03-25-2016, 07:08 PM
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  • ben74
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Kent BLK12...

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The King sized Kent BLK12 is the Rolls Royce of the Kent shaving brush family.
The jewel in the Kent crown comes packaged in a beautifully regal red casket (like all Kent BK and BLK series brushes). 
The hard case opens ceremoniously to revel a brush of epic proportions.
The iconic Kent handle bears The Royal Warrant and despite its ample size it is extremely comfortable to hold.
The immense 31mm wide knot is pure Silver Tip badger and stands 64mm high.
The tips are luxuriously soft and the presentation on the face is akin to a feather pillow.
The bulbous knot is yielding and not super dense. 
The splay is wide and encompassing, almost suffocating with the area it seeks to conquer.
The quenchless brush holds an excessive amount of water.
Loading demands a wide opening.
Product is consumed easily and with ravenous appetite (matching the brushes ability to drink).
The experience is devoid of backbone, but not any poorer for lack of it.
The user is vexed by the juxtaposition of images of a court jester using un oversized tool to entertain versus the excessive and overindulgent luxury experience befitting royalty.
I face lathered CRSW and it simply exploded (like the mushroom cloud the bloomed knot reminds me of).

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 03-25-2016, 07:10 PM
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I love my BK12. And the BK8 as well. Like a mushroom cloud of the softest badger hair ever.

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 03-25-2016, 07:11 PM
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Luxury all the way.  I own the BK8 and still big.  Very nice!

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 03-25-2016, 07:27 PM
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Didn't you Aussies have big prehistoric birds and carnivorous giant 'roos? I thought supersizing everything an American vice?

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 03-25-2016, 07:29 PM
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  • ben74
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Today's super-sized SOTD...

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 03-25-2016, 07:50 PM
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Comparison...


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CH3 vs BLK12


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 03-25-2016, 08:46 PM
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Looks beautiful Ben!

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 03-25-2016, 08:56 PM
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(03-25-2016, 08:46 PM)kooshman7 Wrote: Looks beautiful Ben!

Where's your Kent family pic Joe?  Tongue

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 03-25-2016, 08:58 PM
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(03-25-2016, 08:56 PM)ben74 Wrote:
(03-25-2016, 08:46 PM)kooshman7 Wrote: Looks beautiful Ben!

Where's your Kent family pic Joe?  Tongue

The BLK4 is still in transit somewhere. Not sure where as I have no tracking number. lol

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 03-25-2016, 09:03 PM
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3 X B = Beautiful Brush Ben  Tongue

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 03-25-2016, 09:04 PM
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  • ben74
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I used to own the BK12, BK8 (both with old logo/markings) and BK4 (with even older logo). Never had the tiny BK2 however.

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 03-25-2016, 09:08 PM
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Kent LE 2008 (middle) and 2009 (butterscotch and ebony), all extra dense and shorter lofts...

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Sold the 2008 and kept both 2009 for my son Lucas (born 2009).

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 03-25-2016, 09:22 PM
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Nice, Ben. Thumbsup

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 03-26-2016, 12:03 AM
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  • ben74
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A couple of things really surprised me about the Kent BLK12...

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First, how easily it loads and how quickly it generates lather.
I knew it would make a lot of lather, but I thought loading would be a challenge.
Ignoring the issue of knot size and software opening, I hypothesised that the lack of backbone would make loading a prolonged chore.
In practise this proved not to be true. 
The brush holds ample water and splays fully. 
As a result the contact of water, soap and hair is maximised and loading is super fast.
Again mistakenly I thought I'd favour this brush with creams and perhaps very soft soaps, but hard soaps are in fact its forte!
I'm convinced it is the amount of water held and the extreme splay that expedites loading and eliminates any possibility of insufficient product.
If you are having any issue with MWF (I never have) this brush will likely solve it for you.
Unsurprisingly this monster produces excessive amounts of lather.
Below is what was left after 2 and 1/2 passes (not including what was on my hands, ears, in my mouth and all over the sink)...

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Second, is that the brush is best used with stronger scented soaps. Otherwise all that hair spread all over your faces results in the overwhelming aroma of drowned badger...

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In summary this is a fun brush, probably not destined to be my daily driver, but if I shaved greater surface areas such my head or legs it would be a very serious contender.

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 03-26-2016, 02:34 AM
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That BLK12 has a massive bloom! I shave my legs and use a BK8 for the job. 
The BK8 works perfectly as bloom and area coverage are more of a priority than backbone and density. 
The hair used in these brushes always looks super fine and soft which I'm sure add's to the pillowy feeling. 
Great brushes, enjoy.

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 03-26-2016, 03:33 AM
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The photo of the Kent and Chubby makes the Chubby look like a Wee Scot!

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 03-26-2016, 04:35 PM
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Funny enough Ben, the BLK4 came today so it's complete now! Still need to use it but here's the family all together!

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 03-26-2016, 04:45 PM
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Great family pic Joe, congratulations!

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