05-16-2012, 01:19 AM
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  • ben74
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A blonde badger...

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and another...

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Morris & Forndran 2 Band Blonde Badger
Pictured with a a Merkur 41 (Classic 1904 OC) and my favourite soap, Martin De Candre (in the supplied open wooden bowl)

This particular M&F Blonde Badger brush
reminds me of my Simpsons Eagle G3 in Best,
mostly due to it's handle shape,
but also in terms of performance
(as both brushes seem to enjoy the task of devouring hard soaps).
It's a great face latherer
and the handle feels secure in the hand
(I often shower shave, so this is important for me).
The knot in this brush has opened more than some of my other 2 band blonde badgers,
but my account for this is primarily that it rates among my favoured brushes and hence sees more use than others.
The knot is not as densely packed as other M&F brushes in my collection,
but the result is improved flow through
and much of the backbone associated with the 2 band blonde badger endures. The tips provide some sensation on the face,
but are not scratchy.
I find this brush marvellously enjoyable to use
and most reliable for producing quick results.

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My Blonde in bloom...

Knot width: 20mm
Kont height: 44mm
Handle height: 50mm
Total height: 94mm
Handle Material: Imitation horn
Acquired: 2011

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 05-16-2012, 01:35 AM
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That's a lovely brush, I only have 1 M&F which I love. The hair is just right. It's a soap killer!

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 05-16-2012, 01:54 AM
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(05-16-2012, 01:35 AM)Dipesh Wrote: That's a lovely brush, I only have 1 M&F which I love. The hair is just right. It's a soap killer!

My sentiments too!

Any pics Dipesh?

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 05-16-2012, 02:07 AM
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(05-16-2012, 01:54 AM)ben74 Wrote:
(05-16-2012, 01:35 AM)Dipesh Wrote: That's a lovely brush, I only have 1 M&F which I love. The hair is just right. It's a soap killer!

My sentiments too!

Any pics Dipesh?

I do actually, this is when it was new...

For me, if you have to have an M&F brush, this is the one you have to have:

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 05-16-2012, 02:14 AM
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(05-16-2012, 02:07 AM)Dipesh Wrote:
(05-16-2012, 01:54 AM)ben74 Wrote:
(05-16-2012, 01:35 AM)Dipesh Wrote: That's a lovely brush, I only have 1 M&F which I love. The hair is just right. It's a soap killer!

My sentiments too!

Any pics Dipesh?

I do actually, this is when it was new...

For me, if you have to have an M&F brush, this is the one you have to have:

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I couldn't agree more, that why I have this...

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Thanks for sharing Dipesh!

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 05-16-2012, 09:16 AM
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Woody loves his blonde...
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 05-16-2012, 09:52 AM
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Nice write up,Ben! I never seen a Morris and Forndran with that handle until today.You always suprise me with new stuff!

Blonde Badger is a great kind/type of badger hair,no doubt about it,specially if you are a die hard facelatherer and love hard soaps/sticks.I have tried 3 Morris and Forndran brushes,and while they were a little big bigger for my taste,I must admit that were BRILLIANT shaving brushes,specially my horn one :

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Im sure that with time (and with more funds...) Ill get another M&F or a couple them.

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 05-16-2012, 10:53 AM
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Here's my recently acquired M&F (26x51). It's a great brush!

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 05-16-2012, 02:57 PM
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(05-16-2012, 09:52 AM)Teiste Wrote: Nice write up,Ben! I never seen a Morris and Forndran with that handle until today.You always suprise me with new stuff!

I'll try to keep the surprises coming!

(05-16-2012, 09:52 AM)Teiste Wrote: Blonde Badger is a great kind/type of badger hair,no doubt about it,specially if you are a die hard facelatherer and love hard soaps/sticks.I have tried 3 Morris and Forndran brushes,and while they were a little big bigger for my taste,I must admit that were BRILLIANT shaving brushes,specially my horn one :

I tend to agree Tieste!

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 05-16-2012, 07:39 PM
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Where do I go to see the full lineup of M&F Blonde Badger brushes to buy? Classicshaving and Vintage blades both have a few, but none in horn/faux tortoise or the psychedelic one like Mike has.

