07-06-2015, 04:26 AM
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Is it just me or do dense brushes end up creating a lava-like lather, as dense as the brushes?




I always do need more loading on natural hair brushes. On the other hand
I can make happen a beaten eggwhite  type light lather with my less dense synthetics and, to a degree with my loose silvertip knots.


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 07-06-2015, 06:14 AM
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Philipp, it has been a very long time since I have used a knot smaller than a large 26mm, but I may tend to agree with you, here.  Biggrin

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 07-06-2015, 10:46 PM
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I agree Philipp.
In general I can also make a lighter fluffier lather with my dense brushes. Just takes extra effort, extra work and more water

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 07-07-2015, 07:37 AM
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Dense brush with huge knot takes extra effort to make acceptable lather.
But it's fun to use large brushes.
Dense synthetic brushes are even more difficult to lather.
Always a mess after face lathering.

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 07-07-2015, 07:42 AM
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In my experience, denser is not necessarily better in terms of lather and release.
I prefer 'middle of the road'.

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 07-07-2015, 08:09 AM
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I have joined the Big Brush club for sure. Just enjoy the larger knots, the lather, face feel. Everything. Increases my enjoyment of the shave experience.

Now, when this thread gets dredged up a few years from now I will no doubt wonder what the heck I was thinking as I lather with my 18mm knot Smile

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 07-07-2015, 09:10 AM
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(07-07-2015, 08:09 AM)kwsher Wrote: I have joined the Big Brush club for sure. Just enjoy the larger knots, the lather, face feel. Everything. Increases my enjoyment of the shave experience.

Now, when this thread gets dredged up a few years from now I will no doubt wonder what the heck I was thinking as I lather with my 18mm knot Smile

Kevin, I agree with your first point, but not with your second! I started this journey with smaller brushes and have been using larger knots for 3 years, now, and I can't seem to go back, now!  Biggrin

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 07-07-2015, 09:13 AM
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I found big knots even CH 3 are easy to lather as long as I use fine soaps. I prefer the knot between 28-30


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 07-07-2015, 09:17 AM
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Brush wise which large, loosely packed knots (allowing for good flow through yet backbone) would you gents suggest purchasing?

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 07-07-2015, 09:35 AM
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This is why I love synthetics. After using my synthetics for so long then going back to badger I really could tell the difference then. My duke 3 is a fine brush but a synthetic makes a superior lather, faster and with less product. That being said I need to start really using some of my soaps before they turn so I'm thinking I'm using the badger exclusively for awhile

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 07-07-2015, 10:09 AM
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(07-07-2015, 09:17 AM)Nishy Wrote: Brush wise which large, loosely packed knots (allowing for good flow through yet backbone) would you gents suggest purchasing?

The new Shavemac Silvertip 2-Band knots are excellent with very good flow-through, but they are very densely packed. If you want less dense knots, Thater 2-Band would be the ideal choice.

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 07-07-2015, 10:23 AM
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I also like the medium density brushes.  Too much density and it all get stuck in the knot so I'm painting on thin lather.  The really floppy brushes can build up a nice lather, but sometimes it's too hard to load enough product and it's not as enjoyable to use.  The Shavemac 2-band silvertip seems to make excellent lather for me.

I found the Shavemac and Thater 2-bands to have similar density, just the Thater was a little shorter loft so a little more scrubby.

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 07-07-2015, 10:26 AM
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(07-07-2015, 10:09 AM)celestino Wrote:
(07-07-2015, 09:17 AM)Nishy Wrote: Brush wise which large, loosely packed knots (allowing for good flow through yet backbone) would you gents suggest purchasing?

The new Shavemac Silvertip 2-Band knots are excellent with very good flow-through, but they are very densely packed. If you want less dense knots, Thater 2-Band would be the ideal choice.
Thanks that clears that up, I really enjoy the Shavemac. But at 24mm I thought this would be of medium density?

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 07-07-2015, 10:50 AM
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I can't comment on the 24mm knot of the Shavemac Silvertip hair as I only have one in 28mm, but these knots are fairly dense. I'll let others who have smaller sized knots comment on the density of their brushes.

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 07-07-2015, 11:13 AM
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I've had a Thater 2-band and two Shavemac 2-band silvertips.  I'm assuming they are relatively similar hairs.  They were all the same density.  I would say average, maybe even a bit below average density.  When you squeeze the water out of the knots, they compress quite a bit, more than any other brush I've used.  But backbone is still very good and they feel quite big.  They mix lather very well and release it.

I also have a Simpson Duke 3 in best which is ridiculously dense.  The knot is a very well-packed 24.5mm and the thing has almost no give to it at the base.  It has a huge bloom.  I'm not a fan of that much density to be honest as it hogs lather.  And the Shavemac 2-bands are softer at the tip.

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 07-07-2015, 02:37 PM
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Every time I use CH3 Manchurian I asked myself why I don't use CH3 everyday . It's dense but holds a lot of lather and create leather like nothing


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