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Rooney Travel Brush Aquisition

Postby ZethLent » Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:21 pm

I have had quite a nice time with fidelity in my shaving routine for the last several months or so. I started and finished an entire tablet of Institute Karite shave soap with out any intrusions of other products (I did mix it a few times with some QED Bay Rum soap). I have only used my Semogue 2000 and the Omega Boar (the same style that Gil always raves about), and some Sundays I use my CH3. FYI I just started a new tablet of Tabac and am two weeks in it without any indiscretions.

BUT, my duties at work have predicted that I will be travelling quite a bit over the next few months and that was all the push I needed to go out and buy a travel brush. I didn't have a small brush that would dry fast(er?). I would be able to have ready for any other travel needs in the future. You see, it is unquestionably a 'needed' addition to my dopp kit.

I just ordered it so I can't comment more than it is on the way but, I got the Rooney Travel Brush with the faux tortoise accents. It is my first Rooney and I have long awaited the 'need' / 'urge' to buy one.

In reading his thread, I commend Mr. Snodgrass and his commitment in 2011 to narrow down his routine, but as many have cautioned him, and I add my voice to that group, the acquisition disorders we all seem to suffer from are indeed cyclical, and I hope I haven't just jumped back out there.

Nevertheless, I hope it is a winner and will report when I know more.


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Postby Dale » Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:27 pm

What a cool brush!
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Postby m3m0ryleak » Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:32 pm

Dale wrote:What a cool brush!


I second that, very clever.
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Postby jww » Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:23 am

While I agree it is slick, I discovered, that for me, the best travel solution is to acquire a large empty pill bottle from a pharmacy (I have never paid for one of these yet, btw) and drill some holes in the top. Then I take whatever brush I fancy along on my journeys. ymmv.
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Postby paddy » Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:41 am

very nice. please let us know how it performs.
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Postby function » Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:57 am

jww wrote:While I agree it is slick, I discovered, that for me, the best travel solution is to acquire a large empty pill bottle from a pharmacy (I have never paid for one of these yet, btw) and drill some holes in the top.


My wife worked at the student pharmacy where we went to college for almost four years, and I never found out until after we graduated that she had access to pill bottles with our university logo on them. C'est la vie.

That Rooney is a nice looking brush though, I am very happy with the Rooney I picked up on the S/T board. Enjoy it.
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Postby changabang » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:14 am

Nice brush, Zeth Lent.

AD's may indeed be cyclical, but so far this calendar year, I haven't ordered anything shaving related, well, maybe that Rooney 1-1, which is why I know your brush is a good one.

My AD so far this year, thanks to Doc Moss and others, has centered around bath soaps, of all things. I'll settle for that, as they are much cheaper than razor-related paraphernalia. :lol:

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Postby bernards66 » Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:46 pm

Come, come, Wendell. You know very well that this isn't a rational move on his part. Why he as much as admitted that it was just a convenient and 'rational' sounding excuse to indulge his SBAD. Pill bottles indeed...pshaw! I use zip lock baggies but he clearly had another agenda ( chuckle ).
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Postby drumana » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:00 am

Very cool brush. Rooney puts out a good product. Nice purchase!
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Postby ZethLent » Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:22 am

The brush has arrived!!

I did a cleaning tonight and will let it dry and I will use it tomorrow. Boy is it a tiny brush!
I am used to face lathering with the two boar and the CH3. I haven't touched the Kimson in close to six months.
This is the smallest brush I have ever owned. It should be an interesting shave.

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Postby Blue As A Jewel » Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:08 am

Very nice looking brush... I'm curious, how heavy it is? The Simpsons Major while a cool brush, is heavy - I'm wondering if this has a similar heft?
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Postby jww » Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:33 am

That Semogue 2000 looks mighty nice --- forget about the Rooney travel! 8)
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Postby gil3591 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:59 pm

thay big omega is the class act but the rooney is very pretty
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Postby ZethLent » Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:26 pm

Blue As A Jewel wrote:Very nice looking brush... I'm curious, how heavy it is? The Simpsons Major while a cool brush, is heavy - I'm wondering if this has a similar heft?



I thought it was very light. Lighter than I was expecting. And although I had done a rough sketch of the brush to see the actual size, it was still smaller than what I thought it would be. The knot is said to be 22mm. This is actually the same size as the kimson and TGN on the far right. But in use the Kimson feels double in size.

I tried using it without the bottom section screwed on and it was just too small. The bottom screwed on makes its reach much more comfortable.

I did use it this morning with some QED Bay Rum shave soap and the shave was stellar. A real fine little brush. I will be very happy to have this in my travel dopp kit for many years to come.

I would like to comment on the feel of the badger hair but I am at a bit of a loss for words. There just wasn't enough hair there for me to be either astounded or turned off. And comparing it to some of my other brushes and former brushes, the ratio of hair in this one is very small. Nonetheless I was pleased with the latherability and lather produced and I think that is all that will matter when I use this brush.
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