07-24-2014, 05:21 PM
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  • Agravic
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The Grooming Co. synthetic brush

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Preliminary thoughts on TGCo compared to Plisson synthetic:
- knot is wider
- individual fibers are strikingly similar
- knot is significantly denser
- loft is relatively lower
- handle is shorter

- the TGCo synthetic is best suited for face lathering.
- short handle makes it less suitable for bowl lathering.
- tips feel remarkably soft, while knot maintains stiff backbone.
- knot does splay nicely, without excessive springiness.
- lovely soft yet scrubby sensation while lathering.

An outstanding brush, based on first impressions.

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 07-24-2014, 05:33 PM
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  • bullgoose
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Great pictures Ravi! I am glad to hear that you like the brush.

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 07-24-2014, 05:47 PM
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(07-24-2014, 05:21 PM)Agravic Wrote:
The Grooming Co. synthetic brush

thanx for the short and precise review Ravi ! how would you compare it to muhle stf v2 23 mm. actually i have one and wish it could be less springy. my plisson is en-route though Smile

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 07-24-2014, 05:47 PM
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  • ben74
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Great review Ravi, thanks for sharing. I believe Phil is on winner with this brush!

IMO the Plisson synthetic knot is constructed to mirror the specifications of Plisson badger knots.
That is: high lofted and not dense. This works well for both the synthetic and badger, but does deviate somewhat from current preferences.
From Ravi's review, it would appear that the Grooming Co. knot retains the praised accolades of the Plisson (soft tips, yielding fibres, no excessive spring) and pairs it with more contemporary wants (shorter and denser loft).

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 07-24-2014, 05:56 PM
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  • Agravic
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Thank you, gentlemen.

This brush is destined to be a real winner, IMO.

Of the synthetics I've tried so far, this one is most likely to appeal to a broad base of users ... and as a bonus, at a very reasonable price.

Sudhir, compared to the Muhle STF V2.0 23, the Grooming Co. brush has a more dense knot, with softer tips, and it does not exhibit springiness found with the smaller Muhle synthetic knots.

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 07-24-2014, 06:00 PM
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(07-24-2014, 05:56 PM)Agravic Wrote: Thank you, gentlemen.

This brush is destined to be a real winner, IMO.

Of the synthetics I've tried so far, this one is most likely to appeal to a broad base of users ... and as a bonus, at a very reasonable price.

Sudhir, compared to the Muhle STF V2.0 23, the Grooming Co. brush has a more dense knot, with softer tips, and it does not exhibit springiness found with the smaller Muhle synthetic knots.

thanx Ravi ! all doubts are cleared. can't wait to try one. Biggrin

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 07-24-2014, 06:20 PM
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Ravi, I like the idea of the shortened, denser knot, but am concerned that the handle is so short. Any problems gripping or slipping? Thanks for this review, BTW.

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 07-24-2014, 06:23 PM
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(07-24-2014, 06:20 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: Ravi, I like the idea of the shortened, denser knot, but am concerned that the handle is so short. Any problems gripping or slipping? Thanks for this review, BTW.

Ron,
I had not problems with holding or gripping the brush while face or hand lathering.
The brush does falter with bowl lathering, compared to Plisson and larger Muhle brushes, because of its short height.

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 07-24-2014, 06:30 PM
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Thanks. I face lather, so no problem there. I don't have arthritis, either. Yet.

How does it fit your hand? It looks like instead of the base fitting in the pad between thumb and forefinger, it would slot somewhere between second joint and base of forefinger? I'm just guessing from a distance, here.

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 07-24-2014, 06:41 PM
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(07-24-2014, 06:30 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: Thanks. I face lather, so no problem there. I don't have arthritis, either. Yet.

How does it fit your hand? It looks like instead of the base fitting in the pad between thumb and forefinger, it would slot somewhere between second joint and base of forefinger? I'm just guessing from a distance, here.

I have large hands (size 8 1/2) ...

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 07-24-2014, 06:52 PM
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Thanks for the visuals. My Titleist golf gloves ran Cadet medium. I don't know; I guess it wouldn't be wet shaving if this were a sure thing. The knot looks great, though.

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 07-24-2014, 07:26 PM
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Ravi,

I have one of the TGC brushes that I received directly from Brazil and it is the newer generation and it literally caused me to sell off my other 7 brushes --- I enjoy using it that much. So I concur 100% on retaining backbone and being an excellent face latherer!

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 07-25-2014, 02:42 AM
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Great pictures, Ravi!!IMO the best synthetic brush. Perfect for face lathering.

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 07-25-2014, 03:03 AM
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Based on how you explained it, this is the first synthetic that I've bee interested in using since i sold my muhle synth.

When face lathering, does it take less pressure than the muhle to get the knot to splay/open a bit? I really found the muhle not wanting to splay very easily.

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 07-25-2014, 03:06 AM
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The Brazuca GroCo brush in all it's splendor. I can't wait to get mine when I return home on Monday. Your pictures and review actually have me wishing I didn't have this trip going on right now Ravi. Thanks for taking the time to share this with us.

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 07-25-2014, 04:17 AM
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  • Agravic
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Thank you, gentlemen.

Shane, this brush still requires a moderate amount of pressure to splay/open with circular type motions, but it remains 'evenly' splayed/open so the lathering action is not compromised ... end result is a nice 'scrub'.
Plisson splays much more readily, owing to its higher loft and relatively less dense knot.

TGCo is best suited for face lathering, and will appeal to those who already enjoy 2-band badger knots with dense knots.

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 07-25-2014, 05:02 AM
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  • Coyote
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Thanks Ravi! I look forward to the next shipment..........

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 07-25-2014, 06:09 AM
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  • Johnny
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It just does not pay to go out of town sometimes.

Leave town, Phil gets in a new line of synthetics with great reviews.

Return home, sold out.

Thanks for the reviews and thanks for the great pictures Ravi. I'll get one on the next shipment.

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 07-25-2014, 07:29 AM
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  • CRAusmus
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I do love that green and yellow swirl. Can't wait to see the black and white swirl. At any rate, this is the next brush I will purchase.

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 07-25-2014, 08:13 AM
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(07-25-2014, 07:29 AM)CRAusmus Wrote: I do love that green and yellow swirl. Can't wait to see the black and white swirl. At any rate, this is the next brush I will purchase.

Here you go Clinton:

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