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Postby Blue As A Jewel » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:44 pm

Can anybody tell me if Rooney has discountinued this range? I searched the forum to see if there was any news - but didn't find anything. I also emailed Classic and they advise they don't expect to have it back in stock.

Vintage blades doesn't have it on their site either... Whutup?
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Postby Velomane » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:53 pm

I got the impression from numerous posts here and elsewhere that finest is becoming increasingly difficult for Rooney to acquire. Having said that, didn't Dr.P say that Simpson's new two-banded brushes are comparable without the accompanying price tag?

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Postby Blue As A Jewel » Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:02 pm

Yep, that appears to be the case - I just got confirmation from Classic that Rooney is no longer producing them...
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Postby notthesharpest » Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:22 pm

I think they actually stopped a long time ago but didn't announce it loudly.
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Postby Blue As A Jewel » Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:40 pm

notthesharpest wrote:I think they actually stopped a long time ago but didn't announce it loudly.


...or with a whimper even!
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Postby Nitrox » Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:16 pm

Velomane wrote: Simpson's new two-banded brushes are comparable without the accompanying price tag?

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What? I have to add another brush to the stable? :wink:
Another temptation now.............. :lol:
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Postby bernards66 » Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:51 pm

Ravi, As you know, that sort of bristle has always been in short supply. Plisson has gone to three banded bristle for the HMWs in sizes #12 and smaller, presumably for the same reason.
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Postby Nitrox » Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:30 pm

bernards66 wrote:Ravi, As you know, that sort of bristle has always been in short supply. Plisson has gone to three banded bristle for the HMWs in sizes #12 and smaller, presumably for the same reason.
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Looks like DrP drained the market of all 2 band hair with his collection. :lol: :lol: :wink:
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Postby desertbadger » Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:33 pm

A few months ago, a friend and I got lucky and we both picked up a Rooney's Emillion in finest. This is the original fan shaped model, not the light bulb model currently offered. The dealer didn't even know they had it in stock! My friend found it completely by accident as he was searching for an altogether different model brush. This was a lucky find for both of us and it was the end of the Finest Rooney's..... :cry:

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Postby Blue As A Jewel » Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:28 am

desertbadger wrote:A few months ago, a friend and I got lucky and we both picked up a Rooney's Emillion in finest. This is the original fan shaped model, not the light bulb model currently offered. The dealer didn't even know they had it in stock! My friend found it completely by accident as he was searching for an altogether different model brush. This was a lucky find for both of us and it was the end of the Finest Rooney's..... :cry:

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Between you and the "Assistant Dean of SMFU"... you're not making my predicament any easier! My hope is that they will find more of those dang fine badgers soon! :lol:
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Postby notthesharpest » Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:21 am

There must be somebody around who doesn't really like the one he has and would trade...

I bought my "best brush ever" from Richard when it didn't quite suit him. He was wrong. That brush is better than Richard himself. :lol:
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Postby Blue As A Jewel » Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:56 am

notthesharpest wrote:There must be somebody around who doesn't really like the one he has and would trade...

I bought my "best brush ever" from Richard when it didn't quite suit him. He was wrong. That brush is better than Richard himself. :lol:
(at least for the purpose of spreading lather on one's face)


...I dunno - might be fun to use Richard in that capacity... he's gotta be good for something! :lol:
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Postby rustyblade » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:04 am

notthesharpest wrote:There must be somebody around who doesn't really like the one he has and would trade...

I bought my "best brush ever" from Richard when it didn't quite suit him. He was wrong. That brush is better than Richard himself. :lol:
(at least for the purpose of spreading lather on one's face)


I want that brush back btw. Which one was it again?

FWIW, I've been using boar brushes now (mostly the Semogue 2009) for longer than any other badger brush I've owned if that says anything. Damn things just agree with me.
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Postby Blue As A Jewel » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:08 am

rustyblade wrote:
notthesharpest wrote:There must be somebody around who doesn't really like the one he has and would trade...

I bought my "best brush ever" from Richard when it didn't quite suit him. He was wrong. That brush is better than Richard himself. :lol:
(at least for the purpose of spreading lather on one's face)


I want that brush back btw. Which one was it again?

FWIW, I've been using boar brushes now (mostly the Semogue 2009) for longer than any other badger brush I've owned if that says anything. Damn things just agree with me.


