06-21-2015, 07:17 AM
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Hey guys just want to share my thoughts on a couple of brushes. I made the jump from boar to synthetic. Will I do enjoy my synthetics I figured I might be missing something so I ordered a Simpson duke 3 in best. First off let me start off by saying the quality of the Simpson is second to none, I love the weight of the brush and I do enjoy using the brush.

However compared to my synthetics which are softer make a lather quicker and IMO faster and use less soap. I'm sure the badger has its place somewhere but for me the synthetic beats the badger in every category except craftsmanship.

For some reason though I feel guilty for not liking badger as much. Hard to explain really . I guess I had such high hopes reading about Simpson brushes that when I got it I was just like meh. Don't get me wrong I am not bashing Simpson at all as this brush is amazing , for me however synthetics are better for me. Would I sell the duke 3? Nope

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 06-21-2015, 07:34 AM
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I use mostly synthetic for the same reasons you specified. A plisson synthetic beats any badger I've used hands down.

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 06-21-2015, 07:37 AM
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(06-21-2015, 07:34 AM)fram773 Wrote: I use mostly synthetic for the same reasons you specified. A plisson synthetic beats any badger I've used hands down.

Plisson is great as are muhle and even franks shaving, they actually have a little backbone (FS,muhle). All are great though.

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 06-21-2015, 07:46 AM
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I have a Muhle STF v2 and it's almost as good as a Plisson. The HIS is really good too. The ones people need to avoid are the crappy Gen 1 and 2 synthetics like the Parker. Those are horrible and far inferior to a natural brush.

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 06-21-2015, 07:50 AM
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I used one of my high quality badgers for the first time in 18 months recently. I can tell you it will be much longer than 18 months before I pick it up again. 

Soulless synthetics just feel better and perform better across the board for me.

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 06-21-2015, 07:50 AM
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(06-21-2015, 07:46 AM)fram773 Wrote: I have a Muhle STF v2 and it's almost as good as a Plisson. The HIS is really good too. The ones people need to avoid are the crappy Gen 1 and 2 synthetics like the Parker. Those are horrible and far inferior to a natural brush.

I heard that about the older ones, I don't think I'd get one of the cheaper omega synthetics either. The plisson is a lather monster,and for 30 dollars its a great deal. I think my next purchase is going to be a whipped dog synthetic. I've heard great things about the Edwin Jagger synthetics as well.

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 06-21-2015, 07:54 AM
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  • Snuff
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(06-21-2015, 07:50 AM)SharpSpine Wrote: Soulless synthetics just feel better and perform better

People have been burned for less  Wink but I totally agree!

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 06-21-2015, 07:59 AM
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I agree. My personal favorite is the Muhle V2, but the Plisson is a close 2nd.

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 06-21-2015, 08:13 AM
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(06-21-2015, 07:50 AM)Otis375 Wrote:
(06-21-2015, 07:46 AM)fram773 Wrote: I have a Muhle STF v2 and it's almost as good as a Plisson. The HIS is really good too. The ones people need to avoid are the crappy Gen 1 and 2 synthetics like the Parker. Those are horrible and far inferior to a natural brush.

I heard that about the older ones, I don't think I'd get one of the cheaper omega synthetics either. The plisson is a lather monster,and for 30 dollars its a great deal. I think my next purchase is going to be a whipped dog synthetic. I've heard great things about the Edwin Jagger synthetics as well.

The EJs are the same as the Muhles with a different handle.

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 06-21-2015, 08:19 AM
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(06-21-2015, 08:13 AM)fram773 Wrote:
(06-21-2015, 07:50 AM)Otis375 Wrote:
(06-21-2015, 07:46 AM)fram773 Wrote: I have a Muhle STF v2 and it's almost as good as a Plisson. The HIS is really good too. The ones people need to avoid are the crappy Gen 1 and 2 synthetics like the Parker. Those are horrible and far inferior to a natural brush.

I heard that about the older ones, I don't think I'd get one of the cheaper omega synthetics either. The plisson is a lather monster,and for 30 dollars its a great deal. I think my next purchase is going to be a whipped dog synthetic. I've heard great things about the Edwin Jagger synthetics as well.

The EJs are the same as the Muhles with a different handle.
I had no idea thanks! You just saved me some money

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 06-21-2015, 08:44 AM
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I love my Edwin Jagger synthetic, I haven't touched my boars in a long time. I've never tried a badger, but this synthetic is a BAD killer!

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 06-21-2015, 08:45 AM
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Same boat here, liking synthetic knots over badger and boar. I do use all three types and they all work well but it is just that the synthetics work best for me. The closest badger runner up to my synthetics is a Simpsons Jubilee Manchurian knot. The upside is that I will not be splashing out big chunks of cash for more high end badger brushes.

Bob

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 06-21-2015, 10:48 AM
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Thats Great you have found such enjoyment in the synthetics! I relieve you of all Guilt from this point forwardWink

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 06-21-2015, 11:28 AM
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(06-21-2015, 10:48 AM)eengler Wrote: Thats Great you have found such enjoyment in the synthetics! I relieve you of all Guilt from this point forwardWink

Lol good to know. The only negative about a synthetic is I have some soaps I don't really like and the synthetics use so little soap I may never get rid of them. I will say had I bought the duke before a synthetic it would of probably been my last brush, I just happened to get a plisson and muhle first.

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 06-21-2015, 12:39 PM
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  • HarryO
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I have used a Plisson synthetic 3 times and I must say how happy I am with its performance. It makes some great lather and feels good going on my face, I am just amazed how it out performs some badger brushes. However I just got a white horse hair brush today and can't wait to compare it to the others.

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 06-21-2015, 01:07 PM
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Just ordered a Plisson in faux horn. Love a good synthetic!

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 06-21-2015, 01:11 PM
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Enjoy your synthetics, gentlemen!  Smile

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 06-21-2015, 04:03 PM
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Just waiting for two custom handled and lofted synthetic brushes to get done with great anticipation. Enjoy them, you bet.

Bob

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 06-21-2015, 04:19 PM
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........video killed the radio star..........

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 06-21-2015, 04:38 PM
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I like my synthetic. It's soft on the face. It lathers my soaps really well. I just prefer the feel of my precious  Badger  's. In a similar manner that I prefer cotton over rayon.  Cool

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