10-04-2012, 09:36 AM
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Another nice custom brush has arrived with a beautiful handle not frequently seen. This time around from an artist who doesn't see as much talk as he should, Rodney Neep.

What was waiting for me in my mailbox today is a custom shaped Extra Silver Tip badger brush with a Kingfisher Burl handle. What that means is the handle is a burl wood which has been bonded to an iridescent resin. Many know I have a weakness for blue brushes, so despite having a few choices, I went with the Kingfisher which is a beautiful combination of blues and purples.

Now, I actually ordered a 26mm, and wanted a loft that could be both face and bowl lathered, but I also gave Rod creative license, and it seems he went a bit bigger. The invoice is listed as 28mm, but I'm measuring 29.25mm at the top of the handle by about 54mm in loft. This brush came out extremely soft, but the surprising part is, it's not too floppy. My only hope is that it's not floppy when wet either. It's got a relatively soft backbone, probably due to the large sized knot, which I'm sure will be a stellar bowl performer, and I'm hoping is capable of some nice face work too. It's a big brush, my biggest knot I've ever had. (Though I do have a 28mm M&F custom on it's way.)

The handle measures in at approximately 60mm tall and 36mm wide. We were trying something new with the shape, almost like a vase, but I wanted it a little different, so we put in a thicker base. It's obviously a ymmv on the looks, but I'm happy with how it turned out. It's EXTREMELY comfortable to hold in different types of grips and is not too big or small. It should fit anybodies hand.

It took about 5-6 weeks from an idea to me receiving the brush, and although the wait really built up the excitement, I still was surprised at what I received. If you haven't checked out Rod's work, do it! He makes some fabulous custom pieces and goes out of his way to make sure his customers are happy!

Here's a sneak peak at the brush, pre use obviously. (Large pics for detail)

(If anyone wants to write a review of use on it, let me know. I've got way too many brushes to go through and may not get to this one very soon.)

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 10-04-2012, 09:48 AM
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  • mikeperry
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(10-04-2012, 09:36 AM)Mike_P Wrote: Another nice custom brush has arrived with a beautiful handle not frequently seen. This time around from an artist who doesn't see as much talk as he should, Rodney Neep.

Hi Mike

Beautiful brush and your absolutely right about Rodney Neep being an artist, plus a real gentleman to do business with.

I look forward to hearing how the brush performs and seeing a post-bloom photo or two...

Side note, Rodney has made 4 shaving brush handles for me, two here, one here and the final one here...

Take care, Mike

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 10-04-2012, 09:54 AM
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  • beartrap
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Very beautiful!

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 10-04-2012, 10:01 AM
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Gorgeous!

Rod is across the ocean right? Probably why we never hear about him.

Just like NF brushes are all the rage over on the English forum, so is Rod Neep.

Anyone know who makes his knots?

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 10-04-2012, 11:21 AM
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WOW ... Beautiful work!

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 10-04-2012, 12:07 PM
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  • UFO
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Very nice. Mr. Neep does very good craftmanship.

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 10-04-2012, 12:15 PM
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Thank you all!

Lee, yes sir, he is in the UK. I'm not quite sure where he sources his knots but I'll shoot him an email and ask.

Mark, you know me, love the unique custom stuff! Wink Now if only I could have a chubby or Simpson handle made with some of this material, lol. Would be a beautiful pairing!

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 10-04-2012, 05:51 PM
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Wow, Mike, that sure is a beauty!

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 10-04-2012, 05:55 PM
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  • Teiste
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Mike , looking forward to read how that silvertip hair behaves ; seems like a very good knot!

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 10-04-2012, 07:08 PM
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Celestino, Thank you so much! It's a beautiful handle and definitely out of the ordinary!

Teiste, the knot is a whole new beast to me. Something so soft and so large.

Just for you I went and test lathered it. I wanted to know too, and I really wanted to challenge it. With it being so soft I didn't want to give it any easy go of things, I wanted to do something with it that I assumed it would fail. Boy was I wrong.

First test lather was face lathering with some MWF. MWF is a rather hard soap, so I figured it would be a total pain in the butt to load the brush. I loaded for approximately 30 seconds. I wanted to load it short because I know bigger brushes require more product. After those 30 seconds, I looked at the brush and it seemed like there was a good amount loaded in the center of the brush, and a small amount around the outside. Alright whatever, I wasn't shaving, just applying, so lets see what happens.

