11-20-2013, 12:29 PM
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SBAD in full swing now.

My current favorites are a TGN Finest 24mm and my Chubby 2 Super.

I'm trying to compile a list of the best of the best. I have a Rooney 1/2 Silvertip coming in today.

I have my eyes on a Savile Row 3324, M&F / Rooney 1xl, M&F blonde.. Maybe a d01 or Thater.

Educate me Smile. What are your absolute favorite face lathering badgers?


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 11-20-2013, 12:35 PM
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This one is easy and you already have one of them. Chubby 2 Super.

The other would be my 28mm Shavemac D01 2-band set at a 50mm loft. Amazing backbone and scrub with no scritch.

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 11-20-2013, 12:56 PM
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  • grantmm
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Get yourself in contact with a brush filled with Heritage hair.

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 11-20-2013, 01:04 PM
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I face lather will all of my brushes, but some are admittedly more at home in a bowl. I have an "AS2" inspired M&F brush, a Simpsons Eagle in Best, and a Stubby Heritage 2XL that are probably the most consistently awesome performers. The Heritage (especially if found slightly used) will be hard to top if you like a "gel" feel. If you are a little more pocket book conscious a Simpsons best in any handle will be hard to beat in dollars per performance. They are typically dense with great flow through.

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 11-20-2013, 01:21 PM
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  • celar36
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2-bands Hybrib knots Simpson 2xl and M&F L7

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 11-20-2013, 02:37 PM
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How large is your bank account? Biggrin

Boy, you are going to have fun trying most of them out! Smile

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 11-20-2013, 02:49 PM
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My Thater 4125/2 2 band is a gem.

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 11-20-2013, 03:21 PM
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My favorite badgers for face lathering are:

WSP HMW two-band (although I do also like regular and Superfine two-bands)
TGN Finest bulb and fan
Shavemac regular silvertip bulb in a lower loft (47-49mm)
Vintage Blades Finest

I frankly think it's hard to beat the bang for the buck that a good TGN Finest offers. There are better knots but you will pay significantly more.

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 11-20-2013, 04:06 PM
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Right now top knots are:

WSP - SuperFine Silvertip XD & Manchurian XD
Rooney - Heritage Stubby 3

I would give a slight edge to the Rooney on overall performance (softness of tips, resiliency of hair, flow-through), but I love the density of WSP's XD knots. It would be tough to pick a favorite between these. If the Rooney was as dense as the other two - I would give the nod to the Heritage for sure.

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 11-20-2013, 04:12 PM
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Just wait to use that Rooney 1/2...Biggrin

Mine ?

-Simpson Duke 3 best badger with a 48 mm knot and hybrid knot.

-Semogue foroafeitado 2013 and LE 2010 selected silvertip.The new two band , which behaves like Manchurian badger on horn handle is great too.

-Wet Shaving Products Stubby in HMW 3 band and The Prince in premium silvertip.

-shavemac D01 silvertip 24 mm knot , SB 944 black handle

-Rooney 1/1 (re branded Truefitt and Hill) in silvertip (I have 3 of them )

And someday I will get a Rooney 2XL with the gel alike tips !

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 11-20-2013, 08:12 PM
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Very easy question! I only face lather so this also just happens to be my top 5 brushes

1 Polo 10 Manchurian
2 Persian Jar 3 Manchurian
3 Chubby 2 3-band Super
4 2XL Gel
5 PL1 Old-Style Super

With a more moderate budget (<$150 used) and excluding discontinued brushes:

1 Emillion 2 (I'm biased for the handle)
2 Chubby 2 Best (this should probably be #1)
3 Anything with a TGN Finest X-Hair 26mm - but set it at ~52mm loft (50 is def too short for how dense these are)
4 Thater 4XXX/2 2-band Bulb
5 SR3824 - Just a great all around brush

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 11-20-2013, 08:27 PM
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Thanks guys.

These are my favorite types of posts. I love finding out what the veterans see as the best they've tried and seeing if they work for me.

