09-21-2012, 11:17 AM
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I have been giving thought to buying a Rooney 1/1, especially because I don't own any Rooneys. I almost exclusively face lather soaps. Please weigh in on which brush you think is beeter for facel lathering soaps. Also, if you think there is another brush to be considered, please mention it!

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 09-21-2012, 11:29 AM
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  • brian
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Rockford - you raise a fantastic question!

Could you please share with us which brushes you currently own/enjoy, and which brush fibres your open to regarding recommendations?

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 09-21-2012, 11:53 AM
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They both would be good for face lathering. Partially the decision will depend upon how big a handle and knot you like. The Rooney generally has a handle 42mm high and a 22mm/44mm knot, while the Duke has a 46mm handle and a 23-25mm/47-50mm knot.

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 09-21-2012, 11:54 AM
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As far as brushes, I presently own a Chubby 2 in Best, Duke 3 in Best, a Colonel X2L, a Semogue 630, an Omega Boar, Muhle Sophist Silvertip, and a Whipped Dog 18 mm pure in pottery handle. The Duke 3 is my favorite brush. Strangely enough, I have to say that the Whipped Dog 18 mm Pure is my second favorite. It just makes great lather, releases it with ease. I keep hearing about the Rooney 1/1 as a face latherer, and must say it has raised my curiosity. But if the performance is similar to the Duke 3, then maybe I should give something else a try.

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 09-21-2012, 12:00 PM
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I don't own a Rooney, so it's relatively hard to comment on that.

However, I do own a Duke 3. It's currently my favorite brush I own for face lathering, and maybe even over all until my neck batch of customs arrives.

The Duke 3 is in 2 band super and is without a doubt the nicest brush I've put to my face with soaps or creams. Incredibly soft tips but perfect backbone. No scritch. (I have sensitive skin, so I like soft.)

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 09-21-2012, 12:15 PM
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Since you already have and enjoy a Duke 3, I'll humbly suggest you branch out from best/silvertip type badger hair and try one of two things...

1. How about a two-band brush? New Forrest has some well reviewed 2-bands in a similar price range

2. How about a Muehle Silvertip Fibres synth? Biggrin I have the Kosmo handle in a 21mm knot and it's absolutely one of my favorites.

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 09-21-2012, 12:32 PM
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Stick with the Duke 3. I have a Rooney 1/1, and while like it more than my Duke 1, I find myself using it mostly with creams. And I'm mostly a soap user. My favorite soap brush is a Simpson Rover, a soap killer with great backbone. It's no longer available, but if anything ever happens to it, it will be replaced with a Duke 3 if I can't get it reknotted. My second favorite soap brush is an older Rooney 3/1. It has a higher loft (48mm) than the newer ones and not as much backbone (soft with lots of splay), but I still love it with a hard soap. It's kind of a moppy mess, but fun to use.

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 09-21-2012, 12:46 PM
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I *know* how much that Rover means to you NJP ... I hope it's still killing the pucks!!!

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 09-21-2012, 01:05 PM
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(09-21-2012, 12:46 PM)Simpson1919 Wrote: I *know* how much that Rover means to you NJP ... I hope it's still killing the pucks!!!

Don't make me have you build a Rover too! Biggrin

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 09-21-2012, 01:20 PM
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(09-21-2012, 12:46 PM)Simpson1919 Wrote: I *know* how much that Rover means to you NJP ... I hope it's still killing the pucks!!!

Still #1 of the 20 brushes I've had. Nothing comes close, even the Thater. Thanks Mark, for that recommendation last year.

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 09-21-2012, 01:45 PM
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Hmm, Rooney 1/1. I would pass on it.

DRH or T&H made by a company other than Rooney, but looks like the Rooney heritage in silvertip hair is a better face lathering brush. Denser knot too.

My opinion only.

Will be trying the D3 in best soon, but I can give you some perspective on the CL1 v. DRH 1. They're pretty darn similar. The Rooney is a small knot, only 20mm plug, blooms to 22mm at the handle. So too with the CH1, CH1 might be smaller can't recall.

Bottom line: I think some other brushes deserve consideration.

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 09-21-2012, 01:48 PM
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Duke 3. The ultimate all round brush.

Rooney 1/1 doesn't come close.

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 09-21-2012, 03:34 PM
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  • Teiste
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Hard for me to answer.I will go for the Duke 3.But I do like Rooney 1/1 too and its cheaper.Of course , no idea where is really made , but its cheaper than the Duke 3. However , the Duke 3 is an all around brush.I think Im not helping you too much with this.Get both , you wont regret it.

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 09-21-2012, 06:53 PM
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(09-21-2012, 12:00 PM)Mike_P Wrote: ...The Duke 3 is in 2 band super and is without a doubt the nicest brush I've put to my face with soaps or creams. Incredibly soft tips but perfect backbone. No scritch. (I have sensitive skin, so I like soft.)

This is my view as well. For a face lathering brush that always does a fine job, the D3 2 band is a fine choice.

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 09-23-2012, 08:38 AM
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Thank you all for weighing in! I think this helped put an end to my initial SBAD, and will stay with my Duke 3!

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