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Artisanal Rose

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Yesterday’s shave was on a commercial rose theme—specifically, Geo. F. Trumper—and today’s takes the same fragrance in an artisanal direction.

After using the VDH glycerine shave soap as a my pre-shave wash, I rubbed the (previously unused) Mama Bear Rose shave stick against the morning stubble’s grain, then worked up a fine lather with the Rooney Heritage Victorian. As you can see in the photo, the bristles with their interlocking hooked tips have dried in the hedgehog shape characteristic of this type of bristle. These are not rare, but still most badger brushes don’t do this. I could have restored the smooth appearance by simply brushing the tips of the bristles across my dry hand, which immediately disentangles the tips.

Todd Oppenheimer pointed out to me the peculiar tacky feel these tips have when they are wet: if you rub your finger across them, the tips seem to stick softly to your finger like a gecko’s foot. He also pointed out how this particular knot seems to push the lather forward rather than hoarding it at the center.

Withal, a very fine lather indeed, and ample for all three passes. The Gillette President—quite similar in action and appearance to the (gold-plated) 1940’s Aristocrat—has been replated in rhodium, thus its stellar appearance. I loaded it with a brand new Astra Superior Platinum blade and got a really excellent shave.

A splash of Saint Charles Shave’s Savory Rose aftershave, and I’m ready for the day. The smoked ham shank is in the oven at 275ºF (two-seven-five) until 11:30, and the red beans are already cooked.

Written by Leisureguy

13 March 2012 at 8:11 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Thanks greatly for doffing your hat on my behalf. I continue to be fascinated by the tiny curly ends on some (but, strangely, not all) heritage Rooneys. And I am fascinated to hear that you have found this characteristic to be common. In what other brushes have you seen it?

    Todd O.

    13 March 2012 at 2:35 pm

  2. I don’t recall the make, but I’ve definitely had at least a couple of other brushes with the interlocking tips. They’ve since moved on to make way for the new.

    LeisureGuy

    13 March 2012 at 2:52 pm

  3. Just for the record, I should note the most important reason why a brush with these crazy curly tips so intrigues me. In my somewhat cursory experience, this particular brush (the Rooney Victorian from a particular batch) offers the most remarkable example I’ve ever tested of the wet shaver’s Holy Grail: firm backbone and soft tips. In fact, these tips are the softest I’ve ever experienced; that they sit on the ends of a very firm bundle of hair is doubly unusual, and thus astounding to me. But I suspect others, stricken with cases of YMMV, will disagree…

    Todd O.

    13 March 2012 at 8:04 pm


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