01-04-2013, 10:26 AM
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  • mikeperry
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Having decided to skip the Rooney Style 1, already have a few shaving brushes with the Style 1 handle, plus I plan to pick up a Truefitt & Hill Style 1 Size Medium Silvertip Badger (to make up part of my quaternity collection of fine London gentlemen pharmacy shaving brushes), I ended up going with a Rooney Style 3 Size 1 Super Silvertip - faux Ivory as my first (officially labelled) Rooney shaving brush...

Right from the box this brush speaks "class" to me:
  • I'm a fan of the *flecked* faux Ivory, just love the overall look of the material.
  • The handle shape is *classically* gorgeous, sleek curves with a simple "waistband" detail -- it's perfectly turned and finished.
  • The silvertip hair looks and feels really! good -- three distinct bands, individual hairs are extremely fine and the knot is very well packed.
  • The handle has good weight, feels solid and simply feels excellent in hand.
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2012-12-25: Rooney Style 3 Size 1 Super Silvertip - faux Ivory



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2012-12-25: Rooney Style 3 Size 1 Super Silvertip - faux Ivory



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2012-12-25: Rooney Style 3 Size 1 Super Silvertip - faux Ivory



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2012-12-25: Rooney Style 3 Size 1 Super Silvertip - faux Ivory



Before taking the brush on its maiden voyage I performed a couple of test palm lathers, using Ginger's Garden "Unscented" Soft Solid Shaving Soap. I honestly couldn't detect any badger funk smell. During the two test lathers the knot lost a single hair. The brush displayed no trouble in picking up enough soap (easily and quickly), then proceeded to build a thick and slick lather in the palm of my hand -- additionally the knot felt silky soft.

Since the test lathers I've used the brush out in the wild five times and during that time the knot as lost two further hairs, bringing the grand total of lost hairs to three.

As a 100% face latherer the brush has been a dream to use:
  • Densely packed knot has zero problem with picking up enough shaving cream/soap product easily and quickly, then going on to build up a thick, slick lather in no time.
  • Used with painting strokes I feel a soft and flexible wall of badger -- the tips of the hair are silky soft, knot doesn't fall over (suffer from flop) due to the combination of densely packed knot and relatively short loft height (44mm).
  • Used in circular motions I feel zero scritch (or scratch), just a gentle scrub (massage) feeling from the densely packed knot.
  • Via either of the above lather building/application methods the knot gives up the lather easily ie brush exhibits excellent flow through.
  • The handle feels extremely comfortable in hand, just picked it up and used it, didn't have to fiddle around to find a comfortable grip.
If interested in reading a couple of reviews on the Rooney Style 1 for comparison, go here (Teiste) and here (Arcadies).

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2013-01-04: Rooney Style 3 Size 1 Super Silvertip - faux Ivory (post bloom)



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2013-01-04: Rooney Style 3 Size 1 Super Silvertip - faux Ivory (post bloom)




Brush spec's:
  • Overall height: 93mm
  • Base: 49mm
  • Loft: 44mm
  • Knot: 22mm Super Silvertip
Edit: Fixed grammar.

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 01-04-2013, 10:37 AM
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  • beartrap
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Very nice Mike! Made me wish I'd gotten one Smile

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 01-04-2013, 11:05 AM
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Very nice review Mike. I have the next size up of that style (3/2) and I find it to be a nice all around brush.

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 01-04-2013, 03:40 PM
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Great brush, I consider getting one now Cool

I forgot Blush Blush

I bought a coral red Rooney old stock from Classic Shaving 1 month ago, they have now removed it from their site so forgot the specifications for that brush - anyone remember that brush ?

Maybe I already own this brush not even knowing it Blush

Update - I already own it Blush

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(not a pic of my brush, bot one just like it Wink )

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 01-04-2013, 03:44 PM
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  • ajc347
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Nice review and pics Mike. Smile

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 01-04-2013, 04:31 PM
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  • ben74
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Great review! I have a couple of these colourful characters too! Tongue
   
Same hair and similar dimensions, but in LE Tiger and Candy Swirl handles.

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 01-04-2013, 04:41 PM
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  • beartrap
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The look unused Ben! Are you just licking the handles? Biggrin

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 01-04-2013, 04:42 PM
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(01-04-2013, 04:31 PM)ben74 Wrote: Great review! I have a couple of these colourful characters too! Tongue

Same hair and similar dimensions, but in LE Tiger and Candy Swirl handles.

