06-17-2015, 04:30 PM
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  • Obie
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Gentlemen,

A few weeks back I was working at a concert and opera production in Los Angeles. Naturally, at the first opportunity I made my way to Pasadena and The Old Town Shaving Company. The place had a big stock of Rooney brushes, among others. The Rooney on steroids pictured here was a massive brush, probably a 50mm knot, that dazzled me.

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 06-17-2015, 04:32 PM
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Oh my !!


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 06-17-2015, 04:38 PM
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Thats for chest and back shavers to lather with lol. That's a big brush!

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 06-17-2015, 04:42 PM
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was it real badger hair?

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 06-17-2015, 04:43 PM
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Gentlemen,

Yes, it was an incredible brush. I think it was the Rooney Emillion — it's the Emillion handle. A great shop, I might add.

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 06-17-2015, 04:49 PM
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All I can say is WOW and thanks for sharing! Thumbup

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 06-17-2015, 05:19 PM
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Amazing! I wonder if its been wet? You could whip up some lather in a salad bowlSmile

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 06-17-2015, 05:21 PM
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Wow, I can't imagine it wet, you could challenge someone to a duel with it Wink

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 06-17-2015, 05:42 PM
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(06-17-2015, 04:42 PM)e-dub Wrote: was it real badger hair?

Eric,
Yes, real badger, and dense as an Amazon jungle. I assume it has been used at one time because of the visible bloom.

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 06-17-2015, 05:46 PM
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It is an incredible brush! I was always tempted to try lathering it but it has an very soft knot! I mean VERY SOFT.  Biggrin I really wanted one of the large Beehive Rooneys

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 06-17-2015, 05:53 PM
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Wow that's incredible! That would cover my whole face!


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 06-17-2015, 06:43 PM
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 06-17-2015, 06:48 PM
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Waiting for one of those to be offered up for sale, I would use it in rotation. Wink

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 06-17-2015, 07:37 PM
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  • chamm
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I'm surprised VocalistBob doesn't have one... Smile

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 06-17-2015, 07:38 PM
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(06-17-2015, 05:46 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote: It is an incredible brush! I was always tempted to try lathering it but it has an very soft knot! I mean VERY SOFT.  Biggrin I really wanted one of the large Beehive Rooneys

a beehive that big?

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 06-17-2015, 10:44 PM
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Was that thing for sale or just a novelty item?

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 06-18-2015, 01:32 AM
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Those big brushes, generally, are for display purposes only. They were a very common sight at brick-and-mortar shops some years ago.
Typically, brush manufacturers made some large brushes to display at brick-and-mortar shops in order to attract customer's attention.
Of course, that doesn't invalidate the fact that it is possible to really use those big brushes... Wink


I've seen several examples on different locations, and made by different manufacturers. 


Here's an Omega, in a portuguese drugstore, downtown Lisbon, Portugal....

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...another giant brush, unkown origin (maybe Vulfix?), at TOBS, Jermyn St., London...


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...a trio of giants at the Museum room at Mühle's headquarters, Germany...

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..and a Rooney at T&H, St. James St., London, UK... probably a re-branded sibling to the one featured in the OP...

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 06-18-2015, 04:08 AM
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  • Obie
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Gentlemen,
Yes, Emanuel is correct. Such brushes, although real and usable, are usually made for display. Still, one cannot resist to imagine lathering with one of those monsters.

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 06-18-2015, 04:54 AM
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Indeed. I surely wouldn't resist, if I had one! Biggrin

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 06-18-2015, 06:35 AM
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(06-17-2015, 07:37 PM)chamm Wrote: I'm surprised VocalistBob doesn't have one... Smile

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