Poll: Your favourite badger brush manufacturer
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 08-03-2015, 02:41 PM
#1
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Tell the company you think is the best in the industry when it comes to making badger brushes

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 08-03-2015, 02:47 PM
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For me Rooney Heart

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 08-03-2015, 02:48 PM
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My ranking

1. Shavemac
2. Simpsons
3. M&F
4. Thäter
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5. Vie Long
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6. Rooney

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 08-03-2015, 02:50 PM
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  • RobinK
  • I like things that work.
  • Munich, Germany
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Thäter, Shavemac, Rooney, in that order.

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 08-03-2015, 02:51 PM
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(08-03-2015, 02:47 PM)hrfdez Wrote: For me Rooney Heart

Used to be high on my list, but now out of Top 5.
They no longer make brushes that Lee Sabini and M&F can't make, and they do it better, if you can get Lee's attention of course

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 08-03-2015, 02:56 PM
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  • DLP
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  • Missouri
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I went with None of the Above simply because Any of the Above was not an option.

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 08-03-2015, 03:02 PM
#7
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I rate Shavemac higher than all others because of their custom made selection, they call it 'Experts selection'

Also because of the 5 high quality badger hair types they offer. They never seem to have problems with supply either, although they sell brushes like hot cake sometimes.

They make everything from handle to knot in house.
I have to respect that also.

More than 17 custom made Shavemac badger brushes have been in my possession. Only had one complaint so far, that Bernd took care of for me, no questions asked.

Their D01 2-band IMHO is their attempt at matching the great Simpson Manchurian hair. They almost did match it. I do prefer Manchurian over D01 2-band, but D01 2-band is a darn good solid choice for boar fans that want a solid backbone badger choice.

D01 3-band is a great hair type too. Feels like a 2-band hair, acts like one, yet is soft enough in the right custom made design. Great flow through too.

Finest is a sleeper and rivals Simpsons Best hair

Their new 2-band Silvertip give Thäter and Simpsons 2-band hair a run for their money.

The regular 3-band Silvertip is a very nice soft hair too. Not Thäter de luxe soft like in feel, but has the right combination of softness and backbone, especially if you order the knot extra stuffed.

Shavemac also gives you a variety of handle options and handle colours to choose from. 

If you email Bernd, you can get just about ANYTHING POSSIBLE !

This is why I simply have to rank Shavemac a CLEAR NUMBER ONE !

I own 8 Shavemacs for a good reason.

But I also own 8 Simpsons for a good reason. 
They are my clear number two after Shavemac.

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 08-03-2015, 03:05 PM
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Two way tie for first place for me.
1- Rooney (pre 2013, the ones with the block letter logo. Not sure if this counts since these brush are no longer available except on BST)
1- current Simpson's
2- Paladin
3- Thater


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 08-03-2015, 03:12 PM
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#1 Simpson





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 08-03-2015, 03:34 PM
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(08-03-2015, 02:51 PM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(08-03-2015, 02:47 PM)hrfdez Wrote: For me Rooney Heart

Used to be high on my list, but now out of Top 5.
They no longer make brushes that Lee Sabini and M&F can't make, and they do it better, if you can get Lee's attention of course

I know what you mean, the ones I own are old school Rooney's.  Sabini's consistency has always been a problem for me, which is why I don't own any M&F, not that I don't like them, but they are very unpredictable.

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 08-03-2015, 03:44 PM
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  • DLP
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isn't M&F and Rooney essentially the same?

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 08-03-2015, 03:45 PM
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What???  No Tweezerman????  Scared


Honestly I can't poll. Have not used any of the above to compare. Only Badgers I have are TGN.

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 08-03-2015, 03:53 PM
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  • kav
  • Banned
  • east of the sun,west of the moon
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My first quality brush was the Simpsons LE Grosvenor. I loved that brush and bought a Wee Scot. Then my Grosvenor suffered catastrophic hair loss- as did many. I have a Vie Long beehive that seems bulletproof; not a single shedded hair and it has taken abuse- dropped on the floor, left sitting  with a load of drying soap when injury sent me to hospital  and not rotated enough to rest. The Wee Scot has redeemed the name. but if I could add another brush today Vie Long would be my choice.

