#1

Vintage Shaver
Seattle, WA
Well, it turned out on closer inspection yesterday that one of the new brushes is actually a Morris & Forndran Emillion 3 Finest that the seller included.  So there were just 19 of the Rooneys.  He also tossed in a real horn Rooney Stubby 1 Super and a strange old wooden-handled Rooney boar brush.  If anyone can provide information about the boar one I would appreciate it.

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Two of my favorites among the new brushes are Emillions, one a tiger stripe.
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The other is a two-tone ivory and jade.
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I got three Style ones, a Size 1 and a couple Size 2.
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And a couple Style 2 Faux Horns.
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Three Style 3.
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Four Stubbies and a 3XL.
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Two Polos and a Beehive.
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And three Emillions.
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So here is a group picture of the new Finests together.
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Finally, a group picture of all 39 of my Rooney Finests.
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John
#2
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John, what type of knot is this? I have tried a couple of the nicer Rooney 3 bands but many of the super knots are subpar in my opinion. Most of the ones I shaved with were what I think was generic grade badger that was treated and/or wasn't sorted well.

This looks like a fine specimen for a brush!
#3

Vintage Shaver
Seattle, WA
(02-03-2018, 08:56 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote: [Image: TRh7DWV.jpg][Image: duGjmQX.jpg]


John, what type of knot is this? I have tried a couple of the nicer Rooney 3 bands but many of the super knots are subpar in my opinion. Most of the ones I shaved with were what I think was generic grade badger that was treated and/or wasn't sorted well.

This looks like a fine specimen for a brush!

I don't really know. I bought it used but have not tried it myself. I can't imagine them putting a subpar knot in a genuine horn handle.

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John
#4
(02-03-2018, 10:15 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote:
(02-03-2018, 08:56 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote: [Image: TRh7DWV.jpg][Image: duGjmQX.jpg]


John, what type of knot is this? I have tried a couple of the nicer Rooney 3 bands but many of the super knots are subpar in my opinion. Most of the ones I shaved with were what I think was generic grade badger that was treated and/or wasn't sorted well.

This looks like a fine specimen for a brush!

I don't really know.  I bought it used but have not tried it myself.  I can't imagine them putting a subpar knot in a genuine horn handle.

My thoughts as well. Some of the Rooney's I would be referring to would be the cheaper options available through Classic Shaving years ago.

I am sure someone will thoroughly enjoy once it is sold.
#5
(02-03-2018, 10:36 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote:
(02-03-2018, 10:15 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote:
(02-03-2018, 08:56 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote: [Image: TRh7DWV.jpg][Image: duGjmQX.jpg]


John, what type of knot is this? I have tried a couple of the nicer Rooney 3 bands but many of the super knots are subpar in my opinion. Most of the ones I shaved with were what I think was generic grade badger that was treated and/or wasn't sorted well.

This looks like a fine specimen for a brush!

I don't really know.  I bought it used but have not tried it myself.  I can't imagine them putting a subpar knot in a genuine horn handle.

My thoughts as well. Some of the Rooney's I would be referring to would be the cheaper options available through Classic Shaving years ago.

I am sure someone will thoroughly enjoy once it is sold.

I've got the black horn version of this brush. It's the high quality original Heritage 3-band hair. Very soft tips, high density and atomic bloom.

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-Rob
#6

Vintage Shaver
Seattle, WA
(02-04-2018, 04:07 AM)shevek Wrote:
(02-03-2018, 10:36 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote:
(02-03-2018, 10:15 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: I don't really know.  I bought it used but have not tried it myself.  I can't imagine them putting a subpar knot in a genuine horn handle.

My thoughts as well. Some of the Rooney's I would be referring to would be the cheaper options available through Classic Shaving years ago.

I am sure someone will thoroughly enjoy once it is sold.

I've got the black horn version of this brush. It's the high quality original Heritage 3-band hair. Very soft tips, high density and atomic bloom.

Thanks for the information, Rob.
John
#7

Vintage Shaver
Seattle, WA
I have written to Lee Sabini asking for information on the strange little boar brush, but I doubt that I will hear back from him.
John
#8

Vintage Shaver
Seattle, WA
The fellow who sold me the new Finests has told me that the brushes in this image are a Stubby 1, Stubby 2, Stubby 3, Stubby 3XL, and Stubby 3XXL. The XL with two rings apparently was custom ordered.
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John
#9

Vintage Shaver
Seattle, WA
I received an interesting message from Brad Sears. He talked to Lee Sabini on the telephone about the wood-handled boar brush in the earlier images. According to Lee, Basil Rooney, Mrs. Rooney's brother-in-law, was an RAF Spitfire pilot. He was instrumental in getting the Rooney factory to make a number of inexpensive wooden brushes for sale to British soldiers and sailors in 1941-42. Beginning in 1943, Rooney was able to switch from wood to plastic for their Army/Navy brushes. Basil apparently was quite a character, sporting the archetypal handlebar mustache, Brycreamed, slicked-back hair, etc.

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John
#10

Super Moderator
Well that is pretty darn cool. That brush may even have gone up in a Spit on a repositioning flight - you'd want to make sure you had your shaving kit in your new quarters wouldn't you?


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