02-17-2013, 02:58 PM
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Since there was so much (negative) noise lately regarding Thäter brushes I felt it is necessary to balance this out with a thread that underscores the high quality of these fine German brushes. Thäter brushes are made by a small manufacturer in Southern Germany. I for myself am a fan of these brushes.

The 3 bands have the softest tips of any brush I ever tried and the 2 bands are amongst the softest 2 bands I have ever felt.

Potential buyers be ware though that there is not only a difference between 2 bands and 3 bands but also between the series offered: The 4125/49125 range (octo handles) are more dense with shorter lofts and work very well with hard soaps. The 4292 series are medium dense with higher lofts and more prone fore croaps and creams and have better flow through. I own both kinds and only face lather well with all of them. I use 3 bands more for creams and the 2 bands more for soaps.

Thäter brushes are only sold by a few outlets and (to my knowledge) cannot be bought directly from the manufacturer. There has been some negative feedback on customer service and I believe Thäter would be better served to handle those in a more professional, generous way as they apparently did in some occasions - because it definitively hurts the reputation of this fine traditional brush maker.

Below some pictures of my collection of Thäters. Feel free to join this thread with your Thäters!!! Biggrin

                       

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 02-17-2013, 04:10 PM
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My Thäter 49125/1 Cool

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 02-17-2013, 04:37 PM
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I primarily shave with Nimmer Mill, David Carter "era", and Isle of Man Simpsons. I have 3 Thaters, all two bands, and shaved with the 4125/2 fan today. The bulbs have a bit more backbone but the fan feels a bit better on my face. I can't praise these brushes enough. Soft with great flow through and perfect lather. Even contemplating a fourth Thater at the moment.

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 02-17-2013, 04:51 PM
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I have a Thater 3 band that I LOVE. Problem is that is a total shedder and am not sure what to do as I bought it used.

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 02-17-2013, 08:26 PM
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I agree, Thäter brushes haven't been getting the love they deserve as of late. Mine are wonderful brushes, I enjoy using them with both soaps and creams on days when I feel like lathering with a cotton ball. I have never dealt with the company regarding customer service issues so my experience with these brushes is purely positive. I can't say enough good things about them. I do generally prefer more backbone than they offer, but mine have a place all their own in my collection/rotation.BadgerBadgerBadger

My Thäters...

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 02-18-2013, 11:35 AM
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Here is my appreciation to sizes 0, 2 and 4 (big boy used this morning!)

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 02-18-2013, 04:06 PM
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As you noted, German, I was sorry to read about the handling of some of their customer service issues. However, I cannot deny that the four brushes I own are exquisite and among my favorites. I have two 49125 3-bands (size 0 and 1) and two 4125 2-bands (fan and bulb, both size 1), and they are all incredibly soft but have plenty of backbone for my daily soap: Mitchell's Wool Fat. I used to have a 49125 size 2, but traded it to a good friend for a Shavemac D01. He has told me on several occasions how much he enjoys the brush...and admittedly I enjoy the Shavemac though it is a very different experience. Needless to say, I am a big fan of the Germans. Biggrin

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 02-18-2013, 05:11 PM
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I have yet to try a Thäter fan. All of mine are bulbs. One day I have to get me a fan... Cool
(02-18-2013, 04:06 PM)poonjaji Wrote: As you noted, German, I was sorry to read about the handling of some of their customer service issues. However, I cannot deny that the four brushes I own are exquisite and among my favorites. I have two 49125 3-bands (size 0 and 1) and two 4125 2-bands (fan and bulb, both size 1), and they are all incredibly soft but have plenty of backbone for my daily soap: Mitchell's Wool Fat. I used to have a 49125 size 2, but traded it to a good friend for a Shavemac D01. He has told me on several occasions how much he enjoys the brush...and admittedly I enjoy the Shavemac though it is a very different experience. Needless to say, I am a big fan of the Germans. Biggrin

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 02-18-2013, 09:14 PM
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Wow, those are some very fine brushes, lads! Do i need another brush?Smile

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 02-18-2013, 09:53 PM
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(02-18-2013, 09:14 PM)celestino Wrote: Wow, those are some very fine brushes, lads! Do i need another brush?Smile

Thäter -------> Celestino... Buy me, buy me! Tongue

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 02-19-2013, 12:02 AM
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(02-18-2013, 05:11 PM)German Wrote: I have yet to try a Thäter fan. All of mine are bulbs. One day I have to get me a fan... Cool

+1

My Thäter Silvertip 4376/2 has not really an extreme bulb as my other Thäters but it is no fan shape as well.

