Poll: Best large sized synthetic travel brush ?
 04-09-2015, 04:33 PM
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What would you pick as the best synthetic larger sized travel brush ?

Chubby 2 Synth
EJ XL
Muhle XL

By large I mean 24-25 mm knot size and up

My travel soap: Tabac stick
My travel cream: Speick

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 04-09-2015, 04:34 PM
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  • Agravic
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EJ/Muhle STF XL without a doubt here!

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 04-09-2015, 04:36 PM
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 04-09-2015, 04:37 PM
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(04-09-2015, 04:34 PM)Agravic Wrote: EJ/Muhle STF XL without a doubt here!

WoW Ravi, you're fast, man  Cool

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 04-09-2015, 04:38 PM
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(04-09-2015, 04:36 PM)Alexandergjones Wrote: HIS synth 1849

http://www.qedusa.com/brush-brush-1849-s...p-879.html

You're fast too  Wink

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 04-09-2015, 04:41 PM
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[Image: mmTZJ4y.jpg]I have all the synths in your poll as well as a plisson. I reach for the HIS 9 out of 10 shaves. Same fibers as the chubby with a higher loft. 

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 04-09-2015, 05:28 PM
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I have all three of the brushes in the poll and have used them extensively.  All three are excellent.  All 3 have earned have earned a permanent place in my rotation.  However, I  find the CH2 to be the best synthetic brush available.  If you like the classic CH2 handle, nothing else comes close.  If you like backbone, nothing else comes close.

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 04-09-2015, 06:01 PM
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  • BobH
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If I had to take a large travel brush it would be the Simpsons Chubby 2 synthetic because I did not care for the higher loft on my Muhle XL STF.

Bob

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 04-09-2015, 06:08 PM
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I'll have to go with the EJ XL. 

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 04-09-2015, 09:06 PM
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  • Johnny
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I check none of the above.  I use my Plisson synthetics for travel.

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 04-10-2015, 10:20 AM
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If space is a problem, go with the chubby, else use whatever you like most.

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 04-10-2015, 10:30 AM
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just a few choices, and two  should be the same brush!
The simpson is very nice, but the two other brushes are far more powerful when lathering
 higher loft and the amount of splay offered is  different. I posted that again below, while the Simpsons is a very nice brush it is in my by performance a smaller brush
Revision: With same lathering technique, the Simpson is a larger brush. I did not use it splayed when lathering on my hand or on my face, because it splays less easily. When done, it is as good or superior to the others..Ahem. Well had to test that again to find out!

For travelling I would prefer a noname synthetic with less expense involved, with a cheesy plastic handle or a sealed wooden handle. 

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 04-10-2015, 10:49 AM
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  • BobH
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(04-10-2015, 10:30 AM)Bibbelmann Wrote: The simpson is very nice, but the two other brushes are far more powerful when lathering
 higher loft and the amount of splay offered is very different

What is meant by more "powerful" concerning the higher loft brushes? The reason I ask is that with either my Muhle XL STF, in a custom handle set to a lower loft, or Chubby 2 synthetic I can easily generate enough lather for a 4 pass shave with one loading.

Bob

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 04-10-2015, 01:41 PM
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the Muehle and Edwin Jagger (same knot, or very similar) have both  a long loft and wide splay.
The Simpsons has little splay and a much shorter loft. It has the thicker knot yet is functionally  a smaller brush.

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 04-10-2015, 01:53 PM
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(04-10-2015, 10:30 AM)Bibbelmann Wrote: just a few choices, and two  should be the same brush!
The simpson is very nice, but the two other brushes are far more powerful when lathering
 higher loft and the amount of splay offered is  different. I posted that again below, while the Simpsons is a very nice brush it is in my by performance a smaller brush

For travelling I would prefer a noname synthetic with less expense involved, with a cheesy plastic handle or a sealed wooden handle. 

I only want to own synthetic, used for travelling.
I find synthetics to underperform compared to all my high end badgers.

For mold reasons, I have to own one synthetic for travelling, thus this synthetic should be high end among synthetics, since I'm a high end brush person  Tongue

F.Y.I.

Mühle STF 25mm and Edwin Jagger STF 25 mm use the same STF hair, but loft is different and density is different, so they are far from the same brushes.

 

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 04-10-2015, 02:12 PM
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Claus,

i think it might be just different batches of production.
There has been reports on the forum, once this one was denser, once the other one. I would guess you only know what brush you are buying as you have it finally in your hands.
The Chubby Synthetic is coming with a slightly higher loft now.

If you want a high end synthetic, go Chubby Synthetic. It exudes quality. It is a bit hard to get used to, you have to make it splay, then it is a Chubby brush and a noticeable denser  thicker knot than the EJ/ Muehle XL
I have mine not used much because it is dense and a bit harder to splay. Just found out I really like it. Now I should try the Muehle XL as well...Biggrin

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 04-10-2015, 02:35 PM
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(04-10-2015, 01:41 PM)Bibbelmann Wrote: the Muehle and Edwin Jagger (same knot, or very similar) have both  a long loft and wide splay.
The Simpsons has little splay and a much shorter loft. It has the thicker knot yet is functionally  a smaller brush.

Thanks for the clarification.

Bob

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 04-10-2015, 02:45 PM
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(04-10-2015, 01:53 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: F.Y.I.

Mühle STF 25mm and Edwin Jagger STF 25 mm use the same STF hair, but loft is different and density is different, so they are far from the same brushes.

Claus, do you know which one is superior to the other?

BTW Johnny I love your plissons!




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 04-10-2015, 02:51 PM
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  • BobH
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I have one of the original Simpson LE Chubby 2 synthetics with a low loft. Once you learn how to muscle it a bit it splays nicely and works well with circular strokes to build lather and painting strokes to spread it. I like the feeling of having to work the brush against my face so it suits me just fine and it is not in the least bit scritchy or scratchy will doing it. The Plisson synthetic I have is the total opposite and it would be good for someone who wants a brush with virtually no resistance to splaying. Resistance to splaying aside both lather up a storm and both are soft on the face. Because of the Plisson's lack of resistance to splaying I find it a bit disappointing to face lather with. The Muhle XL STF when it was at factory set loft was somewhere in the middle for face resistance to splaying but also soft on the face. I guess it just depends on how you like a brush to feel when you are working on your face. You could always try them all to see which is the perfect fit. 

Bob

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 04-10-2015, 03:03 PM
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Bob,
you are right about the virtues of the Chubby 2 Synthetic. Just had to try it again, and it is a great brush!

Philipp

Quote:I guess it just depends on how you like a brush to feel when you are working on your face.

Well said. This kept me from using the Chubby after buying it, because it is slightly different. At first Smile

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