08-21-2013, 01:04 PM
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The cousin of my already discussed E7 HMW Special Grade 2 Band in Desert Ironwood just arrived and got his cleaning and first palm lathering.

Like the E7 in Ironwood the brush in Amboyna Burl is truly stunning! Cool Thank you, Bob, for this masterpiece!

Knot: 24/50mm
Handle: 58mm

The knot is a WSP HMW Special Grade 3 Band of which Lee says: This special grade is characterized as a more intense version of the High Mountain White hair. The hair is a little more resilient and the tips can only be described as luxurious.

The tips feel very soft (how soft compared to the 2 Band Special Grade and other 3 bands I own I will figure out tomorrow). Naturally, the knot has less backbone than the 2 Band. It is of medium density allowing for great flow through.

More impressions once I used it a few times.

Enjoy the pics (the last one next to the 2 Band in Desert Ironwood).

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 08-21-2013, 01:22 PM
  • Agravic
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Wow, lovely grain/burl on the handle there ... nice brush! Biggrin

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 08-21-2013, 01:43 PM
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Another beauty and masterpiece, indeed, by Bob at Elite Razors. I look forward to your impressions. Enjoy my friends!

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 08-21-2013, 02:54 PM
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Excellent brush all around there Georg! I hope the tips are sufficiently soft for you. I used mine this morning and truly enjoyed it. Mine does have a couple mm less loft and as I said before I think you can feel each individual hair, but for me it is a very pleasant sensation. I certainly hope you feel the same.

Great comparison shot of the bloom on the 3-band vs the 2-band.

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 08-21-2013, 03:23 PM
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Wow, those are both beautiful brushes!
Bob does make some very fine handles! Biggrin

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 08-21-2013, 03:26 PM
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They both look great, enjoy!

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 08-21-2013, 05:12 PM
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Beautiful, both as to the wood and the handle!

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 08-21-2013, 05:20 PM
  • MaxP
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Those are most excellent. Enjoy!

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 08-23-2013, 04:57 AM
  • ajw1297
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Both are beautiful brushes! I love the grains!

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 08-23-2013, 04:59 AM
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Any thoughts to share yet Georg? I certainly hope the brush was soft enough for you.

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 08-24-2013, 10:55 AM
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I have used her twice and I am still comparing to other 3 bands that I own. So far what I can say is:
- There is no prickly feeling or scritch. However, it is not as soft as a Thäter or shavemac regular silvertip
- The knot has not much backbone. This is driven by the fine hair, relative low density combined with the fan shape... a bulb will compensate for this better.
- Flowthrough as a result of the above is excellent. Makes good lather quick. Does not need a lot of product.

The knot is very comfortable to use (helped by the excellent handle from Bob Quinn). The skin sensation is positive.

I guess I have not yet found an attribute that is extraordinary for this knot. It has no letdowns but also no real high.

The brush feel relates most to my EJ Silvertip. Scrubby but not scritchy, sensation of individual hairs, great flow through, nice lather.

I want to give it a few more face lathers in comparison to other 3 bands before passing a final judgment.

In comparison: the HMW Special Grade 2 Band is a successful mix of Simpson Manchurian strength with Simpson 2 band softness of tips. A real winner!

Hope I could articulate clearly.

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 08-24-2013, 11:13 AM
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(08-24-2013, 10:55 AM)German Wrote: In comparison: the HMW Special Grade 2 Band is a successful mix of Simpson Manchurian strength with Simpson 2 band softness of tips. A real winner!

* Thanks for the info. i can't wait until Lee brings in the 26mm knots of this hair, hopefully, so i can try it! Biggrin

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