10-28-2013, 02:41 PM
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  • Codfish
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I received a new brush in today's mail. It was send to me for evaluation purposes by Artist Brushstrokes. They are the distributors of the H.I.S. synthetic brush that was among the first to introduce Generation 4 synthetic knots.

Those of you familiar with the first brush will remember that it had a tall loft of 60mm, which received some criticism as being too long. Not so with the H.I.S.3D RETRO brush shown below (larger brush).

The new brush has an unusual "saw tooth" knot, and my tests will study this new feature, as well as other aspects of the brush.

My crude measurements show a 26mm knot of Generation 4 fibers. As you can see, the shape is flat top. I measure the basic loft at 40mm, and the "teeth" at 45mm.

The brush has very good density, and strong backbone. My first shave used an aged puck of MWF. It performed very well and made high-quality lather easily.

H.I.S. may have gone to the other extreme with the loft setting, but the brush provided a scrubbing action that many look for. I'll need to do several more weeks of testig with a variety of soaps and creams, as well as testing the brush for face and bowl lathering before I can be confident of my initial impressions.

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 10-28-2013, 03:00 PM
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  • Agravic
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I look forward to your thorough and comprehensive review, Jim.
Admittedly, I am rather skeptical about the 'toothbrush' knot appearance ... but perhaps 'form follows function' ... Confused

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 10-28-2013, 03:00 PM
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Jim, that is a very unique design with the bristles. I wonder why they did that as it is not a very aesthetically pleasing knot. Good luck with the testing and let us know how it performs! Smile

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 10-28-2013, 03:37 PM
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  • ischiapp
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I agree with Ravi.
Hope it'll work very very well ... just to accept the shape. Cool

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 10-28-2013, 05:03 PM
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  • Arcadies
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I just don't have faith in their designs, nor their repeated use of the same over-sized handle. I believe they should focus on just providing knots for artisans and the community to use as they will.

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 10-28-2013, 06:50 PM
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(10-28-2013, 05:03 PM)Arcadies Wrote: I just don't have faith in their designs, nor their repeated use of the same over-sized handle. I believe they should focus on just providing knots for artisans and the community to use as they will.

* Or offer different sizes in handles! I thought they were planning to do this. Am I incorrect, Jim? Blush

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 10-28-2013, 07:18 PM
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(10-28-2013, 06:50 PM)celestino Wrote: * Or offer different sizes in handles! I thought they were planning to do this. Am I incorrect, Jim? Blush

Not to my knowledge, but I will inquire.

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 10-29-2013, 09:26 AM
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Not too sure about the looks Confused
Can't wait to hear your review!

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 10-29-2013, 02:54 PM
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(10-28-2013, 03:00 PM)Agravic Wrote: I look forward to your thorough and comprehensive review, Jim.
Admittedly, I am rather skeptical about the 'toothbrush' knot appearance ... but perhaps 'form follows function' ... Confused

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