Rooney Revisited

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Rooney Revisited

Post by Antique Hoosier » Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:34 am

Only my second Rooney in the going on 7 years in this obsession. A Rooney 1/2 arrived yesterday via a WTB request. Thanks Doug! It is a very substantial brush and the knot reminds me of a Chubby 2 in density. The horn is quite unique. I try to stay minimalist but I would go Rooney again because of the very fine build quality. I can only imagine if it was one of the rarer Finest... Very pleased to add it to my den!
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Re: Rooney Revisited

Post by brothers » Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:39 am

Nice brush Michael! Enjoy!
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Re: Rooney Revisited

Post by Antique Hoosier » Tue Dec 24, 2013 7:07 am

Thanks Gary. It is rare when an item makes its way into my den these days
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Post by jww » Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:17 am

A beautiful work of functional art indeed.
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Re: Rooney Revisited

Post by Rufus » Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:34 am

I have the same model, but packed with Blonde Badger, and I mean packed; the Chubby2 is an appropriate analogy. It's a beautifully made brush, but the knot is just too dense for me. My preference these days runs towards knots such as the Kent BK4, Shavemac Beehive Finest, Rooney Heritage Emillion1. Accordingly, I've traded my Rooney 1/2 Blonde for a Simpson's Emperor2.
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Re: Rooney Revisited

Post by Antique Hoosier » Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:14 am

It is stuffed! I prefer flow thru as well but it does provide a unique face lathering experience
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Re: Rooney Revisited

Post by fallingwickets » Wed Dec 25, 2013 3:03 am

Use in good health.....I cant believe all the lather you make.....whats on your brush would last me a week haha!

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Re: Rooney Revisited

Post by marsos52 » Wed Dec 25, 2013 4:33 am

Rooney's are my favorite brush, and the 1/2 is my favorite model because its the perfect brush.

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Re: Rooney Revisited

Post by Squire » Wed Dec 25, 2013 5:09 pm

I'm with marc here, Rooneys top my list as well.
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Re: Rooney Revisited

Post by brothers » Wed Dec 25, 2013 7:43 pm

I can't imagine a brush any better than the Rooney Finest. Those particular badgers provided some outstanding hair and the makers of those brushes knew their trade.
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Re: Rooney Revisited

Post by malocchio » Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:40 am

Beautiful brush...my Rooney shaves are really enjoyable...fine craftsmanship..

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Re: Rooney Revisited

Post by rsp1202 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:43 pm

My Emillion was denser than I generally care for, and it came without the gel-tips that some Heritage hair is known for, but it still had the best face-feel of any brush I've used.
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Re: Rooney Revisited

Post by Squire » Thu Dec 26, 2013 7:08 pm

Yes, the Emillion is super packed, probably the densest brush I've owned.
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Re: Rooney Revisited

Post by bernards66 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:47 pm

Squire, Yeah, my Emillion is extremely dense as well. But, apparently, the version being offered now is considerably less so. In another thread here recently Bryan and I came to the conclusion that the Emillion brushes that we have are quite different; mine being from the first group of them made and his having been bought not long ago.
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Re: Rooney Revisited

Post by Rufus » Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:09 pm

Gordon has it right: my Emillion1 is not an overly dense brush; more like a Kent BK4.
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Re: Rooney Revisited

Post by rsp1202 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:22 pm

If I was in the market for a smaller brush, the Emillion 1 would be near the top of the list. Heritage hair, a less-dense knot, and that beautiful Emillion handle is very appealing. I'm not sure if Bryan's has the gel tips or not, but if it does then the brush makes it to the top of the list.

I've also been a fan of the Rooney 1/2, had a couple myself from circa 2008, but the bloom on both was just too much for me. Michael's 1/2 looks to have a more controlled bloom, which I prefer. Nice brush.

The Truefitt and Hill website is currently offering their "Wellington," which looks to be a 1/2. They're offering it up with a porcelain finish option, too. They had run out of this brush a while back, on their old website, but apparently found some stock somewhere. That combo makes for a pretty nifty looking brush.
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Re: Rooney Revisited

Post by Squire » Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:23 am

Yes, my Emillion is one of the early (first run?) models and if it had a loft like the BK4 I would be using it more.
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Re: Rooney Revisited

Post by Rufus » Fri Dec 27, 2013 8:50 am

Ron, I can't say if my Heritage Emillion1 has gel tips or not because I don't understand what the feel of gel tips is like. Nevertheless, I'll use the brush tomorrow and try to describe the feel of the tips as best I can. What first drew me to this brush was the handle, but after using it a few times I must say that it has the most exquisite face-feel. I'm not really into dense brushes and I struggle with my Chubby1 best; the Emillion is a pleasure to use in comparison.
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Re: Rooney Revisited

Post by rsp1202 » Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:13 am

Bryan, I guess the short answer in describing "gel tips" is that when wet, the bristle tips feel soapy-slick, though it's not soap clinging to them. There's a much deeper discussion here:
http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread ... Manchurian
and here:
http://shavenook.com/thread-brands-that ... h-gel-tips

I only mention it in passing and didn't mean for it to sound like a big deal. My Emillion didn't have them, and as we've both experienced, the face-feel is pretty darn good anyway.
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Re: Rooney Revisited

Post by Rufus » Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:32 am

Ron, I read the threads discussing gel tips and I don't think my Heritage Emillion has gel tips. I'll feel them again tomorrow just to be sure. I hadn't used the Emillion for a couple of weeks so it was a really joy to use it this morning.
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