05-27-2012, 01:20 AM
  • Teiste
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This is one of the most famous shaving brushes out there, for die hard face latherers and has a reputation gained with the outstanding service that provides for such task.

In this case,this brush is a re branded Truefitt and Hill with silvertip hair,but we know that Rooney makes brushes for T&H as well as Vulfix.

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This is the smallest of the 1 series,with the 1/2 as the medium one (I have tried too with excellent results,specially for bowl lathering,but Ill write about it on another thread) and the 1/3 being the biggest one of the 3.

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This brush has approximately the following measures :
  • 22 mm knot
  • 44mm loft
  • 42 mm handle height
  • 86 mm total height

which makes it a small shaving brush,with a medium knot badger hair,a perfect combination for face lathering,(my personal opinion).

This brush has silvertip hair which reminds me of the super badger knots that The Golden Nib sells,since its a thin type of hair and extra soft,velvety soft I would say once its wet.However,when its dry has a little bit of a scratch.

Due to its short loft (around 44/45 mm) and its hair density, has a really good backbone,pretty firm for the kind of badger hair that contains.I have tried the 1/2 with this kind of hair (but called super badger) and it was more "floppy".

Also the hair has a fan shaped,which its perfect for facelathering.It seems that the new Rooney 1/1 have more of a hybrid bulb/fan shaped than the old ones ,which are 100% fan shaped,something that face latherers tend to like better.

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As you can see in the pic,the badger hair density is high,competing with Simpson shaving brushes or shavemac on that regard.Even with this high density,the hair has a good flow and its kind of flexible.

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The handle is one of those super classic that people like a lot,and I can see the reasons.Its definitely really ergonomic,easy to handle while shaving and,of course,heavy,well balanced and excellent finish.

This is an excellent brush if you are looking for a small one,perfect to tackle hard soaps and shaving sticks and facelathering.Its a luxurious brush,with a good price and brilliant kind of badger hair.Due to its shape,facelathering with circular movements with this brush is a pleasure,a real pleasure and gives a hard time to other more expensive shaving brushes with two band badger hair.

In Vintage Blades and Classic Shaving you can find this brush for 65 dollars,which is a bargain compared with some others out there,for the quality that this brush offers.

I can totally recommend it.Wink

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 05-27-2012, 01:54 AM
  • ben74
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Excellent review of a truly excellent brush!

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 05-27-2012, 05:23 AM
  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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Very well done Teiste

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 05-27-2012, 06:51 AM
  • Brent
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Great review. Can't say enough about my 3/1. To me it's the perfect combo of softness, density, backbone and flow through.

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 05-27-2012, 06:54 AM
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The Rooney 1/1 was one of my first "premium" brushes and it's still one of the best. Well done, Teiste!

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 05-27-2012, 06:58 AM
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Nice review Teiste.

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 05-27-2012, 09:39 AM
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Good review!

I have a 3/1 and you captured the essence of the brush perfectly.

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 05-27-2012, 11:23 AM
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I also have a 3/1 - my first "nice" brush - and it's a terrific brush. Great review, Teiste!

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 05-27-2012, 02:13 PM
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Another great review, Teiste!

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 05-27-2012, 10:12 PM
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I have the Rooney 1/1 in Best Badger - not as dense as my Rooney 1/2 "Super" Silvertip, but a serviceable brush that hasn't shed a hair that I can remember. Smile

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 05-28-2012, 07:08 AM
  • njpaddy
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A Rooney 3/1 Super badger was my first good brush, but it was a bit moppy. Last week I bought a Rooney 1/1 Silvertip from vintageblades. With it's lower loft and less splay, the 1/1 makes for a nice change from my Simpsons without feeling moppy.


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 05-28-2012, 11:06 AM
  • tgutc
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That's a beautiful brush.

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 05-28-2012, 02:20 PM
  • CMur12
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  • Moses Lake, Washington State, USA
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Great review and excellent photos, Teiste.

This brush has clearly changed over the (recent) years. I have a 1/1/Super from 5 years ago and the loft is more like 55mm.

- Murray

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 07-12-2012, 05:09 PM
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Really tempting!
Nice review.

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 07-12-2012, 08:01 PM
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I have the Rooney 1/1 in Best and the 1/2 in "Super" Silvertip, both excellent brushes which have hardly shed a hair. The 1/2 has a more densely packed knot with more backbone.

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 02-23-2013, 03:35 PM
  • Teiste
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This is my latest Rooney 1/1 silvertip brush , with a white handle :

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The brush is basically the same I reviewed here : Taylor of Old Bond Street (Rooney 1/1) super badger shaving brush and I honestly dont know anymore the difference between super badger and silvertip.

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The knot is over 3/4 mm taller (loft ) than my first Truefitt and Hill 1/1 brush , and seems like 1 ,5 mm shorter on the knot dimensions.Should I complaint here about T&H (or Rooney) QC? No way ! This is a GREAT brush as it is !

Here with my old Truefitt and Hill 1/1 with a black handle :

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You can see how the old one has a extra flat top , while this one is more of a hybrid shaped.

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Yeah , those are great couple , and for facelathering , simply excellent brushes :

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Something is telling me Ill be getting a new one pretty soon...Biggrin

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 02-23-2013, 03:52 PM
  • Agravic
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Very nice Teiste!

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 05-15-2013, 05:37 AM
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This review is the reason that I got one of these. My go to brush has been a T&H 1/2 but I wanted a smaller brush to facelather and I couldn't be happier, thanks for the write up.

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 05-17-2013, 12:54 AM
  • tezza
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Got a T&H 1/1 recently, and it's kind of floppy. Don't know if they're all like this or just maybe the batch this one is from. My 1/2 is a lot firmer. Looks like thicker hairs too. Wondering if I should get another for comparison, keep the firmer of the two or is this simply the nature of the backbone of the 1/1?

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 05-19-2013, 01:57 PM
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I started a collection of brushes style 1 and buy some more if available. Please send pm.

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