10-14-2012, 11:23 AM
This shaving brush is a prototype that I have been able to test the past few weeks and I couldnt be more satisfied with it , since its a quality two band badger hair (from Hog Badger) and reminds me of the Vie Long two band badger a lot (and those are big words for me).
We all know that there is different grades of two band badger hair , some with more quality than others , and the "mystical" ones like Rooney Finest and Simpson Manchurian. Well , I dont know how to "named" this 2 band badger hair used in this prototype , I will leave that to the person behind the brand ( forum member Asharperrazor) , but all that I can say is that I hope this prototype would become a regular production brush.
This prototype comes in a very elegant handle , a handle which reminds me of the Kent BK4 , but Ivory Fleck.Its a resin handle and quiet heavy for its size.I dont know what else to say about a handle which is another classical one.Very impress about it too.So Ill rather talk about the 2 band badger hair.
The knot has a clear bulb shaped , perfect for painting strokes while applying/building lather on the face and the tips are white , not with a yellowish color , but either snow white.
As I said earlier , 2 band badger hair could be very scratchy on the tips and with an very firm backbone (I try to avoid those) or very soft tips and kind of "weak" backbone and too much flow.I find this badger hair on the middle of those two classifications : soft tips , more than Simpson super badger two band , for example , and the right amount of backbone and flow.I find hard to get that good combination of flow (which is given by the flexibility of the hair) and backbone (which its given by the natural resilient of the hair or how much hair is packed).This brush is not extreme densely packed with hair as you can see in this pic :
but that gives us another plus , which is the easiness to make lather with it and how fast we can build up lather.
The brush performs very well with triple milled soaps and shaving creams , and while it can be used with circular strokes , I find it to be better using painting strokes , or "hybrid" strokes (a mix of painting and circular ones).
So yes , when I see all the qualities of this badger hair , reminds me a lot of the Vie Long 2 band badger hair.The softening of this kind of hair is also a little bit less than the Vie Long , I would say , but not by much.
This is a proto , and now we will have to wait for the final product , which could take a couple months.Also , I dont know if the owner of WSP would like to "tweak" this version more , but , as it is , is a very nice 2 band brush.I will stay tuned[/align].
10-14-2012, 12:05 PM
10-14-2012, 12:35 PM
(10-14-2012, 12:23 PM)Andrew Wrote: If this hair is similar to the Vie-Long 2-band, then it also resembles the 2-band Plisson HMW in the brush I have previously loaned to Teiste and Johnny. What do you say, Teiste?
My friend , this one has softer tips and the same flow/backbone.However , the "feeling" is different from your HMW 2 band Plisson. The hair is also thinner.
10-14-2012, 04:50 PM
Looks like a cool brush and I like the knot dimensions. The handle shape is a turn on and a turn off. I love Kent brushes so I love the style, but it also makes it look like an imitation. Same knot in a more original handle or modify the Kent design that makes it more "your" brand would be nicer. Square off the top of the handle to make a lather shelf or beehive the mid portion etc.
10-14-2012, 05:29 PM
(10-14-2012, 04:50 PM)SteelTown Wrote: Looks like a cool brush and I like the knot dimensions. The handle shape is a turn on and a turn off. I love Kent brushes so I love the style, but it also makes it look like an imitation. Same knot in a more original handle or modify the Kent design that makes it more "your" brand would be nicer. Square off the top of the handle to make a lather shelf or beehive the mid portion etc.
An M7-like shelf on top would look interesting. I like the handle how it is.
(10-14-2012, 05:14 PM)Dave Wrote: Looks like a beauty and if its close to the SOC 2 Band then it's a must buy
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