04-07-2013, 05:07 PM
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  • MikekiM
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I am interested in adding a synthetic brush and after reading a few other posts the Muhle 25 v2 in ivory seems like the way to go, but i am open to other options.. What other brushes should i consider? HIS? Franks? the new Kent line?

The chatter seems to point to the Muhle. What is the best source and how do I be sure I get the v2 and not v1?

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 04-07-2013, 05:13 PM
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I prefer the Black Fibre to the STF from Muhle. As far as STF though Muhle is great.

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 04-07-2013, 05:28 PM
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I'll be waiting for reviews on the Simpsons prior to making any purchasing decision in relation to a Synthetic brush...

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 04-07-2013, 05:41 PM
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Muhle has existing synthetics.
As to the version of STF fiber, you really have to go directly to Muhle and purchase one with a request to receive the Version 2 fiber.

Currently Simpsons is introducing a new synthetic.

A you stated, Kent is introducing their own line which I will have one in my possession to test very soon.

You will have more choices.

As Ben said, you might want wait and stay tuned if you want to see some additional section. In the next month you should be seeing some more choices being reviewed on the Nook.

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 04-07-2013, 06:07 PM
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  • MikekiM
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Thanks all!

I'll hold off... I REALLY want a flattop!

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 04-08-2013, 08:48 AM
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I tried 3 synts:
Muhle hjm black fibre - nice soft knot but too floppy for my taste.
H.I.S - not a fan at all, sold it.

Frank Shaving - I like it a lot. Backbone resembles boar, tips are very soft, I like the handle as well. Bought a second as a back up.

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 04-08-2013, 08:54 AM
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Connaught Shaving has V2

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 04-08-2013, 06:38 PM
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  • MikekiM
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(04-08-2013, 08:54 AM)mcgils Wrote: Connaught Shaving has V2

Do you has to specify it, if you want v2?

So far their response to my email inquiry about the Omega models has gone unanswered, so I don't have a warm fuzzy feeling that my requests will be honored.. And they are an ocean away, so returns would be a hassle...

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 04-08-2013, 07:15 PM
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Frank Shaving synthetic are very nice and very economical and you can get the loft set at whatever you wish.
Good luck.

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 04-08-2013, 07:34 PM
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(04-08-2013, 06:38 PM)MikekiM Wrote:
(04-08-2013, 08:54 AM)mcgils Wrote: Connaught Shaving has V2

Do you has to specify it, if you want v2?

So far their response to my email inquiry about the Omega models has gone unanswered, so I don't have a warm fuzzy feeling that my requests will be honored.. And they are an ocean away, so returns would be a hassle...

funny, connaught has always answered my emails almost immediately.

what makes you think you will want to or be able to return it?

in 2+years of wet s having purchases, I have yet to return anything Huh

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 04-09-2013, 02:09 AM
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  • MikekiM
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Must say, I was surprised by the lack of response.. still nothing.

I've only once returned something.. A Mergress.

The Synth is something new for me and my order would also include a few Omega brushes.. I guess I see an overseas order as more of an irrevocable decision.

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 04-09-2013, 02:11 PM
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(04-07-2013, 06:07 PM)MikekiM Wrote: Thanks all!

I'll hold off... I REALLY want a flattop!

Good choice!
I have a Muhle prototype in flat top and it is really great.

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 04-09-2013, 06:20 PM
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(04-09-2013, 02:11 PM)wimbouman Wrote:
(04-07-2013, 06:07 PM)MikekiM Wrote: Thanks all!

I'll hold off... I REALLY want a flattop!

Good choice!
I have a Muhle prototype in flat top and it is really great.

Sweet...how did you score that?

If you have any interest in parting with it, I'd be interested...

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 04-11-2013, 06:51 AM
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Do you have an actual need for a synthetic brush or are you just curious to try it? If you have any high-end brushes like a nice 2-band, I'd recommend passing on the synthetic.

I just purchased a Muhle V2 knot as a travel brush, and while the tips are soft, there is just no support in the brush, and it really feels like a ton of tiny nylon bristles bunched together. Nothing special here at all.

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 04-11-2013, 06:55 AM
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The reason Muhle gets more "press" is because they were first into the foray with a knock out product.

Others are starting to take notice so there should be a lot of competition shortly.

I actually needed a synth brush because I travel a lot and need a brush that drys fast which the synth seems to be best at.

I went with the smallest knot Muhle (19mm knot) and have been very satisfied with it.

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 04-11-2013, 08:16 AM
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I do have two band Rooney's and TGN's and just want to try the synth to see what they are like. I just purchased a HIS from BST which should be good to get me an initial taste.

But a Muhle flattop...that I would be all over.

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 04-17-2013, 09:44 AM
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I can testify for the excellent qualities of a flatter synth shave knot.

I think the new v2 knots alreaday are a bit less bulb, German style and now are more Anglo, flatter head.

I can testify for the excellent qualities of a flatter synth shave knot.

I think the new v2 knots alreaday are a bit less bulb, German style and now are more Anglo, flatter head.

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 04-17-2013, 09:55 AM
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(04-17-2013, 09:44 AM)wimbouman Wrote: I can testify for the excellent qualities of a flatter synth shave knot.

I think the new v2 knots alreaday are a bit less bulb, German style and now are more Anglo, flatter head.

I can testify for the excellent qualities of a flatter synth shave knot.

I think the new v2 knots alreaday are a bit less bulb, German style and now are more Anglo, flatter head.

The V2 are a bit more fan-like. Oops on that autocorrect.

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 04-17-2013, 05:55 PM
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  • MikekiM
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Gave the HIS a go.. Not sure how I feel about it.

Different for sure.

Initially it felt like a nylon paint brush..pliable went bent sideways but stiff in compression such that there wasn't a lot of splay.

Once lather filled the knot it became more comfortable. But, I hope the other synth option are better than this.

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 04-17-2013, 08:12 PM
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(04-17-2013, 05:55 PM)MikekiM Wrote: Gave the HIS a go.. Not sure how I feel about it.

Different for sure.

Initially it felt like a nylon paint brush..pliable went bent sideways but stiff in compression such that there wasn't a lot of splay.

Once lather filled the knot it became more comfortable. But, I hope the other synth option are better than this.

* Mike, i also did not like the HIS brush as the knot was to large and the loft to high. i still think the custom Frank Shaving ones are the best route. You can set the loft at whichever height you want and get the knot at many different diameters. Personally, i find the 24x51mm to be the best, so far, and you should not use as much pressure with circular motions as you are used to with badger and even less so with boar. i think most gents make this mistake and have a bad experience with synthetics. They are extremely soft and make great lather with minimal soap or cream. You just need to readjust your mechanism of lather with them. My five FS brushes are fantastic brushes. i just wish they looked as good as my oscar11 one! Biggrin
Good luck to you.

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