I managed to slip away from work earlier than expected. The wife and kids have given up on me and headed down south to our famed wine producing region "Margaret River" to spend some time with the grand parents who reside their (unfortunately not on a winery!) Wine is another interest that sees me amassing collections above my ability to consume (or use in the case of brushes), in fact I may just celebrate the opening of Brush Chronicles with a nice West Australian red! Before I do... I'm a man of my word and it time for those promised action pics... So without further ramblings, let me introduce...
Morris and Forndran 2 Band Blonde 3/2
Ok, I admit this is probably not the most exciting selection I could have made. But rather than wow you with one of the more unique handled M&F brushes from my collection, I decided it was prudent to start by showcasing the M&F's performance rather than it's aesthetics. In my opinion, the best way to do this was to choose a style and size that the majority of members would be familiar with and subsequently be able to draw comparisons from.
I chose another frequently used product, Cella (the hard soap, not the soft one from the red tub) and as I was actually going to shave for the second time today I went with bowl lathering, which the height and shape of the handle lends itself to doing.
I filled a Muhle porcelain bowl (the same bowl I intend to make the lather in) with warm water and dipped the brush in just long enough to snap a quick pic. (Badger was chosen as a shaving brush material for it's water holding properties, IMO there's no need to drown the brush for any prolonged soak time.)
I usually employ a generous amount of product to make my lather, but in an effort to illustrate how well the 2 band blonde badger performs I made the conscious decision to under load the brush. I did not pre-moisten the surface of the hard Cella soap and I simply brushed the M&F lightly back and forwards across the soap for somewhere between 10 and 20 seconds.
Moments after some vigorous to and fro-ing in the bowl... I can't post any further pics... it's not like you wanted to see any lather was it?
(continued next post)