08-06-2014, 11:13 AM
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I purchased my first synthetic, a Simpson Chubby 2. It's very soft and I like the feel on my skin, but will this thing acquire a bloom like my natural hair brushes?
Thanks for your input.

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 08-06-2014, 11:16 AM
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None of mine every have. The "bloom" they have when new and unused is the bloom they always have.

I think you can play with the knot mounting depth to make a "bloom". The deeper they are set, the less fanned out they are.

I've had a Muhle Black Fibre, Pur-Tech, Whipped Dog, and an unknown nylon. None of them have ever bloomed. The one that I set the knot in was the Pur-Tech. Like I said above, moving the knot up and down would make the knot "look" bloomed more or less. It almost seems that if you had a big enough bit, you could bevel the hole on a synthetic brush and get more bloom while setting it at the ~10mm most handles are drilled to. Out of all the brushes, the Muhle had the most bloom. I assume that Muhle is doing something similar to that to get them to look more like natural brushes from the factory?????

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 08-06-2014, 11:22 AM
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  • Agravic
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The synthetic knots 'loosen' up a little, IMO, but don't bloom in the traditional sense.

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 08-06-2014, 11:22 AM
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(08-06-2014, 11:16 AM)BriDroid Wrote: None of mine every have. The "bloom" they have when new and unused is the bloom they always have.

I think you can play with the knot mounting depth to make a "bloom". The deeper they are set, the less fanned out they are.

It's still a really comfortable brush. There's something about that gorgeous shape a badger brush takes on that is so appealing. Badger

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 08-06-2014, 11:39 AM
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As tightly packed as that Chubby 2 synthetic is, I doubt it will ever bloom much more than it is now.

My Edwin Jagger Chatsworth synthetics have bloomed a little (very little) since new and I expect they will bloom no more.

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 08-06-2014, 11:54 AM
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If a brush doesn't bloom, would you be less inclined to buying it? Curious...

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 08-06-2014, 12:43 PM
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I have been using a TGCO brush for almost a year now, and i dont see any bloom.

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 08-06-2014, 01:08 PM
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  • Crag
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After around 185-uses my Muhle 35K256 is showing signs of moving apart at the middle, but only because I mash it into my face when lathering...

(08-06-2014, 11:54 AM)KLovgren Wrote: If a brush doesn't bloom, would you be less inclined to buying it? Curious...

That's probably a topic for a new discussion...Rolleyes

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 08-06-2014, 03:59 PM
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(08-06-2014, 11:54 AM)KLovgren Wrote: If a brush doesn't bloom, would you be less inclined to buying it? Curious...

That's a good question.
Below are two pictures of my CH3 Manchurian. Pre/Post Bloom and my CH2 Synthetic:

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I probably would still have purchased, because I am a completest by nature, but there can be no denying how beautiful a bloomed badger is...Badger

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(08-06-2014, 11:16 AM)BriDroid Wrote: None of mine every have. The "bloom" they have when new and unused is the bloom they always have.

I think you can play with the knot mounting depth to make a "bloom". The deeper they are set, the less fanned out they are.

I've had a Muhle Black Fibre, Pur-Tech, Whipped Dog, and an unknown nylon. None of them have ever bloomed. The one that I set the knot in was the Pur-Tech. Like I said above, moving the knot up and down would make the knot "look" bloomed more or less. It almost seems that if you had a big enough bit, you could bevel the hole on a synthetic brush and get more bloom while setting it at the ~10mm most handles are drilled to. Out of all the brushes, the Muhle had the most bloom. I assume that Muhle is doing something similar to that to get them to look more like natural brushes from the factory?????

I have admired the Mühle synthetics. They do appear similar to badgers.

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 08-06-2014, 07:23 PM
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(08-06-2014, 11:22 AM)Agravic Wrote: The synthetic knots 'loosen' up a little, IMO, but don't bloom in the traditional sense.

That has been my experience also.

Bob

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 08-06-2014, 07:57 PM
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(08-06-2014, 03:59 PM)primotenore Wrote: I probably would still have purchased, because I am a completest by nature, but there can be no denying how beautiful a bloomed badger is...Badger

That's hilarious, that's a perfect word for myself as well.

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 08-07-2014, 12:09 AM
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Over time they might soften a little. But I certainly don't think it will actually "bloom".

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 08-07-2014, 02:44 AM
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(08-06-2014, 07:23 PM)BobH Wrote:
(08-06-2014, 11:22 AM)Agravic Wrote: The synthetic knots 'loosen' up a little, IMO, but don't bloom in the traditional sense.

That has been my experience also.

Bob

My experience too with the Muhle medium-size fibre.

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 08-09-2014, 11:24 PM
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None of my Synthetics bloomed,i didn't bought them expecting to do that.

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 08-10-2014, 04:00 AM
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(08-09-2014, 11:24 PM)Doryferon Wrote: None of my Synthetics bloomed,i didn't bought them expecting to do that.

To be clear, I didn't purchase a synthetic brush for an eventual "bloom", but rather for the softness and backbone that users have commented on. My question arose after having used my brush and observing its shape. Thank you.

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