06-05-2012, 04:22 AM
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I've used many brushes, by almost every current brush maker, but I had never used a Morris and Forndran.....until now.

Thanks to a nice deal from the BST here, I was able to acquire the brush below. It is a M&F Blonde badger.

Dimensions are (roughly):

Knot: 26 mm (measured)
Loft: 48-49 mm
Handle height: 50 mm
Handle Dia: 38 mm

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My first impressions of this brush were very favourable. It is obviously made to very high standards. The lathe-turned handle is perfect, and the finish on it is excellent. The knot is well-shaped and really uniform.

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The knot is not as dense as equivalent Simpsons brushes, but that's not a bad thing, as Simpsons 2-band brushes can sometimes suffer from flowthrough problems. The hair used here looks very similar to other 2-band offerings (though different from the TGN Finest). The pic below was taken after it was used.

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In use, it is just about perfect. I used it with Omega soap, and it picked up the soap easily, it lathered perfectly, and it was excellent on the face. In fact, I couldn't make out any difference from the feel of Simpsons 2-band hair (from my Emperor 3, for example). If this was a blind test, I wouldn't be able to tell if this was a Simpsons 2-band knot or not. This is great, as Simpsons 2-band is easily my favourite hair grade.

The lower density is not noticeable in use, and the flowthrough is perfect.

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Basically, my reaction on this first use is 'What took you so long to try one of these out?'. Smile

I don't know what these cost new, but they're easily as good as Simpsons brushes, and maybe better....depending on your tastes.

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 06-05-2012, 04:29 AM
  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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That's the reason why I purchased so many of them - they are fantastic brushes!

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 06-05-2012, 04:51 AM
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I totally agree. I love my M&F brushes!

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 06-05-2012, 05:53 AM
  • Dave
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To me there are no better brushes than an M&F 24mm and a Simpsons Colonel. If I went back to badger, that would be the first two I'd pick up.

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 06-05-2012, 06:16 AM
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i got to use my new M&F chubby this morning....very very nice. dense, soft, not a lather hog.

Everyone should own or at least try a M&F at least once.

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 06-05-2012, 08:14 AM
  • mikeperry
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Hi Yohann

Good review and overall your findings align with mine, though I'm unable to compare against Simpsons 2-band brushes...

Like yourself I've only used my Morris & Forndran Style 1 Size 1 shaving brush once, but the initial experience was first class Euro

Take care, Mike

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 06-05-2012, 08:39 AM
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I agree basically with your findings about the M&F brush. They are very high quality. I was sorry to have to give mine up, but they had to go to make room for more Simpsons, which I just prefer because of their history and tradition.

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 06-05-2012, 09:25 AM
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I have two Blonde Badger M&Fs, and they are both definitely in my top 5 of badger brushes. The specs are tuned to perfection. They are not "too" anything.

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 06-05-2012, 11:48 AM
  • Teiste
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  • Salt Lake City,UT
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Lee Sabini is making good brushes,no doubt about it.
One of these days I should try one of the 3 band badger hair brushes,to compare it with the blonde badger ones.

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 06-05-2012, 12:04 PM
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Nice review. Lee makes some fantastic brushes. I think I'm going to get mine out next week.

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 06-05-2012, 12:37 PM
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Great review, Yohann. i have the same brush. Very nice.

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 06-05-2012, 01:26 PM
  • Brent
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  • Columbus, OH
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Congratulations! Great review and glad that you're enjoying the brush.

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 06-05-2012, 06:19 PM
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(06-05-2012, 11:48 AM)Teiste Wrote: Lee Sabini is making good brushes,no doubt about it.
One of these days I should try one of the 3 band badger hair brushes,to compare it with the blonde badger ones.

He makes 3-band? Tell me about them... Biggrin

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