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Sooner or later I will try a nice 2-Band fan shape with 50mm loft.

Here my favourite Thäters in my den:

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And here a vintage Thäter:

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 02-19-2013, 07:45 AM
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I like your vintage brush, SLB04. How old is it?

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 02-19-2013, 08:53 AM
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After prefering fan knots, I've come to prefer bulbs in Thaters. Cool My go to brush these days is my 4125/3 2-band. I also have its little brother and a fan but I might let them go and get some more big 2-bands. Love them!

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 02-19-2013, 11:33 AM
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(02-19-2013, 08:53 AM)TexBilly Wrote: After prefering fan knots, I've come to prefer bulbs in Thaters. Cool My go to brush these days is my 4125/3 2-band. I also have its little brother and a fan but I might let them go and get some more big 2-bands. Love them!

Any chance for a pic of the 4125/3?? I have two 4125/2 - one two band and one three band. I'm curious about the size 3...Rolleyes

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 02-19-2013, 01:40 PM
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Love my 4125

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 02-19-2013, 01:46 PM
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Yes, I may actually part with one or two... so PM me if interested Cool
(02-18-2013, 09:14 PM)celestino Wrote: Wow, those are some very fine brushes, lads! Do i need another brush?Smile

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 02-19-2013, 01:55 PM
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Which Thater to buy? I bowl lather always, and these look like a super soft brush. They all look so great.

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 02-19-2013, 02:02 PM
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4125 size 1 or 2 (24 or 26mm knot). 3 Band if you just want cloud soft. 2 Band if you want more backbone.
(02-19-2013, 01:55 PM)oasis man Wrote: Which Thater to buy? I bowl lather always, and these look like a super soft brush. They all look so great.

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 02-19-2013, 03:49 PM
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If any of you Thäter fans are interested in ...... fans Tongue ..... then PM me in 2 weeks or so. I will sell my Thäter Fans for a solid price. Used 2 times max.

4292 Genuine Horn 24 mm knot, 52 mm loft, 3-Band FAN shaped knot
4292 Faux Horn 23 mm knot, 52 mm loft, 2-Band FAN shaped knot

I may also sell my Bruyers Wood 2-Band hybrid Fan-Bulb shaped knot in 50 mm loft and 24 mm knot size with silver foot. Need to test it first Biggrin

To me it is clearly the Thäter Fan shaped knots that really disappoint me the most. They lack density and backbone. The bulb shaped knots from Thäter seem to do a far better job, both in 2-band as well as 3-band.
And as German stated, the octagonal shaped handles seem to be made with denser knot of hair than the rest. This provide more backbone to the brush.

I own two of the 49125 black-plexiglas handled brushes and they are the last I will sell in my Thäter collection. I had 8 Thäters, now down to 6, soon maybe down to 4.

I'm not a Thäter hater - I was just disappointed in their performance. May you all enjoy your Thäters - they look awesome. I personally love the octagonal black-plexiglas handle. If I ever bought a brush based on the handle alone, this could be it - but I don't Wink

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 02-19-2013, 11:04 PM
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(02-19-2013, 07:45 AM)poonjaji Wrote: I like your vintage brush, SLB04. How old is it?

I have no idea how old it is and I haven't asked Thäter yet.

But the brush has another logo on the other side of the handle as well:

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Heltha = Heinrich L. Thäter

If it is not their old logo, I guess that it was their brand for cheaper brushes. I have already seen a lot of boar brushes with a Heltha logo.

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