05-15-2012, 04:50 PM
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I'm a lover of face lathering. I find it's more direct, I don't have to dilly dally with a bowl as my face starts to dry off. I much prefer to go straight from the soap or cream to my face. My current favorite face lathering brush? The Vie-Long 13061 "Zurito" horse hair brush. Soft tips, lots of backbone, and good flowthrough (plus the handle is incredible both in looks and comfort.

Second would likely be my Frank Shaving 25mm Finest 2 band which has me very interested in more 2-band brushes for their feel.

So, fellow Nookers, what is your favorite brush for face lathering?

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 05-15-2012, 04:51 PM
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Every Semogue I own.

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 05-15-2012, 04:55 PM
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My favorite is my Muhle 21mm Synthetic Silvertip Fibre brush

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 05-15-2012, 05:00 PM
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Today, it's my Duke 3 Manchurian. It's my "goldilocks" brush - Just right!

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 05-15-2012, 05:00 PM
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(05-15-2012, 04:55 PM)Dave Wrote: My favorite is my Muhle 21mm Synthetic Silvertip Fibre brush

That Silvertip Fibre is quite intriguing, I think it is next on my list. Do you think the 21mm is the right size or would a larger size be even better?


(05-15-2012, 04:51 PM)Johnny Wrote: Every Semogue I own.

I have a SOC Boar and the loft is just too long to seem comfortable to face lather with. If I were to look at other Semogues, which would you recommend for short loft and face lathering?

(05-15-2012, 05:00 PM)ben74 Wrote: Today, it's my Duke 3 Manchurian. It's my "goldilocks" brush - Just right!

While I'm sure it is quite luxurious, it's way out of my price range for quite a while.

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 05-15-2012, 05:07 PM
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(05-15-2012, 05:00 PM)Tonality Wrote:
(05-15-2012, 05:00 PM)ben74 Wrote: Today, it's my Duke 3 Manchurian. It's my "goldilocks" brush - Just right!

While I'm sure it is quite luxurious, it's way out of my price range for quite a while.
Ok, my next pick is my Rover in Best...

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 05-15-2012, 05:17 PM
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(05-15-2012, 05:00 PM)Tonality Wrote:
(05-15-2012, 04:51 PM)Johnny Wrote: Every Semogue I own.

I have a SOC Boar and the loft is just too long to seem comfortable to face lather with. If I were to look at other Semogues, which would you recommend for short loft and face lathering?

1428, 1460, or 1470

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 05-15-2012, 05:20 PM
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Vulfix 2234 Silvertip

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 05-15-2012, 05:29 PM
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Frank Shaving best badger. It has a 28 mm knot and faux tortoise handle. It might be the best $30 I've ever spent.

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 05-15-2012, 05:30 PM
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(05-15-2012, 05:29 PM)CharlieFoxtrot Wrote: Frank Shaving best badger. It has a 28 mm knot and faux tortoise handle. It might be the best $30 I've ever spent.

And I thought the 25mm Finest was the largest brush I had seen from them, wow!

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 05-15-2012, 05:37 PM
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Semogue OC 2-band & as Johnny said all their boars. Even the SOC & 830 work great for me and I strictly face lather.

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 05-15-2012, 06:02 PM
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Simpson Wee Scot

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 05-15-2012, 06:10 PM
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Hard question to answer.I would say that my fav is a Semogue finest badger prototipe with 22mm of knot and 50 mm of loft.The Rooney 1/1 in super silvertip is another great one,as well as the Vie Long 16726 two band badger and the Simpson Commodore X1 best badger.

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 05-15-2012, 06:12 PM
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I find that too large a brush just fills my nostrils with lather, so I tend to like smaller brushes. All I do is face lather for my shaving.

Well, in a boar brush my ideal brush is about a 20-23mm knot diameter and somewhere near 45mm loft. Specific brushes that I find work are the Somogue 1438, 610, and Omega 10019.

In badger the knots run anywhere from 18mm- 23mm and lofts run from 39mm-45mm. The last brush is (near as I can measure 23x45 and is as large as I'd ever want a face lather brush to be. With one exception. I was sent a handcrafted brush by a friend and he had no clue what badger knot if in it despite building it. It's on the small side of the knot diameter and has a 50mm loft and it still works fine. I never thought it would. Specific brushes that I find work fine are the Simpson Special in Pure and Best, the Commodore x1 in Best and the Rooney 3/1 SS.

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 05-15-2012, 06:21 PM
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I predominately face lather and I have a preference for large brushes. I haven't encountered issues with controlling the lather and hence I don't restrict my selection to smaller brushes as seems to be the norm with many face latherers.

One of my most enjoyable face lathering brushes is a long lofted Rooney 3/3, but I appreciate that would be everyone's cup of tea!

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 05-15-2012, 07:16 PM
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Fresh off current brush trials, I think I'd have to say my Vie-Long Beehive LE in Natural Brown Horse. Runner up: Rooney 1/1 Finest.

(05-15-2012, 06:02 PM)jfmii Wrote: Simpson Wee Scot

Fine choice indeed!

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 05-15-2012, 07:18 PM
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Rover.

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 05-15-2012, 07:26 PM
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(05-15-2012, 07:18 PM)njpaddy Wrote: Rover.

One of my favourite face lathering brushes too.

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 05-15-2012, 07:42 PM
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my marble handle with shavemac D01 2-band. knot is 22 lofted at 44. just about perfect for my face. will probably be number one brush in stable for the longest time. the stuff that could take it off its place are likely brushes I can't afford on a graduate student stipend.

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 05-15-2012, 08:20 PM
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(05-15-2012, 04:51 PM)Johnny Wrote: Every Semogue I own.

+1 Nothing more to state!!! Best face-lathering brushes!! The 830 and LE 2010 might be the most ergonomic ones.

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