The rooney 1/2 is fantastic. It is exactly what I hoped it would be. My duke 3 sadly turned me off from Simpson because of its intense pure badger feel but the Rooney is super soft, with just about equal density and a perfect handle. Thoroughly enjoyed using it today. Now, I have to decide between a Stubby 3 normal orrrr a M&F Stubby 1xl. Orrr Savile Row 3824.

My bank account aka Paypal is funded through selling vintage shaving stuff Smile it's a very fun hobby.


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 11-20-2013, 08:38 PM
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You should give simpson manchurian a shot - they're generally all quite dense and wonderful for face lathering.

For me, I was slightly disappointed with my Stubby 3 as it wasn't quite as dense as I wanted it to be - coming from my 2XLs.

Not mentioned are Rooney heritage 3-bands which are VERY dense. The hair isn't the softest initially, but it's breaking in well so far and still quite enjoyable.

A chubby in 3-band super is about as good as it can get though. For me, I like Manchurian just a bit more (except for the CH2 Manchurian I had), but it could just be preference.

(11-20-2013, 08:27 PM)bmilcs Wrote: Thanks guys.

These are my favorite types of posts. I love finding out what the veterans see as the best they've tried and seeing if they work for me.

The rooney 1/2 is fantastic. It is exactly what I hoped it would be. My duke 3 sadly turned me off from Simpson because of its intense pure badger feel but the Rooney is super soft, with just about equal density and a perfect handle. Thoroughly enjoyed using it today. Now, I have to decide between a Stubby 3 normal orrrr a M&F Stubby 1xl. Orrr Savile Row 3824.

My bank account aka Paypal is funded through selling vintage shaving stuff Smile it's a very fun hobby.


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 11-20-2013, 08:44 PM
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(11-20-2013, 08:38 PM)yellafella321 Wrote: You should give simpson manchurian a shot - they're generally all quite dense and wonderful for face lathering.

For me, I was slightly disappointed with my Stubby 3 as it wasn't quite as dense as I wanted it to be - coming from my 2XLs.

Not mentioned are Rooney heritage 3-bands which are VERY dense. The hair isn't the softest initially, but it's breaking in well so far and still quite enjoyable.

A chubby in 3-band super is about as good as it can get though. For me, I like Manchurian just a bit more, but it could just be preference.

(11-20-2013, 08:27 PM)bmilcs Wrote: Thanks guys.

These are my favorite types of posts. I love finding out what the veterans see as the best they've tried and seeing if they work for me.

The rooney 1/2 is fantastic. It is exactly what I hoped it would be. My duke 3 sadly turned me off from Simpson because of its intense pure badger feel but the Rooney is super soft, with just about equal density and a perfect handle. Thoroughly enjoyed using it today. Now, I have to decide between a Stubby 3 normal orrrr a M&F Stubby 1xl. Orrr Savile Row 3824.

My bank account aka Paypal is funded through selling vintage shaving stuff Smile it's a very fun hobby.


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I am looking for a slightly dense version of my chubby 2 with a smaller knot. 25mm and better flow through sounds good. How does the 1/2 compare to a stubby 3 in regards to density and softness? I'm talking 2 band as I want variety Wink


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 11-20-2013, 08:47 PM
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I'm not part of the density crazed group that is on the upswing currently. I prefer a medium to high dense brush so no more chubby/stubby type knots for me.

My favorite? WSP Super HMW 2-band set in a custom handle (Elite7 Jade).

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And top left amongst its fellow Elite7's...
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 11-20-2013, 09:18 PM
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I've never tried the 1/2 so I can't really comment there, but the density of my stubby 3 doesn't come remotely close to my chubbies - not even 50% there.

If you want denser/smaller than the chubby - the heritage emillion 2/victorian in 3-band could fit the bill, but rooney packs their 3-band brushes much more densely than their 2 band brushes.

