07-30-2015, 01:22 AM
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  • ben74
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Crazy (krā′zē)

adj. -zier, ziest

1. (a) Mentally deranged or insane
    (b) Odd or eccentric behaviour

2. Departing from proportion or moderation, especially:
    (a) Possessed by enthusiasm or excitement: He went crazy when lathering with his ABW* brush.
    (b) Immoderately fond or infatuated: He was crazy about his ABW brush.
    © Intensely involved or preoccupied He is crazy for ABW brushes.
    (d) Foolish or impractical; senseless: He had a crazy scheme to buy all the ABW brushes.
    (e) Intensely annoyed or irritated: It will make you crazy if you miss out on one of these ABW brushes.

3. Disorderly or askew

(*ABW: Asylum Brush Works)



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Asylum Brush Works

ABW have debuted with three high quality synthetic fibre brushes.

The handles are lathe turned and solid resin.

The knots are hand tied and European made.

The brand is the creation of our own head bull-goose looney, Phil (of Bullgoose Shaving).


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Two of the three brushes pay homage (with their name) to the American film drama "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", based on the novel written by Ken Kesey. 

(Widely rumoured to be Phil's all time favourite movie)

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Cheswick

The Cheswick honours the Rover by Simpson, but appears as never before seen in stunning Malaquia.

Approximate dimensions:

Knot: 23mm x 49mm
Handle Height: 47mm
Total Height: 95mm

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Scanlon

The Scanlon takes inspiration from a octagonal shaped handle most commonly associated with Thater brushes.
The butterscotch colour provides a refreshing change to the more common white, black or clear offerings usually associated with this design.

Approximate dimensions:

Knot: 24mm x 52mm
Handle Height: 45mm
Total Height: 95mm

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BG7

The BG7 pays homage to one of the most frequently adopted designs since it was reintroduced by Simpson as the GYLE M7.
The amber rod stock provides further tribute to it's inspiration.

Approximate dimensions:

Knot: 23mm x 50mm
Handle Hight: 47mm
Total Height: 110mm

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All three knots are very soft and extra stuffed with a fibre somewhere akin to a cross between Muhle and Plisson.
Appearance wise you'd be forgiven to believe the fibre as Muhle's.
However, performance and feel is more in line with the experience offered by Plisson, albeit sans the floppiness.
The Muhle provides (for me) excessive spring or resistance against the face.
The ABW brushes provide greater splay and exhibit less knot integrity compared to Muhle's fibres.
Unlike the Muhle, the brush doesn't require mashing into the face.
However, on account of the shorter loft the knot feels more robust than Plisson.

The handles are substantial and have a high quality feel that you'd expect from a more expensive brush.
The handle shapes, although not original are excellent both visually and ergonomically.

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At the modest investment of only $55 each you'd be crazy not to give them a try!

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 07-30-2015, 03:30 AM
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  • eengler
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Wonderful Post Ben! Photos, Specifications, Thoughts and Impressions.

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 07-30-2015, 03:59 AM
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  • kwsher
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Agreed- thanks for posting the review(s). Great images too!

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 07-30-2015, 04:13 AM
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  • Aleksey
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Amazing as always Ben! Enjoy your brushes. I was thinking BG7 is my favorite of the bunch but when I look at the pictures I don't think I can choose a favorite one.

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 07-30-2015, 04:27 AM
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Wonderful post Ben with lovely pictures, appreciate your efforts. A cross between a Muhle/Plisson you say? Now that sounds interesting, definitely something I know that i will be trying.

The BG7 is calling my name...

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 07-30-2015, 04:36 AM
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Great reading, Ben !
You think these could sway me away from my badgers

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 07-30-2015, 05:35 AM
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  • refles
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Excellent encapsulated overview of the ABW , initially had a mild interest in getting one but now I'm seriously moving it up my list.. Plisson like with better backbone, nice! This should have some serious potential! Thank you Ben! Any product you put in front of your lens will enhance its appeal and marketing value Tongue

Great choice in initial handle shapes.

