04-12-2014, 06:15 AM
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  • Johnny
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Let me start by saying I was on the list of original testers for this brush, but due to a scheduling conflict I had to remove my name from that list.

After reading reviews/opinions on this brush after its release with the 48mm loft I regretted not being able to test the original. In steps Brian Krampert. Brian was one of the original testers and was so impressed with the brush that he special ordered one with the 54mm loft like the test brush was.

Being the gentleman Brian is, he offered to let me test his brush, so for the last four days that is what I've been doing. Below is a brief report for each day with my final opinion at the bottom.

SOTD - April 9, 2014
Day 1 of testing the Chubby 2 Synthetic with one of my favorite soaps. This initial test did not go well. I had trouble building a good lather and the application of that lather was awkward. I need more practice with this brush.

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SOTD - April 10, 2014
Day 2 of testing the Chubby 2 Synthetic with some of my favorite products. This brush has a 54mm loft and it really tore into my MWF this morning. Getting the right water/soap combination really helped and following Brian’s instructions on applying a little pressure really helped with the soap application.

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SOTD - April 11, 2014
Day 3 of testing the Chubby 2 Synthetic with one of my favorite creams. The Chubby did an excellent job of building an excellent lather in the bowl. Used strictly painting strokes with this shave and it worked well.

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SOTD - April 12, 2014
Day 4 and the final day of testing the Chubby 2 Synthetic. Finished off the test with one of my favorite Italian soaps and neither the Chubby 2 or the SMN disappointed this morning.

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Now, for "my" final thoughts:

As with all Chubby 2's this is a thing of beauty that feels good in the hand, and like all Chubby 2's it is densely packed.

I have no way of knowing what the 48mm lofted brushes are like but to me the 54mm loft seemed about right. Once I figured out the correct technique for using this brush, it did a wonderful job. One thing for sure, the tips are cloud soft. Not one bit of scritch that I could detect.

As much as I enjoyed using this brush, I have determined this is not the brush for me as it is just way to dense for what I like to do.

I like a brush that splays easily and one that has good flow through and does not hog the lather.

If you like Chubby 2's and you like synthetics, you will probably like this brush.

I would like to thank Brian Krampert for his generosity in letting me test one of his prized possessions.

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 04-12-2014, 06:18 AM
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  • TheMonk
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Good review, Johnny!

I do wish you'd also have the chance to share your thoughts on one of the Chubbys with the lower loft, though.

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 04-12-2014, 06:20 AM
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  • Johnny
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I'm sure some of the original testers that now own one of the new brushes can provide that information. I have other synthetics to break in now.

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 04-12-2014, 06:54 AM
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It was my pleasure Johnny. Good review, I'd call that a mixed review, and it saved you from buying one to find that out.

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 04-12-2014, 06:59 AM
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  • Agravic
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Thanks for the great review, Johnny.

I hope to see the CH2 Synthetic made available for sale by resellers soon.

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 04-12-2014, 07:04 AM
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Really helpful, thank you Johnny. Exclamation

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 04-12-2014, 08:28 AM
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Thanks for sharing your opinions, Johnny! Smile

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 04-12-2014, 09:44 AM
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Thanks for the review

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 04-12-2014, 11:24 AM
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  • evnpar
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Your reviews always provide helpful information. Thanks.

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 04-12-2014, 11:43 AM
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Thanks for the useful review Johnny.

I think you are precisely correct in saying that someone who likes the qualities of the badger CH2 is more likely to like the synthetic version. Many of the issues some are having with this brush I had with my CH2 Super, until I adapted my lathering technique to accommodate the short, dense knot.

Based on your comments you will not like the 48-49mm version.

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 04-12-2014, 12:57 PM
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Excellent review, Johnny.

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 04-12-2014, 01:25 PM
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Johnny, that is a good review. It seems from following your SOTD photos that the synthetics you have used in the past (HJM) are sparser in density than the larger 28 mm Simpson. If you liked the sparser pattern in the HJM that would explain why this brush did not tickle your fancy.

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 04-12-2014, 02:10 PM
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  • gijames
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Thank you for sharing your test results Johnny Biggrin

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 04-12-2014, 08:56 PM
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(04-12-2014, 01:25 PM)GDCarrington Wrote: Johnny, that is a good review. It seems from following your SOTD photos that the synthetics you have used in the past (HJM) are sparser in density than the larger 28 mm Simpson. If you liked the sparser pattern in the HJM that would explain why this brush did not tickle your fancy.

Yes, it's a dense knot. Frankly I don't think it's for everyone. But what brush is?

The value of the review, any review really, is in getting what the reviewer picks out about (in this case) the qualities of the brush. My Muhle 20mm STF brush it isn't. That's precisely why I like it. It's a wall of velvety synthetic fibers. None of my other synthetic brushes are even remotely like the CH2 syn'. The closest is the crude Pur-Tech, but it lacks the quality and finesse of the CH2. They're hugely different brushes in face feel IMO.

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 04-12-2014, 09:00 PM
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  • Attila
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Great review Johnny, thanks! Also thanks to Brian for the additional info.

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 04-13-2014, 06:13 AM
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  • ben74
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Great review Johnny. Well done to Brian for making it possible.

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 04-17-2014, 01:37 AM
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Excellent review
Thanks
Jim


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 04-18-2014, 07:47 PM
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Guess I'm a little late to the party, but just wanted to say I just returned an AoS brush today because it, too, was too dense (combined with: too short) for what I like to do.
I know what you mean, Johnny.


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 04-19-2014, 09:22 AM
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(04-12-2014, 08:56 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote:
(04-12-2014, 01:25 PM)GDCarrington Wrote: Johnny, that is a good review. It seems from following your SOTD photos that the synthetics you have used in the past (HJM) are sparser in density than the larger 28 mm Simpson. If you liked the sparser pattern in the HJM that would explain why this brush did not tickle your fancy.

Yes, it's a dense knot. Frankly I don't think it's for everyone. But what brush is?

The value of the review, any review really, is in getting what the reviewer picks out about (in this case) the qualities of the brush. My Muhle 20mm STF brush it isn't. That's precisely why I like it. It's a wall of velvety synthetic fibers. None of my other synthetic brushes are even remotely like the CH2 syn'. The closest is the crude Pur-Tech, but it lacks the quality and finesse of the CH2. They're hugely different brushes in face feel IMO.

Brian, you have hit on the discussion of how the knots are constructed. The design and construction of knots can play a major role in handling differences when using fibers or even with natural hairs.

http://shavenook.com/thread-the-four-gen...ifications

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 04-19-2014, 10:23 AM
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I received my "out on loan" CH2 syn' back today. It was like welcoming back an old friend. I think I'll use it out of rotation tomorrow and maybe in the rotation again in a few days.

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