10-10-2012, 03:50 PM
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Review courtesy of A Sharper Razor - Straight Razor Sharpening & Blog


The mystical Rooney. Founded a long time ago, did business as London Brush Works, had some letter asking for badger hair from China circulated around the internet, and sold to Lee Sabini recently. Well, the brand name was anyway.


Specs
  • 92 mm height
  • 47 mm loft 49 mm actual
  • 28 mm knot
  • 65 grams
Photos courtesy of Teiste.

Initial Thoughts


Upon first receiving this brush my thought was "this looks good." And I was not disappointed. The handle, be it injection molded or lathe turned, is well shaped and easy to hold. The tips are extremely white for a 2 band brush. They might be bleached, this author does not know. Regardless, they are very white.



The handle is fairly large. It fits quite nicely in my hand. The 28mm knot is a good size. I like this brush.

Softness


These hairs have been described as gel-like. My first few outings with this brush blew my mind. I have not tried anything quite like it. Well, this author has since experienced the same quality hair from Wet Shaving Products, but that is a different matter. Anyway, this hair is amazing. The tips are just really really soft. Not as soft as Shavemac's silvertip, but that hair has been well treated. I couldn't find obvious signs of bleaching with this hair.



Density/Flow


The brush is quite dense. Not nearly as dense as Rooney Finest was, but it is dense enough. Actually it's probably the same exact hair as Finest, but less dense. Just this author's opinion. Yet, even though the brush is pretty darn dense, the flow through is also very good. The flow is good because of the thickness of the individual hairs. Even though the brush is dense, there are less individual hairs in the same knot. Regardless of the reason, rest assured, this brush is no lather hog. Although you may have to use more product with the 28mm knot.


Construction


The construction of this brush is top notch. The only flaw is that there is some glue that rides up the sides. Be it from the internal glue bump or from the glue attaching the knot to the handle, its a little bit disappointing.



As I've already said, the handle is well made. The knot is equally well made, the shape of the knot is very nicely done. This author is fairly certain the handle is made from acrylic resin and lathe turned, but is not sure.

Final Thoughts


This is a very well constructed brush. Wherever it is made, it is a fine example of top quality craftsmanship. The hairs are super soft when wet. The knot is well packed, but not overstuffed. It's really everything you could want in a 2 band brush. Everything, except the price. Extremely expensive at $189.99 and sold exclusively through Vintage Blades, that's a tough cookie to swallow.

If you are on the fence, this author's recommendation is to wait a month to see if anything new comes out. That said, it's also out of stock.

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 10-10-2012, 06:15 PM
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  • beartrap
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Thanks for the review Lee! Yes, expensive but looks sooo good. Did I just see it posted on BST today?

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 10-10-2012, 08:02 PM
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(10-10-2012, 06:15 PM)beartrap Wrote: Thanks for the review Lee! Yes, expensive but looks sooo good. Did I just see it posted on BST today?

Yeah you did. Not by me though. Kind of miss mine, I was tempted to pick it up. I resisted.

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 10-10-2012, 08:14 PM
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Thanks for the review, Lee.
i have the 1XL and have to agree that these are fantastic brushes.
Fortunately, i got mine used for a very good price.

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 10-10-2012, 08:42 PM
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Thanks for a good solid review Smile

I own the Heritage Stubby 2XL and 3XL - both brushes are very nice.

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 10-10-2012, 11:28 PM
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What is the 3XL like in comparison?

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 10-11-2012, 12:43 AM
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(10-10-2012, 11:28 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: What is the 3XL like in comparison?

Just LARGER Wink

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 10-11-2012, 12:57 AM
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(10-10-2012, 03:50 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: Review courtesy of A Sharper Razor - Straight Razor Sharpening & Blog


The mystical Rooney. Founded a long time ago, did business as London Brush Works, had some letter asking for badger hair from China circulated around the internet, and sold to Lee Sabini recently. Well, the brand name was anyway.


Specs
  • 92 mm height
  • 47 mm loft 49 mm actual
  • 28 mm knot
  • 65 grams
Photos courtesy of Teiste.

Initial Thoughts


Upon first receiving this brush my thought was "this looks good." And I was not disappointed. The handle, be it injection molded or lathe turned, is well shaped and easy to hold. The tips are extremely white for a 2 band brush. They might be bleached, this author does not know. Regardless, they are very white.



The handle is fairly large. It fits quite nicely in my hand. The 28mm knot is a good size. I like this brush.

Softness


These hairs have been described as gel-like. My first few outings with this brush blew my mind. I have not tried anything quite like it. Well, this author has since experienced the same quality hair from Wet Shaving Products, but that is a different matter. Anyway, this hair is amazing. The tips are just really really soft. Not as soft as Shavemac's silvertip, but that hair has been well treated. I couldn't find obvious signs of bleaching with this hair.



Density/Flow


The brush is quite dense. Not nearly as dense as Rooney Finest was, but it is dense enough. Actually it's probably the same exact hair as Finest, but less dense. Just this author's opinion. Yet, even though the brush is pretty darn dense, the flow through is also very good. The flow is good because of the thickness of the individual hairs. Even though the brush is dense, there are less individual hairs in the same knot. Regardless of the reason, rest assured, this brush is no lather hog. Although you may have to use more product with the 28mm knot.


Construction


The construction of this brush is top notch. The only flaw is that there is some glue that rides up the sides. Be it from the internal glue bump or from the glue attaching the knot to the handle, its a little bit disappointing.



