Steve/Graydog is a bad man

Discussion in 'Brush Making and Restorations' started by rockviper, Mar 10, 2019.

  1. rockviper

    rockviper Moderator Emeritus

    A package came in the mail on Friday from @Graydog/Steve. I had expected it to contain 2 brushes made from his famous "fallen backyard maple" tree:
    - a Smoggy Doggie (Semogue 1305 type handle), and
    - a Beagle (Simpson Eagle type handle)

    Alas, Steve, being the sneaky craftsman that he is, had other plans.
    He sent me five(!!) brushes

    I shall post pics and continue this dastardly tale later on. Right now some brushes are soaking since yesterday in water in my cold room.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2019
  2. He is very generous with his talents. Now... Pictures? Grin.

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    It was young though. Hadn't had time to grow hair yet. :)
  4. That is a terrible thing to do :a13:
  5. Congratulations! So he sent you, a handle for every size. You now have a bowl lathering badger, a bowl latherting boar and a face lathering boar. Complete set! :a14: Beautiful brushes, from a very skilled and generous persosn. :a50:
  6. The badger was just for the photo. But both boars seem to be face latherers to me. :)
  7. Those are beautiful brushes. @Graydog is very generous, and a very talented artist.
  8. ajkel64

    ajkel64 Moderator

    He is a very generous man and a great artisan brush maker. Congratulations.
  9. rockviper

    rockviper Moderator Emeritus

    After soaking the boars (and mixed mighty midget) for 2 days, the boar tips are splitting already.

    From L-R (with my take on handle types):
    Maple 1305 w/Omega Mixed Mighty Midget
    Maple Eagle w/Omega S-knot
    Maple 1470 w/Omega boar
    Maple Harvard w/Omega boar
    Maple w/horse
    my original Graydog horse, "the viper"

    I have already used the new horse twice. It had a *ahem* "nice" scent that overpowered my P.160 the first time I used it, but after soaking for a few hours in a liquid hand soap + water solution, the water came out tinged brown (oils from the hair perhaps?) and no more disturbing scent. It was a great shave with it the second time around, loosing a few hairs but to me, that can be expected with this horse knot based on my existing wonderful "viper" brush.

    I have also once used the Eagle S-knot brush, which @Graydog and I have collectively dubbed "Beagle S-knot," aka "Beagle snot." Not sure how I feel about this knot. It is better than any other synth I have used, but feels very different than what I get from a badger, boar, or horse.

    The other brushes will enter usage starting tomorrow.

    My plan is that I will hold on to 2 of these wonderful brushes, perhaps 3 at most, and pass the others onto fellow members so that they can share in the joy of Steve's work that several of us can already attest to.
  10. Graydog

    Graydog Contributor

    The Viper 2.jpg The Viper.jpg I always Liked "The Viper" ,Here She is as a Baby,Tuesday, ‎May ‎02, ‎2017, ‏‎6:49:32 PM :) The Viper 2.jpg The Viper.jpg
  11. rockviper

    rockviper Moderator Emeritus

    Well, you'll have to make another for yourself. :001_tt2: This one ain't leaving my den! :001_wub:
  12. Yeah, It splays in it's own very special way :) But I like it better than any synthetic I have tried. That's why I donated it to Synthetic Shaving Brush Pass Around. So that others can try it.

    Otherwise I doubt many people would ever stumble across it.
  13. BigFoot

    BigFoot Moderator

    I am extremely disappointed in your lack of generosity Sam. :w00t:
  14. Well, usually long handles are bad for face lathering, but at the end, this depends on the user. If you can use it fine, that's what matters.
  15. Esox

    Esox Ambassador

    Wouldnt that be a Smeagle?


  16. Ahh, OK. I thought you meant something about the knots. I can see how longer handles are good for bowl lathering. They're good for loading from mugs too. I guess that is where I got used to using longer handles for face lathering. Loading hard soaps from mugs.
  17. Shorter lofts are ususally preferred for facelathering, but several people face lather with tall lofted brushes, so that's a matter of personal habbit or preference. So, yes, i was referring to the handle. You 're right, they 're better both for bowl lathering and for loading from a mug. A short lofted and short handled brush for example, will be banging around the walls of a deep mug or a deep bowl, if you try to bowl lather. With a long handle, you don't have this problem, plus, when you whip the lather in the bowl, the long handle tires your hand less, compared to a short handle.
  18. rockviper

    rockviper Moderator Emeritus

    Well, it IS a grayDOG brush, hence the "beagle" :001_tongu
  19. Esox

    Esox Ambassador

    Now it makes sense lol.
  20. rockviper

    rockviper Moderator Emeritus

    ... and I'm calling the Semogue-type handled brushes ....... Smoggy Doggy's :001_tongu

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