Poll: Have you ever seen any shed fibers come from any synthetic brushes you've used?
 11-03-2013, 09:03 PM
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I have a number of synthetic brushes from various manufacturers and I have never seen even one synthetic fiber ever get shed. Have you?

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 11-03-2013, 09:09 PM
  • Agravic
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I own 4 Frank Shaving synthetic brushes ... thinking about it, not even one hair shed on any of them.

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 11-03-2013, 09:12 PM
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I have. I have quite a few of the Frank Shaving Gen 3 and two new Gen 4 brushes and I have seen a few fibres shed from each brush. Nothing compared to my badgers, but it has happened. I do mean two or three and nothing of significance.

Wow, you chaps are fortunate. Depending on the density of the knot, I would imagine as most synthetic knots are less dense than badgers and boars, it would stand to reason, I believe, that they would tend to shed less. However, anything is possible! Biggrin

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 11-03-2013, 09:27 PM
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I've seen maybe 2-3 fibers shed out of 7 synthetic brushes (HIS, FS and Muhle...all Gen 3 or 4).

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 11-03-2013, 09:34 PM
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Never in my two Muhle V2s or my EJ.

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 11-04-2013, 01:32 AM
  • tgutc
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That's interesting I wonder why. I've only used a HIS but I dont recall it shedding.

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 11-04-2013, 05:53 AM
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Never on my muhle v2 silvertip fibre.

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 11-04-2013, 10:07 AM
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I've thought about this and I think a big reason natural hair sheds so much is the lack of uniformity in hair length. Whereas synthetic hair is always exactly the same length as every other hair, natural hair can have shorter hairs clumped together. Then, when they're tapped from the top to form the bulb shape, the tops go to the top and the shorter bottom gets exposed or whatnot.

Anyway, the other cause would be a disastrous glue failure of some sort.

All just my thoughts on the matter.

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 11-04-2013, 11:00 AM
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(11-03-2013, 09:03 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I have a number of synthetic brushes from various manufacturers and I have never seen even one synthetic fiber ever get shed. Have you?

Nope, never noted any shedding....& I've got under $10 brushes

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 11-04-2013, 11:34 AM
  • Johnny
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No shedding from my hjm black fibre brushes.

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 11-04-2013, 03:48 PM
  • Codfish
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I've owned close to 20 synths, some going back to 2005, and I honestly can say that I don't think any of them has shed even a single fiber.

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 11-04-2013, 04:37 PM
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Yes. I have lost a fiber or two from an early TGN knot (not the 3 band).

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 11-05-2013, 03:57 AM
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I have only been using synthetic brushes for a couple of months but no I haven't noticed one hair shed from FS, HIS, Muhle STF and Black Fibres, Kent, Whipped Dog synthetic brushes. Just another reason to love synthetic brushes. I don't think the loft height is as critical as badgers either, and love the easy cleanup and quick drying, oh and no smell when new. Can you tell I like synthetic brushes. ha

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