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 07-30-2015, 05:58 AM
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Man I had originally fallen in love with the BG7, but the more photos I see I'm starting to lean toward the Scanlon!

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 07-30-2015, 07:26 AM
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When I first read about these I thought the loft would be too short and they wouldn't splay. I had a couple of Muhles with shorter lofts and they were too firm. I like the Plisson but would like a bit more firmness. I may have to give one of these a try.

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 07-30-2015, 09:40 AM
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  • bullgoose
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Great pictures Ben! I am glad to hear that you like the brushes

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 07-30-2015, 10:08 AM
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Nice write-up Ben.  These look like nice brushes at a good price point. 

Do these knots have a noticeable glue bump?  I've been doing a lot of experimenting with synthetics since last year, and am considering trying one of these.  However, I'm concerned that adding a significant glue bump to an already low loft may result in a brush that does not splay enough.

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 07-30-2015, 10:25 AM
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(07-30-2015, 04:36 AM)CHSeifert Wrote: Great reading, Ben !
You think these could sway me away from my badgers

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 07-30-2015, 02:07 PM
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Lovely write up Ben! I love Plisson brushes and have sold my Muhles due to lack of splay and luxury. Your comments mentioning a cross between both has me intrigued now. Really like the handles.

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 07-30-2015, 07:31 PM
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(07-30-2015, 10:08 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Nice write-up Ben.  These look like nice brushes at a good price point. 

Do these knots have a noticeable glue bump?  I've been doing a lot of experimenting with synthetics since last year, and am considering trying one of these.  However, I'm concerned that adding a significant glue bump to an already low loft may result in a brush that does not splay enough.

I have the BG7, I haven't noticed any glue bumps and the brush splays just the right amount. The BG7 definitely has a spot right next to my WW Ubersoft custom.

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 07-30-2015, 07:33 PM
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  • ben74
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(07-30-2015, 07:26 AM)AFG008 Wrote: When I first read about these I thought the loft would be too short and they wouldn't splay. I had a couple of Muhles with shorter lofts and they were too firm. I like the Plisson but would like a bit more firmness. I may have to give one of these a try.

My thoughts exactly. I didn't think I would truly enjoy these brushes. Like you, I found the Muhle too firm and my prediction was for a similar firmness. I still prefer the longer lofted Plisson, but for someone seeking some middle ground, these bring you closer.

(07-30-2015, 10:08 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Nice write-up Ben.  These look like nice brushes at a good price point. 

Do these knots have a noticeable glue bump?  I've been doing a lot of experimenting with synthetics since last year, and am considering trying one of these.  However, I'm concerned that adding a significant glue bump to an already low loft may result in a brush that does not splay enough.

Neither the BG7 or Cheswick has a glue bump. The Scanlon in my possession does have a noticeable glue bump, however it is most likely due to excessive adhesive and is more prominent on one side of the knot. It certainly doesn't appear to be a design feature like the Simpson M6 for example. Despite the short loft there is some decent splay without excessive pressure. The less artificial spring to these brushes is what draws me to liken them to the Plisson.

(07-30-2015, 07:31 PM)Mercergent Wrote: I have the BG7, I haven't noticed any glue bumps and the brush splays just the right amount. The BG7 definitely has a spot right next to my WW Ubersoft custom.

I agree, "just the right amount." Not quite as reserved as the Muhle, yet not as generously as the Plisson.

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 07-30-2015, 09:46 PM
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Very cool. Any badger knots though?

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 07-31-2015, 05:14 AM
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  • srgjazz
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Great photos and review. FYI the book was written by Ken Kesey. The movie is focused on Randle while the book is written from the Chiefs point of view.

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 07-31-2015, 10:35 AM
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  • Thug
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Great review, write up and photos Ben. Thank you for sharing.

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 08-01-2015, 11:08 PM
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Solid review and gorgeous photos, Ben. I ordered the Scanlon tonight and look forward to running it through it's paces.

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 08-02-2015, 02:25 AM
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  • Devilanche
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Scanlon looks real good.

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