11-20-2012, 02:25 PM
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  • ajc347
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My new brush arrived in the post yesterday courtesy of a very swift, efficient and pleasant transaction with Mr Lee Sabini.

It's a M&F 1/3 with a 3-Band Silvertip knot:

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The dimensions are:

Handle height: 48mm
Knot: 26mm
Loft: 46mm

It's a beautifully crafted brush (easily on a par with the Simpsons which make up the bulk of my brush collection), and was made and delivered within 10 days of payment.

As many of you may already know, I bowl lather uniquely and when I saw the loft of the knot I was wondering if I had made a mistake and whether I should have requested a particular loft height set a few mm higher.

I needn't have worried though as the following picture shows:

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It bowl lathered some TOBS cream very efficiently in my Steve Woodhead scuttle with the minimum of fuss. There was enough lather for multiple passes on both my face and head with relatively little product being used.

In fact, would go as far to say that it has out-performed all other brushes in my collection (including those that are particularly good bowl latherers such as my Simpsons Tulip 3, Duke 3, #57, PJ2, Colonel and Commodore X3, Kent BLK12 & BK8, Vulfix 2235, Semogue 2000 and my two Semogue SOC's), in this respect.

For me it has also out-performed the two Chubby 2's I've owned in both Super and Best.

The hair feels soft to the touch and has good density and backbone, with the slightest hint of scritchiness when being used in a painting motion to apply lather.

The hair feels to be every bit the equal of the best hair I've used before (including Simpsons Best, Super, 2-band and Manchurian).

All in all it has been worth every penny I spent on it, and considering that it is somewhat cheaper to purchase than some of the brushes in my collection it has, so far, proved to be very good value for money.

At less than 50% of the cost of a Chubby 2 in Super it's certainly one brush I would fully recommend.

Here's a final shot of it after use:

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 11-20-2012, 02:46 PM
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Nice , Nice and NICE !!!

Yes , I have been thinking in adding a 1/2 or 1/3 t my collection lately and this is the final push I needed it.Yes 50% less expensive than a Chubby 2 in super badger also helps Wink , knowing that the 3 band silvertip hair that M&F uses its very luxurious and soft .

I truly like that handle style too , classic of classics , but I would prefer a horn imitation handle style , like the Truefitt and Hill brushes offers , but Im sure Mr Lee Sabini offers them too.

Thanks for the pics and thoughts about this brush , my friend , is what I needed it.Rolleyes

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 11-20-2012, 02:53 PM
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Glad to be of help Teiste. Smile

Your reviews have been instrumental in helping me to decide on whether to purchase certain brushes or not recently, so I'm really pleased that you've found something of use in my review.

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 11-20-2012, 02:57 PM
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(11-20-2012, 02:53 PM)ajc347 Wrote: Glad to be of help Teiste. Smile

Your reviews have been instrumental in helping me to decide on whether to purchase certain brushes or not recently, so I'm really pleased that you've found something of use in my review.

I certainly did , my budo friend , I certainly did.

How long did it take to Mr Sabibi to got back to you after your 1st email?

Well , now I need funds...Im sure that it would be my Christmas present to myself.Biggrin

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 11-20-2012, 02:59 PM
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That's a beautiful brush; thanks for sharing!

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 11-20-2012, 03:09 PM
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(11-20-2012, 02:57 PM)Teiste Wrote: I certainly did , my budo friend , I certainly did.

How long did it take to Mr Sabibi to got back to you after your 1st email?

Well , now I need funds...Im sure that it would be my Christmas present to myself.Biggrin

It took all of 18 minutes for Mr Sabini to respond to my first email and the transaction was completed in less than 24 hours.

The guy's a true Gentleman and I would not hesitate to deal with him again in the future.

He gave me a time-frame of the brush being made and sent after 10 days following purchase and was able to better that as it was in my hand on the 10th day.

A 1/3 or 1/2 would make a great Xmas present to yourself my friend.

I'm almost tempted to wrap the 1/3 back up, put it under the tree, and treat myself again on Christmas Day. Smile

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 11-20-2012, 03:12 PM
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Stunning photos of a great brush, for sure; thank you for sharing them!
That brush sure looks gorgeous!

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 11-20-2012, 03:17 PM
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Very nice looking brush and excellent pictures. The performance sounds amazing. Congrats on a great addition to your brush Nook!

