03-01-2013, 01:24 PM
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I received an eagerly anticipated package from Oscar11 today. But first a bit of background before continuing.

Lately I've been playing/exploring synthetic brushes and travel brushes. IMO, the ideal place for a syntheic knot is on a travel brush. I tried a Muhle silvertip fibers travel brush and while liking the knot, the handle doesn't quite do it for me. It's useable just not ideal for a face latherer. I also like the TGN gen3 synthetic knots.

The Omega travel brushes have IMO a great handle and size, but are all in natural fibers. So if you're following this, how about a synthetic travel brush with Omegas handle? That's where Oscar11 comes in. I asked him to make a copy of the Omega handle for me, and I had shipped to him a TGN 20mm nylon knot. I also shipped a Rx pill bottle to him and a Omega 11047 brush to copy the handle and duplicate or better the overall size of the brush. IMO the result is precisely what I had in mind. OK, a bit better.

The Omega knot rattles around in the bottle. The Oscar11 handled brush is a precise fit. Here it is pictured next to an Omega 599 silvertip taken out of it's pill bottle (hence no bloom). Steve does nice work.
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The new knot is freshly glued in place, so I'll be leaving it along for awhile, but expect a review of this brush compared to a few other travel brushes very soon. FWIW, I have used the TGN 20mm knot in a full size handle and it's nice. I expect no surprises with this new brush.

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 03-01-2013, 03:48 PM
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Brian, wow, what a gorgeous little brush!!

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 03-01-2013, 03:49 PM
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  • Shaun
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Why do you say synthetic knot is better for travelling? Drying time?

The little brush looks just great. Now I want one too, ha ha.

My little Omega is a combo boar/badger (tasso/setola). I love it, and it's getting better as the boar tips spilt. It has just the right feel on my face. I love these combo brushes I have to say.

I also have the Omega Bambino 50068 in white. Cute, but handle is very light indeed, plastic. Cheap though, very. Great little travel brush IMO.

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 03-01-2013, 08:27 PM
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Shaun, it's just my opinion of a perfect match. That is, synthetic in a travel brush. Why? If it must be put away wet the knot will handle it w/o falling apart from mold or rot. Basically, they can be abused.

BTW, I just hand lathered it since the hours of curing time I've given it makes it plenty strong enough for lather. No surprises. I might actually like it more than my full size version. I'll know more in the morning.

Edit: Gents FWIW, if this works out and at this time I don't see why it won't, I suggested to Steve that he record the dimensions to produce more handles. I KNOW that TGN has plenty of knots and can get more. I made it because IMO it just needed to be made.

I did suggest that possibly a "keyhole" handle shape might also work nicely with a brush this small. I'll leave that to someone else to try.

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 03-01-2013, 08:39 PM
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  • Johnny
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That little brush turned out real nice.

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 03-01-2013, 09:01 PM
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  • ben74
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Excellent Brian, congratulations!

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 03-01-2013, 11:35 PM
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  • blzrfn
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I really enjoy the size of my 11047 for face lathering, though using it everyday might get tiresome with such a small handle. I am starting to get the itch for a short handled brush with a bit more girth to it, but I haven't fallen into temptation. yet

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 03-02-2013, 03:45 AM
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(03-01-2013, 01:24 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I also like the TGN gen3 synthetic knots.

I really like that brush. I haven't been to the TGN site in a while and didn't realize that have had several Gen of the synthetic knots. I have what must be one of the first Gen. (from a couple years ago or more). Love how it feels and it makes superb lather in a bowl but found it seemed to dribble too much water out when trying to face lather making a mess (even when I continually tried shaking more and more water out before I started). I might have to try the new one.

Thanks for this thread.

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 03-02-2013, 07:36 AM
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Moe the gen3 knots will do the same. Don't soak the brush, the knot doesn't need it anyway. Just dip the tips. That seems to help.

Too, they don't list the generation of the knot. It's just that now they're up to gen' 3.

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 03-02-2013, 05:09 PM
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Brian,

That is a good configuration for that knot! Enjoy!

Steve,

Great work as always!

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 03-02-2013, 06:11 PM
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(03-02-2013, 07:36 AM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Don't soak the brush, the knot doesn't need it anyway.

Duh! I don't know why I didn't think of that. Oh Boy! I see a new project coming my way Biggrin

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 03-02-2013, 06:17 PM
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  • Blue line
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Nice brush, my Tweezerman is crawling out of his omega travel stand-tube bowing down and repeating "I'm not worthy"!

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 03-02-2013, 06:30 PM
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Beautiful little travel brush ! I'm taking my Lightbulb knot with me this coming week to see how it goes.

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 03-02-2013, 08:01 PM
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  • mikeperry
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Hi Brian

Very! nice, the new custom (travel) brush looks excellent Thumbsup

Steve done a beautiful job on the handle. I like how he widened the handle slightly so it would fit perfectly "snug" into a Rx pill bottle Clap

Take care, Mike

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 03-02-2013, 08:53 PM
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(03-02-2013, 06:11 PM)Moe Wrote:
(03-02-2013, 07:36 AM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Don't soak the brush, the knot doesn't need it anyway.

Duh! I don't know why I didn't think of that. Oh Boy! I see a new project coming my way Biggrin

Moe, what I suggested is very easy to suggest. But if you've been dipping the entire brush every day for an extended period of time do you know how difficult it is to remember to not do the full dip/soak? It's just habit for me even though I know. Of course after I do it I have some choice words and I have to flick off the brush and wipe it on the towel, and yes the knot is a sponge and the "problem" emerges. (sigh) Old dogs, new tricks.

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 03-03-2013, 05:56 AM
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  • MikekiM
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That is sweet.. I've had a few Omega's on my wish list for a while. But this one just moved to the top. I don't travel much, but if these get produced in any numbers, I would buy one.

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 03-03-2013, 09:24 AM
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(03-03-2013, 05:56 AM)MikekiM Wrote: That is sweet.. I've had a few Omega's on my wish list for a while. But this one just moved to the top. I don't travel much, but if these get produced in any numbers, I would buy one.

I have no affiliation with Steves handle business, but I bet if you contacted him you could work out an arrangement where you take delivery of a finished brush.

Biggrin Sorry Steve, but this is how I was thrust into the after shave business.

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 04-25-2013, 06:58 AM
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I just sold my 11047, and was thinking about getting a 599. I may have to ask oscar11 if he would be willing to imitate a tiny handle I have. Thanks for sharing. Great looking little brush you've got there!

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 04-25-2013, 08:30 AM
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  • CRAusmus
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Excellent idea Brian. Beautiful brush. Glad that you shared it with us.

I have never tried a synthetic knot, and it certainly makes a great deal of sense for travel. Will have to look into this a little further.

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 04-25-2013, 08:31 AM
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Hi Brian,

Very cool travel brush you have there! Unique and it sounds great. Can't wait to hear more about it. Smile

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