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 05-16-2012, 08:06 PM
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(05-16-2012, 07:39 PM)Tonality Wrote: Where do I go to see the full lineup of M&F Blonde Badger brushes to buy? Classicshaving and Vintage blades both have a few, but none in horn/faux tortoise or the psychedelic one like Mike has.

If you find that place, let me know. I've never seen one.

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 05-16-2012, 08:12 PM
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i have an L7 in butterscotch, but ordered this one yesterday:

28/51, 2 band, Heritage Blonde Hair, 2XL handle size

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 05-16-2012, 08:14 PM
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First allow me to say that these M& F blondes are gorgeous. My only concern is that that aren't very smart. *rim shot*

Next I find the term "soap killer" for a brush intriguing. I only ever see it thrown around regarding badgers. Is this because all boars are soap killers, as are horses? While no synthetics are?

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 05-16-2012, 08:19 PM
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(05-16-2012, 08:12 PM)brucered Wrote: i have an L7 in butterscotch, but ordered this one yesterday:

28/51, 2 band, Heritage Blonde Hair, 2XL handle size

THIS! This is the kind of brush handle style I'm looking for! I think the knot might be a bit much for me, but that handle! It's fantastic! Pray tell, how did you come to acquire this beauty?

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 05-16-2012, 08:39 PM
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The L7 is Lee Sabini's take on the Simpsons M7. Contact Lee direct, his business is quasi bespoke, so you can dictate what knot you want.

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 05-16-2012, 10:47 PM
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(05-16-2012, 08:39 PM)ben74 Wrote: The L7 is Lee Sabini's take on the Simpsons M7. Contact Lee direct, his business is quasi bespoke, so you can dictate what knot you want.

This is what amazes me about Lee Sabini and Rooney...why not a web page like Vulfix,Simpson,shavemac,Muhle and other brands have?There is a lot of "secrecy" around Rooney (are they really being made in UK?,and if yes,where? because nobody knows) and with M&F.I was told that Lee makes the brushes on his house,dunno how accurate this info is.
Also to copy the Simpson M7 dont think it was too smart : M&F offers some unique handles (other are "shared" with Rooney...) to have to copy a "new" Simpson brush handle.
I think that Morris and Forndran offers great brushes,no doubt about it,but a web page would really help as well as to disclose where are the brushes made.

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 05-17-2012, 01:17 AM
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(05-16-2012, 10:47 PM)Teiste Wrote:
(05-16-2012, 08:39 PM)ben74 Wrote: The L7 is Lee Sabini's take on the Simpsons M7. Contact Lee direct, his business is quasi bespoke, so you can dictate what knot you want.

This is what amazes me about Lee Sabini and Rooney...why not a web page like Vulfix,Simpson,shavemac,Muhle and other brands have?There is a lot of "secrecy" around Rooney (are they really being made in UK?,and if yes,where? because nobody knows) and with M&F.I was told that Lee makes the brushes on his house,dunno how accurate this info is.
Also to copy the Simpson M7 dont think it was too smart : M&F offers some unique handles (other are "shared" with Rooney...) to have to copy a "new" Simpson brush handle.
I think that Morris and Forndran offers great brushes,no doubt about it,but a web page would really help as well as to disclose where are the brushes made.

Some of us know...

(05-16-2012, 08:12 PM)brucered Wrote: i have an L7 in butterscotch, but ordered this one yesterday:

28/51, 2 band, Heritage Blonde Hair, 2XL handle size

I have it's cousin...
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But it's found a new home recently!

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 05-17-2012, 04:06 AM
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At this point in time,

the only way to order custom Morris & Forndran brushes is

direct from the maker, Lee Sabini

who is based in the UK (but happily ships worldwide).

He is contactable by email at:

lee.sabini@btinternet.com

(I hope I'm not breaching any TSN policy by posting Lee's email.
Lee was happy for this email address to be made public.)

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 05-17-2012, 08:14 AM
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Thanks for the info. I know this is kind of an impossible question to answer since they're custom brushes but what is his pricing comparitively? I know it depends on what you order, etc. but is is it comparible with Rooney, Simpsons, Plisson, etc?

Those brushes have piqued my interest but I want to be sensitive to his time and if I think the price is out of my range right now, I don't want to bug him and not end up ordering something.

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 05-17-2012, 09:29 AM
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Ben,we all would love to know about where are the M&F brushes being made in UK!BiggrinWink

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