09-15-2012, 01:15 PM
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I just got three new Rooney Finest brushes, from a forum member who shall remain unnamed, and I'd like to share some images of them.
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First is an ebony 3/2 (24mm/54mm).
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Next is a faux horn 3/2 (24mm/54mm).
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And finally an ivory 1/1 (22mm/49mm).
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And they join my other Finests in the rotation.
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 09-15-2012, 01:20 PM
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Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard.

Awesome!

Question: Is the Rooney Finest hair from before or after Lee Sabini took over the brand?

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 09-15-2012, 01:25 PM
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  • Teiste
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John , lovely pictures , sir!!!

Now my question : having tried so many Rooney finest , how would you compare this type of hair with the other 2 band or special badger grades (like Plisson HMW or old Simpson Manchurian)?

Thanks a lot for this post.

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 09-15-2012, 01:26 PM
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  • mikeperry
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Hi John

3 beautiful looking brushes you got there Babeando

If I was forced to pick one out of the three, I would go with the "Ebony 3/2".

Out of interest, do you prefer the handle of the Rooney Style 2 or 3?

Take care, Mike

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 09-15-2012, 01:41 PM
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(09-15-2012, 01:25 PM)Teiste Wrote: John , lovely pictures , sir!!!

Now my question : having tried so many Rooney finest , how would you compare this type of hair with the other 2 band or special badger grades (like Plisson HMW or old Simpson Manchurian)?

Thanks a lot for this post.

The closest I've tried that you may relate to, Teiste, is the grade of badger used by Semogue in their LE 2011 brushes.

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 09-15-2012, 01:42 PM
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(09-15-2012, 01:20 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: Question: Is the Rooney Finest hair from before or after Lee Sabini took over the brand?

I don't know. I'm not familiar with the Rooney history or when Lee was there.

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 09-15-2012, 01:44 PM
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(09-15-2012, 01:25 PM)Teiste Wrote: Now my question : having tried so many Rooney finest , how would you compare this type of hair with the other 2 band or special badger grades (like Plisson HMW or old Simpson Manchurian)?

I prefer the Finests to the others. They have more backbone than the Plissons, pretty much equivalent to that of the vintage Manchurians, but their tips, like those of old Plisson HMW, are much softer than the Manchurians.

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 09-15-2012, 01:46 PM
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(09-15-2012, 01:26 PM)mikeperry Wrote: Out of interest, do you prefer the handle of the Rooney Style 2 or 3?

I think I prefer the Style 3. It just seems to fit my hand better.

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 09-15-2012, 01:58 PM
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  • Johnny
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I thought John was just a Simpsons addict, but now it has been confirmed. He is officially a brush pimp.Smile

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 09-15-2012, 01:59 PM
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(09-15-2012, 01:41 PM)insomniac Wrote:
(09-15-2012, 01:25 PM)Teiste Wrote: John , lovely pictures , sir!!!

Now my question : having tried so many Rooney finest , how would you compare this type of hair with the other 2 band or special badger grades (like Plisson HMW or old Simpson Manchurian)?

Thanks a lot for this post.


The closest I've tried that you may relate to, Teiste, is the grade of badger used by Semogue in their LE 2011 brushes.

Interesting , my friend.

(09-15-2012, 01:44 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote:
(09-15-2012, 01:25 PM)Teiste Wrote: Now my question : having tried so many Rooney finest , how would you compare this type of hair with the other 2 band or special badger grades (like Plisson HMW or old Simpson Manchurian)?

I prefer the Finests to the others. They have more backbone than the Plissons, pretty much equivalent to that of the vintage Manchurians, but their tips, like those of old Plisson HMW, are much softer than the Manchurians.

Thanks a lot , John. Interesting also that you prefer the Rooney finest , so Im sure its one of the most peculiar and rare badger hair out there.

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 09-15-2012, 02:08 PM
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  • Dave
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Beautiful brushes. I've never owned a Rooney but would like to someday.

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 09-15-2012, 02:49 PM
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SO jealous of that 1/1.....

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 09-15-2012, 02:54 PM
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(09-15-2012, 01:46 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: I think I prefer the Style 3. It just seems to fit my hand better.

Hi John

Thanks! you have confirmed my feelings between those two Rooney styles. Even though I don't have first-hand experience with ether of those styles, the Style 3 just looks like it would be that much more comfortable to me and is why I recently placed a Truefitt & Hill (a rebranded Rooney Style 3) brush on my "Wish List".

Take care, Mike

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 09-15-2012, 03:05 PM
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  • beartrap
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One is better then the next! A47

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 09-15-2012, 05:52 PM
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  • Andrew
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Rooney Finest is like no other badger hair I have tried. The other 2-band hair I have sampled is nothing like it (comparing Simpsons, M&F, Rooney, Plisson, Vie-Long). I asked Lee Sabini about it once, and he said that particular hair was very difficult to source and cost him about three times as much as super silvertip. He wasn't trying to sell me one, either. People, believe the hype on this one. Rooney Finest is really special.

But it is not for everyone, I must say. I sold my beautiful 1/2 Finest to another forum member here because I found it too scritchy. It was one of the few brushes that really burned my face. I do wonder, though, if I should have given it more time. Unfortunately, I think it needed daily use for at least 6 months to show its true potential. With my rotation, I was never going to get there.

Thank you for sharing your collection, John.

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 09-15-2012, 06:19 PM
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John, wow! My goodness those are beautiful brushes. i hope you are enjoying the fantastic weather we are having!

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 09-15-2012, 06:25 PM
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  • J_fro
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Wow, what an addition to an incredible collection!

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 09-15-2012, 07:34 PM
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  • Shanman
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Hubba hubba.

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 09-16-2012, 12:15 AM
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Lovely! Use them in good health!

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 09-16-2012, 12:32 AM
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Some beauties there. Thanks for posting!

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