10-28-2015, 05:04 AM
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So...I have a Thater 2 band, I have a Shavemac silvertip, I have a Whipped Dog High Mountain and a Vulfix pure.  What I really want is a 22mm to 24mm knot that is scrubby not scritchy.  I like some scrub, and have found that with some of my soaps the less dense packed brushes make for better lathering so I am asking my brethren for some recommendations.  

$$ I am not looking to spend a huge amount of money.  Anything really under $70 and even that is strecthing it.  I honestly really like the dimensions of the Vulfix (41) but the hair is a bit scritchy, but it creates and releases lather on my face very well (especially the more difficult types like MW).  So... what would you all recommend?

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 10-28-2015, 05:42 AM
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without "any" scritch your looking at a synthetic. but not much scrub with those. I have every brand of brush and they all start with at least some scritch, than as you use it more is goes away and becomes more soft. If you have a Thater and Shavemac and its not doing it for you than IDK. Best bet is buy a used, broken in brush at that point. Older Rooney or M&F with their vintage knots. But your well above your $70 price tag at that point

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 10-28-2015, 05:56 AM
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(10-28-2015, 05:42 AM)CtrlAltElite Wrote: without "any" scritch your looking at a synthetic. but not much scrub with those. I have every brand of brush and they all start with at least some scritch, than as you use it more is goes away and becomes more soft. If you have a Thater and Shavemac and its not doing it for you than IDK. Best bet is buy a used, broken in brush at that point. Older Rooney or M&F with their vintage knots. But your well above your $70 price tag at that point

I definitely find the shavemac to soft.  The thater is a beautiful brush, but it was also $150 bucks.  Like I said the Vulfix 41 is a great brush in terms of dimensions, flow through and building a face lather, but it is pretty scritchy, I guess I am looking for something maybe one step up from the Vulfix.  Anyone have any experience with the super badger from vulfix?

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 10-28-2015, 06:22 AM
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If you can find one on the BST the new Forest Tubby 2 had a great scrub with no scritch feel. He closed his business this year so they are no longer available online

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 10-28-2015, 07:02 AM
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  • jtmke
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Shave Mac two band or a vulfix 2235 in silvertip not super

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 10-28-2015, 07:21 AM
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No doubt in my mind. Go with a Semogue 730 Silvertip in regular density. It has tons of backbone, very good scrub without being scratchy like lower grade badgers. It does not need soaking and is ready for action immediately unlike the super dense badgers. The handle is high quality. You wont be disappointed. I'm a regular synthetic user and this has come to be the only badger I used that I respect. Best yet it only costs about $40 from a certain Irish vendor.

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 10-28-2015, 09:40 AM
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  • Balj86
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If you want scrubby, I highly recommend the Semogue SOC 2band finest. Its moderately dense with great backbone.

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 10-28-2015, 09:51 AM
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(10-28-2015, 09:40 AM)Balj86 Wrote: If you want scrubby, I highly recommend the Semogue SOC 2band finest. Its moderately dense with great backbone.

+1  

Also, is your Shavemac the new Silvertip 2-Band hair? 
Another thing to contemplate is getting one of the brush artisans to transplant either knot from your Thater or Shavemac into anther handle and setting the knot to a lower loft, or getting a TGN Finest 2-Band set at a low loft.
Good luck.

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 10-28-2015, 10:43 AM
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(10-28-2015, 09:51 AM)celestino Wrote:
(10-28-2015, 09:40 AM)Balj86 Wrote: If you want scrubby, I highly recommend the Semogue SOC 2band finest. Its moderately dense with great backbone.

+1  

Also, is your Shavemac the new Silvertip 2-Band hair? 
Another thing to contemplate is getting one of the brush artisans to transplant either knot from your Thater or Shavemac into anther handle and setting the knot to a lower loft, or getting a TGN Finest 2-Band set at a low loft.
Good luck.

What Celestino said. If you want a great brush on the cheap you could buy a handle from Larry ( $8 ) at Whipped Dog and put a TGN Finest two band knot in it = super brush for very little cash.
D.

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 10-28-2015, 10:45 AM
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  • nikos.a
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(10-28-2015, 09:40 AM)Balj86 Wrote: If you want scrubby, I highly recommend the Semogue SOC 2band finest. Its moderately dense with great backbone.

That would be my recommendation also, but you need to know that Semogue changed their 2band supplier and now it's a lot softer and less scrubby than it used to be. I checked them both myself and I know it for sure.
By the way, I have the old, scrubby version and I love it because it's the only badger brush I own. I don't prefer soft, silvertip brushes.

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 10-28-2015, 11:31 AM
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Nick, have you tried the Shavemac D-01 2-Band knots? They aren't soft, at all, if you set the loft low enough. Biggrin

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 10-28-2015, 11:47 AM
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  • nikos.a
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Celestino, I haven't. I like the 2band feeling and probably I will purchase it some day.

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 10-28-2015, 01:34 PM
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(10-28-2015, 10:43 AM)Dinder1 Wrote:
(10-28-2015, 09:51 AM)celestino Wrote:
(10-28-2015, 09:40 AM)Balj86 Wrote: If you want scrubby, I highly recommend the Semogue SOC 2band finest. Its moderately dense with great backbone.

+1  

Also, is your Shavemac the new Silvertip 2-Band hair? 
Another thing to contemplate is getting one of the brush artisans to transplant either knot from your Thater or Shavemac into anther handle and setting the knot to a lower loft, or getting a TGN Finest 2-Band set at a low loft.
Good luck.

What Celestino said. If you want a great brush on the cheap you could buy a handle from Larry ( $8 ) at Whipped Dog and put a TGN Finest two band knot in it = super brush for very little cash.
D.

+1 on this.  I liken the feel of my TGN 2-bands (Finest) to wadding up a microfiber cloth into a ball, dipping it in water and rubbing it on your face.  Keep the knot size under 30mm and you'll have a very nice sub-$40 brush.

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 10-28-2015, 01:35 PM
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How about the Semogue BC Mistura? That seems to be what you are looking for.

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 10-28-2015, 02:33 PM
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Nathan Clark Envy White badger knot. Very scrubby, but no real scritch. Truly a superior knot

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 10-30-2015, 06:55 AM
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Based on member reviews, I would say a good bet would be semogue OC two band. I am also a huge fan of Vie Long two band hair. I own an epsilon brush and for $120 it just doesn't get any better!


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 10-30-2015, 07:29 AM
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  • Attila
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The recent Semogue 2 bands are excellent. After a short break in period mine has soft enough tips, plenty of backbone and quite decent scrub. No scritch, thankfully. Otherwise I would have passed it on. As it is, I always enjoy using it.

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 10-30-2015, 09:11 AM
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  • ARGH
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Have you considered a Shavemac brush in finest? I recently got one and it is exactly how I would describe it:"formidable scrub, with 0 scritch", and the back bone is excellent. It is a bit more expensive though - in the area of $100-120.

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 10-30-2015, 09:25 AM
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Maybe a broken-in boar?

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 10-30-2015, 10:20 AM
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I've tried a couple brushes that had good scrub and no scritch. One was a Rooney Super Silvertip 1/1 (not the heritage series) and the other was a TGN Grade A Silvertip knot. You can definitely get the TGN for less than $70.

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