03-04-2014, 08:19 AM
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Hello members of TSN,

I am on a quest. My needs as a wetshaver are evolving and my tools need to adapt to the work at hand! As a head shaver, I find that no matter what, a brush cannot hold enough lather for me when head lathering. Therefore, I've adapted the head lather, reload, and bowl lather technique.

So, with this in mind, I decided to try a true bowl lathering brush: The Kent BK8. I LOVE THIS BRUSH!! Every head shave since I've gotten it, I've had to resist using it so that my others don't get jealous!

I own a few large brushes, but they are two bands and short lofted (CH2 2-Band, M&F 3XL) with stubby handles. I'm on the quest for ideas for a future brush or two.

The Kent BK12 sounds like a must for me. It's everything I love about the 8 but more. Aside from that behemoth, what do you recommend? The Simpson Polo's seem fantastic as well as a custom M&F. My love for 3-bands is growing as they seem to be a tad better at bowl lathering. Maybe it's in my head.

All your feedback is appreciated. Thanks!

Bryan

Are there any other handle shapes or brands that you can recommend?

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 03-04-2014, 10:39 AM
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I have a Muhle Retro and it's a beast. It holds a ton of lather and is awesome in a bowl. Also, I love the true bulb knot shape. Mine measures: loft: 58mm, knot: 25mm, total height: 107mm.

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 03-04-2014, 11:56 AM
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  • Deuce
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Bryan have you consideedr a big mojo like Omega's Pro 48 Boar? Not expensive, about $12 bucks, and it has a good sized handle too so you can maneuver it around your melon

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 03-04-2014, 02:28 PM
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  • Mouser
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(03-04-2014, 11:56 AM)Deuce Wrote: Bryan have you consideedr a big mojo like Omega's Pro 48 Boar? Not expensive, about $12 bucks, and it has a good sized handle too so you can maneuver it around your melon
Big boar brushes like that with a good long loft are unbelievably good bowl latherers. I have a vintage Marvy 4 boar with dimensions and looks similar to a Dubl Duck #5 and it bowl lathers as good as anything I've ever had.

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 03-04-2014, 02:42 PM
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You may consider the Semogue 2000. I included a picture of the 2000 along side of a 1305 for comparison. For me, the 2000 holds a bunch of lather.

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 03-04-2014, 02:45 PM
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  • Mouser
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 03-04-2014, 03:14 PM
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Thanks for the tips guys but I have a SOC and Pro 49. I've been through my boar phase and prefer my badgers. Smile

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 03-04-2014, 03:27 PM
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Vulfix #40 in Super Badger is a monster!! Vulfix have very soft Kent style hair some would say floppy mops

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 03-04-2014, 06:37 PM
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  • ben74
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(03-04-2014, 08:19 AM)bmilcs Wrote: The Kent BK12 sounds like a must for me. It's everything I love about the 8 but more.

Yes it is.

If you love your small Kent, there is little reason why you wouldn't love a big one!

(03-04-2014, 08:19 AM)bmilcs Wrote: The Simpson Polo's seem fantastic...

Bryan IMO the Polo handles are what feel big, not their knots. Better off looking at a Chubby if you want a big feel on the face (rather than in the hand).

(03-04-2014, 10:39 AM)ajpurdon Wrote: I have a Muhle Retro and it's a beast. It holds a ton of lather and is awesome in a bowl. Also, I love the true bulb knot shape. Mine measures: loft: 58mm, knot: 25mm, total height: 107mm.

I owned a Muhle Retro. It was a soft, big beautiful knot and wonderful in the bowl or on the face. It is the only Muhle brush I miss...

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 03-04-2014, 10:20 PM
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I'll second Toby's recommendation of a Vulfix.

For lathering in a bowl, I like a longer loft with less density and more flex. This combination is way more efficient for bowl-lathering than a short, dense loft.

I also favor a fan-shaped loft because it enables me to scrape the lather off the sides and to work it more effectively in the bottom of the bowl.

- Murray

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 03-05-2014, 03:30 AM
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The Vulvix #40 looks very interesting. The Polo comments make sense - I was worried about it being too dense like a Chubby 3-band.

I am looking for a higher lofted, medium-high density brush - lots of bloom.

The Vulvix #40 is of Simpson Super 3-Band hair, correct? Who here owns one and enjoys it?

The Kent BK12 is going to be ordered shortly ;D

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 03-05-2014, 04:37 AM
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The Vulfix 40 in "silvertip" is the equivalent of Simpson's super. Vulfix's super is the equivalent of Simpson's best.


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 03-05-2014, 12:02 PM
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I own the Vulfix 2236 which has a 26mm knot set at 57mm(spec)/60mm (actual) loft. I attempted to use it for bowl lathering, but it really was too floppy to be effective. Of course I am a bit biased being a man that prefers to face lather soaps and this brush was not good at all for this purpose. Using it with cream in the bowl, it did make up a nice lather but applying the lather to the face could only be done with painting strokes as there was virtually no backbone. Eventually, knowing there was no way to recover my investment, as a search of past sales of these large Vulfix brushes will show, I ended up drilling out that old knot and installing a 2-band knot in its place. Now it has no problems doing whatever I want it to and the only downside to the brush is the enormous and heavy handle.

I'm not sure if this will translate over to the Vulfix 40 or other models, but thought you might appreciate a little first-hand experience.

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 03-06-2014, 05:31 PM
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Thanks guys. The Vulfix 40 has peaked my interest Smile. I may have to try one out.

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