05-27-2012, 08:28 AM
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Hi All,

I've recently been struck by a pretty acute case of SBAD and have picked up several brushes. My latest purchase, which I just used for the first time today, was a 23mm shavemac D01 3-band from our very own Bullgoose Phil. I really enjoyed the brush this morning, but I was surprised by how prickly it was. I was under the impression that this particular hair has very soft tips. For those of you who have experience with these brushes, do they soften up a bit with use?

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 05-27-2012, 09:20 AM
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??? I have several shavemacs and the D01 3 band is the softest I have. You might have a very sensitive skin so it feels a bit prickly. The brush will soften a bit after a week of two of use.

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 05-27-2012, 09:30 AM
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(05-27-2012, 09:20 AM)Snuff Wrote: ??? I have several shavemacs and the D01 3 band is the softest I have. You might have a very sensitive skin so it feels a bit prickly. The brush will soften a bit after a week of two of use.

I've seen a lot of people say this, so I'm betting that, like you said, with a few uses it will soften up. Luckily, I don't mind a bit a scrtich, so I actually liked the way it felt today. At the moment though, it's markedly pricklier than my Simpsons in Best, which I was not expecting.

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 05-27-2012, 11:57 AM
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  • Teiste
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I have a D01 two band fan shaped, which was scratchy on its first uses and get softer afterwards.Now is a super nice brush,maybe with a little bit of a scritch,nothing unpleasant,and lot of backbone.Use it more and you will be surprised.

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 05-27-2012, 02:17 PM
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Mike,
If you bought it new, then give it a few weeks to soften!

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 05-27-2012, 02:46 PM
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Thanks guys. I've heard that the 2-band D01 knots need a little break-in time, but didn't realize the 3-band hair might also.

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 05-27-2012, 02:50 PM
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(05-27-2012, 02:46 PM)OckhamsRazor Wrote: Thanks guys. I've heard that the 2-band D01 knots need a little break-in time, but didn't realize the 3-band hair might also.

I sometimes reply to things and I dont even know what Im writing.I wrote about the D01 two band,well I have 2 D01 3 band and the same,take some time to soften,but not as much as the D01 2 band.

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 05-27-2012, 03:01 PM
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(05-27-2012, 02:50 PM)Teiste Wrote:
(05-27-2012, 02:46 PM)OckhamsRazor Wrote: Thanks guys. I've heard that the 2-band D01 knots need a little break-in time, but didn't realize the 3-band hair might also.

I sometimes reply to things and I dont even know what Im writing.I wrote about the D01 two band,well I have 2 D01 3 band and the same,take some time to soften,but not as much as the D01 2 band.

Thanks, Teiste!

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 05-27-2012, 08:44 PM
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What shape is the knot? I have 2 shavacs in 3band in fan. One I purchased used that already came pretty soft and another purchased with less than a handful of uses that still had some scritch. If it's a flat top it will take more time. But from my experience like others they take some time. They don't ever lose their scritch though but they get to the perfect balance that makes me like shavemac knots over anything else.

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 05-28-2012, 02:59 AM
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(05-27-2012, 08:44 PM)texaninkc Wrote: What shape is the knot? I have 2 shavacs in 3band in fan. One I purchased used that already came pretty soft and another purchased with less than a handful of uses that still had some scritch. If it's a flat top it will take more time. But from my experience like others they take some time. They don't ever lose their scritch though but they get to the perfect balance that makes me like shavemac knots over anything else.

Thanks for the info. Mine is the bulb/hybrid shape. I'm glad to hear it softens up some. I love everything else about the brush. Even if it stayed the way it was, I would be happy with it. I just might have to buy a Savile Row, Thater, or standard shavemac in addition to fulfil my desire for an ultra softee Biggrin

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 05-28-2012, 04:08 AM
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Aren't Saville Row brushes made by Thäter?

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 05-28-2012, 04:12 AM
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(05-28-2012, 04:08 AM)oversaturn Wrote: Aren't Saville Row brushes made by Thäter?

I've read they are made by Shavemac?

