01-25-2013, 12:51 PM
I received my first official custom brush by Gary Carrington in Monday's mail. First, let me say I love this brush!
Gary and I have been talking about synthetic brushes and brush design and restoration for some time. We both continue to follow synthetic manufacturing developments, and he knows I have not used a natural brush in years.
I've been tempted to re-try good quality badgers, and Gary's offer to build one for me was something I jumped at. Together, we talked about knot and handle selection, and my preferences for color, stain, finish, weight, balance, size and loft. I wanted a medium stain in a dusty-rose/walnut color. I like the look of natural wood grain. I prefer a solid heft in a mid-sized handle. The brush specs:
·Knot: ACE Shaving 25mm high-density (24.5 mm actual size)
·Finish: 3 coats polyurethane + 1 coat cyanoacrylate (CA)
It's been some time since I used a natural badger, let alone a silvertip. I had nearly forgotten about what they are like compared to synths. Remarkably soft and luxurious. Different backbone (a little softer) and an amazing bloom.
Here are a few photos. The first is of the new brush as I received it from Gary. The second was taken after a single use, while the brush was still damp. The photo below compares the new brush to a Mühle 23mm V2 (with over 100 uses) to the brush after a single use.
I really like the medallion detail on the bottom. It adds another touch of class.
No wonder so many shavers like naturals!
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