09-20-2012, 09:24 AM
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This is a Morris & Forndran branded Stubby 1 I got from Classic Shaving after hearing about them and learning that Lee Sabini had verified that they really do have the original Rooney Finest hair rather than the standard M&F blonde hair.
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This is the smallest of the Stubbies. The handle is slightly chunkier than a Somerset Chubby 1 (right in the image), with a 37mm height and 38mm diameter base (compared to 41mm and 33 mm). It feels hefty and solid in the hand and was fine for my medium hand, although it might be too fat for someone with small hands.
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I broke it in slightly with two palm lathers of shaving cream and then used it this morning on my face with TOBS Lavender shaving cream. The brush made full thick lather very easily and released it well for all three passes, although it did hold on to quite a bit of the lather and required a lot of rinsing after the shave. Its backbone is quite stiff, very similar to the Somerset Simpson Chubby 2-band, but the hair tips are extremely soft and gel-like, very much like a vintage Plisson HMW. There was no scritchiness whatever. The individual hairs are not quite as thick as those of the 2-band, but the brush is packed a little more tightly. Its knot and loft are 25mm/48mm, compared to 24mm/48mm for the Chubby. The brush lost no hairs at all. Here it is after blooming beautifully.
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And here it is next to the Chubby. The M&F bloomed more fully because of its thinner hairs.
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Overall I think it is a great brush, the qualities and performance of its hair easily equal to those of my other Finests. Although I do like the handle, it doesn't feel quite as comfortable to me as the Rooney 1/1 and 3/1 brushes.

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 09-20-2012, 09:29 AM
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  • Teiste
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These are the threads I love to read.Biggrin

That M&F is extra full packed with hair , for what it seems like.Its more packed than a Chubby 1! So the hairs are thinner than regular two band brushes , John? Thats quiet interesting too.

Thanks a lot for sharing the pics and your thoughts about this brush : Rooney Finest seems to be the ultimate "frontier" of truly the Holy Grail of badger hair shaving brushes.

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 09-20-2012, 09:44 AM
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  • TexBilly
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Beautiful, John! Is this the same brush currently on Classic's site?

"Morris & Forndran Blonde Badger Shaving Brush Style 1 Small - White"

Their pic could be old but your brush's bristles certainly seem more 2-bandish...

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 09-20-2012, 10:02 AM
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(09-20-2012, 09:44 AM)TexBilly Wrote: Beautiful, John! Is this the same brush currently on Classic's site?

"Morris & Forndran Blonde Badger Shaving Brush Style 1 Small - White"

Their pic could be old but your brush's bristles certainly seem more 2-bandish...

No, the Finests are not listed on their site.

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 09-20-2012, 10:15 AM
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  • Johnny
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Very nice. That's a short brush. How does it feel compared to your Chubby 1 in super badger?

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 09-20-2012, 10:18 AM
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Hi John

Beautiful looking brush and the post-bloom photo is a stunner Thumbsup

Is it just me, or are the tips of the 2-Band Chubby slightly whiter than the tips in the M&F Stubby?

Take care, Mike

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 09-20-2012, 10:24 AM
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(09-20-2012, 10:15 AM)Johnny Wrote: Very nice. That's a short brush. How does it feel compared to your Chubby 1 in super badger?

The M&F feels just as firm, but softer.

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 09-20-2012, 10:25 AM
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(09-20-2012, 10:18 AM)mikeperry Wrote: Hi John

Beautiful looking brush and the post-bloom photo is a stunner Thumbsup

Is it just me, or are the tips of the 2-Band Chubby slightly whiter than the tips in the M&F Stubby?

Take care, Mike

Yes, the tips of the Chubby are unusually white.

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 09-20-2012, 10:37 AM
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Thanks for the review, John!

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 09-20-2012, 12:47 PM
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Great brush John, a real small beauty. Funny as I picked up a couple of Rooney Finests from 2009 or 10 at Classic Shaving that just seemed to come out of nowhere. I would love to visit their warehouse! It looks like a perfect brush for face lathering. Thanks for sharing indeed.

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 09-20-2012, 03:32 PM
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(09-20-2012, 10:02 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote:
(09-20-2012, 09:44 AM)TexBilly Wrote: Beautiful, John! Is this the same brush currently on Classic's site?

"Morris & Forndran Blonde Badger Shaving Brush Style 1 Small - White"

Their pic could be old but your brush's bristles certainly seem more 2-bandish...

No, the Finests are not listed on their site.

And so how did you get yours? Dodgy

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 09-20-2012, 03:36 PM
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(09-20-2012, 03:32 PM)TexBilly Wrote:
(09-20-2012, 10:02 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote:
(09-20-2012, 09:44 AM)TexBilly Wrote: Beautiful, John! Is this the same brush currently on Classic's site?

"Morris & Forndran Blonde Badger Shaving Brush Style 1 Small - White"

Their pic could be old but your brush's bristles certainly seem more 2-bandish...

No, the Finests are not listed on their site.

And so how did you get yours? Dodgy

He bought it while they were still available. There were only a few and the page wasn't advertised.

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 09-20-2012, 03:38 PM
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(09-20-2012, 03:36 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(09-20-2012, 03:32 PM)TexBilly Wrote: And so how did you get yours? Dodgy

He bought it while they were still available. There were only a few and the page wasn't advertised.

Right. I telephoned them after hearing about the brushes. They are now sold out of the small and medium Stubbies but still have a few large ones.

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 09-20-2012, 03:41 PM
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(09-20-2012, 03:38 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote:
(09-20-2012, 03:36 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(09-20-2012, 03:32 PM)TexBilly Wrote: And so how did you get yours? Dodgy

He bought it while they were still available. There were only a few and the page wasn't advertised.

Right. I telephoned them after hearing about the brushes. They are now sold out of the small and medium Stubbies but still have a few large ones.

Why would you tell me that. Angry My wallet hates you.

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 09-20-2012, 03:43 PM
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It's best I stay a step behind on these limited offerings, else I'd go broke. Blush

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 09-20-2012, 04:17 PM
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Very nice!

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