03-12-2016, 11:19 AM
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I wanted try this brush because I thought the knot looked similar to my Romera brushes, which are some of my favorites. Packaging was first class and included this really nice bath soap. This is the Cocobolo handled brush with gold pewter ring. Not surprisingly, considering my past experience with this company, it is remarkably well made. The wood is solid and quite hefty as is the ring. It is much heavier than I thought it would be. The knot is extremely dense and soft, even more so than my Romeras. Here are a few pictures of the presentation and brush pre and post bloom. Looking forward to breaking this one in!
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 03-12-2016, 11:24 AM
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Nice!  I am considering one myself.  Looking forward to hearing more!

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 03-12-2016, 11:45 AM
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  • evnpar
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  • Portland, Oregon
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The brush is much more beautiful in your photos than I thought it would be, and what a nice presentation box. Congratulations.

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 03-12-2016, 11:51 AM
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I've looked at that exact brush as well. Can't wait to hear more.. Enjoy.

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 03-12-2016, 12:54 PM
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  • Asafiev
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  • Lancaster, PA
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If there is one company that needs stronger representation in my den it's Saponificio Varesino.  Georgous brush, congratulations on the purchase.

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 03-12-2016, 01:01 PM
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Beautiful brush Steve !!!
Congrats !!


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 03-12-2016, 01:02 PM
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What your thoughts on backbone?


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 03-12-2016, 01:17 PM
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  • Mouser
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  • Forest City, Florida U.S.A.
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Wow.  I have never liked anything but traditional looking brushes in ivory, horn, tortoise  or ebony handles. Until now.

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 03-12-2016, 01:35 PM
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  • blzrfn
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I'm hoping they come out with a shorter handle because that brush is otherwise perfect looking

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 03-12-2016, 01:44 PM
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That knot looks amazing, congrats

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 03-12-2016, 01:56 PM
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That looks like a spectacular knot! Enjoy!


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 03-12-2016, 02:03 PM
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(03-12-2016, 01:02 PM)Cricket203 Wrote: What your thoughts on backbone?


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Tough to say for sure with just a palm lather but it feels like the knots set at just the right loft for this knot. 26mm at 50mm, but it sure looks and feels bigger than 26 at the base, need to get a new set of calipers... Anyway it certainly isn't floppy and it doesn't feel scrubby either. I'll have a better answer after tomorrow's shave. I am very impressed early on.

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 03-12-2016, 03:42 PM
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  • refles
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Very elegant shape, can't wait to hear your thoughts after first use tomorrow. The opened knot looks great


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 03-14-2016, 07:41 AM
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I used this for the first time this morning and was extremely impressed on a number of counts. First the handle, its really solid and feels heavy in the hand, especially with the addition of the pewter ring, by a very wide margin the nicest wood handle I have ever used and I do own a Marfin. I think the weight is what sets this apart from others I have used. I thought the pewter ring might make this overly top heavy, and while there is more weight up top, it is balanced very nicely and actually felt it added to the ease of lathering. The size and shape is also very comfortable, fits my hand perfectly, about the same height as my 58, but wider.

 Now onto the knot, I initially wanted this because I thought it looked similar to my Romera's which I really enjoy. so how does it match up? Its very early on but I believe I like this knot better already, its certainly denser and the tips are just as soft already after only 3 lathers, there was not a hint of scritch, this knot is pillowy soft on the face. As for backbone this has plenty, no flop in this brush at all.  Is it scrubby? I sometimes struggle with the definition of that term, I consider scrub to be the feeling that all the hairs are clumped and you can feel them pushing together in unison while lathering, I feel this sensation when using my Vie Long Epsilon 2 band that's set at 50mm and similar dense but low lofted brushes and is not unpleasant to me, however this is not something I experienced with his brush, the bristles were dense but pliant.   As you might expect with a larger 2 band knot this holds a ton of heat and water. Flow through is excellent and I do not consider this to be a lather hog. Still very early on with this brush, but its an impressive offering well made on all fronts and the knot is luxurious. I can say the first thing I did after finishing this shave was to order a second, the ebony version.

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 03-14-2016, 08:00 AM
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Very nice write up Steve !
Thanks


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 03-15-2016, 06:53 AM
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I pulled the trigger on the same brush. So much for restraint!  SV is sending along their new stand:
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 03-15-2016, 07:37 AM
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sv just keeps placing cat nip in front of me.  I bought their previous brush the all metal one and love it.  my favorite brushes have always been wood and now this! ugh.  your brush is beautiful.  and a simply stand wow my shelves are drooling for it.  I even fell for their wooden lather bowl.  this great hobby perplexes me.  thanks for the great write up

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 03-19-2016, 06:59 AM
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  • Gabe
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Wow those are some beauties!!

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 03-19-2016, 09:02 AM
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Exceptional offerings, thanks for posting the photos.
I've been very surprised with their soaps for many reasons - their brushes also impress.

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 03-21-2016, 10:06 AM
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My SV2.0 brush arrived today. I chose the same version as Steve so I thought it would be appropriate to post in this thread.
My observations agree with the original post... solid and hefty, beautifully made with a large soft but sturdy knot.  I washed the knot and gave it a couple of quick bowl/palm lathers. Outstanding!
I'm really looking forward to using the beauty, as well as seeing it in my den every day.

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First bowl lather. The knot is actually quite large and takes a bit of soap to fill it. 
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Bloom, still wet. Although this is a 26mm the bloom is as large or larger than my Romera 28.
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Next to my Paladin PK-47, also a 26mm knot.

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