Ben, I will soon PM you about Lee S and his Rooney relations Biggrin

This can only be the work of Lee S, and officially he will not talk about Rooney brushes any more.....need.....to.....PM......you.... Tongue

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 01-04-2013, 04:52 PM
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Nice review. Thanks for posting it. I have Style 3 Rooneys in all three sizes, all in Finest. In my opinion, this style is the most comfortable of the Rooneys to hold in my hand, and I think the Size 1 feels the best.

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 01-04-2013, 04:53 PM
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(01-04-2013, 04:41 PM)beartrap Wrote: The look unused Ben! Are you just licking the handles? Biggrin

Given the range of brushes in my collection, individually they do not often see a lot of use and often resemble that fact. But in this case you are correct as I don't recall having used either. I purchased the candy swirl (and a beautiful gold NOS Gillette Aristocrat) for my wife, but she's not at all interested and prefers her carts etc, so now I'm stashing it away for my daughter! As for the tiger, I was born in the year of the tiger, so that one was definitely for me, but at the time I acquired it I preferred a larger brush. Then when my tastes developed, my Rooney Finest in the same size received all the attention...

   

Although the Finest again doesn't exhibit signs of a lot of use, I assure you it features as regularly as any brush can in my rotation! I haven't used it for at least a week or two and it's been pushed up against a larger brush, causing the knot to appear lop sided, but once I wet it and use it again (soon) it will be fine!

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 01-04-2013, 04:57 PM
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Thanks for the very concise review of this brush, Rooney makes some wonderful shaving brushes and this handle really looks nice. Congrats on the aquisition!

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 01-04-2013, 05:06 PM
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  • ben74
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(01-04-2013, 10:26 AM)mikeperry Wrote: Having decided to skip the Rooney Style 1, already have a few shaving brushes with the Style 1 handle, plus I plan to pick up a Truefitt & Hill Style 1 Size Medium Silvertip Badger (to make up part of my quaternity collection of fine London gentlemen pharmacy shaving brushes), I ended up going with a Rooney Style 3 Size 1 Super Silvertip - faux Ivory as my first (officially labelled) Rooney shaving brush...

I love this idea Mike: Rooney, T&F, Dr Harris and TOBS. It's sure to make a very classy quartet!

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 01-04-2013, 05:08 PM
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  • njpaddy
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I like that faux ivory handle. An older 3/1 Super in Coral from Vintage Blades was my first good brush and is still in use. I also have a newer faux horn 1/1 Silvertip, which has noticeably more backbone. Both Rooney brushes continue to be in my top 5.

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 01-04-2013, 06:27 PM
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Great looking brush, Mike and enjoy it!

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 01-04-2013, 07:52 PM
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  • Teiste
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This is a serious review of a very serious brush.

Thanks a lot , Mike : I do like the handle shape and the silvertip hair used by Rooney is simply very good.However , if I get this brush will be under the Truefitt and Hill brand...I simply like that logo more.Biggrin

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 01-04-2013, 08:12 PM
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(01-04-2013, 07:52 PM)Teiste Wrote: This is a serious review of a very serious brush.

Thanks a lot , Mike : I do like the handle shape and the silvertip hair used by Rooney is simply very good.However , if I get this brush will be under the Truefitt and Hill brand...I simply like that logo more.Biggrin

I still have yet to see 100% proof that TF&H brushes are actually Rooney made, T Blush

I know they share handles, the hair knots look the same - but still........not 100% sure, only maybe 95% sure Tongue

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 01-04-2013, 08:16 PM
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  • TonyN
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Nice review Mike. The Rooney 3/1 "Super" Silvertip is a great brush and in my regular rotation.

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 01-05-2013, 01:30 AM
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  • ben74
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(01-04-2013, 08:12 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: I still have yet to see 100% proof that TF&H brushes are actually Rooney made, T Blush

I know they share handles, the hair knots look the same - but still........not 100% sure, only maybe 95% sure Tongue

Trust me Claus, they are!

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 01-05-2013, 01:38 AM
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  • ben74
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(01-04-2013, 04:41 PM)beartrap Wrote: The look unused Ben! Are you just licking the handles? Biggrin

Actually I have used it, I was going through some old SOTD pics...

   

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 01-05-2013, 09:59 AM
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(01-04-2013, 08:12 PM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(01-04-2013, 07:52 PM)Teiste Wrote: This is a serious review of a very serious brush.

Thanks a lot , Mike : I do like the handle shape and the silvertip hair used by Rooney is simply very good.However , if I get this brush will be under the Truefitt and Hill brand...I simply like that logo more.Biggrin

I still have yet to see 100% proof that TF&H brushes are actually Rooney made, T Blush

I know they share handles, the hair knots look the same - but still........not 100% sure, only maybe 95% sure Tongue

I too would like more evidence other than the same handle shape before saying they're definitively made by Rooney.

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