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 05-29-2012, 05:37 AM
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(05-28-2012, 04:12 AM)Dipesh Wrote:
(05-28-2012, 04:08 AM)oversaturn Wrote: Aren't Saville Row brushes made by Thäter?

I've read they are made by Shavemac?

I've also read they are made by Shavemac.

Also, just an update on the D01. I used it this morning and it is already quite a bit softer at the tips. I really enjoyed today's shave.

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 05-29-2012, 10:05 AM
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(05-29-2012, 05:37 AM)OckhamsRazor Wrote:
(05-28-2012, 04:12 AM)Dipesh Wrote:
(05-28-2012, 04:08 AM)oversaturn Wrote: Aren't Saville Row brushes made by Thäter?

I've read they are made by Shavemac?

I've also read they are made by Shavemac.

Also, just an update on the D01. I used it this morning and it is already quite a bit softer at the tips. I really enjoyed today's shave.

You're right! My mistake. Blush Shavemac it is. Smile

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 05-29-2012, 11:10 AM
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I have twonShavemacs that have larger silver tip knots. They are both very soft and close to the Kent BK or EJ's which are the softest unless a Plisson at a much higher price. Give your brush a little time IMHO.

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 05-29-2012, 08:32 PM
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I had a very nice D01 adjustable brush (the name escapes me now) that was prickly when I first got it, but with use it became more and more soft...in fact it became a little too soft and was a tad too big for my tastes so I ended up selling it. I suppose I just prefer the 2-band brushes, though I've not tried one of Bernd's flat-tops yet...Lightbulb

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 05-29-2012, 08:48 PM
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(05-27-2012, 08:28 AM)OckhamsRazor Wrote: Hi All,

I've recently been struck by a pretty acute case of SBAD and have picked up several brushes. My latest purchase, which I just used for the first time today, was a 23mm shavemac D01 3-band from our very own Bullgoose Phil. I really enjoyed the brush this morning, but I was surprised by how prickly it was. I was under the impression that this particular hair has very soft tips. For those of you who have experience with these brushes, do they soften up a bit with use?

When do you find it prickly - when it's dry and/or wet? Many high end brushes will feel prickly/scratchy or scritchy, depending on the term you use when they are dry. But even when pressed into your face to begin a bit of scrubbing you shouldn't expect much prickliness with a top end brush during the application of the lather.

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 05-30-2012, 04:28 AM
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(05-29-2012, 08:32 PM)Crag Wrote: I had a very nice D01 adjustable brush (the name escapes me now) that was prickly when I first got it, but with use it became more and more soft...in fact it became a little too soft and was a tad too big for my tastes so I ended up selling it. I suppose I just prefer the 2-band brushes, though I've not tried one of Bernd's flat-tops yet...Lightbulb

Good to know, Matt, thanks.

(05-29-2012, 08:48 PM)Fido Wrote:
(05-27-2012, 08:28 AM)OckhamsRazor Wrote: Hi All,

I've recently been struck by a pretty acute case of SBAD and have picked up several brushes. My latest purchase, which I just used for the first time today, was a 23mm shavemac D01 3-band from our very own Bullgoose Phil. I really enjoyed the brush this morning, but I was surprised by how prickly it was. I was under the impression that this particular hair has very soft tips. For those of you who have experience with these brushes, do they soften up a bit with use?

When do you find it prickly - when it's dry and/or wet? Many high end brushes will feel prickly/scratchy or scritchy, depending on the term you use when they are dry. But even when pressed into your face to begin a bit of scrubbing you shouldn't expect much prickliness with a top end brush during the application of the lather.

My issue was with the feel of the brush when wet and applied to the face. However, when I used it for the second time, I already noticed a significant softening.

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 06-04-2012, 08:57 AM
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Just a quick update on the D01. I've used the brush several times now and the tips have softened up quite a bit. I've never experienced such a pronounced break-in with a badger brush before. I liked it before, but now I like it even more. It's a great brush.

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 06-04-2012, 09:11 AM
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Mike, exactly which brush is this that you bought from Phil? Can you attach a picture of it?

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