02-26-2014, 05:17 AM
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  • Rufus
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  • Greater Toronto Area
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I was cruising e-bay last week looking for a vintage shaving brush handle that was ripe for re-knotting, but instead I bought this brush from Orchid Isle. I'd not heard of this maker before, but was captivated by the handle of this brush, which is made from Amboyna burl. The knot was advertised as XF-Silvertip, but I have no clue who made it. Normally I would research a brush before I purchased, but I bought this one on pure impulse. The dimensions are: knot diameter at top of handle 26 mm, loft 53 mm, and handle 70 mm. It's a big brush for me, but after one use this morning I really like how it feels in my hand. I don't want to comment on the feel and performance of the knot until I've used it at least half a dozen times; suffice to say that it seems to have more backbone that I expected, but not too much. It lost 4 hairs during this morning's shave, which is acceptable and to be expected. Here is a photo of the brush prior to its first use: [Image: q5LblPZ.jpg]

I'll post more photos and commentary later when I've more fully assessed the brush's feel and performance.

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 02-26-2014, 05:52 AM
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  • Elendil
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That's a gorgeous brush, Bryan.

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 02-26-2014, 08:22 AM
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Nice to see one in "reality". I came across them after doing an eBay search for the Pur-tech synthetics, which Orchard Isle uses too. I was impressed by the look of some of their handles.

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 02-26-2014, 08:48 AM
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Congratulations on the purchase!

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 02-26-2014, 12:29 PM
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Niiiice!!!

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 02-26-2014, 12:36 PM
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Good looking brush. Congratulations.

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 02-26-2014, 02:20 PM
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  • blzrfn
  • Butterscotch Bandit
  • Vancouver USA
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I can't wait for the post-bloom shot. The handle is very attractive and the loft looks to be on the high side of my preference, but I've been mesmerized by a few of his pieces as well.

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 02-26-2014, 02:32 PM
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  • W.S.O.
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  • Philadelphia, Pa
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I saw that bad boy. Its beautiful and i love the unconventional shape. I love turned burl, i also love spalted maple as well. Anyway very nice

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 02-26-2014, 04:49 PM
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Awesome looking brush. Would love to see it in different lighting.


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 02-27-2014, 11:13 AM
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  • jb74
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Have a few and like them a lot.

Another seller with similar brushes -

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/PC-Woodcraft-an...p=10&_sc=1


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 02-27-2014, 01:05 PM
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Nice pick up, enjoy!

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 02-28-2014, 09:14 AM
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  • Rufus
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A couple of pictures after 3 uses. For comparison, my BK4 is on the left and my Simpson's Colonel in best is on the right. After 3 uses this brushes is coming into its own. It feels nice and soft like my other silver tips, but has a bit more backbone. To me it is a large brush and feels so on my face, but I'll get used to it. The handle fits my hand beautifully and could be the best hand-feel of all my brushes. It shed a further 3 hairs this morning for a total of 7 so far.
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 02-28-2014, 09:38 AM
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Looks good Rufus. Stately looking handle. Classic lines.

These brushes have been showcased for a time on TSR. A few of their members bought brushes from Orchid Isle. Seems to be a good brush maker from the ones that have been shown over there.

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 02-28-2014, 09:53 AM
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Beautiful handle. Congratulations and use it well.

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 02-28-2014, 04:31 PM
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Congratulations on the brush!

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 02-28-2014, 07:16 PM
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  • Elendil
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For a knot that big, the hybrid fan really does help keep the bloom under control. The handle really is nice looking, too.

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 02-28-2014, 11:26 PM
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  • Mr_Smartepants
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I also bought a XF-silvertip brush from Orchid Isles a few months ago.
Lovely handle design (like an inverted Persian Jar) but mine is in "curly koa burl". Also fits my hand perfectly. The koa wood shimmers and appears to shift/move under the surface.
I will say this about the knot. I wasn't impressed initially and I had thoughts about drilling it out and replacing the knot with something from TGN but I'm glad I stuck with it. The tips are begining to "hook" and it's got immeasurably soft.
The handles are works of art.
My pics:
[Image: IMG_20131227_203742.jpg]
From the ebay listing:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/281225688287
[Image: $_57.JPG]

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 03-01-2014, 05:42 AM
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  • Rufus
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I have to agree; the knot on mine gets softer each time I use it, but it still retains a nice amount of backbone. Overall I'd say the brush is very elegant and functional at the same time; the handle is terrific to look at and to use.

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