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Manchurian White badger by Elite Razor

Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:28 pm
by brothers
In the past few days I've been working on a new brush project. I wanted a new badger brush with qualities similar to the best of the long-discontinued Rooney Finest. I did my research and someone suggested I consider the Manchurian White brush sold exclusively by Bob Quinn at Elite Razor in Georgia USA. After conversing with Mr. Quinn, I opted for the 26mm knot for my project. I do not hesitate to recommend this brush. It's beautiful and performs up to my expectations and perceptions. If anyone wants a spectacular badger brush, with or without the handle, this one might be what you're looking for. I already had an extra handle for this one, but please keep in mind that Bob makes his own handles which allows the customer to pick the material and the design of the handle, in addition to the material, size and shape of the knot. Here's a photo:
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Re: Manchurian White badger by Elite Razor

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:39 pm
by brothers
This brush has backbone. But it has no scritch. It doesn't irritate the skin no matter how long I use it on my face as I build lather from the soap stick, and it's soft.

Re: Manchurian White badger by Elite Razor

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:30 pm
by Bill_K
Badger?

Gary, I thought you were a sworn synthetic brush user.

Re: Manchurian White badger by Elite Razor

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:43 pm
by churchilllafemme
Bob's Manchurians are truly wonderful, for me better than Simpsons or Paladins. I had and treasured a couple of them, but I sold them after getting a windfall of Rooney Finests and ending up with just too many brushes.

Re: Manchurian White badger by Elite Razor

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:49 pm
by brothers
Bill_K wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:30 pm
Badger?

Gary, I thought you were a sworn synthetic brush user.
Yes indeed! I love my badgers too.

Re: Manchurian White badger by Elite Razor

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:18 pm
by CMur12
That is a nice-looking brush, Gary!

- Murray

Re: Manchurian White badger by Elite Razor

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:19 pm
by brothers
Bill_K, even though I'm enjoying the new Manchurian badger in addition to the most recent synthetics, I have gone through my brushes and removed quite a few from my favorites that I'm keeping. Here is a list of 32 brushes that did not survive, and may eventually find their way onto the BST thread in case I ever want to sell them.

14 x boar
9 x badger
7 x synthetic
2 x horse

Re: Manchurian White badger by Elite Razor

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:47 pm
by brothers
It's been several days since I used the Manchurian. Today's intentionally thin lather was a piece of cake for this big boy. Loaded 4 seconds on the soap and made plenty of the type of lather I was looking for. It gets a lot of water and yields the treat in no time flat.

Re: Manchurian White badger by Elite Razor

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:57 pm
by woodsrider
That's a nice looking knot on that brush, Gary. Very similar to Rooney Finests, but without the grassy/yellowish tinge that some of the Rooneys had.

Re: Manchurian White badger by Elite Razor

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:07 pm
by brothers
The Rooney Manchurian continues to amaze and impress every day. Among my badger brushes this one is equally gifted in comparison with the old favorites such as the Sabini Rooney Finest, the 1970's era Plisson HMW, the Made-Rite TGN Finest from about 10 years ago, and the Thater Silvertip.

Re: Manchurian White badger by Elite Razor

Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:22 am
by TRBeck
Gary, I am looking for soft tips without the "gel" clumping and hooking tips that were prevalent for several years. This knot is under serious consideration. Do the tips clump and have that slimy gel fell, or are they merely soft?

Re: Manchurian White badger by Elite Razor

Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:17 pm
by brothers
Tim, no clumping or slimy feel with this one. Just soft. Very comfortable.

Re: Manchurian White badger by Elite Razor

Posted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:29 am
by TRBeck
Perfect! Thanks, Gary. I may wind up going for one of these knots eventually. Enjoying my Simpson Best at present but I've come to realize I like having a small variety of brushes on hand. I like Bob's handles but may look at other options, too. I appreciate the info.