03-11-2014, 05:49 AM
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So, my Chubby 2 Synthetic in Coral finally arrived today. It's my first foray into the world of synthetics, having toyed with the idea for a while now.

I have to say, my first impressions of this brush are quite good! The tips are incredibly soft when dry and after a first palm lather (I've already shaved today Sad), so too when wet. Now, being a face latherer with somewhat sensitive skin, that is a particularly appealing feature. It whipped up some very nice slick and thick lather with both Mike's Hungarian Lavender (easiest to lather for me) and Mystic Water Sardinian Honey (hardest to lather but terrific scent and face care properties).

I have to say that it didn't have much splay but with the somewhat big-ish knot, that is fine with me. Overall, I'm very impressed so far but I'll wait for my first shave with it before giving the Chubby Synthetic my final verdict.

Ok, ok! Here are some hastily taken pictures alongside my Chubby 2 Manchurian in butterscotch.

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Cheers,

Ash

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 03-11-2014, 05:52 AM
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  • Agravic
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Very nice ... thanks for sharing these pictures, Ash.

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 03-11-2014, 05:59 AM
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Thanks Ash, the Coral handle looks great Biggrin

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 03-11-2014, 06:19 AM
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  • ben74
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Congratulations, love the coral handle!

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 03-11-2014, 06:30 AM
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  • Johnny
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Very nice. Looking forward to your first use review.

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 03-11-2014, 06:47 AM
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  • refles
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love that deep color that the Coral has, congrats!

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 03-11-2014, 07:10 AM
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Love the look of the Coral handle

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 03-11-2014, 07:12 AM
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I agree, it's a beautiful handle.

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 03-11-2014, 07:30 AM
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The brush is quite handsome.

Did you happen to measure your brush and see if the knot met the 27/48 specification. A member of another forum who also received his brush indicated that the loft was 50mm.

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 03-11-2014, 07:37 AM
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  • beartrap
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How dense is it compared to your other chubby?

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 03-11-2014, 07:58 AM
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Ash, those are beautiful brushes!

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 03-11-2014, 08:15 AM
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(03-11-2014, 07:30 AM)branford Wrote: The brush is quite handsome.

Did you happen to measure your brush and see if the knot met the 27/48 specification. A member of another forum who also received his brush indicated that the loft was 50mm.

Steve, unfortunately I have no way to measure the loft at the moment but a side to side comparison with my Manchurian chubby (which has a 52mm loft) tells me that the loft is about the same if anything a tad shorter on the synthetic - so I'm guessing that it might well have been set at 50mm

(03-11-2014, 07:37 AM)beartrap Wrote: How dense is it compared to your other chubby?

And to the other Steve, I would say it is a very dense brush with minimal splay. You do get the same "wall of badger" feeling with the synthetic as with Manchurian and it does have a tendency to be as much of a lather hog (but do bear in mind that I've only palm lathered it so far). However, the face feel is completely different as the synthetic is way softer and springy as compared to the Manchurian, which is more unyielding and scrubbier.

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 03-11-2014, 08:19 AM
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That's a gorgeous brush. Love the color of the handle. Synthetics have come a long way!

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 03-11-2014, 10:49 AM
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Ash, I would be very interested to know how this brush compares to the Plisson synthetic. I presume you haven't tried the Plisson, correct?

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 03-11-2014, 11:13 AM
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(03-11-2014, 10:49 AM)celestino Wrote: Ash, I would be very interested to know how this brush compares to the Plisson synthetic. I presume you haven't tried the Plisson, correct?

No, I haven't. Although, I did consider getting one based on all the positive reviews but I seriously couldn't justify paying £65 ($110) for a brush that's costs half the price in other countries (absolute rip-off!).

Ash

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 03-11-2014, 11:57 AM
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(03-11-2014, 11:13 AM)turando72 Wrote:
(03-11-2014, 10:49 AM)celestino Wrote: Ash, I would be very interested to know how this brush compares to the Plisson synthetic. I presume you haven't tried the Plisson, correct?

No, I haven't. Although, I did consider getting one based on all the positive reviews but I seriously couldn't justify paying £65 ($110) for a brush that's costs half the price in other countries (absolute rip-off!).

Ash

It's truly strange how pricing varies in different markets ... for 65GBP, I'd rather go for the CH2 synthetic in ivory ... or like in your case, ante up the extra 10GBP for a distinctive CH handle ...

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 03-11-2014, 12:29 PM
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(03-11-2014, 11:57 AM)Agravic Wrote:
(03-11-2014, 11:13 AM)turando72 Wrote:
(03-11-2014, 10:49 AM)celestino Wrote: Ash, I would be very interested to know how this brush compares to the Plisson synthetic. I presume you haven't tried the Plisson, correct?

No, I haven't. Although, I did consider getting one based on all the positive reviews but I seriously couldn't justify paying £65 ($110) for a brush that's costs half the price in other countries (absolute rip-off!).

Ash

It's truly strange how pricing varies in different markets ... for 65GBP, I'd rather go for the CH2 synthetic in ivory ... or like in your case, ante up the extra 10GBP for a distinctive CH handle ...

+1

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 03-11-2014, 12:33 PM
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(03-11-2014, 11:57 AM)Agravic Wrote:
(03-11-2014, 11:13 AM)turando72 Wrote:
(03-11-2014, 10:49 AM)celestino Wrote: Ash, I would be very interested to know how this brush compares to the Plisson synthetic. I presume you haven't tried the Plisson, correct?

No, I haven't. Although, I did consider getting one based on all the positive reviews but I seriously couldn't justify paying £65 ($110) for a brush that's costs half the price in other countries (absolute rip-off!).

Ash

It's truly strange how pricing varies in different markets ... for 65GBP, I'd rather go for the CH2 synthetic in ivory ... or like in your case, ante up the extra 10GBP for a distinctive CH handle ...

Don't forget that our European friends get hit with a VAT of ~20% which, unlike the USA, is generally included in the listed price of a product (with Simpsons being an unusual exception to the rule).

However, I agree that it does seem odd how items imported from Europe or other parts of the world are often cheaper in the USA rather than where they are manufactured (with Muhle being a notable exception).

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 03-11-2014, 01:20 PM
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(03-11-2014, 11:13 AM)turando72 Wrote:
(03-11-2014, 10:49 AM)celestino Wrote: Ash, I would be very interested to know how this brush compares to the Plisson synthetic. I presume you haven't tried the Plisson, correct?

No, I haven't. Although, I did consider getting one based on all the positive reviews but I seriously couldn't justify paying £65 ($110) for a brush that's costs half the price in other countries (absolute rip-off!).

Ash

Same here. The UK pricing for the Plisson synth is ridiculous.

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 03-11-2014, 03:31 PM
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  • Giorgio
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Congrats on the new brush! The coral looks incredible...that's the color I would have chose myself Biggrin

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