10-04-2014, 08:41 AM
  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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I was conflicted if I should post this here or in the soap section, but since I have a brush question, I chose here.

For those of you that use shave sticks for face lathering, what brush do you find best suited for this?

Brand, hair, size, etc.

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 10-04-2014, 08:51 AM
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I use a shave stick occasionally -- pretty much got through one La Toja stick. Any brush I used was great. That said...

I particularly like to use synthetics with a shave stick. TGCo's brush, or a Muhle STF2.0 (23mm).

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 10-04-2014, 08:57 AM
  • evnpar
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  • Portland, Oregon
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For face lathering, you typically want a brush with a little backbone. The Simpson P8 TSN LE works well, but lately I've enjoyed synthetics, especially the Edward Jagger XL.

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 10-04-2014, 09:11 AM
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Synths work great - better than boars - but a 20mm Whipped Dog is what I eventually settled on. It's a travel set-up, rather than for use at home, but it works nicely. Sufficient backbone, not too dense, soft tips, replaceable. I prefer a smaller knot for sticks; if I were to win the lottery (and be stuck for worthy causes to donate to) I'd consider upgrading the WD to a custom Shavemac or Simpson in a similar 20/47 configuration.

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 10-04-2014, 09:58 AM
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I don't use a soap stick very often, and my choice of brush types is quite limited, but when I use a stick I have found that a Shavemac D01 2-band knot works best on my face.

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 10-04-2014, 10:10 AM
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I've generally moved away from sticks and rarely use, however, my preference is for a smaller knotted brush like my Chubby 1 Manchurian.

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 10-04-2014, 11:36 AM
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Johnny, just take a look at my SOTD pics and you'll see the brushes I use with shave-sticks! Biggrin
Seeing as I prefer brushes with 26mm or larger, I don't believe I am best suited to answer you question although, in my opinion, any brush will work well depending on how much product you apply on your face.
Your Plisson or Edwin Jagger will work wonders with shave-sticks. Good luck.

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 10-04-2014, 01:59 PM
  • Teiste
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Simpson Classic 1 best badger or Rooney 1/1 silvertip. Those were great brushes to use with shave sticks.I can say the same about the Muhle STF v 2.0 21 mm and various Semogue boar brushes.

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 10-04-2014, 02:37 PM
  • Rufus
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I use a shave stick, Harris Lavender, when I travel, and have found that my Muhle synthetic STF 23mm works the best. I lather on my face exclusively.

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 10-04-2014, 10:05 PM
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I really like my Vie-Long Silvertip Beehive for that role. Lots of backbone and scrub while maintaining great softness. Right up there with it would also be my NEW Shavemac 2-Band (non-D01). Both have lots of scrub and backbone that will whip up a lather from a shave stick in no time.

I haven't tried a Simpson or a Rooney yet, but I can definitely also stand by Teiste's recommendation of a Muhle STF2.0 or a good boar brush.

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 10-05-2014, 01:42 AM
  • BobH
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  • Thunder Bay Canada
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I use shave sticks while traveling and occasionally at home too. I am also exclusively in the face lathering camp. Virtually any brush I have used will work with shave sticks although one with a bit of backbone helps. Currently I favour synthetics for lathering anything. If you already have a synthetic I would try that first.


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 10-06-2014, 08:20 AM
  • Karlo
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  • Manila, PHL
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I use shave sticks mainly when I'm on the road. Synthetics rule when I'm traveling. At home, I've used all my brushes with La Toja and got great results each and every time.

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 10-06-2014, 11:39 AM
  • blzrfn
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  • Vancouver USA
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The only time I use shave sticks is when I travel and even then I prefer a tube of shaving cream as I don't enjoy the application process. When I do use a shave stick I have found that my boar brushes make short work of it and build up a lather easily with the amount that I can tolerate rubbing on my face. I have always wanted to try a softer soap to use as a shave stick as I think that may alleviate my irritation I experience when rubbing the stick repeatedly around my face and neck. I purchased a stick from Seifenglatt, which has a soft texture, but unfortunately I did not care for the barbershop scent at all and never bothered to try it during an actual shave. But I digress, I would think any brush with a decent amount of backbone would suffice and since I am a 2-band man that would be the type of brush I would reach for (with a fan shaped knot) first, with a nice boar being the 2nd choice.

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 10-06-2014, 11:45 AM
  • Deuce
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I'm with John-the D01 2 band

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 10-06-2014, 12:51 PM
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Johnny, when I used sticks (I use them shredded and mashed into a bowl now) on my face I used any brush that came up in the rotation. I prefer a brush with backbone for face lathering, but they all work, even the Omega 599 silvertip badger which is cloud soft and has absolutely no backbone.

It's not a matter of building soap from a puck or some such since the soap has already been rasped off by the stubble.

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 10-06-2014, 01:12 PM
  • ischiapp
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(10-06-2014, 12:51 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I prefer a brush with backbone for face lathering, but they all work

Stick way is the easyest way to lather.
Even a difficult soap.
So every brush is ok.

If on travelling, maybe a synth. Wink

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 10-09-2014, 01:11 PM
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I don't always use a shave stick but when I do I find a shorter loft brush with more backbone to work well.

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 10-09-2014, 02:33 PM
  • Lando
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Smallish two band, Tulip 2 in my case.

Stick soap lodges preferentially where stubble is heavier, sometimes I get too much soap deposited on my upper lip. Smaller dense brush is easier to work that area with without getting suds all up my nostrils

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 10-10-2014, 06:34 PM
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Plisson and Williams shave stick are my travel set up

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 10-15-2014, 02:25 PM
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Duke 2 always did well for me with sticks. I prefer something soft and a medium to small knot.

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