11-28-2015, 03:05 PM
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  • Chaddy
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What would be the one to get? I'm wanting something with a 26-28mm knot silver tip. Thanks in advance for the help.

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 11-28-2015, 03:11 PM
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Are you looking for 2-Band or 3-Band hair? Thater 2-Bands are probably the softest 2-Bands on the market, at the moment; not great backbone, but soft as a cloud.
There is a very nice Thater 2-Band on the BST, right now, you may want to consider. Shy

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 11-28-2015, 03:58 PM
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  • Chaddy
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I'm looking for suggestions. I don't know much about brushes. I'd like a shavemac but I thank there a little more money that I'm wanting to spend right now. After Christmas is over I have me one around the first of the year.

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 11-28-2015, 03:59 PM
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Face lather or bowl lather ?
Soaps or creams ?
Soft or backbone ?

???

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 11-28-2015, 04:03 PM
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Bowl later 110% of the time. I used both soaps and creams. I've got some hard hard soaps too. I'm ocd about buying used brushes. Dead skin,blood,ect,ect.

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 11-28-2015, 04:24 PM
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  • Giorgio
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You are looking at roughly similar prices for a Thäter, Sevile Row, or custom Shavemac for the same size knot and hair type. Don't forget Shavemac prices as displayed include VAT, which would be deducted at checkout since it will ship to the US. 

Personally, I would go with the Shavemac simply because you can customize it exactly the way you want (knot shape, loft, handle shape and color, etc...) under the expert selection page. Or you can email Bernd directly and he can make personalized recommendations for you. Only downside is the wait time. 

In all cases, you can't go wrong with any of those...you couldn't have picked more similar brands, particularly since I believe it was revealed that Shavemac makes the Sevile Row brushes, and I have also read about a connection to Thäter as well (handles maybe). Good luck!

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 11-28-2015, 04:36 PM
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I have also heard the Savile Row row was made by Shavemac, although I have no direct evidence of that. The handle type 167 on the Shavemac site, I've seen on several SR models. For a few bucks more, I'd go with a Shavemac.

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 11-28-2015, 05:29 PM
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(11-28-2015, 04:03 PM)Chaddy Wrote: Bowl later 110% of the time. I used both soaps and creams. I've got some hard hard soaps too. I'm ocd about buying used brushes. Dead skin,blood,ect,ect.

I face lather 110% of the time, so can't advice here.

I know I would prefer slightly longer handled brushes fo the bowl.

Would perhaps look into skipping the Thäter and Savile Row's andf get a custom made Shavemac (Shavemac makes SR brushes any way, and also makes the handles for the Thäter up to 28 mm knots)

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 11-28-2015, 09:16 PM
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What's the avg wait time on a shavemac?

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 11-28-2015, 10:42 PM
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Both knots took about a week to ship to the West Coast via FedEx.

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 11-28-2015, 10:47 PM
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  • bullgoose
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I have not found a Saville Row handle that I find comfortable. I would go with a Thater. Just keep in mind that the manufacturer's dimensions are different than how you would measure it. If Thater lists the knot diameter as 26mm, it is actually closer to 28mm if you measure where the knot meets the handle.

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 11-29-2015, 12:27 AM
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I'd say go with shavemac.

IMO Bernd just makes fantastic brushes and you'll have a bit more choice if you go for a custom order.

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 11-29-2015, 07:51 AM
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  • bullgoose
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(11-29-2015, 12:27 AM)Dipesh Wrote: I'd say go with shavemac.

IMO Bernd just makes fantastic brushes and you'll have a bit more choice if you go for a custom order.

I would have suggested Shavemac as well if had been presented as an option.

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 11-30-2015, 04:08 PM
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I agree with Giorgio- I don't think you can go wrong with any of these, including the Shavemac.  I also have the same suspicions as many of the posters here that SR is actually made by Shavemac.  I own a brush from all 3 makers and love all 3.  

Thater 2 band Silvertip fan
SR Sivertip bulb
Shavemac Finest fan

The Thater is the softest, but not by much.  As far as value of the brush vs. face feel (I face lather 99.99% of the time), I'll give the nod to the Shavemac Finest.  Unless you are just looking for something plush, I would highly recommend you go with the Finest grade knot from Shavemac if you decide to ultimately go with Shavemac, as this grade of hair is extremely soft for the price point.  If I'm not mistaken, the Shavemac Finest knot is comprised of 70% silvertip/30% pure grades.  For full disclosure- I have not tried the Shavemac 2 band silvertip, but that one will be my next purchase.  

I have the SR 33XX style handle and love it, for what it's worth.

Happy hunting.

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 11-30-2015, 05:39 PM
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(11-28-2015, 10:47 PM)bullgoose Wrote: I have not found a Saville Row handle that I find comfortable. I would go with a Thater. Just keep in mind that the manufacturer's dimensions are different than how you would measure it. If Thater lists the knot diameter as 26mm, it is actually closer to 28mm if you measure where the knot meets the handle.

I own several Thaters and they are excellent, very soft, specially the two bands.  I think Thaters are very underrated.

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 11-30-2015, 05:55 PM
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  • Giorgio
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(11-28-2015, 09:16 PM)Chaddy Wrote: What's the avg wait time on a shavemac?


It really varies by time of the year and what else he has going on. Best bet is to email him directly. I imagine now is a busy time for him so I wouldn't expect anything before the new year...but he will be able to give you a fairly accurate window and shipping is pretty fast from Germany (at least my last few orders were  )

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 11-30-2015, 05:57 PM
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(11-28-2015, 09:16 PM)Chaddy Wrote: What's the avg wait time on a shavemac?

I just received mine today on a two week turn around, not bad IMO.

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 11-30-2015, 06:27 PM
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  • Chaddy
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Naw two weeks ain't bad at all.

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 11-30-2015, 06:40 PM
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D01-2 band.....just came in today.[Image: ZTUGe0E.jpg]

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 11-30-2015, 06:46 PM
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(11-30-2015, 06:40 PM)hrfdez Wrote: D01-2 band.....just came in today.[Image: ZTUGe0E.jpg]

Hector,

From what I have seen, you appear to have an awesome brush "collection" and we appear to have similar tastes in handles.

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