The first thing I noticed was how much water this brush holds. I soaked it for 2 minutes in a mug and I swear, a good half the amount I filled was gone, the brush drank it up. Had to give it around 3-4 good shakes to be able to get to work. So then we went on to loading as I explained above, and then bam, straight to the barely wet face.

Second thing I noticed? The brush is HUGE. I mean, it's bigger than anything I've used before. I've got a relatively small face, I'm not a huge guy, but it basically applied lather in 4 sections and I was done. Left cheek, Right cheek, neck, and mouth/chin. It's that big, and this lather was some GOOD stuff! Didn't have to add any water.

Washed the soap off and went for another 2 passes. After 3 I was satisfied. This thing was soft but made some CRAZY lather. It's not going to win any exfoliation awards, but that's to be expected with a soft brush this big. It just gets right to the point and gets the job done. And to be honest, it had enough lather still in the brush for another 2 passes or so. VERY surprised. The flow through was excellent, probably because of the softness. I was a little shocked that such little load time on such a hard soap resulted in so much lather.

Test number 2 was one I figured it would be fine with. Arko. Why not, right? So I used the stick on my face, light coat, and went to work. Same results as the MWF. No exfoliation (which is fine, my face is too sensitive for much of that anyways.) and again, 4 sections and I'm good to go.

This time around I added a little water to the base of the brush just to see what would happen. Only positive things but it didn't really need it. There was already so much water that it could use, but my lather was still perfect, slick, and had great cushion.

I'm really happy with the brush so far. I've got way too many new brushes right now, so I'm not really sure how often it'll see use, which kind of sucks. =( But with so many new Simpsons, custom M&F's on their way, Shavemac Horns, etc... It's just one in the list of many that are always going in and out of my den.

So, again, the offer stands. If anyone wants to give this thing a deeper review than I have right now, They are welcome. Just be warned, it's a big soft brush and despite that, still produced an excellent face lather! I'm sure it'll do the same in a bowl, perhaps with a bit more product needed!

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 10-05-2012, 01:00 AM
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  • steve g
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That's a really nice looking brush and the handle design looks very comfortable. Hmm, might have to steal the shape.

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 10-05-2012, 02:54 AM
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  • Johnny
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Mike, beautiful brush. Use it in good health.

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 10-05-2012, 07:15 AM
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Thanks all!

Steve, by all means, steal away! I've sort of dubbed it the baseball bat, as it sort of reminds me of one. The shape is quite comfortable. Almost like a re-proportioned persian jar. Fits the hand quite well!

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 10-05-2012, 07:43 AM
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Stunning.

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 10-05-2012, 07:57 AM
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That's a flashy, classy brush. Beautiful work.

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 10-05-2012, 08:44 AM
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Man, why do I always forget to check Rod's site? Seldom has the handle "style" I like as they usually sell fast. Guess I just need to check with more frequency.

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 10-05-2012, 11:34 AM
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(10-05-2012, 07:15 AM)Mike_P Wrote: Thanks all!

Steve, by all means, steal away! I've sort of dubbed it the baseball bat, as it sort of reminds me of one. The shape is quite comfortable. Almost like a re-proportioned persian jar. Fits the hand quite well!

Funny I was thinking baseball bat but I didn't want to sound crass. The knob end of a bat has such a great secure feel that it make perfect sense to shape a handle the same way.

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 10-05-2012, 02:10 PM
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Thanks again guys.

Doug, I'd suggest contacting Rod too. He's more than willing to make whatever his customers want!

Steve, Crass? No way! I'm pretty blunt, no need to worry about that with me. Wink I was the first person as soon as I opened the box to think baseball bat, so I knew others had to think it. Let me assure you, it's unbelievably comfortable. More so than I ever expected. You can hold it in so many different ways and each and every one is pleasing.

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 10-05-2012, 04:23 PM
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  • oscar11
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Very nice!

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 12-10-2012, 03:31 AM
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  • MikekiM
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Happy to say I just snagged this brush from Mike.. Should have it by the end of the week. Hoping the pictures don't do justice to the colors of the handle.

I've been looking for something in the large 25 - 28mm range, just to give it a go. This certainly fits the bill. I alternate between face and bowl lather and the long handle, with bulbed bat end should make for a great bowl lather'r. Not sure about face lathering with it. Will find out soon enough!

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