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 11-20-2012, 03:34 PM
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I have an early M&F 3 band super in a genuine horn handle with a 25/50mm knot. While it lacks backbone and is thus more a cream brush it is truly cloud soft and comes next to the Thäter 3 band in this regard.

(11-20-2012, 02:46 PM)Teiste Wrote: Nice , Nice and NICE !!!

Yes , I have been thinking in adding a 1/2 or 1/3 t my collection lately and this is the final push I needed it.Yes 50% less expensive than a Chubby 2 in super badger also helps Wink , knowing that the 3 band silvertip hair that M&F uses its very luxurious and soft .

I truly like that handle style too , classic of classics , but I would prefer a horn imitation handle style , like the Truefitt and Hill brushes offers , but Im sure Mr Lee Sabini offers them too.

Thanks for the pics and thoughts about this brush , my friend , is what I needed it.Rolleyes

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 11-20-2012, 05:46 PM
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Beautiful brush!

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 11-20-2012, 06:29 PM
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Very nice - I own the exact same brush - bought from VintageBlades.

Only used it once though - 3-4 weeks ago, I believe Confused

Have 2 custom Taylor made from scratch brushes coming to me from Sir Sabini next week.......

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 11-20-2012, 10:08 PM
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Isn't this brush (same as Rooney 1/3) basically the Chubby 1.5 everyone wishes Simpsons made?

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 11-20-2012, 10:50 PM
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Congratulations on a wonderful looking (and performing) brush! Lee makes a great two band in blonde, but his three bands are off the charts. Enjoy! Smile

(11-20-2012, 10:08 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: Isn't this brush (same as Rooney 1/3) basically the Chubby 1.5 everyone wishes Simpsons made?

I would say it's close, that's for sure. The handle isn't quite as fat as the CH2, and the knot is right in the middle of the 1 and 2 Chubbies. I have one in butterscotch that is a great size brush, especially for those who feel the Chubby 2 is a tad too large.

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 11-21-2012, 02:14 AM
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Very nice!

Congrats

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 11-21-2012, 02:56 AM
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(11-20-2012, 02:25 PM)ajc347 Wrote: At less than 50% of the cost of a Chubby 2 in Super

Honestly, why does everbody make such a secret of M&F prices? Huh

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 11-21-2012, 09:33 AM
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(11-21-2012, 02:56 AM)infabo Wrote:
(11-20-2012, 02:25 PM)ajc347 Wrote: At less than 50% of the cost of a Chubby 2 in Super

Honestly, why does everbody make such a secret of M&F prices? Huh

I never noticed that.... How interesting. I just assumed the prices were the same as Rooney at Vintage Blades.... Wow. Stuff that flies under the radar. Huh

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 11-21-2012, 09:55 AM
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I'm not trying to be deliberately secretive guys, it's just that I feel uncomfortable broadcasting the price on a forum when Lee chooses not to have a website for direct sales etc. and would prefer to be respectful of his right to privacy.

In terms of the brush being something of a Chubby 1.5, I'm not sure that I would classify it in this way as whilst the knot is larger than a Chubby 1 the handle is also taller than a Chubby 2 so it doesn't really sit directly in between them IMHO.

If anything, I would refer to it being more like the natural progression of the Duke range, so would be tempted to refer to it in terms of being something of a Duke 4.

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 11-21-2012, 10:02 AM
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Good on you for protecting someones privacy. How about this? This being 1.5 of Chubby 2 and almost like a Duke 4, would you say that the price is about Chubby 2 + Duke 3 divided by 4? Biggrin

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 11-21-2012, 10:10 AM
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(11-21-2012, 10:02 AM)beartrap Wrote: Good on you for protecting someones privacy. How about this? This being 1.5 of Chubby 2 and almost like a Duke 4, would you say that the price is about Chubby 2 + Duke 3 divided by 4? Biggrin

LOL. Biggrin

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 11-21-2012, 10:11 AM
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Like you I have delt with "Lee" Sabini many times, an absolute gentleman. He will work with you from start to finish. I have in my collection between 12 & 15 of Lee's creations ranging from M & F Proto-types to M & F's old style 1 & new style 1.

In size 2 & 3, I have some with Silver ring's, Emillion, Victorian, Urn, M&F travel brush, genuine horn, Onyx & Tortoiseshell. All are fantastic & and pleasure too own.

Enjoy your new brush, and treat yourself too the Style 1/2. You deserve it.......


Charles U.K

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