01-24-2014, 08:07 AM
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I am considering a Shavemac 2-band to be used exclusively for face lathering soaps. What are the pros and cons of a small knot diameter (18 - 21) versus a larger diameter (22 - 26). Same questions on loft- i.e. shorter versus higher. I realize this is a matter of preference but what does one get with a smaller brush versus a larger one?

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 01-24-2014, 08:21 AM
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It depends on the shape of the knot: fan, bulb or hybrid. Fan-shape knots will splay more than bulb-shape knots. Hence you can use a knot with a smaller diameter if you chose a fan-shape knot. For example, my fan-shape knots are mostly 20-23 mm whereas my bulb-shape knots are 24-26 mm. Obviously, by definition, a hybrid-shape knot would be somewhere in between. Shavemac also offers an extreme flat-top knot, in which case I'd use something in the 18-20 mm range.

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 01-24-2014, 08:58 AM
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(01-24-2014, 08:21 AM)Rufus Wrote: It depends on the shape of the knot: fan, bulb or hybrid. Fan-shape knots will splay more than bulb-shape knots. Hence you can use a knot with a smaller diameter if you chose a fan-shape knot. For example, my fan-shape knots are mostly 20-23 mm whereas my bulb-shape knots are 24-26 mm. Obviously, by definition, a hybrid-shape knot would be somewhere in between. Shavemac also offers an extreme flat-top knot, in which case I'd use something in the 18-20 mm range.

+1 Also, you have to be careful with how low you set the knot as the D-01 2-band has the most backbone you will try and it may be too much if the loft is too low.
Good luck.

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 01-24-2014, 09:52 AM
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Im looking at getting a shavemac too. They are beautiful brushes. I mostly use rooneys. But those shavemacs with the bulb nots are mighty tempting Smile

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