08-22-2014, 03:26 AM
  • Andrew
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  • Austin, TX
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I thought I'd share my technique with my giant VP Leonhardy 700050, as it makes all the difference for me in getting the most out of its enormous size.

Here it is in front of a Moss scuttle:
[Image: VPL5.jpg]

Here it is next to a CH3 Best to give you an idea of the size:
[Image: VPL7.jpg]

When I decided on this brush, I had no idea what I was getting, in terms of the size of the knot and how giant it would bloom. The numbers provided on the vendor's website just didn't mean much to me in consideration. When I received the brush, I was surprised (and quite pleased) with its huge size - both the handle and the loft. It wasn't until I first lathered this brush that I realized just how enormous it is, though. The bloom is gigantic in comparison to my other brushes. This had me scratching my head trying to figure out how to load my soaps on the brush, as the knot is larger than any of my soap dishes. For a while, I considered the brush best at lathering creams in a bowl, as my lathering bowl accommodates the knot nicely.

This all changed when I adopted a new technique while loading the brush. After soaking the knot for a minute or two, I shake some/most of the water out. I then wrap my fingers around the base of the knot to restrict the bloom and squeeze it down to a narrower size. This brings the tips together in a tighter and smaller package, allowing me to load soap from most any sized bowl. Holding the knot this way also adds a stiffness to the knot that allows it to pick up more product more quickly. When I feel that I have loaded enough soap, I resume a normal grip on the brush handle and take the brush to my face to build the lather. I find the large bloom of the knot is kept under control by the lather. I add water as necessary while face lathering, until I achieve mounds of luxuriously thick lather all over the place.

This technique has changed my whole perspective on giant brushes.

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 08-22-2014, 03:33 AM
  • Agravic
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  • Pennsylvania, USA
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Very nice, Andrew.

The giant brush is awesome; makes the CH3 seem like a Wee!

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 08-22-2014, 04:25 AM
  • Balj86
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  • Maryland USA
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Pretty brush! That thing looks massive. Does lather fly everywhere while face lathering?

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 08-22-2014, 05:32 AM
  • refles
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  • New York
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Now that's a true wall of badger.

Thank you Andrew for the sharing the technique. I completely agree with you as its quite effective pinching the base of the brush.

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 08-22-2014, 05:49 AM
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That brush is like the Goliaths of badgers. I would hate to have encountered that creature in a dark alley. Can you wield it with one hand? WinkWink
How about a lather shot?

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 08-22-2014, 07:24 AM
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Wow, Andrew! That is one, large brush!
You could just use shave-sticks or rub the pucks of soap on your face! Biggrin

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 08-22-2014, 07:38 AM
  • Rufus
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Who says size doesn't matter?Biggrin That is one honkin' big brush A47 I've been looking at the smallest version of this brush, but have been put off by the vendor's description of the knot being "loofa-like". How would you describe the face-feel of the knot, assuming that it hasn't sucked in your whole face?

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 08-22-2014, 08:32 AM
  • TheMonk
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  • Porto, Portugal
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I use the same technique you employed when loading bigger brushes from small tubs, like the old Pannacrema ones, which I just used today.

BTW, that is a beautiful bloom, Andrew!

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 08-22-2014, 12:37 PM
  • Giorgio
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  • Pennsylvania, US
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Wow, that is a gorgeous looking brush! I was strongly considering a 700040 for a while, and you just renewed my interest! Thanks for sharing your technique

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 08-22-2014, 12:45 PM
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All I can say is "WOW!".

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 08-22-2014, 01:39 PM
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Wow - where do I buy one of those ?

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 08-22-2014, 01:48 PM
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Judging by the picture, it looks like the brush is the same size of a Kent bk12, which is a brush I love.

How soft are the tips?

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 08-22-2014, 01:56 PM
  • pc4406
  • Vintage Shearer
  • San Francisco
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Here is the 700030. This is the smallest of the three in this series, but still quite a substantial brush. It is 23mm/63mm.
[Image: NC2BRbK.jpg]

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 08-22-2014, 02:31 PM
  • German
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I, too, own the 70xxx30. It is a great knot with tips that feel much like Plisson HMW.
Andrew's technique makes a lot of sense to tame that knot... Biggrin

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 08-22-2014, 03:29 PM
  • v4257
  • Always chasing the perfect shave
  • Boston, USA
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I am familiar this technique and am a fan.

I use it with large brushes meant for professional use (like the Omega 48). I orig picked it up watching barbers lather me for a shave when I was growing up in India. If you watch videos of pro barbers doing face lathers on clients - they often employ this technique.

Another useful technique I picked up was to do a 'spiral squeeze' to get the knot to give up lather. A bit hard to explain - but imagine rotating the handle while maintaining knot-face contact.

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