05-16-2012, 05:35 AM
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  • ben74
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Lather from a barrel...

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Given my preference for bigger brushes
I was surprised to enjoy this little brush so much.
My first M&F Barrel (I have 3) is my smallest and made of imitation horn
It's a 23mm knot with a loft of 49mm.
It's Lee's 2 band blond badger.
The tips are soft, but there's ample backbone.
It's dense and tries to hold on to a little lather,
but a gentle squeeze and there's plenty for multiple passes.
Nice for face lathering
but I think it would get lost in bowl (if that was your preference).
It provides a very gentle scrub.

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The "Barrel" to me is the definitive
and most unique handle from the M&F range.
All brush makers borrow from various designs.
The Barrel's closest design cousin is possibly Simpson's Milk Churn
(but the two are sufficiently different
that in my opinion this is truly a Sabini original).

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The "Barrel" as it should be... in wood... albeit imitation!

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The "Barrel's" handle is the "little bear" or "goldilocks" of my M&F range
as it feels... "just right!"

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 05-16-2012, 05:50 AM
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  • Johnny
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That's a nice review on the M&F barrel. I like the Ivory colored one in the middle. What is the knot size and loft on that one?

You should do a Morris & Forndran group shot.

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 05-16-2012, 05:55 AM
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  • TexBilly
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Well done, Ben. I just got a faux jade M&F barrel off BST and love it. Ben has described its performance well - a nice face scrubber that is a bit stingy with the lather. However, I was able to coax three passes out of it (barely) with a few of my soaps. A very nice brush.

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 05-16-2012, 06:18 AM
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For size comparison...
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 05-16-2012, 06:28 AM
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Nahhh.. A true barrel has to be made of true wood, of course! Cool

Here's a vintage "low-end" Semogue 1993 boar brush. Don't know for sure if these ones are still being made or not. Tongue

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 05-16-2012, 06:31 AM
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  • Johnny
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Great picture Emanuel. They should make that brush again as I would surely have one. That would look real good with The Shave Nook logo engraved on the bottom of it.

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 05-16-2012, 06:33 AM
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Fantastic Emmanuel! I did say brush makers borrow in terms of design... perhaps Lee derived his inspiration from Semogue, I'll have to ask him...

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 05-16-2012, 07:21 AM
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  • Brent
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Great pictures Emmanuel and Ben. I like the barrel type shapes oddly enough. I almost pulled a trigger on a Milk Churn but emailed Jarrod from superiorshave (great guy by the way) and it sounds like it may be a bit too floppy for my liking. Bummer!

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 05-16-2012, 07:42 AM
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(05-16-2012, 07:21 AM)Brent Wrote: Great pictures Emmanuel and Ben. I like the barrel type shapes oddly enough. I almost pulled a trigger on a Milk Churn but emailed Jarrod from superiorshave (great guy by the way) and it sounds like it may be a bit too floppy for my liking. Bummer!

The 2 band blonde is anything but floppy!

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 05-16-2012, 09:11 AM
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(05-16-2012, 05:50 AM)Johnny Wrote: That's a nice review on the M&F barrel. I like the Ivory colored one in the middle. What is the knot size and loft on that one?

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White M&F Barrel
Knot: 23 x 54mm
Handle: 47mm

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 05-16-2012, 09:54 AM
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  • Teiste
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Ben,as always providing great info about products.Thanks a lot,sir!

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 05-16-2012, 03:05 PM
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  • ben74
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(05-16-2012, 09:54 AM)Teiste Wrote: Ben,as always providing great info about products.Thanks a lot,sir!

Happy to share! Thanks for having me!

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