I got my new Morris & Forndran Blond Badger brush in the mail today, and its very very nice. I just used it for the fist time and wanted to post my impressions while they were still fresh in my mind.
The brush has obviously not broken in yet, but it has amazing backbone and ultra soft tips. The 24mm knot is dense, but far from the most dense I have used. With the recent push back against ultra dense brushes, this might please some of you out there in B&B land. The knot is set at 52mm loft and has a definite bulb shape, though the long soft tips mute the peak of the brush. I really enjoyed how this brush felt on my face. Lathering up was a treat today. The great backbone and dense knot ripped soap off the puck, so charging the brush was effortless.
A nice bonus is that the handle is slightly weighted, maybe an ounce extra so it has a nice heft to it. Its not heavy like my Parker solid metal handled brush was, just slightly heavier than your run of the mill brush. You know you have this in your hand, and it feels solid.
It did however shed about 10 hairs during my cleaning, test lathers, and face lathering. Not enough to raise any alarm bells, but its something to note. The bulb shape might also be a problem for some. As mentioned before it is muted by the soft tips, but with the level of anger on the board with this combo I thought I should count it in the criticism section. It is not peaky like the Simpsons, but its a bulb all the same.
I picked out a couple iconic two bands to compare this brush too. The two I chose were the Rooney Finest 3/1 and the Shavemac D01 flat top 24mm. The M&F has some characteristics that are similar to both. First off, despite the differences in form, the M&F and D01 are almost identical in density. Its hard to tell from the photo given they are different shapes and colors but when you ball them up the D01 and M&F are almost identical. Its not however as dense as the Finest, though not many brushes are. The face feel is much like my Rooney Finest but with out the slight prickly tips. You can easily tell the Finest is more dense and has stiffer tips, but its closer to the quirky Finest than it is to anything else. The tips of the M&F are softer though, maybe they are a bit more floppy atop the dense stems and give way to the face better? Before I get push back on the statement its not exactly like a Finest, but it feels less different than say my TGN, Heritage Stubby 2, Shavemac, or Chubby.
I'm happy with this addition to my shave den, and thought maybe some of you would like to hear about a brush that is getting no attention on B&B.