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 08-03-2015, 04:01 PM
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(08-03-2015, 03:34 PM)hrfdez Wrote:
(08-03-2015, 02:51 PM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(08-03-2015, 02:47 PM)hrfdez Wrote: For me Rooney Heart

Used to be high on my list, but now out of Top 5.
They no longer make brushes that Lee Sabini and M&F can't make, and they do it better, if you can get Lee's attention of course

I know what you mean, the ones I own are old school Rooney's.  Sabini's consistency has always been a problem for me, which is why I don't own any M&F, not that I don't like them, but they are very unpredictable.

Modern Rooney  Real Rooney (Block letter style)
It is my opinion that there is no finer brush maker than Lee Sabini from his years with Rooney to his current endeavors with M&F and Paladin.  That said nearly all of the M&F's I've purchased in the last year of two fall short in comparison to my older Rooneys.  Knot quality just isn't what it used to be.  In fact, all of the M&F's I have purchased that I have decided to hold on to are older M&F's.  The current ones just don't do it for me, but I have always been impressed with Lee's work.

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 08-03-2015, 04:02 PM
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  • jtmke
  • Ex shaving hater
  • milwaukee
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I in no particular order though I did vote Thater, I really like brushes from

Simpson
Kent
Vulfix
Thater
Shavemac

I gravitate toward Simpson often but moods change and so do my brushes.

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 08-03-2015, 04:05 PM
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(08-03-2015, 03:44 PM)DLP Wrote: isn't M&F and Rooney essentially the same?

Not the ones I have tried or own.

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 08-03-2015, 05:12 PM
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(08-03-2015, 04:01 PM)merkur man Wrote:
(08-03-2015, 03:34 PM)hrfdez Wrote:
(08-03-2015, 02:51 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: Used to be high on my list, but now out of Top 5.
They no longer make brushes that Lee Sabini and M&F can't make, and they do it better, if you can get Lee's attention of course

I know what you mean, the ones I own are old school Rooney's.  Sabini's consistency has always been a problem for me, which is why I don't own any M&F, not that I don't like them, but they are very unpredictable.

Modern Rooney  Real Rooney (Block letter style)
It is my opinion that there is no finer brush maker than Lee Sabini from his years with Rooney to his current endeavors with M&F and Paladin.  That said nearly all of the M&F's I've purchased in the last year of two fall short in comparison to my older Rooneys.  Knot quality just isn't what it used to be.  In fact, all of the M&F's I have purchased that I have decided to hold on to are older M&F's.  The current ones just don't do it for me, but I have always been impressed with Lee's work.

You know how I feel about the old M&F I sold you
Still rank as my favourite brush ever.

The M&F I bought from Lee were all custom made for me.
Knots were shaped after my instructions.

They are all from 2013 spring and summer.
All excellent quality.

Don't know about current quality level.

I still guess Lee makes all the Rooneys. Guessing here of course

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 08-03-2015, 05:23 PM
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Interesting to see Semogue there. They don't get as much attention for their badgers as boars.

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 08-03-2015, 05:26 PM
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Since 8 of my 12 Starting Lineup of Badgers have Rooney/MF knots, I'll go with them. They consist of M&F, Block letter Rooney 3 bands and Paladin.

I also have the utmost respect for Shavemac in terms of craftsmanship, customization, cost and everything being made in house.

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 08-03-2015, 05:32 PM
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(08-03-2015, 03:53 PM)kav Wrote: My first quality brush was the Simpsons LE Grosvenor. I loved that brush . . . Then my Grosvenor suffered catastrophic hair loss- as did many. . .

I was unaware of this about the Grosvenor, but it's exactly what happened to mine. The whole experience was a horror story.

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