03-20-2014, 05:10 PM
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I'm a huge fan of Shavemac brushes, they're beautifully made and represent excellent value for money. I've been fortunate to own all of Shavemac hair grades, however there was only one that had eluded me, the pure badger.

Let me present the Shavemac 102 Flat Top in pure badger:

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Knot: 23mm, Loft: 48mm. The 102 handle is incredibly comfortable.

When doing research on whether to spend my cold hard cash, I found there wasn't much out there. I read a review by Teiste on Shavemac hair grades, and a funny but to the point write up by Jarrod from the Superior Shave (recommended reading): https://www.thesuperiorshave.com/index.p...gory_id=40

Based on what information was available, I chose the flat top knot as it would splay the most out of all knot types (compared to fan, bulb) and help alleviate potential roughness or scratchiness of the pure badger when face lathering. I also think it's a damn Cool knot as well.


From the top:

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When dry, the hair is incredibly soft to the touch and the knot is billowy Biggrin The knot size of 23mm x 48mm feels very good. I know people recommend a smaller knot size for flat tops given splay, however I've found this size is very nice and the proportions are perfect.


From the side:

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I wanted to use this photo to go into the brush and hair type in actual use because it's representative of the hair type. The pure badger knot picks up soap easily, given the coarseness of the hair. It lathers very effectively, however what you feel when lathering is refined coarseness. I say refined because of the feel, and the fact that the actual hairs aren't thick and they're soft to the touch. There is a little scratchiness and minor prickliness, however the over-riding feeling is a refined coarseness. It's a very high quality pure badger.


Up close:

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This is a nice close-up of the individual hairs. The knot has fine tips and it's clear, even though pure badger, the hair is trimmed from the base. I really like this brush and was surprised at the quality given the hair grade and modest price (53 Euros). Bernd simply makes great brushes no matter the price point.

I would recommend this brush if you have all the others in your stable and want to try pure badger. It makes a nice edition to any collection Smile

Thanks for reading.

Michael

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 03-20-2014, 05:34 PM
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  • ajc347
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That's a gorgeous looking brush and a great review. Smile

Just one question - what are the specifications of the handle?

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 03-20-2014, 05:48 PM
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  • ben74
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Awesome flat top!

Here is another...

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Great pics and review by the way!

I had a Thater flat top and it is surprising how much bigger it felt on the face compared to it's bulb shaped twin...

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 03-20-2014, 06:33 PM
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Michael, great looking brush, especially, the colour of the handle! Smile

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 03-20-2014, 06:41 PM
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Beautiful brush - Love the blue marble handle. Great read

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 03-20-2014, 07:25 PM
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  • Giorgio
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Gorgeous brush...congrats! I've had my eye on that 102 handle and it will be my next order from Shavemac Biggrin

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 03-20-2014, 08:51 PM
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Very nice Shavemac. It is good to know Bernd's pure badger is not a cheese grater on the face.

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 03-20-2014, 10:46 PM
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what a great review and beautiful no-nonsense photos.

interesting to learn that shavemac's hair grades are all highest quality within the grade.

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 03-21-2014, 01:14 AM
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  • tgutc
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Nice brush! Great idea going with that fan. It sure makes the pure knot seem more appealing.

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 02-26-2017, 07:54 PM
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great review.  only brush i ever hated was a plisson pure.  damn asphalt grader. came with a soap dish glad to see bernd is doing this hair right

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 02-26-2017, 09:59 PM
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Nice!  A little bit envious, I can't deny.  Angel

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 02-27-2017, 12:52 AM
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Very nice brush, but appears to be more of a fan knot to me, here are the new Shavemac LE brushes we have designed with flat top knots:
[Image: all-flat_zpsnix4xxvc_edit_1486417595471_zpscd6fwwfz.jpg]
And here is my D01 2 band flat top:
[Image: IMG_3553_zpstqtm0mgf_edit_1476702170001_...6cr7zu.jpg]

Maybe the whiter tips provide the illusion of a flatter top?
Here was a little write up I did last year:
http://www.atgshaving.com/threads/shavem...tion.2847/

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 02-27-2017, 01:35 AM
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  • Snuff
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Very nice but not really a flat top in my book

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 02-27-2017, 08:06 AM
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This is not a true flat top, rather a real fan.

This is a real flat top:
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 02-28-2017, 01:32 AM
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(02-27-2017, 12:52 AM)Nishy Wrote: Very nice brush, but appears to be more of a fan knot to me, here are the new Shavemac LE brushes we have designed with flat top knots:
[Image: all-flat_zpsnix4xxvc_edit_1486417595471_zpscd6fwwfz.jpg]
And here is my D01 2 band flat top:
[Image: IMG_3553_zpstqtm0mgf_edit_1476702170001_...6cr7zu.jpg]

Maybe the whiter tips provide the illusion of a flatter top?
Here was a little write up I did last year:
http://www.atgshaving.com/threads/shavem...tion.2847/

Nishy, I have The Rowl on the way. While this guy was ordered as a Flat Top, maybe he should have be classified as a Flan  Biggrin

Here's a review of two Rudy Vey Shavemac flat tops I had in 2013, they've now gone to good homes. 
http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=17365

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 02-28-2017, 01:39 AM
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(02-28-2017, 01:32 AM)mixershave Wrote:
(02-27-2017, 12:52 AM)Nishy Wrote: Very nice brush, but appears to be more of a fan knot to me, here are the new Shavemac LE brushes we have designed with flat top knots:
[Image: all-flat_zpsnix4xxvc_edit_1486417595471_zpscd6fwwfz.jpg]
And here is my D01 2 band flat top:
[Image: IMG_3553_zpstqtm0mgf_edit_1476702170001_...6cr7zu.jpg]

Maybe the whiter tips provide the illusion of a flatter top?
Here was a little write up I did last year:
http://www.atgshaving.com/threads/shavem...tion.2847/

Nishy, I have The Rowl on the way. While this guy was ordered as a Flat Top, maybe he should have be classified as a Flan  Biggrin

Here's a review of two Rudy Vey Shavemac flat tops I had in 2013, they've now gone to good homes. 
http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=17365
The Rowl looks fantastic, hoping for some group pictures this evening Smile

It definitely looks more like a fan, with the flat top I have found the D01 2 band to be suited. Loft and width obviously important depending on your preferences too. The group buy should have a lovely face feel, it is the same size knot as my black 400 above.

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