11-04-2013, 02:06 PM
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Rudy Vey is making me a handle (my first from him).

Was planning on a Muhle Silvertip synthetic knot, but curious what everyone else has been getting (and loving) from him?

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 11-04-2013, 02:43 PM
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Rudy carries all my favorite knots: Omega boar, WSP two-band and Muhle synthetic. I thoroughly enjoy them all and really couldn't pick just one!

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 11-04-2013, 02:47 PM
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Shavemac 2 band flat top, 20mm x 42mm loft.

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 11-04-2013, 03:19 PM
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I've had Rudy make several brushes for me. A 24 mmTGN two band finest fan, a 28 mm Shavemac three band DO1, and a Wet Shaving Product 26 mm Superfine are what I currently have from him and these are all really great knots.

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 11-04-2013, 03:20 PM
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WSP SuperFine and Mühle Black Fibre. I'm working with Rudy for another custom Black Fibre currently. He's great to work with as I'm sure you already know or you will soon. Biggrin

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 11-04-2013, 04:18 PM
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  • Mouser
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(11-04-2013, 02:47 PM)hobo701 Wrote: Shavemac 2 band flat top, 20mm x 42mm loft.
always wanted to try a flat top.......

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 11-04-2013, 05:38 PM
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I have a few custom brushes...My favorite knot is probably a toss up between WSP's Manchurian and WSP's Superfine 2-band.

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 11-04-2013, 06:26 PM
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  • MaxP
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For me, TGN Finest. I don't care for synthetics...at all.

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 11-04-2013, 06:58 PM
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Thanks guys! I actually have a TGN finest already (actually two, one fan and one bulb), and a WSP Special Grade 2-band, so guess I'm looking for something different???

Not really sure why I'm buying another brush....

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 11-04-2013, 07:52 PM
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I am sure Rudy can acquire the Shavemac knots; D-01 2-band might be good for you. Smile

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 11-04-2013, 10:53 PM
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  • vpayne
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My favorite is a 24X47 Shavemac D01 two band that Rudy set in a handle that we collaborated on. It is a wonderful knot in that it has very strong backbone with soft tips. It pushes back nicely when I am face lathering. I have several others, but this one is my favorite. It is dense and also produces mucho lather.

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 11-05-2013, 05:37 AM
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So the Shavemac D01 two-band is worth the $$$?

I've had a few Shavemac finest brushes and thought they were nice, but nothing special.

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 11-05-2013, 08:35 AM
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"So the Shavemac D01 two-band is worth the $$$?"

Tough question. It's my favorite knot but I've only tried it in a flat top. Their finest is very nice but IMO close enough to a TGN finest to perhaps not warrant the additional cost. I also have a DO1 3 band fan and between the two DO1's they satisfy all my badger needs at least temporarily. I want to do a larger knot (bulb) in the 28mm range but haven't decided on the hair but it will be another Shavemac. I used a 28mm Shavemac Silver Tip that I thought was pretty nice but the loft was to high for my tastes, shortened up a bit, I thought it might have been a good one.

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 11-05-2013, 09:29 AM
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  • vpayne
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The Shavemac is only worth the money if you get the right combination, but you must know what you want ie; backbone, tips, splay, bulb/fan, size. Then you need to be able to trust someone to make it like you want it. That is less of a problem if you go through Rudy. I say this because I have 2 Shavemacs that don't meet my needs-but others that are identical-do meet my needs. I would strongly recommend going through Rudy Vey vs Shavemacs' web site.
Having said all that, I recently took a chance on a Mountain Manchurian from WSP and I am so impressed with it that it may replace my #1 brush, a Shavemac D01 2band, which is wonderful-and it cost less.......FWIW

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 11-05-2013, 10:04 AM
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Those WSP Manchurian knots are incredible for the price that they were being offered for. Smile

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 11-05-2013, 11:59 AM
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So my key criteria are excellent backbone and flow-through and soft tips (gel-soft not required).

For WSP my best match would be the Two-banded HMW or the Superfine two-band or?

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 11-07-2013, 07:04 AM
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Quote:The Shavemac is only worth the money if you get the right combination, but you must know what you want ie; backbone, tips, splay, bulb/fan, size.
Same criteria for any brush, none of them are worth it if you don't get what you like. I'm not trying to be argumentative but I've had a some big name brushes that I knew there was a good brush hiding in there someplace but as it was configured I didn't care for it. You pay your money and take your chances unless you have some experience to base your choices on.

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