08-30-2015, 10:17 AM
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I was asked by Paul at Connaught Shaving to test this brush.  Paul was kind enough to send it to me free of charge and I received it yesterday.

Vie Long Extra Soft Synthetic Badger Hair.  

Reference:  SS 15062

Price:  Pending/Unknown 

Availability:  Pending/Unknown 

Country of Manufacturing:  Spain

I was immediately impressed by the packaging, very nice, elegant but simple.  The brush came with a clear brush stand.  

The brush itself is well constructed.  The handle is very nice and ergonomically efficient.  The knot is very soft and dries up quickly after use.  It took about twenty five minutes for the brush to be completely dry.

For the testing, I used TSN Flying Mango, one of my favorite soaps.  I have learned by trial and error, this synthetic brushes don't need much water to produce great lather, and this brush was no exception.  I placed some water in the TSN tin, drained the excess and just used the damp tips on the brush to load.  I got a great lather in about forty five seconds, and didn't need to reload after three passes and a touch up.  I just wetted the tips between passes and that was good enough to maintain a great lather consistency.  

No problems with water retention, but I believe that has to do with the way I managed the brush to water ratio.

I wasn't provided with the name of the knot manufacturer, so I will assume that's Vie Long.  It is very soft and the backbone is pretty solid.  I am a brush stroke brush user, but for testing purposes I splayed this brush a few times.  No issues, the splay was uniformed.

Overall, I have to say this is a nice synthetic brush.  It is a great face lather brush and it would even make a nice travel brush.  Very soft with great lathering producing qualities.

I would highly recommend this brush.

My next test is going to be bowl lathering.

I want to thank Paul for the opportunity to test this beauty.

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 08-30-2015, 10:35 AM
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Thanks for posting this interesting review Hector.  I didn't know Vie-Long had a synthetic.  The fiber looks somewhat similar to the Muhle.

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 08-30-2015, 10:38 AM
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  • BobH
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What would the knot size and loft be?

Bob

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 08-30-2015, 10:50 AM
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(08-30-2015, 10:38 AM)BobH Wrote: What would the knot size and loft be?

Bob

I didn't get the specs on this one, but I will use my calipers to get a good estimate.  To me it feels like a 24mm knot, but I will take measurements.

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 08-30-2015, 10:51 AM
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(08-30-2015, 10:35 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Thanks for posting this interesting review Hector.  I didn't know Vie-Long had a synthetic.  The fiber looks somewhat similar to the Muhle.

I believe this is something new according to the information I gathered from Paul.

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 08-30-2015, 10:54 AM
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(08-30-2015, 10:38 AM)BobH Wrote: What would the knot size and loft be?

Bob

Approximately 24mm x 46mm

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 08-30-2015, 11:16 AM
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  • Mr_Smartepants
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 08-30-2015, 11:27 AM
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(08-30-2015, 11:16 AM)Mr_Smartepants Wrote: Not sure if you can see it, but my review of this same brush is here in Paul's thread.  http://www.theshavingroom.co.uk/communit...ead.33463/
The handle opening/orifice is 23.5mm which makes the knot 22mm/48mm loft by my caliper.

Thanks for sharing.  I measured right at the neck and my caliper gave me 24mm and a bit more, so I rounded to 24mm.  I didn't get more than 46mm of loft.  To me that's not a big deal, since these things are machined made and the numbers are never going to match perfectly, and every review is going to be different.

I do wish they would have provided me with specifics measurements, but they didn't.

I know there are a few more guys that were on my distribution list, so I am looking forward to their reviews.

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 08-30-2015, 12:03 PM
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  • BobH
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(08-30-2015, 10:54 AM)hrfdez Wrote:
(08-30-2015, 10:38 AM)BobH Wrote: What would the knot size and loft be?

Bob

Approximately 24mm x 46mm

Thank you very much, sounds interesting. 

Bob

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 08-31-2015, 03:50 AM
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  • Balj86
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Nice Review Hector, thanks for the post!

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 08-31-2015, 04:39 AM
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Thanks.

I'm kind of confuse about the availability of the brush.  I was told this was on testing phase, but a member shared his review dating back to 2011, so I'm not sure about this.

I have looked for it online and can't find it, so I don't know what to make of it.

Nevertheless, the brush feels very good.  I will bowl lather today and report back.

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 08-31-2015, 04:59 AM
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  • Balj86
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(08-31-2015, 04:39 AM)hrfdez Wrote: Thanks.

I'm kind of confuse about the availability of the brush.  I was told this was on testing phase, but a member shared his review dating back to 2011, so I'm not sure about this.

I have looked for it online and can't find it, so I don't know what to make of it.

Nevertheless, the brush feels very good.  I will bowl lather today and report back.

Its all good. I think the more reviews for a brush the better.

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 08-31-2015, 05:02 AM
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(08-31-2015, 04:59 AM)Balj86 Wrote:
(08-31-2015, 04:39 AM)hrfdez Wrote: Thanks.

I'm kind of confuse about the availability of the brush.  I was told this was on testing phase, but a member shared his review dating back to 2011, so I'm not sure about this.

I have looked for it online and can't find it, so I don't know what to make of it.

Nevertheless, the brush feels very good.  I will bowl lather today and report back.

Its all good. I think the more reviews for a brush the better.

Thanks!

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 08-31-2015, 06:02 AM
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Thanks for the writeup, looks like a nice brush

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 08-31-2015, 06:18 AM
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Vie-Long Synthetic Badger Hair brushes have been available in Europe for some time.  

Perhaps this is a new model with different synthetic hair and/or a newly designed handle
or a special model issued to celebrate Vie-Long's 75th anniversary.

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 08-31-2015, 06:22 AM
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(08-31-2015, 06:18 AM)jaguar Wrote: Vie-Long Synthetic Badger Hair brushes have been available in Europe for some time.  

Perhaps this is a new model with different synthetic hair and/or a newly designed handle
or a special model issued to celebrate Vie-Long's 75th anniversary.

This makes more sense to me.  I was told otherwise, so thanks for the clarification. Smile

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 08-31-2015, 06:36 AM
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  • bullgoose
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(08-31-2015, 06:18 AM)jaguar Wrote: Vie-Long Synthetic Badger Hair brushes have been available in Europe for some time.  

Perhaps this is a new model with different synthetic hair and/or a newly designed handle
or a special model issued to celebrate Vie-Long's 75th anniversary.

Yes, they have been available since June when I came out with the Beehive Synthetic.

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 08-31-2015, 06:38 AM
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(08-31-2015, 06:36 AM)bullgoose Wrote:
(08-31-2015, 06:18 AM)jaguar Wrote: Vie-Long Synthetic Badger Hair brushes have been available in Europe for some time.  

Perhaps this is a new model with different synthetic hair and/or a newly designed handle
or a special model issued to celebrate Vie-Long's 75th anniversary.

Yes, they have been available since June when I came out with the Beehive Synthetic.

Thanks Phil.  When I was offered to review the brush I was told this was supposed to be something new.  Perhaps they were talking about the handle or something else.

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 08-31-2015, 06:39 AM
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  • bullgoose
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Yea, it could be the handle. The Beehive was the very first V-L Synthetic. I think there have been a few models since.

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 08-31-2015, 06:40 AM
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(08-31-2015, 06:39 AM)bullgoose Wrote: Yea, it could be the handle. The Beehive was the very first V-L Synthetic. I think there have been a few models since.

I will send them a message to see what they wanted me to specifically review about this brush Smile

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