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2006 B&B Finest Ebony

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First of all, I would like to congratulate and thank all involved in making this brush a reality.

On to my personal impressions:

Presentation: Brush comes in a very attractive tube. Top class packaging. Smell was not bad at all, a bit worse after soaking but still less than other brushes I have dealt with.

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Badger: From my first touch, I felt extremely soft tips. Absolutely luxurious to the point of decadence. I think softest I have ever tried.

On the other hand, and this is a prime example of personal / subjective perception, the brush seemed less dense than I expected from reviews. Bristles do not feel as firm as I expected either. I do not have a Rooney Finest or Simpson Super but the B&B brush seems close in flop to Omega Silvertips and Rooney Super Med Style 3. Once again - this is based on my experience and perceptions. My HMW 12 is much denser and firmer than the B&B brush.

Color of the head: compared to most of my other brushes - it is darker. Since it is guaranteed unbleached, and I've read that anything else is bleached, with evidence in tips under magnification, I used a 30x loupe to compare tips for B&B and Plisson HMW but other than the color did not see pronounced differences in the tip structure (maybe I need more magnification?). These photos might not show the difference very well - I'd like to invite others with better brush collections, photo skills and equipment to share their results.

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Plisson HMW in bloom- B&B b/e bloom - Unknown vintage - Little Cutie (custom silvertip)

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HMW 12 in bloom - B&B b/e bloom

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Bloom comparison: HMW 12 and B&B - WOW the difference!

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Blooms: HMW 12 and B&B

Handle: The brush has very nice heft, I like it in my hand - despite the fact that I generally am not a big fan of plastics. Handle also looks great, very aesthetically pleasing!

Water retention & Lather: I have only lathered it 4 or so times. Currently, the B&B brush soaks less water than my HMW 12. Nevertheless, it does make ABSOLUTELY GREAT LATHER in the bowl with glycerine and hard soaps and Musgo Real cream. I prefer to lather on face but I have not done it yet as my face felt a bit dry these days (colder temps, playing tennis outside, etc.) Will lather on face tomorrow when I shave.

Quality: This brush has not lost a single hair so far. I honestly have not had another brush like this (well, don't know it the Unknown vintage shed in its early days) - all other have shed some hairs when new. Some more, some less. But the B&B beat them all. I hope it stays this way.

Overall: Great brush, after great efforts by all involved! Quality, function, luxury, looks - it has it all. A caveat: it may not be what one is looking for - if more firmness, density, and less bloom is desitred.

Cheers
Ivo

Discussion thread

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Pros: Easy to build lather and soft on face
Just got this brush in Horn & was amazed the first time I used - lather is sooo easy to build with this brush!
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I was fortunate enough to score this great brush in a trade with another fantastic member here on B&B. The ratings accurately reflect a fantastic brush. I also agree with the original review by the first reviewer. I do think it could stand to be a touch more dense/stiff, but it is fantastic. In full bloom it is a beast. A great brush, if you have the chance to add one to your collection I highly recommend it. This thing covers a lot of acreage when lathering up the face. I really enjoy this brush. It offers the feel of luxury to be sure.
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First of all, I would like to congratulate and thank all involved in making this brush a reality.

On to my personal impressions:

Presentation: Brush comes in a very attractive tube. Top class packaging. Smell was not bad at all, a bit worse after soaking but still less than other brushes I have dealt with.

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Badger: From my first touch, I felt extremely soft tips. Absolutely luxurious to the point of decadence. I think softest I have ever tried.

On the other hand, and this is a prime example of personal / subjective perception, the brush seemed less dense than I expected from reviews. Bristles do not feel as firm as I expected either. I do not have a Rooney Finest or Simpson Super but the B&B brush seems close in flop to Omega Silvertips and Rooney Super Med Style 3. Once again - this is based on my experience and perceptions. My HMW 12 is much denser and firmer than the B&B brush.

Color of the head: compared to most of my other brushes - it is darker. Since it is guaranteed unbleached, and I've read that anything else is bleached, with evidence in tips under magnification, I used a 30x loupe to compare tips for B&B and Plisson HMW but other than the color did not see pronounced differences in the tip structure (maybe I need more magnification?). These photos might not show the difference very well - I'd like to invite others with better brush collections, photo skills and equipment to share their results.

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Plisson HMW in bloom- B&B b/e bloom - Unknown vintage - Little Cutie (custom silvertip)

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HMW 12 in bloom - B&B b/e bloom

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Bloom comparison: HMW 12 and B&B - WOW the difference!

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Blooms: HMW 12 and B&B

Handle: The brush has very nice heft, I like it in my hand - despite the fact that I generally am not a big fan of plastics. Handle also looks great, very aesthetically pleasing!

Water retention & Lather: I have only lathered it 4 or so times. Currently, the B&B brush soaks less water than my HMW 12. Nevertheless, it does make ABSOLUTELY GREAT LATHER in the bowl with glycerine and hard soaps and Musgo Real cream. I prefer to lather on face but I have not done it yet as my face felt a bit dry these days (colder temps, playing tennis outside, etc.) Will lather on face tomorrow when I shave.

Quality: This brush has not lost a single hair so far. I honestly have not had another brush like this (well, don't know it the Unknown vintage shed in its early days) - all other have shed some hairs when new. Some more, some less. But the B&B beat them all. I hope it stays this way.

Overall: Great brush, after great efforts by all involved! Quality, function, luxury, looks - it has it all. A caveat: it may not be what one is looking for - if more firmness, density, and less bloom is desitred.

Cheers
Ivo

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Quality
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Ergonomic
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Latherability
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Softness of Tips
5.00 star(s)
Stiffness of Tips
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