Also, Simpson 2-band brushes are denser/splay less/have a smaller face feel than their 3-band counterparts. For me, my CH2s in 2-band and manchurian were too dense, but the 3-band felt just right, so a 2-band CH2 could work for you as well.



(11-20-2013, 08:44 PM)bmilcs Wrote:
(11-20-2013, 08:38 PM)yellafella321 Wrote: You should give simpson manchurian a shot - they're generally all quite dense and wonderful for face lathering.

For me, I was slightly disappointed with my Stubby 3 as it wasn't quite as dense as I wanted it to be - coming from my 2XLs.

Not mentioned are Rooney heritage 3-bands which are VERY dense. The hair isn't the softest initially, but it's breaking in well so far and still quite enjoyable.

A chubby in 3-band super is about as good as it can get though. For me, I like Manchurian just a bit more, but it could just be preference.

(11-20-2013, 08:27 PM)bmilcs Wrote: Thanks guys.

These are my favorite types of posts. I love finding out what the veterans see as the best they've tried and seeing if they work for me.

The rooney 1/2 is fantastic. It is exactly what I hoped it would be. My duke 3 sadly turned me off from Simpson because of its intense pure badger feel but the Rooney is super soft, with just about equal density and a perfect handle. Thoroughly enjoyed using it today. Now, I have to decide between a Stubby 3 normal orrrr a M&F Stubby 1xl. Orrr Savile Row 3824.

My bank account aka Paypal is funded through selling vintage shaving stuff Smile it's a very fun hobby.


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I am looking for a slightly dense version of my chubby 2 with a smaller knot. 25mm and better flow through sounds good. How does the 1/2 compare to a stubby 3 in regards to density and softness? I'm talking 2 band as I want variety Wink


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 11-20-2013, 09:38 PM
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(11-20-2013, 08:47 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: . . . And top left amongst its fellow Elite7's...

I'm all for medium density, too.
The two brushes on the top shelf look slightly different than the ones on the bottom. I really like the handle of the darker one on the upper right, but am drawing a blank on Elite 7's; what are its specifics? Thanks.

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 11-21-2013, 04:18 AM
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They are custom made handles from Bob Quinn at Elite Razors and the profile is based on the Simpson M7, so Elite7.

The knots in the top ones are both Special Grade, or Super, HMW from when WSP had a small batch. The Jade on the left is 2-band while the tortoiseshell on the right is 3-band Super HMW. Both knots are 24/48.

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 11-21-2013, 05:25 AM
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My face lather brush Top 10 from my collection of brushes:

1. Morris & Fordran Heritage Stubby 2 XL 'Rooney Finest' 2-Band 29 mm hybrid Fan-Bulb - old type hair, not available for sale any more
2. Simpson Chubby 2 2-Band Bulb
3. Simpson Chubby 2 2-Band Fan
4. Simpson Chubby 2 Manchurian hybrid Fan-Bulb
5. Simpson Chubby 3 Manchurian hybrid Fan-Bulb
6. Rooney Heritage Stubby 2 2-Band Gel-Hair Fan
7. Thäter 4125/3 28mm 2-Band Bulb
8. Rudy Vey Beehive w. Shavemac D01 3-Band 26 mm hybrid Fan-Bulb Custom Made
9. Shavemac D01 2-Band 25 mm Fan Custom Made
10. Morris & Forndran 2XL 28 mm 2-Band hybrid Fan-Bulb Custom Made

Honorable mention goes to my Mühle STF v.2 23 mm Sophist African Blackwood brush. Amazing at creating face lather in seconds from anything I throw at it.

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 11-21-2013, 07:10 AM
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(11-21-2013, 04:18 AM)SharpSpine Wrote: They are custom made handles from Bob Quinn at Elite Razors and the profile is based on the Simpson M7, so Elite7.

The knots in the top ones are both Special Grade, or Super, HMW from when WSP had a small batch. The Jade on the left is 2-band while the tortoiseshell on the right is 3-band Super HMW. Both knots are 24/48.

Ah, thank you.

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