In all seriousness, I'm curious in what way the boar brush works better for you over the "best brush ever"? I've been toying with the notion of boar, but I so love my badgers!
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Postby Baloosh » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:09 am

rustyblade wrote:
notthesharpest wrote:There must be somebody around who doesn't really like the one he has and would trade...

I bought my "best brush ever" from Richard when it didn't quite suit him. He was wrong. That brush is better than Richard himself. :lol:
(at least for the purpose of spreading lather on one's face)


I want that brush back btw. Which one was it again?

FWIW, I've been using boar brushes now (mostly the Semogue 2009) for longer than any other badger brush I've owned if that says anything. Damn things just agree with me.


Dibs on your 3/1 Finest used in the infamous Feather ACD-N shave video!

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Postby notthesharpest » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:43 am

rustyblade wrote:
notthesharpest wrote:There must be somebody around who doesn't really like the one he has and would trade...

I bought my "best brush ever" from Richard when it didn't quite suit him. He was wrong. That brush is better than Richard himself. :lol:
(at least for the purpose of spreading lather on one's face)


I want that brush back btw. Which one was it again?
A style 1 size 2 Finest with the imitation horn handle. The loft is a bit crooked, and after I had it for more than a year it shed quite a bit, but man what a brush.
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Postby rustyblade » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:48 am

notthesharpest wrote:
rustyblade wrote:
notthesharpest wrote:There must be somebody around who doesn't really like the one he has and would trade...

I bought my "best brush ever" from Richard when it didn't quite suit him. He was wrong. That brush is better than Richard himself. :lol:
(at least for the purpose of spreading lather on one's face)


I want that brush back btw. Which one was it again?
A style 1 size 2 Finest with the imitation horn handle. The loft is a bit crooked, and after I had it for more than a year it shed quite a bit, but man what a brush.


That must be the olde apothecary brush?
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Postby desertbadger » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:54 am

Blue As A Jewel wrote:
desertbadger wrote:A few months ago, a friend and I got lucky and we both picked up a Rooney's Emillion in finest. This is the original fan shaped model, not the light bulb model currently offered. The dealer didn't even know they had it in stock! My friend found it completely by accident as he was searching for an altogether different model brush. This was a lucky find for both of us and it was the end of the Finest Rooney's..... :cry:

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Between you and the "Assistant Dean of SMFU"... you're not making my predicament any easier! My hope is that they will find more of those dang fine badgers soon! :lol:


Several months ago, I had a talk with Danielle and her staff at Classic Shaving (I don't live too far from them) and the feeling then was that Rooney's Finest was going the way of the dinosaur. They simply were not getting any in and the orders for them went unfilled. Same thing with Jim at Vintage Blades and those two retailers are the only ones in the US. So, the hand writing was on the wall. Both retailers said the same thing; "there will not be anymore made".
Sorry, Ravi, but the only was to obtain one now is get really lucky like my friend and I did or find someone that is willing to part with one. Most unfortunate..... :cry:

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Postby rustyblade » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:57 am

Blue As A Jewel wrote:
In all seriousness, I'm curious in what way the boar brush works better for you over the "best brush ever"? I've been toying with the notion of boar, but I so love my badgers!


They have the holy grail of most serious badger aficionados drool over and pay hundreds for (appropriate that this thread is entitled "Rooney Finest"), stiff shafts and soft tips. The only drawback is less water holding capability but that is offset by the larger size and taller loft of most the the 'pro' model boars which I prefer. This great size still retains precision without the 'mop flop' that exists in all super badger brushes, except the stupidly dense ones in which case make rotten brushes for actually shaving because you can't get the lather out of them. A boar brush will release lather onto your face as it should. The only downside is that they lack serious snob factor.
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Postby notthesharpest » Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:44 pm

rustyblade wrote:
notthesharpest wrote:
rustyblade wrote:
notthesharpest wrote:There must be somebody around who doesn't really like the one he has and would trade...

I bought my "best brush ever" from Richard when it didn't quite suit him. He was wrong. That brush is better than Richard himself. :lol:
(at least for the purpose of spreading lather on one's face)


I want that brush back btw. Which one was it again?
A style 1 size 2 Finest with the imitation horn handle. The loft is a bit crooked, and after I had it for more than a year it shed quite a bit, but man what a brush.


That must be the olde apothecary brush?
No - it's a labelled Rooney.
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