10-19-2012, 10:37 AM
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  • Teiste
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If back in 2010 , you would have asked me , "what is your favorite brush " , I could clearly have answered , "the Morris and Forndran 1/2 blonde badger shaving brush " or "the Morris and Forndran real horn handle , blonde badger shaving brush". I think 2010 is already passed long time ago , and now I have very different taste and likes in brushes.

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Yes , these M&F blonde badger brushes (two band badger , basically) used to me my favorites , when I was looking for a super stiff (extra firm backbone) shaving brush , with kind of soft tips and almost not flow at all.And this Morris and Forndran brush is another extra clear example of that : a very stiff brush (almost like a stick) , with no flow at all and soft tips.

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The brush has the Rooney 1/2 imitation horn handle , which I think is a real beauty , and sometimes I wonder where is it real made...Im sure that I will get this same handle under the Truefitt and Hill brand and with silvertip hair.

As I have also explained before , this 1 Rooney series are my favorites , since the handles are so good looking , but also so comfortable to use. I have used a couple brushes (this is the 4th I use with this same handle) and I truly enjoy it a lot.

The handle is also quiet heavy and no flaws on it.

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This blonde badger hair is quiet different than the super badger two band from Simpson I used yesterday (Duke 2) : this one is more stiff , much more , and also that stiffness is enhanced due to a very prominent glue bump , which makes this brush almost a stick of rigid.The stips arent as soft as other two band brushes , and Im afraid this brush is very well softened.

No flow at all and due to its also prominent bulb shaped , is basically impossible to use it with circular strokes on the face : you can try it , but its very uncomfortable , I must admit , so again , just painting strokes.

A pic alongside the Simpson Duke 2 super badger two band : the hairs might look almost the same , but behave very different :

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Its densely packed with hair , but not to the extreme either , as you can see in this pic :

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If this brush would have more of a fan shaped , then would be a very different brush , I think , more suitable for face lathering.

Yes , its another soap killer too , but not the brush for me these days , to be honest : 2 years ago were my favorites , and now , aren't. Things change.

I would prefer to get this Truefitt and Hill 1/2 silvertip any day of the week.

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 10-19-2012, 10:41 AM
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  • JaDo
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Teiste - I want to get a new brush everytime I look at one of your photos.

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 10-19-2012, 10:49 AM
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No flow at all Teiste? Does it fan out when you load the soap?

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 10-19-2012, 10:53 AM
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  • Teiste
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(10-19-2012, 10:41 AM)JaDo Wrote: Teiste - I want to get a new brush everytime I look at one of your photos.

Sorry , my friend : I just try to reflect how the brush really looks like.I hope Im doing a good job.

(10-19-2012, 10:49 AM)beartrap Wrote: No flow at all Teiste? Does it fan out when you load the soap?

Not at all , my friend : its very stiff.

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 10-19-2012, 11:05 AM
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No go for me. Thanks for the review!

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 10-19-2012, 11:19 AM
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I agree with that review... I have one M&F 2 Band from his "softer" batch.... It is not scratchy - though not as soft as Simpson or Thäter 2 Band. It is a very stiff brush that feels uncomfortable on the face when building lather with circular motion. I guess I kept it because of the looks - white L7 handle...

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 10-19-2012, 11:32 AM
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I have an M&F 1/2 as well only in an "imitation porcelain" handle. It's a nice brush and the major thing I noticed that's different than the one you reviewed is, mine isn't as much of a bulb. If I had one like the one you reviewed it would definitely be out. Definitely a different batch.

Unfortunately despite mine being a better shape, I find myself using it less and less. Not because I dislike it, in fact it's actually one of my favorite brushes, but because I've been buying so many other brushes!

The M&F brushes are very nice, and I have 2 more customs arriving tomorrow (USPS missed me today). Unfortunately I am thinking about selling some off just because I don't use them so much any more.

Maybe that's what I'll use tomorrow to get back into it with the brush!

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 10-19-2012, 12:33 PM
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(10-19-2012, 10:41 AM)JaDo Wrote: Teiste - I want to get a new brush everytime I look at one of your photos.

