05-10-2012, 06:16 PM
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  • ben74
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The Beehive

The Beehive is one of my favourite handle shapes.
Both functional and highly aesthetic
it's little wonder that many brush manufacturers have adopted it as one of their own
including:
Rooney, Morris & Forndran and more recently Simpsons and Vie-Long...

M&F Beehive

My Beehive from Lee Sabini
is arguably the most striking example from my Beehive collection.
Described as "Starburst"
it makes the brush explode with a tactile quality.

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For this shave, I chose to bowl lather with Cella.

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A brief soak and about 15 seconds loading from a dry Cella puck.

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I've never had an issue building lather with Cella...

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and the M&F Beehive made it short work.

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It's no doubt that this is a gorgeous looking brush.
The handle is ergonomically fantastic too - both comfortable and secure in the hand.
The 2 band blonde badger knot is a joy to use.
Soft tips, with just a little sensation.
Reminiscent of my Heritage XL with it's "gel-like tips"
but with more feel.
Plenty of backbone and a satisfying bloom.
It's dense and flow through is impacted a little, but not too much.

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 05-10-2012, 06:22 PM
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  • Johnny
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I can certainly see why that would be your favorite. I've never seen one like that. It's just beautiful.

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 05-10-2012, 06:23 PM
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Thanks for sharing a pic of what I think is a unique brush. While I'm not fond of the beehive style aesthetically I can imagine that it's very ergonomic.

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 05-10-2012, 06:45 PM
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That M&F Beehive is spectacular, kind of reminds me of a gold ball as well. I agree though, the beehive is a wonderful shape, I was very pleased when Phil decided on that shape for his LE brushes.

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 05-10-2012, 06:53 PM
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  • ben74
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"The Hive"
by Simpsons


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A rather unique incarnation of the Beehive handle design.
It seem highly appropriate for Mark and his team
to resurrect the design for marriage with the new Manchurian offering.

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Knot: 21.5 x 50mm
Handle height: 115mm

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This brush feels much larger than my Beehives from Rooney or M&F.
It's much heavier too!
The elongated, ribbed handle provides a very comfortable grip.
This is certainly among my more collectible brushes.



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 05-10-2012, 08:23 PM
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Another great couple reviews. Awesome pics too. I know bullgoose is a beehive fan - lets see if he can hold out!!

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 05-10-2012, 08:35 PM
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(05-10-2012, 08:23 PM)Brent Wrote: Another great couple reviews. Awesome pics too. I know bullgoose is a beehive fan - lets see if he can hold out!!

I'm looking forward to a member posting a review of the LE Bullgoose VL Beehive...

I don't own one... yet...

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 05-10-2012, 08:39 PM
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great brushes Ben. I love the beehives. have been on the hunt for a size 2 by rooney.

that or wouldn't it be great to have a hybrid beehive Kent.

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 05-10-2012, 08:48 PM
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(05-10-2012, 08:39 PM)texaninkc Wrote: great brushes Ben. I love the beehives. have been on the hunt for a size 2 by rooney.

that or wouldn't it be great to have a hybrid beehive Kent.

I have the size 2 Rooney. (Pics soon).

A beehive Kent, that sounds intriguing...

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 05-10-2012, 08:51 PM
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  • tgutc
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Very cool brushes. That's my first time seeing the M&F I really like it.

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 05-10-2012, 08:53 PM
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(05-10-2012, 08:48 PM)ben74 Wrote:
(05-10-2012, 08:39 PM)texaninkc Wrote: great brushes Ben. I love the beehives. have been on the hunt for a size 2 by rooney.

that or wouldn't it be great to have a hybrid beehive Kent.

I have the size 2 Rooney. (Pics soon).

A beehive Kent, that sounds intriguing...

I love the feel of kent brushes in the hand. to me they're some of the most ergonomic handles around. the beehives are beautiful handles, so i'm picturing the round top of the handle of a kent with the beehive grooves.

someone's going to make that for me one day. then, i'll have it in two-tone. black bottom, beehive in white, with a 2-band knot from shavemac in fan and I'm a happy guy.

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 05-10-2012, 08:55 PM
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(05-10-2012, 08:51 PM)tgutc Wrote: Very cool brushes. That's my first time seeing the M&F I really like it.

I might have another first for you too..

The allusive,
rarely scene in the wild,
and even less so in captivity...

Rooney Beehive, knot size:

55 x 98mm

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 05-10-2012, 09:13 PM
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Ben,
like i said, i would love to see your whole collection! You have the most interesting items!! Gorgeous brush!

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 05-10-2012, 09:20 PM
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wow.. that's a big brush.

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 05-10-2012, 09:29 PM
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I would love to see someone try and lather one of those giant display. I would be hard enough to just load the thing with enough soap.

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 05-10-2012, 09:47 PM
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I have a matching Emillion too.

Never really contemplated trying to make lather with them...

Although, if I did, I think you'd stand one next to the sink, rub the puck over the top and then stick your face in...! Tongue

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 05-10-2012, 09:58 PM
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(05-10-2012, 08:55 PM)ben74 Wrote:
(05-10-2012, 08:51 PM)tgutc Wrote: Very cool brushes. That's my first time seeing the M&F I really like it.

I might have another first for you too..

The allusive,
rarely scene in the wild,
and even less so in captivity...

Rooney Beehive, knot size:

55 x 98mm






I'd be afraid to find badger droppings on the counter next to that brush! Biggrin

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 05-10-2012, 11:29 PM
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I love beehive's. I had Bill (beejay) make me one with a twist. The pic can be seen as my avatar.

In my top 5 brushes i think.

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 05-10-2012, 11:40 PM
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(05-10-2012, 11:29 PM)Dipesh Wrote: I love beehive's. I had Bill (beejay) make me one with a twist. The pic can be seen as my avatar.

In my top 5 brushes i think.

Bill is certainly talented!

I love your 2 tone beehive...

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(I took the liberty of enlarging your avatar a little for everyones ocular enjoyment!)

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 05-10-2012, 11:51 PM
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Few more from me:

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I loved the original design so much, the only person i trusted to do justice to the original was Bill. I think he's done a fantastic job CoolBiggrin

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