" Brush and really do like it more and more. As long as I remember not to soak it like a regular brush, It soaks up water like a sponge and I have to shake the dickens out of it.

A beautiful handle,Tieste!!

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