04-21-2018, 07:45 AM
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Very nice group of M&F's Manning.

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 04-21-2018, 12:27 PM
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I have to put this photo in this thread.  Love my M&F's!

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 04-27-2018, 08:30 AM
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I was able to get several brushes direct from Lee back in 2011.

How does the current crop compare?  I had a Rooney 2XL Heritage with the gel tips I moved on from, I've seen a few posts here and there saying on of Lee's version is similar. I would not like that.

He's not returning my emails unfortunately.   [img]http://[Image: 569E9CEB-74AC-4D65-8A05-71636E86EE59_zpsdnsw7ley.jpg][/img]

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 04-27-2018, 08:39 AM
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I've not kept any new brushes from the collaboration. I bought one directly from Brad. I still own three with pre collab knots. Two pre collab full brushes and a 3XL Finest knot in a custom L&L Grooming Nebula handle.

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 04-27-2018, 09:10 AM
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(04-27-2018, 08:30 AM)mhdena Wrote: I was able to get several brushes direct from Lee back in 2011.

How does the current crop compare?  I had a Rooney 2XL Heritage with the gel tips I moved on from, I've seen a few posts here and there saying on of Lee's version is similar. I would not like that.

He's not returning my emails unfortunately.   [img]http://[Image: 569E9CEB-74AC-4D65-8A05-71636E86EE59_zpsdnsw7ley.jpg][/img]

I admit to having used the "gel" term in some of our descriptions, but have found the term imprecise.  That's because what one person calls "gel" another simply says is "soft but not gel." 

So to try to answer your question:  Lee tells me the current batches of Finest and Super are the nicest he's seen in years.  My admittedly subjective impressions are that the current Finests have soft tips with solid, yet not oppressive, backbone and good lather release.  IMO, they provide a unique lathering experience.  The 3-band Supers have similarly soft tips with (understandably) more flexible backbone. But how these hairs compare to brushes made seven years ago is tough to say because badger hair characteristics change with use over time.  I can say that of the brushes we've sold containing these hairs, we've only had two complaints:  both of which I believe we addressed to the customers' satisfaction.

We know that feelings about brushes--especially premium brushes--are highly subjective.  We get that.  For that reason, we our very best to ensure not just satisfaction, but delight in every brush that leaves our workshop.

Because Lee has a lot on his plate unrelated to Morris & Forndran, we have been handling M&F brush correspondence in his stead.  So if anyone has specific questions, certainly send me an email at brad@turningarts.com (or call me at +(570) 807-8100) and Nancy or I will be happy to be of service.

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 08-17-2018, 04:31 AM
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My very first M&F!!! S8 Purple Haze handle wearing a 26mm Lee Sabini Finest Fan Knot!!

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 08-21-2018, 10:40 PM
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I just had my first shave with my first M&F L7 28 in Finest hybrid knot. Wow, what a brush! It was worth the cost and wait. Just a work of beauty and that knot! Unbelievably dense with oh so soft tips. I followed up that order with another M&F in Blonde badger.

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 09-28-2018, 07:45 PM
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Just received an email from Brad Sears that these two shaving brushes are ready to ship. An Alibaba in Antique Ivory and Ebony and a Pug in Purple Haze. Both with Blonde badger knots. [Image: 36e544a4de84f3ee5a02c2ff80d08e37.jpg][Image: bdfc64cb49e63b3585dda67e55c9e3d8.jpg][Image: 00eb04e36cf31259f6add3f5ad2ad96e.jpg][Image: 168d1ff442a4c841517b3d863dfcd86d.jpg]

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 09-29-2018, 08:58 AM
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Here's a M&F Pug that  I received this week. Brad made some changes to the proportions so the coral and amber compliment each other better.

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 09-29-2018, 10:13 AM
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(09-28-2018, 07:45 PM)koolkankat Wrote: Just received an email from Brad Sears that these two shaving brushes are ready to ship. An Alibaba in Antique Ivory and Ebony and a Pug in Purple Haze. Both with Blonde badger knots. [Image: 36e544a4de84f3ee5a02c2ff80d08e37.jpg]
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That antique ivory and ebony is very well done!

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 09-29-2018, 10:24 AM
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I agree. Both brushes came out better than I imagined.
(09-29-2018, 10:13 AM)mike_the_kraken Wrote:
(09-28-2018, 07:45 PM)koolkankat Wrote: Just received an email from Brad Sears that these two shaving brushes are ready to ship. An Alibaba in Antique Ivory and Ebony and a Pug in Purple Haze. Both with Blonde badger knots. [Image: 36e544a4de84f3ee5a02c2ff80d08e37.jpg]
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That antique ivory and ebony is very well done!

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 10-02-2018, 04:25 AM
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Received the Blonde Badger brushes. Here are the pics I took. In third picture I added M&F in Finest (L7 butterscotch) for comparison. [Image: 06d1b6ed9c71e8de55f1060bc4a9e757.jpg][Image: b87dfcc7dc81a17f8a5bb2f012541dca.jpg][Image: cbfee1336fff64289dcb23765e555e0f.jpg]

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 10-09-2018, 01:30 AM
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(12-30-2016, 06:50 PM)number six Wrote: 2XL faux lapis/tortoise shell ring:
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Gorgeous! Love this color.

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 10-09-2018, 04:08 AM
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I have two. An older Tulip style handle with the Rooney Heritage 3 band that I recently acquired from one of the fine gents on here and this newer 2xl Sears collaboration. Lee's current knots/hair are excellent.[Image: sSlSDdi.jpg]

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