02-17-2013, 10:06 PM
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Once upon a time in the year 2013....and the story goes....

I recently went to my in-laws place, with my wifey, in Calcutta (now changed to Kolkota) Few days before Valentines my wifey asked me to come in to the room to see something (I was like dang Valentines came early this year) While I was imagining she threw me a bag full of Kent shaving brushes Biggrin I was happy like a dog with a bone Badger

I was rather surprised to find em' in India and that too in Calcutta (as compared to Mumbai or New Delhi). She got them from a shop that sells products imported from abroad.

And it gets better...Biggrin The shop keeper had given 5 Kent brushes, 1 Kent hard soap with bowl, 1 Kent hard soap refill and 1 Kent soft soap all on approval basis without charging a single penny...this I believe, after travelling to 20 countries, can only happen in India.

The moment I got em' I was sure I wanted to share some visual treat with me fellow members of the nook Wink

H8-Best Badger, BK4-Silver Tip Badger, BLK2-Pure Grey Badger, BLK8-Silver Tip Badger, H12-Best Badger

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After reading some reviews I selected BLK8 Silver Tip. However, it was interesting to note that H12 was not dense at all as compared to Simpson, M&F, and Thater.

My Kent

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Cheers!

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 02-17-2013, 10:11 PM
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  • beartrap
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You lucky lucky man Biggrin congrats!

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 02-17-2013, 10:22 PM
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Wow that's great! Good looking brushes. I never really looked into Kent, but it seems like their brushes are much higher lofted than others, is that a common theme in their line?

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 02-17-2013, 10:30 PM
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  • Teiste
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That was a very nice gift , my friend.
The Kent shaving soap is a Mitchells Wool Fat re branded , and the wooden bowl looks very nice indeed.
I have owned several old Kent brushes (P8 , BK8 and BK4, the travel one) and I truly enjoyed the handles , specially the BK series.Theyre not the most packed with hair shaving brushes , but are good ones , specially if you like to bowl lather.
Kent used to be a very famous brand in my country and now are quiet hard to find.

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 02-17-2013, 10:37 PM
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  • tgutc
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Wow what a score! Congrats.

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 02-17-2013, 10:39 PM
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  • Hanzo
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Thoughtful gift, the shaving hobbyist could not ask for anything more.Smile

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 02-17-2013, 10:43 PM
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hey - that's really awesome - your wife definitely loves a well groomed & happy man! as with lovely things occuring only in india i can indeed attest to that Wink

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 02-17-2013, 10:51 PM
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Wow! What a gift, that is a heck of a lineup of Kents. You are a lucky man!!

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 02-17-2013, 10:57 PM
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  • Songwind
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Very nice!

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 02-17-2013, 11:15 PM
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Enough of Pre-bloom....where are the Post-bloom pics???Biggrin

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 02-17-2013, 11:15 PM
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  • Johnny
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Pretty nice of the store to let your wife take all those without paying until you picked the one you wanted. That would never happen over here.

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 02-18-2013, 02:13 AM
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WoWZa, what a nice wifey - a badger lovin' wifey - she's a keeper Biggrin

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Congrats. I sold both my blk8 and bk8, but they were fine brushe. More backbone than the floppy fan shaped 2-Band Thäters, that's for sure Wink

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 02-18-2013, 02:52 AM
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  • ben74
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Fantastic! I'm particularly fond of that H12...

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 02-18-2013, 02:52 AM
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arai bahai thats a great find

On a side note, damn that h12 is huge.

I haven't tried any but from pictures and videos, its clear that Kents are more suited to bowl lathering though. Huge lofts.

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 02-18-2013, 04:16 AM
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Smile Thanks guys...it sure was a wonderful gift!

The H12 sure does look huge and grand but it doesn't even come close to the density of BLK8, I would say H12's density is 60% of BLK8's density.

All of em' are very well made brushes. After using BLK8 and Chubby 2 I would say both are quite similar in terms of feel, softness, lathering and bloom.

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 02-18-2013, 06:56 AM
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I dig that handle on the left,,,,,,, fo sure!

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 02-18-2013, 08:42 AM
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(02-18-2013, 04:16 AM)Badger Wrote: Smile Thanks guys...it sure was a wonderful gift!

The H12 sure does look huge and grand but it doesn't even come close to the density of BLK8, I would say H12's density is 60% of BLK8's density.

All of em' are very well made brushes. After using BLK8 and Chubby 2 I would say both are quite similar in terms of feel, softness, lathering and bloom.

While my 3-Band BLK8 & BK8 both were less floppy the my 3 Fan shaped 2-Band Thäters, they still both were not backbone monsters, but were luxurious soft, and better for the bowl as you also wisely state, my friend.
With that said, the Kent's are still floppy brushes and IMHO they don't compare to any of my 4 Chubby 2's when it comes to backbone and quality of brush.
But the Kent's are pretty affordable in Europe, and cost halo of what a standard Chubby 2 cost, so the Kent is excellent value for money (though not so much in the US, where the Kent's are higher priced)

I still used my Kent BK8 and BLK8 for face lathering, but it ranked in my Top 60 of brushes, just in front of 3 of my Fan shaped Thäters - and not close to be in my Top 40 to be honest. YMMV - shaving is so subjective and personal a hobby Smile

Enjoy which ever of the Kent's you end up with, I'm sure you'll love and enjoy it, especially since it was a present from the wifey Bow

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 02-18-2013, 09:01 AM
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  • Johnny
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I had a BK12 and that was way to large for me. I've always wanted to try a BK4 and someday I might just buy one. I love the Kent handles.

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 02-18-2013, 12:05 PM
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  • Teiste
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I have noticed some differences on the new Kent BK/BKL series handles shape compared to the old ones I used to have.Interesting...

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 02-18-2013, 12:15 PM
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(02-17-2013, 10:06 PM)Badger Wrote: Once upon a time in the year 2013....and the story goes...

Hi

You're a very! lucky man, you do know that, don't you? Wink

Personally I'm not a fan of the "classic" Kent handle shape, just not my cup of tea -- that said, the weekend just gone I had the opportunity to manhandle a Kent brush for the first time and I must say it was beautifully made, excellent weight and solid feel to the handle. Plus I was very! pleasantly surprised with how good the Best Badger knot was, it really was nice...

(02-17-2013, 10:06 PM)Badger Wrote: Few days before Valentines my wifey asked me to come in to the room to see something (I was like dang Valentines came early this year) While I was imagining she threw me a bag full of Kent shaving brushes Biggrin

Biggrin 24 Biggrin

Take care, Mike

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