03-14-2015, 08:07 PM
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Every time this brush comes up in my rotation and I think about making this thread so I'm finally going to do it.  In my opinion this brush is one of wet shavings best kept "secrets" for lack of better words, although maybe it's not as much of a secret as it is an under rated and highly under priced brushes IMO - and that brush is the Thater 4125/3 in 2 band.  This brush, at this time, might be my favorite brush I've ever used. It's incredibly soft with a perfect balance of density and backbone to give a good scrub while still maintaining great flow through.  The brush is as close to perfect as I've come across,  I've got size 2 and 3 and just made a trade for a beastly size 4 which I can't wait to receive. Their brushes always come with the most perfectly symmetrical looking knots and I've never had any shedding hairs with them.  I couldn't ask for more from a brush. I've been wanting a Chubby 2 in 2 band for a while now thinking it might be my goldilocks brush and without using one I can't say the Thater is a replacement but it sure is a great deal at less than half the price.  I even like my 2 band thater more than my chubby 3 in two band.  Plus, they're readily available to order online at a drop of a hat.

All that being said, I highly recommend giving one a try.   I can't think of many brushes that check all the boxes for me and can compete at a mere 200 dollars. Worth every penny.


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 03-14-2015, 08:20 PM
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The only thing keeping me from trying one is the mere $200.  It is a nice looking brush.

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 03-14-2015, 08:29 PM
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That's the bargain part, IMO.  I feel like some of it's closest big name competition is 100-200 more on top of that.  I've got some soft brushes but it's REALLY soft.



Size 2 and 3:
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 03-14-2015, 09:28 PM
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My favorite brush at the moment is the 4292H 2-band in 22mm, but for the 4125 I'd jump to 26mm (size 2). The extra density and larger handle is appealing.

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 03-15-2015, 12:37 AM
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Mine - a 4125/1 - has had practically daily use for the last year. I've taken a close-up as it exhibits some interesting characteristics:

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 03-15-2015, 09:11 AM
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Not sure the words "Bargain" and "mere $200" belong in the thread.  Nice brush but the description is not often used in my neighborhood.

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 03-15-2015, 09:12 AM
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A Mercedes S-Class sure is a bargain when you compare it to a Bentley Mulsanne!

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 03-15-2015, 10:56 AM
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I´ll keep my eye on that one.  Will have to spend some money it seems.... Smile
One of the best bargains I found was the 30 USD/ EUR Plisson synthetic. But I am going for more natural hair brushes.
I wonder how it compares to a Savile Row or a Romera Brush. Ordered a few of the latter. Thank you for your clear recommendation

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 03-15-2015, 12:33 PM
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Yep, Thäter brushes are amongst the best in the industry.
Don't tell anybody....

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 03-15-2015, 03:21 PM
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I have the 4125/2 and it is one of my favorite brushes.  The handle is beautiful and Thater bulb knots seem to always be superbly shaped.  If I could change anything about the brush it would be to lower the loft for more backbone.  Despite this, this brush is a definite keeper and I'm thinking about adding the larger 4125/3.

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 03-15-2015, 03:31 PM
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  • MaxP
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The Thater two band is, indeed, a fine brush. Soft tips for sure. It didn't have quite enough backbone to suit my preference, though. YMMV.

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 03-15-2015, 06:51 PM
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just got a new thader last week.  an olivewood beauty.  german told me about these some time ago.  wonderful brushes

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 03-15-2015, 07:28 PM
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(03-15-2015, 03:21 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: I have the 4125/2 and it is one of my favorite brushes.  The handle is beautiful and Thater bulb knots seem to always be superbly shaped.  If I could change anything about the brush it would be to lower the loft for more backbone.  Despite this, this brush is a definite keeper and I'm thinking about adding the larger 4125/3.


You won't be disappointed. As much as I like my 2, I prefer my 3.  It's a great overall size IMO.


(03-15-2015, 12:37 AM)Burgundy Wrote: Mine - a 4125/1 - has had practically daily use for the last year. I've taken a close-up as it exhibits some interesting characteristics:


My size 2 and 3 do the same thing, dry real hard and scrunchy and turn incredibly soft when wet.  Much like the "gel" feel people often talk about, I think it's due to the bleaching.  I might have to get a size 1 to round out the collection.

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 03-16-2015, 08:35 PM
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The one and only item that continues to amaze me is this brush:

Thater 4125/2 Black Finest 2-Band Silvertip Fan Shaving Brush, 26mm

I still have a few other brushes but they only see action on the road - don't want to chance anything happening to this one.

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 03-17-2015, 02:01 AM
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(03-15-2015, 03:31 PM)MaxP Wrote: The Thater two band is, indeed, a fine brush.  Soft tips for sure.  It didn't have quite enough backbone to suit my preference, though.  YMMV.

Just curious, did you have the fan or the bulb?  I've read that the fans lacked backbone, but the bulbs have good backbone.

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 03-17-2015, 06:26 PM
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(03-17-2015, 02:01 AM)david1201 Wrote: '
(03-15-2015, 03:31 PM)MaxP Wrote: The Thater two band is, indeed, a fine brush.  Soft tips for sure.  It didn't have quite enough backbone to suit my preference, though.  YMMV.

Just curious, did you have the fan or the bulb?  I've read that the fans lacked backbone, but the bulbs have good backbone.

IIRC both brushes I had were bulbs.  Still not quite enough backbone for my preference.

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 03-17-2015, 07:00 PM
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I keep going back and forth about buying one. I do like good backbone. Any comparisons to let's say the TGN sloshing m6,semogue tuxego, TGN Finest, M&F finest...I like the backbone on those.

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 03-17-2015, 08:17 PM
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(03-17-2015, 02:01 AM)david1201 Wrote:
(03-15-2015, 03:31 PM)MaxP Wrote: The Thater two band is, indeed, a fine brush.  Soft tips for sure.  It didn't have quite enough backbone to suit my preference, though.  YMMV.

Just curious, did you have the fan or the bulb?  I've read that the fans lacked backbone, but the bulbs have good backbone.


Bulbs.  I think the backbone is just right, they open up a bit but so you don't have to press too hard but they aren't floppy at all.  With this they create and release lather very well.  I could see someone thinking different who likes a very short loft or a ton of backbone.  

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 03-18-2015, 07:05 PM
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If you should like a little more backbone maybe you should try the size I use 4125/5 has a 32mm bulb knot plenty of everything.Among the 3 best in my stall!
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 03-18-2015, 10:15 PM
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(03-14-2015, 08:20 PM)Johnny Wrote: The only thing keeping me from trying one is the mere $200.  It is a nice looking brush.

I second that motion.

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