01-25-2015, 03:02 PM
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Where does one begin in the journey of choosing a brush. The sizing is all foreign to me and I tried to search brush sizing and it came back empty. I know there are options from Boar, Badger, Synthetics and all kinds of grades of each it seems. Any insight on how or why to choose a certain brush? I'm fairly certain the brush I picked up from the beauty supply store for a whole $4 is probably boar. Super cheap injection molded handle but it was something to start with.

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 01-25-2015, 04:45 PM
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this would be tricky to determine. the only answer i can give is to acquire a brush of average size (knot base diameter ca 23 mm, loft height around 50 mm) and see if you like it, or if you wish for something smaller or larger. only experience will let you know Smile

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 01-25-2015, 04:56 PM
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So on this does shorter mean stiffer and longer mean softer brush? I'm guessing diameter has to do with how much lather and how large the brush head will be. Thanks in advance.

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 01-25-2015, 05:00 PM
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marius has it right.  if I started over from scratch a 23 mm badger from vintage blades would be a great start for about 37 bucks. faux horn and all.

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 01-25-2015, 05:54 PM
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(01-25-2015, 04:56 PM)craigthor Wrote: So on this does shorter mean stiffer and longer mean softer brush? I'm guessing diameter has to do with how much lather and how large the brush head will be. Thanks in advance.


Not always. It then depends on diameter, knot quality, how dense the hairs are packed, etc., etc.

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 01-25-2015, 10:21 PM
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What a wonderful can of worms you have just opened up!  Brush addiction is my favourite one! Thumbup

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 01-25-2015, 11:27 PM
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(01-25-2015, 10:21 PM)celestino Wrote: What a wonderful can of worms you have just opened up!  Brush addiction is my favourite one! Thumbup

+1 ! 

SBAD team  Wave1 ! 

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 01-26-2015, 03:02 AM
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On your current brush what are your likes and dislikes?  Start with the handle.  You can then measure it and go to a site like Simpsons and find a handle you feel would be more to your liking.  Then consider the various hair grades in a similar manner.  Post your thoughts and you will get a lot of advice.  But IMO I would start with your current brush as a starting point.

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 01-26-2015, 03:45 AM
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you adapt to your gear,  it all takes an interface to build, by which to achieve the desired results
I did collect knives and never spent reasonable  time with one particular model...  oh well


In the end, you will need to invest some time and gather experience.
The questions about your current brush and preferences thus are very valid. Just don´t expect any brush to be the end-all to your needs.

 You will be the interface and the brush will then be the appropriate tool. If that makes any sense to you...


Have fun,
Philipp

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