03-09-2014, 09:33 AM
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Gentlemen, I have wanted one of these for over 5 plus years now I believe.... the Rooney Heritage "Victorian" Something about the absolute uniqueness of the handle appeals to me. The graceful simple lines. I suppose from what research I have done that the knot will have excellent capacity and flowthru. I am primarily a face latherer rather than bowl so to choose this brush mught just be going against the grain on that regard. I have owned Polo 8's. 10's, 12's in the past and really disliked the handles. I am thinking the slim handle of the Victorian is less baseball bat handle like I recall all of my Polos to be like. My next brush purchase will not be my last but I like to experience brushes and then try something new. I have sold off or am in the process of selling off brushes to effect this goal of discovery and enjoyment without collecting a number of brushes. one or two in the den at a time is perfectly fine for me.

Any of your thoughts on the Rooney Victorian would be appreciated. I do not think it has a very large marketshare in the shave community.

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 03-09-2014, 10:05 AM
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  • Rufus
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I can't comment on the handle, other to say I find it very attractive, but I do have an Emillion 2, which has the same knot, I believe. I face lather exclusively and use creams predominantly and I find the Heritage super badger to be outstanding. The knot is not overly dense, it has the right amount of backbone for me and the flow through is excellent. For comparison, I find the knot of my Simpson's Chubby 1 in best, too dense, too much backbone and flow through challenged. The Emillion tips are nice and soft and there is not a hint of scritch or prickliness. I often wonder if I shouldn't have bought the Victorian because of its unique and attractive handle.

EDIT: the knot in my Emillion is a 3-band super.

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 03-09-2014, 10:08 AM
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  • Johnny
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Just so everyone knows what brush Minimalist is referring to.

The Rooney Victorian

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 03-09-2014, 10:11 AM
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I own two (2) Victorian's one is a Morris & Forndran "Blonde super badger 2band.
And the other is a Truefitt & Hill (Finest) 2band super badger, I am aware there are other grades of hair used in Victorians. As for finding a Rooney "Victorian) in anything other than Best in 3band I think it would be difficult to source.

Both have firm backbone with beautiful white soft snowy tips, with great flow through..........

My own two were bought by me as both are made by Rooney.

It is as you say a fantastic handle, very ergonomic and easy to hold and excellent for bowl lathering & for face, choose either 2 or 3 band and you will be rewarded with a great shave.

Charles U.K

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 03-09-2014, 10:21 AM
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I've used one in 3 band. It was amazing! It's on my list of ones to get after my experience.

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 03-09-2014, 10:54 AM
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Very encouraging! I like the feedback I am hearing. Are Rooney brushes being manufactured in a meaningful way presently? It seems there are very few stockists.

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 03-09-2014, 12:15 PM
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A 3 band Victorian was my first high end brush, and agree that the handle is unique and very comfortable to use. I ended up selling it because the knot was so dense that the brush was a serious lather hog.

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 03-09-2014, 12:36 PM
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I have one in 3 band (it's the same brush Dipesh used) and it is a truly amazing brush.

It's perfect for bowl lathering and is one of my favourite brushes.

I've uploaded a picture of it below next to a Polo 8 and a Shavemac 439 so that you can get an idea of the size of the brush.

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 03-09-2014, 12:46 PM
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Thanks for the photo. It really puts the size into perspective!

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 03-09-2014, 12:53 PM
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  • TheMonk
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That's an interesting brush for a bowl lathered such as me. I'm curious as to how it would compare with a M7/L7 or a Chief.

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 03-09-2014, 01:45 PM
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  • ajc347
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I've got a day off tomorrow and need to get my camera out to photograph some razors for the BST so I'll do a mini-comparison with some pictures for you - watch this space. Smile

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 03-09-2014, 05:11 PM
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  • P Funk
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I have one in Heritage 3-band.
It's roughly a 25mm knot with ~50mm loft and it works great for me. I pretty much face lather exclusively.

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 03-09-2014, 05:53 PM
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  • ben74
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I owned a couple of the M&F branded Victorian brushes in blonde badger...

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Specs for the imitation coral: Knot: 23 x 50 mm, Handle: 75mm.

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The handle has a more slender feel compared to the Polo.

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 03-09-2014, 05:56 PM
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(03-09-2014, 05:53 PM)ben74 Wrote: I owned a couple of the M&F branded Victorian brushes in blonde badger...

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(Specs for the imitation coral: Knot: 23 x 50 mm, Handle: 75mm)

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Really superb....but you've sold them yes?

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 03-09-2014, 06:03 PM
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(03-09-2014, 05:56 PM)minimalist Wrote: Really superb....but you've sold them yes?

Yes, sold them. I generally prefer shorter handles and at the time of parting with them I was exclusively face lathering. My preferred bowl lathering or longer handle would be the Simpson Emperor 3. I rarely use my Polo brushes as the handle is too wide and heavy. I find the wide top of the Polo brush means more clanking around the interior of a bowl. The more uniform shape of the Victorian overcomes this issue. The Victorian sits between the two in terms of girth (or diameter), but is taller than the E3.

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 03-09-2014, 06:08 PM
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(03-09-2014, 06:03 PM)ben74 Wrote:
(03-09-2014, 05:56 PM)minimalist Wrote: Really superb....but you've sold them yes?

Yes, sold them. I generally prefer shorter handles and at the time of parting with them I was exclusively face lathering. My preferred bowl lathering or longer handle would be the Simpson Emperor 3. I rarely use my Polo brushes as the handle is too wide and heavy. I find the wide top of the Polo brush means more clanking around the interior of a bowl. The more uniform shape of the Victorian overcomes this issue. The Victorian sits between the two in terms of girth (or diameter), but is taller than the E3.

As I stated I have owned the Polo 8. 10. and 12 and really didn't care for them as to the same point you made. The Emperor series has always intrigued me but I believe I truly want the Rooney!

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 03-09-2014, 06:12 PM
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  • ben74
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Not trying to switch you to another handle! Angel More pics to feed your Victorian craving...

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If you are having any difficulty locating the Rooney, you could contact Lee Sabini to make you an M&F...

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 03-09-2014, 08:36 PM
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Love mine!
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 03-09-2014, 08:42 PM
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Why is it that I am starting to really admire and crave this type of handle, now?! BlushBiggrin

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 03-10-2014, 04:47 AM
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(03-09-2014, 08:42 PM)celestino Wrote: Why is it that I am starting to really admire and crave this type of handle, now?! BlushBiggrin

Because it's awesome!

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