12-14-2015, 06:05 PM
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My new Silvertip 3 band Thater 4125/2 bulb arrived today. It has a 26mm knot but measures around 28/53mm. For size reference it is next to my 30mm Whipped Dog synthetic and 24mm Wolf Whiskers synthetic. I will use it this evening for the first time and suspect I will enjoy it very much. One pleasant surprise to me is it has absolutely no badger odor to it.

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 12-14-2015, 06:10 PM
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  • MHWood
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Gorgeous brush!

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 12-14-2015, 06:10 PM
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  • evnpar
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That's a wonderful brush, and the softest tips you'll find in a badger brush. Enjoy!

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 12-14-2015, 06:23 PM
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Thank you. I can't wait to use it tonight.

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 12-14-2015, 06:28 PM
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  • kwsher
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  • Austin, TX - USA
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(12-14-2015, 06:23 PM)Hobbyist Wrote: Thank you. I can't wait to use it tonight.

Congrats- one of the finest brushes available today IMHO and certainly one you will enjoy for a long time to come! Look forward to your thoughts.

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 12-14-2015, 06:33 PM
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Congratulations and I hope you enjoy the brush! Thumbsup

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 12-14-2015, 06:37 PM
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Thanks. I will post my thoughts after I use it a few times. I'm worried about face lathering the way I normally do since Thater says not to mash it, which to me means don't splay it? My Colonel had a natural splay to it so I didn't have to apply any pressure really. Should this be the same after it's bloomed?

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 12-14-2015, 06:49 PM
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It should splay without too much pressure; don't worry about mashing. But because of the loft and density don't expect it to mimic your higher-loft/lower-density Colonel. It'll be fine.

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 12-14-2015, 06:57 PM
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(12-14-2015, 06:49 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: It should splay without too much pressure; don't worry about mashing. But because of the loft and density don't expect it to mimic your higher-loft/lower-density Colonel. It'll be fine.

Thanks. I don't intend to mash it, just splay it a bit. 

Actually the Colonel I had was a 22/46, and this is a 26/53 (28 effective, not sure on Colonel), so the loft is higher on the Thater. Density surprisingly seems about the same other than this being a larger knot diameter. That Colonel was packed full.

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 12-14-2015, 07:15 PM
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Beautiful handle and bulb knot.

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 12-14-2015, 07:25 PM
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(12-14-2015, 06:57 PM)Hobbyist Wrote: Actually the Colonel I had was a 22/46, and this is a 26/53 (28 effective, not sure on Colonel), so the loft is higher on the Thater. . .

Even better.

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 12-15-2015, 06:35 AM
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  • kwsher
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  • Austin, TX - USA
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(12-14-2015, 06:37 PM)Hobbyist Wrote: Thanks. I will post my thoughts after I use it a few times. I'm worried about face lathering the way I normally do since Thater says not to mash it, which to me means don't splay it? My Colonel had a natural splay to it so I didn't have to apply any pressure really. Should this be the same after it's bloomed?

I wouldn't worry too much about those instructions- I use my Thater just as I do with all my brushes: circular, splay, painting, etc. No ill effects and can't recall any lost hairs whatsoever. Nothing crazy but not particularly gentle either.

Enjoy!

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 12-15-2015, 05:11 PM
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Very nice!

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 12-15-2015, 05:50 PM
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Update on my first use with my first Silvetip. I went with Soap Commander Passion and face lathered like always. Loading was not a problem but did take longer than with my synthetics, however I did not bloom it which I will do from now on when using this brush. I was able to build an excellent lather using circular motions and paintbrush stokes to finish it off. The tips are softer than I ever could have imagined. The difference when the knot is wet is night and day to when it is dry. If there exists a Silvertip with softer tips I can't imagine how it would feel because I suspect the tips on this brush exhibit the cloud soft feel others have talked about. I'm very happy with my purchase and only wish I would have bought one sooner. What surprises me the most is how different the face feel is between this Silvertip and my previous Simpson Colonel in best.

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 12-15-2015, 08:18 PM
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beautiful !! that brush is on my next to buy list..

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 12-15-2015, 08:22 PM
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(12-15-2015, 05:50 PM)Hobbyist Wrote: Update on my first use with my first Silvetip. I went with Soap Commander Passion and face lathered like always. Loading was not a problem but did take longer than with my synthetics, however I did not bloom it which I will do from now on when using this brush. I was able to build an excellent lather using circular motions and paintbrush stokes to finish it off. The tips are softer than I ever could have imagined. The difference when the knot is wet is night and day to when it is dry. If there exists a Silvertip with softer tips I can't imagine how it would feel because I suspect the tips on this brush exhibit the cloud soft feel others have talked about. I'm very happy with my purchase and only wish I would have bought one sooner. What surprises me the most is how different the face feel is between this Silvertip and my previous Simpson Colonel in best.

I'm glad it worked nicely for you.  Now you should try a 2-band version...

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 12-15-2015, 08:41 PM
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(12-15-2015, 08:22 PM)Jsanchez Wrote:
(12-15-2015, 05:50 PM)Hobbyist Wrote: Update on my first use with my first Silvetip. I went with Soap Commander Passion and face lathered like always. Loading was not a problem but did take longer than with my synthetics, however I did not bloom it which I will do from now on when using this brush. I was able to build an excellent lather using circular motions and paintbrush stokes to finish it off. The tips are softer than I ever could have imagined. The difference when the knot is wet is night and day to when it is dry. If there exists a Silvertip with softer tips I can't imagine how it would feel because I suspect the tips on this brush exhibit the cloud soft feel others have talked about. I'm very happy with my purchase and only wish I would have bought one sooner. What surprises me the most is how different the face feel is between this Silvertip and my previous Simpson Colonel in best.

I'm glad it worked nicely for you.  Now you should try a 2-band version...

That's my plan but I want to get used to this one first. Maybe after a month of consecutive shaves with this brush, just so I know exactly what I like in terms of loft, backbone, and knot size. I must say though, so far this thing feels perfect. I just finished shaving for the second time using it and I love it. I can not see the need for anymore backbone at this point, nor would I change anything else about this brush such as bulb, knot, or loft.

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 12-16-2015, 01:09 AM
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(12-14-2015, 06:05 PM)Hobbyist Wrote: 24mm Wolf Whiskers synthetic.

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Enjoy your brush!

I didn't knew about the WW Synthetic brushes but for the price of 70-91$ i will not buy any.

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 12-16-2015, 01:48 AM
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Congrats !! Beautiful brush


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 12-16-2015, 08:31 AM
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Beautiful brush. Congrats. Hope you continue to enjoy using it.
I am not sure if you plan on using this brush exclusively for 1 month but I was told that I should let the brush dry completely before using it again. I am no expert but definitely check. Wouldn't want to ruin this beautiful brush.
I am not sure if one full day is enough to dry completely. I am not even sure that a brush should be completely dry before next use... Just what I was told

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