11-19-2012, 08:46 AM
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Hey all!

Tasos from ChicagoShaving recently sent me a brush to try out with the caveat that I let him know what I think of it. I liked it enough to do a preview/review of it. I did not pay for the brush and Tasos did not ask me to write a review on any site.

This was described to me as NOS from a retailer that was no longer around, having been produced in the early part of the last decade.

Specs:

Manufacturer- Victoria Bechhofen (Germany)
Grade of hair - "Silvertip"
Handle- 38mm
Loft - 50mm
Knot- 20mm

Pre Bloom

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Size comparison

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Lather

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Bloom comparison

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I used this on a cream (Bigelow), croap (XXX- sure I test lather on XXX), and hard soap (DRH Windsor) and found it to be a mighty fine brush. (Photo was with XXX)

It shed exactly 1 hair which was a nice surprise. NOS kinda scared me in that respect.

I used the brush to face lather as well as bowl lather. Initially I thought it would be not so hot due to the loft/knot ratio. It worked fine and reminded me of face lathering with a Simpson's Colonel in terms of knot size.
I found this to be totally without scritch though. Also low on the scrubby-ness. I would say it has medium backbone.

This is by far the smallest handle I have. The hair was, to date, the softest badger I have used.

Tasos was not sure of the price point on this brush.

I like this brush enough to keep it around. Depending on price point it could be a real bargain.

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 11-19-2012, 08:52 AM
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Nice review , sir.

I just recently discovered that Viktoria makes the brushes for Art of Shaving too , so you have a re branded Art of Shaving silvertip brush there.

Interesting review and now I wonder what would be the price on these brushes.

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 11-19-2012, 09:08 AM
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That is a pretty tall loft for that knot. I'm glad to hear that it still had some backbone to it.

Thanks for sharing!

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 11-19-2012, 09:10 AM
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(11-19-2012, 09:08 AM)SharpSpine Wrote: That is a pretty tall loft for that knot. I'm glad to hear that it still had some backbone to it.

Thanks for sharing!


Indeed. It had 4 lathers not including today's. Perhaps it will soften over time.

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 11-19-2012, 09:23 AM
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So, are they going to be new brushes or NOS brushes?

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 11-19-2012, 09:27 AM
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(11-19-2012, 09:23 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: So, are they going to be new brushes or NOS brushes?

NOS as far as I understand.

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 11-19-2012, 09:33 AM
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(11-19-2012, 09:27 AM)J_fro Wrote:
(11-19-2012, 09:23 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: So, are they going to be new brushes or NOS brushes?

NOS as far as I understand.

Now that is very interesting.

I hear about NOS straight razors all the time, but so far, I think this is the first I've heard of NOS shaving brushes found in quantities large enough to be a whole product line. Biggrin

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 11-19-2012, 12:48 PM
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Interesting, I've never heard of them..that is a massive loft for 20mm though!

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 11-19-2012, 12:53 PM
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(11-19-2012, 12:48 PM)Arcadies Wrote: Interesting, I've never heard of them..that is a massive loft for 20mm though!

Indeed. Loads well and works just fine though. I am not a floppy brush fan. This was not floppy. Is it like 2 band TGN? no it is not that firm.

I did like it more than the Silvertip I got from Whipped Dog, which was nice too.

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 11-19-2012, 01:13 PM
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This brush will be sold as New Old Stock and the price will be $46.99. I will try to have this on the website by the end of the week if not sooner.

I also have a pure badger travel brush from the same company that I will put on the website. I will try to post some pictures of the travel brush in the next day or two.

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 11-19-2012, 01:23 PM
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(11-19-2012, 01:13 PM)ChicagoShaving Wrote: This brush will be sold as New Old Stock and the price will be $46.99. I will try to have this on the website by the end of the week if not sooner.

I also have a pure badger travel brush from the same company that I will put on the website. I will try to post some pictures of the travel brush in the next day or two.

Excellent price for a made in Germany silvertip shaving brush !!!

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 11-19-2012, 01:27 PM
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(11-19-2012, 12:48 PM)Arcadies Wrote: Interesting, I've never heard of them..that is a massive loft for 20mm though!

They're a makeup brush company. Like Da Vinci. Makeup & shaving brushes go hand in hand. Very similar methods of construction.

50mm is a massive loft?

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 11-19-2012, 01:36 PM
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(11-19-2012, 01:27 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(11-19-2012, 12:48 PM)Arcadies Wrote: Interesting, I've never heard of them..that is a massive loft for 20mm though!

They're a makeup brush company. Like Da Vinci. Makeup & shaving brushes go hand in hand. Very similar methods of construction.

50mm is a massive loft?

To me it is, for a 20mm knot anything over 44-46mm to me is massive and anything over 55 is gargantuan. Biggrin

EDIT: Regarding badger brushes that is, I like a high loft on a boar brush.

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 11-19-2012, 02:03 PM
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(11-19-2012, 01:36 PM)Arcadies Wrote:
(11-19-2012, 01:27 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(11-19-2012, 12:48 PM)Arcadies Wrote: Interesting, I've never heard of them..that is a massive loft for 20mm though!

They're a makeup brush company. Like Da Vinci. Makeup & shaving brushes go hand in hand. Very similar methods of construction.

50mm is a massive loft?

To me it is, for a 20mm knot anything over 44-46mm to me is massive and anything over 55 is gargantuan. Biggrin

EDIT: Regarding badger brushes that is, I like a high loft on a boar brush.

Makes sense. I suppose I'd take into account the depth of the bore though. So, I'd agree that 44-46mm loft with a depth of 17/18mm is ideal. However, if the hole is the standard depth of 12mm, then 50mm would be perfectly fine too. More bloom, but similar backbone.

All, IMO.

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 11-19-2012, 05:11 PM
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My understanding is that Mühle makes AOS brushes. Happened to walk in a store when actually Mühle folks where doing a store check. Confused now.
(11-19-2012, 08:52 AM)Teiste Wrote: Nice review , sir.

I just recently discovered that Viktoria makes the brushes for Art of Shaving too , so you have a re branded Art of Shaving silvertip brush there.

Interesting review and now I wonder what would be the price on these brushes.

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 11-19-2012, 08:15 PM
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So much secrecy surrounds AoS....

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 11-19-2012, 08:49 PM
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Thanks for the review, J_fro.

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 11-19-2012, 08:53 PM
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That's an interesting little brush, thanks for the review.

As for AOS, does anyone really care who makes the overpriced brushes they sell? Whoops, sorry did I say that out loud? Wink

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 11-20-2012, 10:35 AM
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Here are some pictures of the packaging of the brushes. One of the brushes is the pure badger travel brush (i do not have dimensions yet of the brush) but you can see what the packaging is like.

Also I have listed the Shaving Brush onto my site.

I will be listing the travel brush for sale in the next couple of days.



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 11-21-2012, 07:56 AM
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Nice review thank you.
Interesting brush.

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