04-05-2014, 08:09 PM
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Okay, so I'm in the market for a new brush. My skin has apparently become even more sensitive over the course of the last few months, so I'm looking for a brush that's super super soft but has a decent amount of backbone because I face-lather almost exclusively. I already own a Simpson Duke 3 in Best Badger and a WSP Prince in 2-Band and love them both, but I like big brushes and it would be nice to have another one available. I've been thinking about either a Rooney or a Morrris & Forndran, but haven't been able to figure out where to buy either. Would anyone be so kind as to point me in the right direction or perhaps suggest something that might fit my requirements? Thanks everyone! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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 04-05-2014, 09:14 PM
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There is no softer brush than the new Simpsons synthetic and it has plenty of backbone. Specify a loft of 54mm.

Just don't use it as though it's a badger, you'll be disappointed if you do. DO NOT pre wet it. You must control the water, DO NOT allow the brush to control it.

I guarantee you'll love it and if you don't you can send it to me to get rid of it. Wink

Seriously, it has gel like tips and great backbone. It could very easily become my favorite brush of any type.

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 04-05-2014, 09:16 PM
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Sensitive skin = Thater Biggrin

The softest hair I've encountered is current Simpson 2-Band and Thater. Thater doesn't get enough love around here. I recommend checking out the 4125/1 or /2 depending on what size you're looking for in either 2 or 3 band. They're exceptional and consistent quality. Check em out!

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 04-05-2014, 09:22 PM
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(04-05-2014, 09:16 PM)bmilcs Wrote: Sensitive skin = Thater Biggrin

The softest hair I've encountered is current Simpson 2-Band and Thater. Thater doesn't get enough love around here. I recommend checking out the 4125/1 or /2 depending on what size you're looking for in either 2 or 3 band. They're exceptional and consistent quality. Check em out!

Which vendors carry Thater?

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 04-05-2014, 09:29 PM
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I get mine from royalshave. They offer fans and bulbs - Thater is synonymous with bulb Smile. Free shipping and a lot of choices.

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 04-05-2014, 10:15 PM
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If you want to go high-end, a shavemac silvertip is fluffy cloud soft. You can custom order to your exact specifications and they even engrave. A shorter loft, particularly in a fan knot, would be a fantastic face lathering brush for someone with sensitive skin

However, if you're looking for a value offering, a Whipped Dog silvetip is very soft. For a very small fee, WD will lower the loft. I would recommend a 24mm silvertip knot with a 48-50mm loft in a resin handle. WD also offers very nice custom ceramic handles.

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 04-05-2014, 10:18 PM
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  • Giorgio
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(04-05-2014, 09:22 PM)BarristerN_Mann Wrote: Which vendors carry Thater?

SRD also has a nice selection of Thaters. I have grown particularly fond of the 49125 in 3 band Biggrin

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 04-06-2014, 01:10 AM
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  • BobH
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I would look at a Simpson's Chubby 2 synthetic or a Chubby 2 in Manchurian badger. I have the Simpsons synthetic in the lower loft and it is soft on the face with enough back bone to lather any soap I have tried. Don't have the Chubby 2 in Manchurian but have the QEII Jubilee which has soft tips and decent backbone. The QEII Jubilee is too small to qualify as a large brush but the Chubby 2 size I think does for your needs. I face lather exclusively.

Bob

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 04-06-2014, 03:40 AM
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I was disappointed in my old Rooney and my M&F - too much scritch for my taste.

The most luxurious brush I have is a custom HMW that Rudy Vey made for me. Super-soft with good backbone and ridiculously cheap for the quality.

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 04-06-2014, 04:14 AM
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May I humbly suggest the latest Semogue 2013 se

http://shavenook.com/thread-semogue-2013-se-review

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 04-06-2014, 04:30 AM
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Gifts & Care has a Vie Long model #16510 Flat Top I bought last year that has the softest tips I've ever shaved with. This so enamored me of face lathering that Rudy Vey's been commisioned to make one for me. It will have a Shavemac knot. Like Branford noted above, Shavemac makes some exquisite products. Their traditional Silvertip is a bit too floppy for me, but the Finest is great. Rudy's brush will be the D01-2 Band that will have a bit more backbone, as well as the luxuriously soft tips

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 04-06-2014, 03:56 PM
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Wow, thanks for the information everyone!

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 04-06-2014, 10:57 PM
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(04-06-2014, 04:14 AM)jodypress Wrote: May I humbly suggest the latest Semogue 2013 se

http://shavenook.com/thread-semogue-2013-se-review
+1 ^^^^^^My brush with the same knot performs admirably, softer tips than the simpson 2-band that i have, yet enough backbone to prevent it from being floppy. From what German said the Thater would have a little softer tips due to the density of the semogue's knot, but this truly is a phenomenal brush.

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 04-07-2014, 04:19 AM
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If you like big brushes, have you considered the Simpsons Chubby 2?

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 04-07-2014, 05:29 AM
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For an incredibly soft brush, definitely give the Savile Row brushes from QED a look. The 3824 is one of the best brushes I've ever used, and they also offer silvertip badger brushes in larger sizes.

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 04-07-2014, 06:08 AM
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A Thater Silvertip is the softest brush I've ever tried, and are available in large sizes (e.g. a 4, 5, or 6). If you want a little more backbone, order the 2 band, which still has very soft tips. Fendrihan has the largest selection.

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 04-07-2014, 07:38 AM
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Thater or Simpson 2-band (super not manchurian for Simpson) for a larger and yet pillow soft badger brush. Enjoy!

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 04-07-2014, 08:09 AM
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(04-07-2014, 07:38 AM)SharpSpine Wrote: Thater or Simpson 2-band (super not manchurian for Simpson) for a larger and yet pillow soft badger brush. Enjoy!

Absolutely Smile. I can also say that I really really enjoy my Kent bk8. It's like a cloud on my face with amazing flow. It does really well with soaps despite its proclaimed lack of backbone. Plenty dense too

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 04-07-2014, 08:53 AM
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(04-07-2014, 08:09 AM)bmilcs Wrote:
(04-07-2014, 07:38 AM)SharpSpine Wrote: Thater or Simpson 2-band (super not manchurian for Simpson) for a larger and yet pillow soft badger brush. Enjoy!

Absolutely Smile. I also say that I really really enjoy my Kent bk8. It's like a cloud on my face with amazing flow. It does really well with soaps despite its proclaimed lack of backbone. Plenty dense too

Definitely Bryan. I actually meant to include the BK8 in my post and somehow forgot it. That one should definitely be added to the list of contenders.

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 04-07-2014, 09:22 AM
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  • refles
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I actually had 2 Kent Silvertip at one time and I have to say its like lathering with a cloud, its insanely soft but of the 2 I had 1 had a very very tiny bit scritch so I believe (the chance is probably very minuscule) that like all vendors the batch can vary. For the record it was a AP8 and BK8, the AP8 was incredible and BK8 had an ever so faint hint of scritch.

If you choose to get the current Two Band that Simpson has, that is also very very soft, absolutely no scritch/srub/feel of any kind but with way more backbone than the Kents. But Kent's simple limited handle selection of Silvertip is very comfortable so can't be discounted if interested, conversely Simpson has more variety and will require custom order unless you catch one on the LE page.

good luck in the hunt to find your new preferred brush!

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