03-12-2014, 02:59 PM
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I'm a newbie (first post), so hopefully this question isn't too terrible Smile. But, does anyone use a 3-band regularly to face lather? I prefer the softness of 3-band knots, but I mainly see you all posting about face lathering with 2 bands. Is using a 3-band for face lathering not best practice? Thanks for any input!
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 03-12-2014, 04:03 PM
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  • Elendil
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Welcome to TSN!

Most of my brushes are of the three band variety, and they work just fine for me when face lathering. If it's working, you have your best practice.

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 03-12-2014, 04:15 PM
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  • Giorgio
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Welcome!

I almost exclusively face lather, and I use both 2 bands and 3 bands. 2 bands typically have greater backbone, which is one of the desired traits in a face lathering brush. But there's no hard rules... If you like 3 bands and you find they work great for you, then that's what you should stick with. Personally, sometimes I want a scrubby brush with a short loft and lots of backbone, others I want a very soft 3 band.

However, it certainly is possible to go too soft and have too floppy of a brush which can make face lathering quite a hard task.

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 03-12-2014, 04:32 PM
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greetings

i am always face lathering and i use 3-bands exclusively.

feel free to ask some terrible questions as well. maybe they are not so terrible after all Wink

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 03-12-2014, 07:33 PM
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  • evnpar
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Hello Cubbies, Welcome. I face lather with my 2-bands, 3-bands, and 0-bands (synthetics). You want a brush with some degree of backbone, not one that is too floppy, to face lather. But that doesn't mean you have to go to extremes. My favorite brushes are my dense three bands with about 50mm of loft--they give me enough backbone to face lather, but have the soft tips that I enjoy. You'll get so many different opinions on this subject from others, but you really have to find what works for you in brushes, razors, blades, soaps, and aftershaves. That's a lot to take in when you're just starting out, but that is also what makes it fun.

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 03-12-2014, 07:46 PM
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  • Agravic
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Welcome to The Shave Nook ... and yes, good advice given by several members so far. Enjoy!

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 03-12-2014, 07:47 PM
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  • tgutc
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Nothing wrong with face lathering with a 3 band or a 2 band. It's simply personal preference.

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 03-12-2014, 08:08 PM
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Welcome to the forum!
As the others have stated, already, 3-bands are great brushes.
I use my Chubby 2 Super 3-band and M&F 2XL Heritage 3-band and I face lather exclusively and I love these brushes. They work just as well as my 2-bands.

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 03-13-2014, 02:30 AM
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My Duke 3 in Best is one of my favorites for face lathering.

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 03-13-2014, 03:26 AM
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  • Shaun
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I like to use a two-bands when I feel I want a little more of an exfoliating feel. I'd like, for example, a two-band Simpson Classic 1 with soft-tips for use as a travel brush (pricey, though, crikey). There are no hard and fast rules. Some prefer the bulb knot for face lathering, others a fan or combo. Just do what works for you and enjoy Smile I once watched an old miner roll up a piece of newspaper into about the size of a cigarette, light the end, and with a little yellow flame coming off, burned off his stubble by light, flickering singeing and rubbing. Off it came Smile

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 03-13-2014, 05:25 AM
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As a fellow Cub fan (1908 was a long time ago) , I also consistently use 3 bands for face lathering. I prefer the softness, face lather exclusively, and have more 3 bands than 2 bands.

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 03-13-2014, 05:26 AM
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I face lather almost exclusively, and primarily use three band silvertip brushes.

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 03-13-2014, 06:37 AM
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  • TheMonk
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It all depends on what you enjoy, really.
Some people tend to like some scrubbiness and a lot of backbone, and opt for the 2-band brushes, but those who want that really smooth cloud-like feeling, usually go for a 3-band silvertip brush.

You really have to try both, and decide for yourself. Wink

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 03-13-2014, 07:45 AM
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Gents-
Thanks for all of your replies and opinions. I'm having fun learning about all this!

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 03-13-2014, 08:21 AM
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I went through the two band phase for awhile but have been gravitating back to three bands over the last couple of years. I only face lather and they work great for me. I even used a three band Kent BK12 for face lathering.

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 03-13-2014, 03:13 PM
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Just received my 3band today, will be using it regularly for a bit to see the difference.
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 03-13-2014, 06:14 PM
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(03-13-2014, 03:13 PM)MikeDDS Wrote: Just received my 3band today, will be using it regularly for a bit to see the difference.
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Sweet pair right there!

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 03-15-2014, 04:54 AM
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  • Rufus
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I have 20 badger brushes of which just one is a 2-band. I face lather exclusively and my 3-bands suit me very well. I particularly like my Thater 3-band silver tip and my shavemack 3-band silver tip. Although I only face lather I don't like brushes with a great deal of backbone or density. I think it's a myth that there are brushes that are for face lathering or for bowl lather; it's a case of what you like and what works best for you.

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 03-15-2014, 02:38 PM
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  • Westaway
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(03-12-2014, 02:59 PM)cubbies1908 Wrote: I'm a newbie (first post), so hopefully this question isn't too terrible Smile. But, does anyone use a 3-band regularly to face lather? I prefer the softness of 3-band knots, but I mainly see you all posting about face lathering with 2 bands. Is using a 3-band for face lathering not best practice? Thanks for any input!
cubbies1908

For a wonderful experience lathering directly from brush to cheek, my two favorites are a Chubby1 Best and an Emperor3 Super. If I want more out of the shave, like a good exfoliating massage, I have to go full bore (sic). My favorite Boar for facial comfort is a Semogue 610. I don't own an SOC ...........yet.

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 03-16-2014, 01:41 AM
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Welcome !

I bought a Simpson Major for my travel but I use it as often as possible, it's a great FL brush for everyday, small with good backbone and very sweet on my face, making a lot of lathe easilly and dry fast.

A very good brush in fact !

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