04-13-2015, 09:57 AM
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I will have my first brush arriving this week (Parker badger). But I'm curious about synthetics. I keep reading and seeing about badger brushes "blooming" when they are soaked in water. My question is, do synthetic brushes bloom or swell when wet? Also, not being a natural material do synthetics hold up better over time than badger or boar?

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 04-13-2015, 11:18 AM
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Time will tell how they hold up!!


Keep them out of the light and do not use hot water.
They do not take up any water in comparison to natural hair. It is known that even nylon fishing line will tak up small amounts of water, but that is neglegible. Wait...if my experience with hightech fishing line says anything, you will see a weakening of the material within a few years. ...

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 04-13-2015, 11:28 AM
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In my experience, they do not bloom or swell like natural hair. It is commonly believed that they should last much longer as they are not a natural hair or bristle.

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 04-13-2015, 12:22 PM
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As has been mentioned, they neither bloom nor swell. They should last quite some time if properly used and taken care of.

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 04-13-2015, 12:31 PM
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Thanks gentlemen for the replies. I wasn't sure if the fibers were cut in a certain way that would allow them take in water at the tips. 

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 04-13-2015, 02:37 PM
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Parker Badger was also my first brush. It has a very nice bloom and overall is a nice latherer. I have since moved on to only synthetics and only face lathering, which is an entirely different experience. Pick up a l'occitane synthetic or something off the bst for $30 or less and give it a try. No bloom, but I also don't soak them either. Just run it under the tap, give it a shake and hit the puck. They seem to be holding up, but the knots aren't terribly expensive (like high end badger) so I won't be upset if they need to be replaced in a few years.


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 04-13-2015, 05:36 PM
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No bloom on my synths. I do soak the brush as I do my badgers for as long as it takes to prep-just a habit. You'll hear comments that synths don't hold heat like natural fibers, and that's mostly true. The synths do hold some warmth, just not as much as a badger/boar. The other thing to know is that people have a bit of a time with lather running down the arm. If you shake the excess off you'll manage this pretty well, just not as a newbie to them. 

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 04-15-2015, 04:46 PM
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Anyone know of a video or two that demonstrates making lather using a synthetic? Thanks in advance.

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 04-15-2015, 05:02 PM
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(04-15-2015, 04:46 PM)KevinD Wrote: Anyone know of a video or two that demonstrates making lather using a synthetic? Thanks in advance.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_q...ush+lather

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 04-16-2015, 12:56 AM
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(04-15-2015, 05:02 PM)fram773 Wrote:
(04-15-2015, 04:46 PM)KevinD Wrote: Anyone know of a video or two that demonstrates making lather using a synthetic? Thanks in advance.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_q...ush+lather
Thank you.

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 04-16-2015, 04:18 AM
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Kevin, from everything I've read you have a very nice brush on the way. My suggestion is that you really take time to get familiar with it (and break it in - that takes something like 5-10 shaves right there), and establish a comfortable routine with the whole shave. 

There have been a few discussions here on the Nook about changing gear too often, and not getting solid with a brush (soap, razor, blade, etc). Take your time and enjoy your shaves.

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 04-16-2015, 05:13 AM
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(04-16-2015, 04:18 AM)okok Wrote: Kevin, from everything I've read you have a very nice brush on the way. My suggestion is that you really take time to get familiar with it (and break it in - that takes something like 5-10 shaves right there), and establish a comfortable routine with the whole shave. 

There have been a few discussions here on the Nook about changing gear too often, and not getting solid with a brush (soap, razor, blade, etc). Take your time and enjoy your shaves.
I will take your advice and stay with one setup for the first few weeks at least. I will have my first DE shave this evening so to say I'm excited is an understatement. 

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 04-16-2015, 08:45 AM
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I use Synthetics especially when i have no time for soaking (as Boars ask) and i will make 1 or 2 passes
I have in rotation a Muhle Black Fibre,a FS Pur-Tech and a TGN 3 band.
They serve me well,they are honest brushes.

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 04-16-2015, 11:39 AM
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Doryferon said, "They serve me well,they are honest brushes".


Bravo! Well said, and well appreciated.

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 05-01-2015, 12:54 AM
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The weird part to me is when dry the tips are very soft and move able and when wet they become more rigid. With the badgers I have it seems quite the opposite.

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 05-01-2015, 01:37 AM
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With Plisson and Omega that is the case. The fibres are pretty much cylindrical and stick together with the water added. Mühle fibres are more tapered and less straight, which helps

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