‘Flat Roof Type’ & Flagship 2-Band Silvertip Hair
VP Leonhardy brushmakers have produced their brushes in one building and under one ownership family for over a century.
Their 8000 Series brushes pair true 2-band silvertip hair, which some feel is the same level of quality as their terrific 3-band silvertip hair, but in fact cost much less per kilo than the 3-band, and VP’s hair exporter’s maintained a relationship for >40yrs so you know no funny business is going on…when brands charge more for 2-band they’re simply taking what a market bears rather than reflecting costs in hair.
So, how about 2-band? Well, two-band hair has a base diameter ~50% thicker than 3-band silvertip, so when given equal weight of hair to a knot yields far fewer actual strands in a brush…but the hairs are remarkably springy versus three-band silvertip, and take in and give back water far better due the space which must exist between each strand top due to the large tapering in diameter from base to tip.
And how about the “knot roof canopy” design here? These ‘flat’ knot roofs provide the maximum size contact patch of the hair when you point the knot straight at your face and twist the wrist to aerate, whereas “narrow” or “pointed” roofs make more backbone due to the knot roof shape itself… but with 2-band hair, given that signature spring, you don’t need to rely on canopy style to make backbone. These things have no flop in spite of their sparse strand-per-millimeter versus a 7000, just look @ the many YouTube videos we’ve got posted featuring the 800720 which shares this same flat roof type.
At The Superior Shave we feel that there is no better combination of “I want to feel a lot of hair at once” and “I want backbone” than this style of 2-band silvertip as produced by VP. At least, among our hundreds of stock-keeping-units among brushes, these and the 8007s are the kings there.