Me too.

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 10-19-2012, 12:41 PM
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The handle looks exactly like one my brushes - except mine has the Rooney script.

Does Simpsons make these for everyone (Rooney, M+F, T+H)?
Sure seems like it - at least the handles anyway. Don't have enough experience with all the brands to have an opinion about the hair.

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 10-19-2012, 12:47 PM
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(10-19-2012, 12:41 PM)P Funk Wrote: The handle looks exactly like one my brushes - except mine has the Rooney script.

Does Simpsons make these for everyone (Rooney, M+F, T+H)?
Sure seems like it - at least the handles anyway. Don't have enough experience with all the brands to have an opinion about the hair.

You mean Vulfix? I wouldn't be surprised if they came from the same factory. I also wouldn't be surprised if Rooney just copied the design. Rooney & M&F are basically the same IME. They just have different printing. Nothing wrong there of course.

I can tell you for sure that anyone can just buy the rods (the raw materials) needed to make the handles, so the colors would be the same regardless of place of manufacture.

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 10-19-2012, 12:50 PM
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Yes, I did mean Vulfix - thanks for the correction.
Good point about the rods/raw materials.

(10-19-2012, 12:47 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(10-19-2012, 12:41 PM)P Funk Wrote: The handle looks exactly like one my brushes - except mine has the Rooney script.

Does Simpsons make these for everyone (Rooney, M+F, T+H)?
Sure seems like it - at least the handles anyway. Don't have enough experience with all the brands to have an opinion about the hair.

You mean Vulfix? I wouldn't be surprised if they came from the same factory. I also wouldn't be surprised if Rooney just copied the design. Rooney & M&F are basically the same IME. They just have different printing. Nothing wrong there of course.

I can tell you for sure that anyone can just buy the rods (the raw materials) needed to make the handles, so the colors would be the same regardless of place of manufacture.

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 10-19-2012, 12:51 PM
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  • Teiste
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(10-19-2012, 12:33 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(10-19-2012, 10:41 AM)JaDo Wrote: Teiste - I want to get a new brush everytime I look at one of your photos.

Me too.

You already have it , Lee ...Rolleyes

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 10-19-2012, 01:33 PM
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(10-19-2012, 12:51 PM)Teiste Wrote:
(10-19-2012, 12:33 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(10-19-2012, 10:41 AM)JaDo Wrote: Teiste - I want to get a new brush everytime I look at one of your photos.

Me too.

You already have it , Lee ...Rolleyes

But... I want the one in the photo! It looks better than mine! BiggrinBiggrinBiggrin

And I still want more brushes regardless of whether I own the subject being photographed. Tongue

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 10-19-2012, 01:59 PM
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(10-19-2012, 10:41 AM)JaDo Wrote: Teiste - I want to get a new brush everytime I look at one of your photos.

+1,000,000 That is what happens to me also! Hee hee.

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 10-19-2012, 02:55 PM
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Teiste is going to put me in the poor farm.Biggrin

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 10-20-2012, 06:19 AM
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while i do not own this knot, i do own 2 other M&F 2 bands (1 hybrid and 1 fan) and a big chubby super.

i just finished a 2 day run with the 2 band Hybrid loft (not fan, not bulb) and had wonderful success, as i always do with my M&F brushes.

i bowl lathered it, but then apply on face for about 30sec, with 1/2 circular, 1/2 paint strokes. no issues whatsoever. i'd go so far to say it's my "desert island brush".

everyone likes something different, and brushes are always going to be one of those things too.

here is the brush i am referring to, it's a 24/50
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 05-18-2013, 04:54 PM
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Wow! The brush is superb! I want to buy one soon!

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 05-19-2013, 07:06 AM
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My M&F 1/2 makes great lather and has good flow through. It remains one if my favorite brushes. The Polo style blonde I bought from Lee was more dense and bulb shaped and that did not have good flow through.

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 05-19-2013, 01:19 PM
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Beautiful brush and photo. Sorry it did not work out as far as the knot.

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 06-23-2013, 05:11 PM
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Photos of my new M&F

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