09-04-2012, 08:25 PM
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  • Teiste
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Thanks to Asharperazor I had/have the chance to test/try this Rooney Heritage Stubby 2 XL super badger two band shaving brush.Alongside this brush,I got a Simpson Chubby 1 super badger 3 band and Tulip 2 super badger two band which didn't impressed me that much as this one,and now I understand why.

Few times I have tried a brush for the 1st time and have liked it a lot and , only twice , I have tried a brush for the first time , and fell in love with it (custom Vie Long silvertip and Semogue 2010 LE selected silvertip prototype).Well,this could be the third time...

Usually takes a little bit (shaves) to start liking or loving a shaving brush , and also , 95% of times , it goes from liking it to love it.I only have shaved with this brush once (today) and I already love it.

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This brush has the new super badger two band hair use by Rooney.This super badger two band is very different than other two band badger hairs that I have tried : its very,very soft,and now I understand what is the term "gel alike" all about when people refer to the tips of this kind of hair.Its not as soft as the Vie Long silvertip (that kind of hair has more a "velvety" feeling) but is far away from the Plisson HMW two band and also from the Simpson super badger two band or shavemac D01 two band.

This brush has the following measures :
  • 28 mm knot
  • 49 mm loft
  • 92 total height

and ,as I said , well packed with super badger two band hair.

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Wherever this brush is made , the quality is there , since this is a well finish product,with a sturdy, good looking handle (better in "person" than in pictures!) and very easy to hold,even if you have big hands,due to the thickness of the handle.

I do like the Rooney 1 series handles (1/1 , 1/2 and 1/3 style) but this Stubby one could be also chosen as another example of fine looking , classic , handle.

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And the badger hair,what makes the brush interesting or not , worthy of our unconditional love or our most total indifference...Im afraid this super badger hair wont leave anybody indifference since its one of a kind.This hair behaves closer to a 3 band badger hair than many I have tried : the softness of the tips would put to shame to some "called" silvertip hairs and has a good natural firm backbone (helped also by a glue bump) ,while the flow,even when is not the most noticeable one , due to its short loft , is there.If we add the good amount of badger hair (not too overly dense,either),the fan shaped knot , and that it doesn't[/align] blooms too much , once the hair is wet , we have a brush that its almost perfect to use it with circular motions on the face and a pleasure, a real pleasure to use it that way.

You can see in this pic,that its packed with badger hair,but not overly dense :

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so its not a lather hog since releases the lather very well.Yes,I do use a lot of product too,but the hair knot doesn't "suck" that much of lather , like other super dense hair shaving brushes do.

A picture of it with the Simpson Chubby 1 super badger :

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Time will tell if I fall in love even deeper with this brush or if it was simply an "end of the summer affair" , but I was so happy when I used it today.I have a Simpson Chubby 1 super badger and Tulip 2 super badger two band that are jealous since I didn't give them any attention at all...all the love is going to this brush.

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 09-04-2012, 08:54 PM
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Great review, Teiste! Man, is there no brush you have not tried! Biggrin

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 09-04-2012, 09:13 PM
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(09-04-2012, 08:54 PM)celestino Wrote: Great review, Teiste! Man, is there no brush you have not tried! Biggrin

NF High Mountain Badger. Should've sent it to Teiste before I sold it. Dodgy

Thater 2 band IIRC. Tongue

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 09-04-2012, 10:36 PM
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  • Teiste
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(09-04-2012, 09:13 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(09-04-2012, 08:54 PM)celestino Wrote: Great review, Teiste! Man, is there no brush you have not tried! Biggrin

NF High Mountain Badger. Should've sent it to Teiste before I sold it. Dodgy

Thater 2 band IIRC. Tongue

ha! You know me very well,my friend ! Biggrin

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 09-05-2012, 04:23 AM
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I loved my 2XL so much that I bought a 3XL a few months ago. They are magnificent brushes. No other brush I am aware of does everything so well. They have wonderfully soft tips and great backbone too. The main difference between the Rooneys and other 2-bands is that the backbone comes across as pressure against the face, not scritch.

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 09-05-2012, 04:38 AM
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  • Dave
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That's a beautiful brush.

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 09-05-2012, 05:18 AM
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  • VTMAX
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  • Woodstock, Vermont
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The 2XL & the "gel like" feel are amazing. The Thaters are close but nothing beats a Rooney 2XL & 3XL. Perfect brushes.

