03-08-2012, 02:57 PM
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My new Vie-Long 13052M.

In a tip of the hat to Phil, who started the convention of naming these brushes after bulls who either won or were pardoned, I'm naming this one Ferdinand. My first experience with horse was the Cachurro, and now that I've read other peoples experiences with that mop, I don't feel so bad that I couldn't get it to behave.
Perhaps in a bit of a knee jerk way, I had Juan at Gifts&Care reduce the loft to 47mm. I wanted to be sure it wouldn't be floppy. It isn't! This has more backbone than any boar I have tried. Granted, a boar with a loft of 47mm would probably only be suited to scrubbing pots and pans.
An unforeseen (for me) side effect of the reduced loft is a reduced capacity for lather. I should have seen that coming, but was too occupied by a desire for a firm brush. This brush still produces enough lather for 3 passes, but doesn't give it up easily. The lather has to be coaxed out of the knot a bit for the last pass. I'm sure this brush would have been plenty stiff at its original loft of 55mm. It just makes me anticipate the BGS2012LE that much more, I guess. This being my first really high quality horse knot, with a good uniformity and density, I can say it most closely compares to my Omega synthetic in terms of performance and feel. It is very resilient, with some pleasant skritchyness that I suspect will soften over time. Ferdinand and La Toja are a great way to set my frame of mind on mornings when I can practice a little Spanish Guitar!

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 03-08-2012, 03:16 PM
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I hope you enjoy it. I really liked my 13061 "Zurito" but my face was just too sensitive for it. I was able to find a loving home for it though. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it as it softens up with use.

Congrats!

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 03-08-2012, 06:32 PM
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I got a shortened natural loft from Juan as well, with the same effect. Nice and firm, chews up soap, hangs on to the lather if you don't give it some coaxing.
I got a shortened natural loft from Juan as well, with the same effect. Nice and firm, chews up soap, hangs on to the lather if you don't give it some coaxing.

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