10-31-2016, 05:11 PM
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Hello Gentlemen,


There seems to be a thread to share pictures, information, and all around appreciation for most major brush makers and artisan brush makers alike; yet I am surprised I haven't seen one for Saponificio Varesino! I figure it's only fitting for there to be a SV appreciation thread where we can all showcase our SV brushes or collections, and just generally share our appreciation for these wonderful brushes and their craftsmanship. 


I look forward to seeing this thread blossom, cheers Badger

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 10-31-2016, 05:27 PM
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Here is my recently acquired SV 2.0 in Rosewood and Gold Biggrin
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 11-01-2016, 12:40 AM
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How does the SV brush compare with other high end brushes as far as softness of the tips and backbone.

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 11-01-2016, 01:05 AM
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Great idea to start this thread Jake.  Looking forward to the pictures.

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 11-01-2016, 05:34 AM
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Good looking brush, Jake. Looks fit for royalty or heads of state! What is the knot like; hair grade, size, loft etc.?

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 11-01-2016, 07:15 AM
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(11-01-2016, 12:40 AM)rawfox1 Wrote: How does the SV brush compare with other high end brushes as far as softness of the tips and backbone.

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It is a premium brush by any standard, I dislike saying it is like any other brush due to batch consistency which may give the wrong impression.  If you enjoy firm, resilient backbone and luxuriously soft tips then you will like these knots.  The handle is a bit heavier than usual due to the pewter ring, but it doesn't bother me at all.

My faux tortoise with gold pewter crown:

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 11-01-2016, 07:49 AM
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(11-01-2016, 05:34 AM)beamon Wrote: Good looking brush, Jake. Looks fit for royalty or heads of state! What is the knot like; hair grade, size, loft etc.?

Thanks Roger! It was love at first sight when I saw these brushes.

The specs are:

Knot: High Mountain White Badger (from Manchuria)

Knot size: 26mm

Loft: 50mm


The brush has pretty stiff backbone, the tips are soft but since the brush isn't broken in yet it will only get better with time. I used it this morning to bowl lather and it performaned as good as I expected; This morning was my first time using the brush and I look forward to breaking it in. I don't face lather so I figure feel I'll leave that to someone with more experience and knowledge to post.

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 11-01-2016, 11:28 AM
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Great idea to open this thread.
I consider one of these brushes as a birthday gift to myself later this year so I appreciate all your comments and pictures.

Marco

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 11-03-2016, 09:28 AM
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I have to admit, these are great looking brushes

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 11-03-2016, 10:10 AM
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I know a few folks that have one and they love it. Definitely a great option for the high end market.

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 11-06-2016, 08:44 AM
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Here's the brush now that it's starting to bloom; it's breaking in so nice I am contemplating buying another one

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 11-06-2016, 08:47 AM
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(11-03-2016, 10:10 AM)Sskim3 Wrote: I know a few folks that have one and they love it. Definitely a great  option for the high end market.

I agree; I would also argue you get a lot of brush for the money between the handle and the knot

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 11-06-2016, 09:03 AM
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I love SV soaps and their shea butter cream, but I*m not so big a fan of the handle design on their brushes.

The wood looks fantasic, but that top part just does not suit my eye.

I have no doubt NOT to believe the brush performs amazing, but because of the handle design and the fact that I'm a brush snob, when it comes to badgers and have focussed my collection around 3 rather old brands, the newcomers have very little chance of ever getting my attention.

I'm only like this, when it comes to badger brushes. I buy razors, soaps, fragrances and other gear from all kinds of brands, new and old.

Badger brushes is just a special art, and there is a reason Simpson, when the staff became too old, had to carefully select which company could take over from the old company.

I can't remember when and where in this take over from the old staff at Simpson you started to read about sheeding Simpson brushes - but this still hangs on to the brand, even though today they make solid great brushes, and I have owned 25-30 Simpson brushes, and none among them have been shedders.

I'm sure Saponificio Varesino brushes are made at high quality production facilitities at a manufacture with highly skilled well trained workers.

I just still continue to focus on Simpson, Thäter and Shavemac, because I trust their craftsmanship over all others at this moment in time.

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 11-06-2016, 10:29 AM
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(11-06-2016, 08:44 AM)JRRIII Wrote: Here's the brush now that it's starting to bloom; it's breaking in so nice I am contemplating buying another one


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Love the pic!

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 11-06-2016, 02:50 PM
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Two beauties from two great fellow TSNookers. I slightly modified the brush with the cocobolo handle by removing the coating from the handle, polishing it to 2500 grit and applying 6 coats of tung oil. It turned out magnificent. The knots on both brushes are exceptional!

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 11-06-2016, 03:09 PM
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Wow Love the cocobolo came out beautifully

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 11-06-2016, 04:25 PM
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The cocobolo did indeed turn out beautiful.  However, it's the ivory SV that always stands out for me.

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 11-07-2016, 03:22 AM
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My father just glanced at this thread, don't know why  Wink

He actually likes the design of the SV brushes.

Can anyone tell me how the balance is in this brush ?

The pewter ring makes it heavy, so much I can understand, but is the balance point center in the brush and how does it feel, when you face lather with it and bown lather with it ?

I may give my father this for his Birthday in January (I have already bought his Christmas present)

I'm looking at the Faux tortoise with the gold pewter ring and the faux horn with the silver pewter ring.

I see they make 7-8 different wood type handles - anyone know, which one of these wood types will be the best at rejecting water ?

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 11-07-2016, 03:29 AM
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....this brush........she is beautiful..........

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 11-07-2016, 06:13 AM
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Amazing refinishing job on the cocobolo!! She's beautiful, the grain is sooooo vibrant!

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