10-07-2012, 12:02 PM
#1
User Info
Article courtesy of A Sharper Razor - Straight Razor Sharpening & Blog

Vie Long is normally known for their horse hair brushes. However, they also make excellent badger hair brushes. What is also interesting is that they utilize a unique method of knot making. According to my source and upon examination, the knot is tied, then glued directly to the handle and a metal cap.

This brush specs are as follows:
  • 18mm knot (20mm at the handle)
  • 52mm loft
  • European White 2 band hair
  • 63 grams
My initial thoughts was that this was a great looking brush. The size makes it a small-medium size brush. The 52mm loft makes the brush look larger than it's specs suggest. The construction makes the knot diameter larger as well. Just like a Chubby 1. The construction of the brush also means there is no glue bump. The handle feels like glass but is most likely an acrylic resin. The metal base is a great added touch. It also adds some heft to the brush.

 


Softness


The problem with two band brushes is that they need to be wet to experience all the softness they have to offer. When dry an extremely soft two band brush can feel very scratchy. Well, with this brush, the hairs are super soft when dry and equally soft when wet. That is to say, very soft.

The brush does exhibit a bit of a scritch as is common with the Manchurian/Hog badger hair. The tips are not gel-like soft, but they come darn close. The hairs should also not be confused with silvertip hair as they are two completely different hairs. They come from different animals after all.

These hairs are much thicker than silvertip hairs. As such there is a lot more backbone. The great thing about this specific example is the tips are very soft. Very soft with a hint of a scritch. You won't even notice the scritch if you use paint brush strokes.

Construction


This brush is well constructed. The logo is still there after many uses. The knot is firmly attached. The brush hasn't shed any hairs while with me. The handle is great. The bulb is very nicely shaped, some irregularities that are present with a free-hand formed knot. No complaints.



Density/Flow


The density of the brush is normal. Average I suppose. The lower relative density and higher loft mean an excellent flow through. Unlike a silvertip brush, the hairs are thick and tend to stay together instead of blooming. You'll only see a large bloom with really dense 2 band hair brushes. This bloom is small.


So, average density with excellent flow through. The brush is able to hold onto a good amount of lather, which is good. Some brushes with average/low density cannot hold onto 3 passes worth of lather.

Final Thoughts


A most excellent brush. I have no idea how much it costs, but the brush performs excellently. It has a great feel on my face, lathers very easily, and looks great too!

9 2,988
Reply
 10-07-2012, 03:48 PM
#2
  • Teiste
  • Moderator Emeritus
  • Salt Lake City,UT
User Info
These are my favorite 2 band brushes , the ones made by Vie Long.With the Semogue SOC 2 band offer the best quality for the price out there.
Vie Long European White 2 band ( its called European White but the hair is 100% from China) has the right amount of soft tips ,hair flexibility (flow) ,and firm backbone .
As the Semogue SOC two band , just be patience softening the brush (it takes over 15 shaves or softening cycles ) and it will reward you.
This handle was introduced by Vie Long last march and it was a pleasure to have the first edition made for my Spanish shaving forum : foroafeitado.com The cost of the brush was 67 euros , If I can remember correctly.

86 7,123
Reply
 10-07-2012, 03:48 PM
#3
  • Dave
  • Moderator Emeritus
User Info
I love my Vie Long 2 Band and can't wait till it comes up in the rotation again.

116 3,804
Reply
 10-07-2012, 07:31 PM
#4
  • Shanman
  • Reserve Collection Squirrel Hair
  • NE Florida
User Info
I was a mildly disappointed in my recent Vie-Long purchase from G&C because the logo was basically wasted. I opened the nice presentation box to see a perfectly centered brush snugged up into stand. Vie-Lsmear. No biggie really, but I suppose it was the fact that whoever put this brush and centered it up all nice had to have seen the logo was fudged all up. I can basically rub the rest of the logo off with thumb pressure, and I likely will.
This is an exclusive 2-Band October for me consisting of Simpson, Thäter, and the Vie-L 16651 I just got.

135 1,947
Reply
 10-07-2012, 08:16 PM
#5
  • Teiste
  • Moderator Emeritus
  • Salt Lake City,UT
User Info
(10-07-2012, 07:31 PM)Shanman Wrote: I was a mildly disappointed in my recent Vie-Long purchase from G&C because the logo was basically wasted. I opened the nice presentation box to see a perfectly centered brush snugged up into stand. Vie-Lsmear. No biggie really, but I suppose it was the fact that whoever put this brush and centered it up all nice had to have seen the logo was fudged all up. I can basically rub the rest of the logo off with thumb pressure, and I likely will.
This is an exclusive 2-Band October for me consisting of Simpson, Thäter, and the Vie-L 16651 I just got.

Yes, lately VL have been problem with the logos. Thats not acceptable and needs to be addressed by the company.

86 7,123
Reply
 10-07-2012, 09:40 PM
#6
User Info
Thanks for the review, Lee. Enjoy the brush.

75 20,883
Reply
 10-07-2012, 11:11 PM
#7
User Info
I have 2 band VL in olive handle, becoming a favırite of mine lately.
Thanks for thereview.

4 365
Reply
Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)