03-22-2012, 05:01 AM
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  • slantman
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I just received this Vie Long Brush from Phil (Bullgoose Shaving) and here is my review.


I never had a horsehair brush before. I don't particularly like boar because they are too ruff. I am a badger kind of guy until I received and tried out the new Vie Long Beehive horsehair I will dub the "BullGoose"
When I took the brush out of its box the first thing that struck me is how soft the tips are but still has a nice backbone. Right away I am thinking shave cream and of course soaps. Before using for my first shave I decided to test it out on KMF lime shave cream. I have to say this brush really smells like a horse when I soaked it in water and mixed the cream. There was even some brown water in the mixing bowl. I was able to mix the cream into a nice lather which was very easy. After that I decided to shampoo the brush several times to get rid of that smell. This morning the smell was just about gone and after making lather out a a small sample puck of Mike's Natural soap it was completely gone. As for making lather from soap that was so simple.

I really like this brush and the handle is easy to grip and big. Phil did a good job getting and offering these brushes to shavers. And I thought the price was very reasonable considering their top quality.

As a nice touch Vie Long provides a nice plastic stand for the brush which is included in the box.
Thank you Phil for offering this great product.

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 03-22-2012, 06:34 AM
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  • TexBilly
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Jerry, nice overview! How would you rate the horse hair's flow? Any similarity to one of your badger brushes?

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 03-22-2012, 07:10 AM
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(03-22-2012, 06:34 AM)texbilly Wrote: jerry, nice overview! How would you rate the horse hair's flow? Any similarity to one of your badger brushes?

Better then my badger and equal to my Penswork Silvertip. I really like this brush. Holds the lather nicely and dries as quickly as a badger.My first experience with horsehair and I really like it. I can't believe how soft the tips are.

OK Phil how about a butterscotch handle?

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 03-22-2012, 08:19 AM
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Thanks, Jerry. Glad to hear horse hair generally flows well and I would have guessed the tips were anything but soft so bonus!

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 03-22-2012, 09:50 AM
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(03-22-2012, 08:19 AM)texbilly Wrote: Thanks, Jerry. Glad to hear horse hair generally flows well and I would have guessed the tips were anything but soft so bonus!

The soft tips are a pleasant surprise.

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 03-22-2012, 10:26 AM
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I was surprised by the softness of the tips on my dyed horse as well.

But even better, they get softer after a few weeks. Smile

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 03-22-2012, 11:57 AM
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Thanks to you enablers, I just ordered the Beehive Dyed HH from Phil. Gee, thanks. Aaaaa

(03-22-2012, 09:50 AM)slantman Wrote:
(03-22-2012, 08:19 AM)texbilly Wrote: Thanks, Jerry. Glad to hear horse hair generally flows well and I would have guessed the tips were anything but soft so bonus!

The soft tips are a pleasant surprise.

(03-22-2012, 10:26 AM)Songwind Wrote: I was surprised by the softness of the tips on my dyed horse as well.

But even better, they get softer after a few weeks. Smile


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 03-22-2012, 01:04 PM
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(03-22-2012, 11:57 AM)texbilly Wrote: Thanks to you enablers, I just ordered the Beehive Dyed HH from Phil. Gee, thanks. Aaaaa

(03-22-2012, 09:50 AM)slantman Wrote:
(03-22-2012, 08:19 AM)texbilly Wrote: Thanks, Jerry. Glad to hear horse hair generally flows well and I would have guessed the tips were anything but soft so bonus!

The soft tips are a pleasant surprise.

(03-22-2012, 10:26 AM)Songwind Wrote: I was surprised by the softness of the tips on my dyed horse as well.

But even better, they get softer after a few weeks. Smile

You are going to love it Billy.

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 03-22-2012, 06:13 PM
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  • bullgoose
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(03-22-2012, 07:10 AM)slantman Wrote: OK Phil how about a butterscotch handle?

It is a distinct possibility. Biggrin


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 03-23-2012, 05:08 AM
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(03-22-2012, 06:13 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(03-22-2012, 07:10 AM)slantman Wrote: OK Phil how about a butterscotch handle?

It is a distinct possibility. Biggrin

Beehive buterscotch


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 03-23-2012, 05:30 AM
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Great review, but I don't need another brush... Right? Rolleyes

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 03-23-2012, 05:40 AM
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(03-23-2012, 05:30 AM)sp514 Wrote: Great review, but I don't need another brush... Right? Rolleyes

Read up....that's what I thought. Wink


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 03-23-2012, 06:30 AM
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(03-23-2012, 05:40 AM)texbilly Wrote:
(03-23-2012, 05:30 AM)sp514 Wrote: Great review, but I don't need another brush... Right? Rolleyes

Read up....that's what I thought. Wink

All of you are enablers Tongue


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 03-23-2012, 04:32 PM
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I will add my encouragement for anyone sitting on the fence or corral Tongue concerning the purchase of a horse hair brush to take the plunge and give one a try. I recently purchased a Vie-Long Zurito and the Beehive LE horse brushes. My experience with the Zurito was such a pleasant surprise that I purchased both of the Beehive LE brushes. I found the two dyed horse hairs brushes to have softer tips with the natural horse hair with a small degree of scratchiness to it with face lathering. The Beehive LE brushes have more backbone than the Zurito - IMHO. All three brushes have excellent flow and been very solid performers. I have used primarily creams with all brushes thus far however I will give all a try at some soaps. I will echo the need to let these brushes soak and shampoo them or build some test lathers to help debunk the barnyard horse smell.


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 03-23-2012, 05:27 PM
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They do have an odor. It smells like naptha. I wonder if the odor is from what they used to sterilize the hair? Beautiful brush and very dense.

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 03-23-2012, 07:04 PM
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(03-22-2012, 11:57 AM)texbilly Wrote: Thanks to you enablers, I just ordered the Beehive Dyed HH from Phil. Gee, thanks. Aaaaa

I think you are going to like it Bill. I am really enjoying my horse/badger mix. I was also surprised at how soft the tips are.

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 03-23-2012, 09:21 PM
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(03-23-2012, 07:04 PM)Sully Wrote:
(03-22-2012, 11:57 AM)texbilly Wrote: Thanks to you enablers, I just ordered the Beehive Dyed HH from Phil. Gee, thanks. Aaaaa

I think you are going to like it Bill. I am really enjoying my horse/badger mix. I was also surprised at how soft the tips are.

Thanks, Shawn. Excited to try something new. Phil also warned me to shampoo the brush or alternatively, keep a clothespin handy during initial latherings. Rolleyes

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 03-24-2012, 04:45 AM
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(03-23-2012, 09:21 PM)texbilly Wrote:
(03-23-2012, 07:04 PM)Sully Wrote:
(03-22-2012, 11:57 AM)texbilly Wrote: Thanks to you enablers, I just ordered the Beehive Dyed HH from Phil. Gee, thanks. Aaaaa

I think you are going to like it Bill. I am really enjoying my horse/badger mix. I was also surprised at how soft the tips are.

Thanks, Shawn. Excited to try something new. Phil also warned me to shampoo the brush or alternatively, keep a clothespin handy during initial latherings. Rolleyes

It doesn't take too long to get that smell out. Shampooing helps a lot.

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 03-24-2012, 09:29 PM
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My brush arrived today (as usual, Phil sent it via private jet Wink) and I gave it a good shampoo soak. After only one hour it was in good "scent" shape so I'm looking foward to its first run. What a beautifiul brush!!

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 04-02-2012, 05:31 PM
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I figured this thread could use some pictures. Here are a few pictures taken by Teiste.

       

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