After waffling for several months, I sprung for the Rooney Heritage Beehive with 21mm knot. I couldn't justify having 4 brushes, so I sold the Shavemac 177 (so long sweet face lather) and Rooney 2/1. I had been ogling the beehive at Vintage Blades website, but Eelco's periodic SOTD posts with a lather-laden beehive pushed me over the edge. I resisted the urge to get the 26mm(!) knot, and am glad I did. I ordered the beehive from VB on Thursday and it arrived Friday (there's a lot to be said for UPS standard shipping between MD and Philly). The brush has a very dense knot like all of the Heritages, and it has a very short loft. It feels a bit scritchier than its big brother, the Heritage Victorian. I am eagerly awaiting shave tomorrow to take it for a spin.
Which leads me to the big question, which soap to use for the inauguration? I will face lather, and have narrowed it down to 2, English Fern or Vintage Yardley. What do you think?