03-31-2014, 10:58 AM
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  • Lutebro
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  • Olympia, WA
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I made this video to ask if I am splaying the brush too much. It feels right to me but I wanted to ask others opinions. Not my best attempt at lather but I did it for the technique question.




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 03-31-2014, 02:01 PM
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  • blzrfn
  • Butterscotch Bandit
  • Vancouver USA
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Looks fine to me, I probably splay that much and sometimes more depending on how dense the brush is.

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 03-31-2014, 03:57 PM
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  • Deuce
  • Just a guy
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That's rock solid splay for me

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 03-31-2014, 04:00 PM
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  • Elendil
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I do it just like that, and it works just fine for me.

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 03-31-2014, 04:17 PM
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It looks good to me.

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 03-31-2014, 05:00 PM
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Looks fine to me

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 03-31-2014, 06:51 PM
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The suggested use is to use the end 1/3 of the fiber length. Any more than that and brush mashing starts. But it's your brush right? Do what you want with it.

It was hard to tell from that camera angle, but from what I could see it looked OK.

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 03-31-2014, 07:14 PM
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  • Stubbl E
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I prefer less splay personally and so tend to use brushes with the much thicker boar bristles and lofts set on the shorter side. But that's entirely a personal preference; yours looks fine to me as well.

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 03-31-2014, 08:11 PM
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I don't know about splay but I feel like your brush had more water in it than it needed when you loaded it. I don't think I'd ever get my MWF thick at all if I started it out that wet. Not saying that you're wrong, I'm not expert.

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 03-31-2014, 08:23 PM
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  • W.S.O.
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  • Philadelphia, Pa
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I tend to use only the bottom portion of the bristles, maybe 25-30% if I had to guess. I put some hot water on top of harder soaps to soften and i find often less pressure and fast motion whips up a thick, creamy lather. Whatever works for you is fine in my mind.

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 03-31-2014, 08:38 PM
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  • Lutebro
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(03-31-2014, 08:11 PM)ShaneN. Wrote: I don't know about splay but I feel like your brush had more water in it than it needed when you loaded it. I don't think I'd ever get my MWF thick at all if I started it out that wet. Not saying that you're wrong, I'm not expert.

Yeah, I was more doing it to check splay but totally had too much water. I'm still trying to get the lathering down so bring on the criticism! I only wish I could shave more Smile

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 03-31-2014, 10:19 PM
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Don't we all... everytime I have to test something I get that feeling.

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 03-31-2014, 10:28 PM
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(03-31-2014, 08:38 PM)Lutebro Wrote:
(03-31-2014, 08:11 PM)ShaneN. Wrote: I don't know about splay but I feel like your brush had more water in it than it needed when you loaded it. I don't think I'd ever get my MWF thick at all if I started it out that wet. Not saying that you're wrong, I'm not expert.

Yeah, I was more doing it to check splay but totally had too much water. I'm still trying to get the lathering down so bring on the criticism! I only wish I could shave more Smile

No criticism here, creating lather seems like something you improve on, month after month. I'd venture to see lather taking more practice to nail than the actual shaving.

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