As I've already said, the handle is well made. The knot is equally well made, the shape of the knot is very nicely done. This author is fairly certain the handle is made from acrylic resin and lathe turned, but is not sure.

Final Thoughts


This is a very well constructed brush. Wherever it is made, it is a fine example of top quality craftsmanship. The hairs are super soft when wet. The knot is well packed, but not overstuffed. It's really everything you could want in a 2 band brush. Everything, except the price. Extremely expensive at $189.99 and sold exclusively through Vintage Blades, that's a tough cookie to swallow.

If you are on the fence, this author's recommendation is to wait a month to see if anything new comes out. That said, it's also out of stock.

Great review, well balanced and thought out.

I have a Rooney 2XL two band which I have had in my collection for a couple of years: As yet Un-Used. Maybe someday !!!

Charles U.K

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 10-11-2012, 08:36 AM
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(10-11-2012, 12:57 AM)whatmorebrushs Wrote: Great review, well balanced and thought out.

I have a Rooney 2XL two band which I have had in my collection for a couple of years: As yet Un-Used. Maybe someday !!!

Charles U.K


HuH Huh

How large is your brush collection ?
How can you not use that Rooney 2XL Wink

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 10-11-2012, 08:44 AM
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(10-11-2012, 08:36 AM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(10-11-2012, 12:57 AM)whatmorebrushs Wrote: Great review, well balanced and thought out.

I have a Rooney 2XL two band which I have had in my collection for a couple of years: As yet Un-Used. Maybe someday !!!

Charles U.K


HuH Huh

How large is your brush collection ?
How can you not use that Rooney 2XL Wink

Claus, my thoughts exactly. I can understand not using a brush for a few days or may a week or two, but never in two years.A47

Nice review Lee.

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 10-11-2012, 09:08 AM
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(10-11-2012, 08:36 AM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(10-11-2012, 12:57 AM)whatmorebrushs Wrote: Great review, well balanced and thought out.

I have a Rooney 2XL two band which I have had in my collection for a couple of years: As yet Un-Used. Maybe someday !!!

Charles U.K


HuH Huh

How large is your brush collection ?
How can you not use that Rooney 2XL Wink

Between 1 & approx 170 thereabouts. As for the Rooney's I have a small collection of Un-Used inc a quite rare: Black & White handle "Emillion" with Finest badger.

Maybe one day !!!

Charles U.K

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 10-11-2012, 09:09 AM
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Good review, Lee. Thanks. I doubt that the 2XL hair is the same as Finest, however. To me they have looked and felt completely different.

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 10-11-2012, 09:24 AM
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(10-11-2012, 09:08 AM)whatmorebrushs Wrote:
(10-11-2012, 08:36 AM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(10-11-2012, 12:57 AM)whatmorebrushs Wrote: Great review, well balanced and thought out.

I have a Rooney 2XL two band which I have had in my collection for a couple of years: As yet Un-Used. Maybe someday !!!

Charles U.K


HuH Huh

How large is your brush collection ?
How can you not use that Rooney 2XL Wink

Between 1 & approx 170 thereabouts. As for the Rooney's I have a small collection of Un-Used inc a quite rare: Black & White handle "Emillion" with Finest badger.

Maybe one day !!!

Charles U.K

Oh my, we have a brush hoarder. Biggrin

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 10-11-2012, 09:25 AM
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(10-11-2012, 09:09 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: Good review, Lee. Thanks. I doubt that the 2XL hair is the same as Finest, however. To me they have looked and felt completely different.

John although my Rooney's i.e 2XL & my Finest are Un-Used, it is my firm believe the hair is quite different.

On my finest the hair is Gel soft soft at the tips & the Hair shafts are a lot thinner, still quite dense.

As for the 2XL i do feel a bit of scratch at the tips, and also the hair shafts are thicker and again quite dense.


Charles U.K

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 10-11-2012, 09:33 AM
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(10-11-2012, 09:25 AM)whatmorebrushs Wrote:
(10-11-2012, 09:09 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: Good review, Lee. Thanks. I doubt that the 2XL hair is the same as Finest, however. To me they have looked and felt completely different.

John although my Rooney's i.e 2XL & my Finest are Un-Used, it is my firm believe the hair is quite different.

On my finest the hair is Gel soft soft at the tips & the Hair shafts are a lot thinner, still quite dense.

As for the 2XL i do feel a bit of scratch at the tips, and also the hair shafts are thicker and again quite dense.


Charles U.K

My experience has been pretty much the same, Charles. The 2XL seems to have a little bit better flowthrough, but the Finest feels softer. Both are dense and have good backbone.

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 10-11-2012, 10:55 AM
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I've only seem the finest in pictures, so I don't have any actual knowledge of how close or far apart they are. It was just an observation based on how they look in photos.

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 10-11-2012, 02:20 PM
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(10-11-2012, 10:55 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: I've only seem the finest in pictures, so I don't have any actual knowledge of how close or far apart they are. It was just an observation based on how they look in photos.

They are nohting a like, trust me on this Wink

I own the 2Xl and 3XL and an M&F Stubby 2XL with Rooney Finest hair Limited Edt. (my most expensive brush ever bought...yet - $440 including shipment and tax & vat)

Here you see a picture of my 3Xl and the M&F Stubby 2XL with Rooney Finest hair - they are nothing a like......
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 10-11-2012, 02:35 PM
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Upon further examination, the tips of the finest seem to be very slightly longer (the white part). The coloring difference from the top down photo is due to the density. Squish the Super hairs together and it should be the same shade.

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