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 09-05-2012, 06:10 AM
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(09-05-2012, 05:18 AM)VTMAX Wrote: The 2XL & the "gel like" feel are amazing. The Thaters are close but nothing beats a Rooney 2XL & 3XL. Perfect brushes.

:monoloco:, statements like this make it so hard to not pull the trigger on one of these brushes. Must wait.

Does anyone have any thoughts on when Christmas is close enough to go ahead and start asking for money from family and friends? Tongue Winky Biggrin

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 09-05-2012, 08:14 AM
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  • mikeperry
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  • St Louis via the UK
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That there is a beautiful looking shaving brush and as always Teiste your photos are first class Thumbsup

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 09-05-2012, 09:38 AM
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I guess I have a love/hate relationship with the XL series... The hair is soft, the gel like feel unique but due to the very short loft it also feels like a wall of hair with not much flex. Due to the softness this does not create any stinging sensation though..,
In terms of softness I see the Rooney, Thäter and current Simpson 2 band about equal. What distinguishes them is shape (bulb, fan), loft and density. I gravitate more lately to medium size (22-25mm) knots with medium density hair and a loft to knot ratio above 2.

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 09-05-2012, 09:38 AM
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(09-05-2012, 04:23 AM)vocalistbob Wrote: I loved my 2XL so much that I bought a 3XL a few months ago. They are magnificent brushes. No other brush I am aware of does everything so well. They have wonderfully soft tips and great backbone too. The main difference between the Rooneys and other 2-bands is that the backbone comes across as pressure against the face, not scritch.

Completely agree. They're way ahead of every other top end 2 band brush I've tried in those regards. Even the fabled Manchurian, although to be fair to the Manchurian it may not be broken in yet. I'll give it 10 more lathers before calling the testing truly complete.

Anyway, to the point. Do you have a Manchurian? If so, how does it compare?

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 09-05-2012, 01:18 PM
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  • Teiste
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I used a Simpson Chubby 1 super badger today and the tips of the Rooney are softer : however,the Rooney has like 5 mm more of knot. Im very impressed with the Rooney brush.

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 09-05-2012, 02:57 PM
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Nice review! Love the pictures you take Teiste. How would you compare this brush to a Simpson manchurian?

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 09-05-2012, 03:11 PM
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(09-05-2012, 02:57 PM)Slim-65 Wrote: Nice review! Love the pictures you take Teiste. How would you compare this brush to a Simpson manchurian?

He'll give you that review as soon as someone sends him one. Biggrin

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 09-05-2012, 03:19 PM
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  • Teiste
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(09-05-2012, 03:11 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(09-05-2012, 02:57 PM)Slim-65 Wrote: Nice review! Love the pictures you take Teiste. How would you compare this brush to a Simpson manchurian?

He'll give you that review as soon as someone sends him one. Biggrin

Enjoy that brush,my friend : Im sure it needs like 15 uses more to develop its full potential.

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 09-05-2012, 03:25 PM
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(09-05-2012, 03:19 PM)Teiste Wrote:
(09-05-2012, 03:11 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(09-05-2012, 02:57 PM)Slim-65 Wrote: Nice review! Love the pictures you take Teiste. How would you compare this brush to a Simpson manchurian?

He'll give you that review as soon as someone sends him one. Biggrin

Enjoy that brush,my friend : Im sure it needs like 15 uses more to develop its full potential.

I'll break her in before sending it your way. Biggrin

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 09-07-2012, 03:09 PM
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  • ethiel
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Today, I've received Rooney Heritage Stubby 3 XL super badger two band brush, and let me tell you, it's awesome! I tried it with Proraso and Harris soap and the lather was amazing. The brush is very soft with a lot of backbone and huge size. Now I'm going to order the style 1/1 and the style 3/2. The brush was ordered at vintageblades. The have a great customer service and free shipping.

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 09-07-2012, 03:46 PM
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  • biggiej42
  • Looney for Rooney
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The 1XL and 2XL are amazing brushes. I prefer the 1XL because I like a smaller brush, but the 2XL is absolutely luxurious.

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 09-08-2012, 04:25 AM
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I love my Rooney 3XL. It's been my favorite brush ever since I received it.

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 09-08-2012, 04:42 AM
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  • Shanman
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This is the only larger size 2 band I am still really curious about. Too bad it is such an investment just to try! No wonder you fell off the wagon of Semoguetember!
I think I have the 1XL M&F version of the above Rooney bought new off our awesome BST.

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