Poll: Which is better? Imitation or real?
 05-11-2012, 12:10 AM
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  • ben74
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Imitation versus real

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M&F imitation wood on the LEFT and real wood on the RIGHT
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I can't decide which looks better...

There is nothing better than having the real deal.
Genuine woods, metals, stone etc
have a textual and visual appeal that just can't be surpassed.
That said the imitation materials look fantastic
and have the added convenience of far less maintenance concerns or risk of damage.

I can't decide which is better!

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Jump aboard the "imitation versus real" debate train and help me decide!
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 05-11-2012, 12:52 AM
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I think the brush on the left is a better looker Ben.

From the pics, it looks like the imitation is on the left and the real is on the right!

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 05-11-2012, 01:08 AM
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(05-11-2012, 12:52 AM)Dipesh Wrote: I think the brush on the left is a better looker Ben.

From the pics, it looks like the imitation is on the left and the real is on the right!

Well embarrassingly you are correct, just noticed my error and adjustment made. Facepalm

Of course it was actually a test... Tongue

Either way that's a vote for imitation...

Wonder if I can add a pole to this thread...?

Update: POLL ADDED!

In hind sight I should have included a 3rd option for those that can't decide... Huh

Don't know how to, if anyone can, please feel free to do so!

And don't forget to vote!

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 05-11-2012, 01:50 AM
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(05-11-2012, 01:08 AM)ben74 Wrote: In hind sight I should have included a 3rd option for those that can't decide... Huh

Don't know how to, if anyone can, please feel free to do so!

And don't forget to vote!

Poll edited, and a third option included. Oh, and I voted Real. Shy I love those natural materials like wood or horn.
But that imitation wood handle is stunning too!!

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 05-11-2012, 02:06 AM
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(05-11-2012, 01:50 AM)oversaturn Wrote:
(05-11-2012, 01:08 AM)ben74 Wrote: In hind sight I should have included a 3rd option for those that can't decide... Huh

Don't know how to, if anyone can, please feel free to do so!

And don't forget to vote!

Poll edited, and a third option included. Oh, and I voted Real. Shy I love those natural materials like wood or horn.
But that imitation wood handle is stunning too!!

Thanks Emmanuel, I shall from this point on be consulting with you on all things technical! Thumbup

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 05-11-2012, 08:05 AM
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I don't think I care.

For me, I want the brush handle to look nice, feel nice in my hand, and perform well. Some natural materials look great, some are pedestrian. Any material can be worked into a useful shape. Weight can be adjusted for any material by removing material or adding weights inside.

So, it all comes down to the individual brush for me. I love the look of the Omega 31156 in resin. But the Semogue SOC in cherry is also gorgeous. Conversely, the Omega 80005 (beech) and several of the Simpson's handles (resin) are rather dull and pedestrian.

No material is automatically awesome or off limits to me. It's all about quality.

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 05-11-2012, 08:13 AM
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(05-11-2012, 08:05 AM)Songwind Wrote: I don't think I care.

For me, I want the brush handle to look nice, feel nice in my hand, and perform well. Some natural materials look great, some are pedestrian. Any material can be worked into a useful shape. Weight can be adjusted for any material by removing material or adding weights inside.

So, it all comes down to the individual brush for me. I love the look of the Omega 31156 in resin. But the Semogue SOC in cherry is also gorgeous. Conversely, the Omega 80005 (beech) and several of the Simpson's handles (resin) are rather dull and pedestrian.

No material is automatically awesome or off limits to me. It's all about quality.

Eric, I enjoyed your egalitarian view on the subject and think it has much merit...

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 05-11-2012, 09:10 AM
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When it comes to woods, I would certainly prefer natural over imitation any day of the week. I enjoy the feel of natural wood. However for a handle like the Vie-Long 13061 there is nothing natural that can come close to how beautiful it is.

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 05-11-2012, 09:32 AM
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That's a good point - I sort of side-stepped the full question, though my answer isn't too much different. Some imitations of real materials are quite nice, some miss the mark. Some manage to miss the mark in a pleasing way, like the imitation wood handle at the top of this thread. I like it a lot, but I don't think it's a convincing wood substitute.

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 05-11-2012, 09:37 AM
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Ben,both handles are GORGEOUS!
Well done,Mr Lee Sabini!

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 05-11-2012, 03:48 PM
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Ben, those handles are beautiful!
Is that Thomas the train a replica, also?

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 05-11-2012, 04:12 PM
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(05-11-2012, 09:10 AM)Tonality Wrote: When it comes to woods, I would certainly prefer natural over imitation any day of the week. I enjoy the feel of natural wood. However for a handle like the Vie-Long 13061 there is nothing natural that can come close to how beautiful it is.

A few more natural beauties from my collection...

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(05-11-2012, 09:37 AM)Teiste Wrote: Ben,both handles are GORGEOUS!
Well done,Mr Lee Sabini!

Lee is certainly a talented brush maker!

(05-11-2012, 03:48 PM)celestino Wrote: Ben, those handles are beautiful!
Is that Thomas the train a replica, also?

Yes, wooden Thomas the train toys are among my sons' favourites. For me it's refreshing to give them wooden toys as opposed to plastic...

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 05-11-2012, 06:58 PM
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If the right kind is used, you can't beat real wood.

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 05-11-2012, 10:05 PM
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I definitely prefer the real wood over any imitation wood. It just seems to have more character, even though probably not as durable.

(I also prefer hickory or ash axe, hammer, and shovel handles, over the newer fiber glass ones).

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 05-11-2012, 10:31 PM
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Ben, any info you can share on the stubby looking wood brush on the left? The grain in it is incredible.

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 05-12-2012, 01:04 AM
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(05-11-2012, 10:31 PM)Tonality Wrote: Ben, any info you can share on the stubby looking wood brush on the left? The grain in it is incredible.

It's imitation wood grain. About the size of a size 2. Densely stuffed with 2 band blond badger. Made by Lee Sabini last year. I have a few handles in the imitation wood grain from Lee. I'll round them up a take a few more pics for you. I post the measurements of the stubby too.

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 05-12-2012, 06:46 AM
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Another imitation wood from Lee Sabini...

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The "Barrel"
A rather unique handle from M&F and one of my favourites!

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 05-12-2012, 10:53 PM
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The real deal from TI...

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 05-13-2012, 12:27 AM
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That TI brush is stunning!!! BabeandoA47

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 05-13-2012, 12:55 AM
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(05-13-2012, 12:27 AM)oversaturn Wrote: That TI brush is stunning!!! BabeandoA47

I have a TI straight with matching scales too!

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