I have been indirectly involved with this brush , which is the foroafeitado Vie Long LE 2018 brush , but with different hair , in this case the European White badger.
This brush has a 26 mm knot , a 53 mm loft and a total height of 105 mm , making it a medium size brush.
And , as I was pointing out earlier , the badger hair used on this LE brush is the European White from the Meles Meles badgers raised in China , instead of hog badger , which is mostly used to make the two band brushes/knots these days.
The brush has a very high hair density , reminding me of the old Morris and Forndran blonde badger brushes (circa 2010-2012) , as you can see on this pic :
I have the advantage that I already have used one of the prototypes of this brush and I already know how it “behaves”...for the die hard face latherers our there this brush is a dream.Soft tips (they even get softer with use) , firm backbone mixed with a good flow/flexibility.
The tips are soft and they’re non bleached , but Vie Long treat the badger hair on a way that it softened it.
It blooms perfectly for me (I’m another die hard face latherers) also reminding me of the old Plisson European White brushes :
Perfect to use with triple milled soaps and a lather machine , making larger very fast and easy , with no too much effort and not absorbing the larger like other high density hair brushes.
No matter of you use circular or painting movements , the knot works well with both of then.And if you use it for bowl lathering , the same.
What can I say ? I might be bias since I’m from Spain and been a Vie Long user for a loooong time now , but Vie Long uses some of the best badger hair out there , no matter 3 band or 2 band and this brush , as well as the foroafeitado LE 2018 , is a clear example of that.
And for its price , a total steal , for a brush 100% handmade in Spain by shaving brush artisans.
Spanish pride indeed.
¡ Larga Vida a Vie Long !