Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Brush speculation

I noticed these posts on Badger and Blade about my New Forest Finest Silvertip.

"The site mentions that it's scritchy when dry, which is how I would describe my Rooney. Anyone know anything about why certain badger hair does this, or if it means that Rooney and New Forrest are sourcing their knots from the same place?"

"They aren't. New Forest and Rooney Two band are nothing at all alike. I think they're trying to imply that their brushes are made at the same place that makes Simpsons. Which if it were true there's nothing legally preventing them from saying that in plain english, so I don't see why they wouldn't. My guess (and it's just a guess) would be that the handles are probably made at the same place and they leave it vague so that a rumor might start that the knots are. I've sold both my Grosven LE and my NF 2210, so I can't compare them, but I seem to recall the hairs being different. Simpsons had more spine to it as I remember."

It is truly remarkable the assumptions people make! I noticed that my sample Finest Silvertip were slightly scritchy when dry yet very soft when wet. That's it! It has nothing to do with trying to convince people that I had them made at the same place as other makers or I get knots from the same place.
 I noticed this scritchiness on the best brushes I have from Plisson, Simpsons, shavemac, Savile Row and others!!!!!

I do not know who now supplies hair or knots to Rooney and Simpsons.

If anyone from Badger and Blade cares to explain this on B&B I would be grateful.


  1. This scratchy trait you are describing is a result of the keratin fibers. When they become wet, water is "locked" into the protein structure molecules of them...When they dry out, they return to their more or less rigid state.

  2. Thank you. I really appreciate that you took the trouble to explain it.