05-13-2016, 12:06 PM
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Anyone have a Romera brush? Can anyone compare the manchurian to any other brush?

I ordered a 24/48mm manchrian fan. It was a good price but ive heard it takes awhile but ive got my shavemac 2 band silvertip i just got to enjoy so i can wait. I got the sammaca or something in grenadilla(black). Just want to get an idea about the brush since it will probably take awhile to get. Also have a Duke 2 in best and one day will have a simpson manchurian. (when i win the lottery lol). I will have one of each majow brush by the tim im done.

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 05-13-2016, 12:21 PM
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I can't comment myself but an acquaintance of mine has one and says it beats or rivals anything else he's ever owned.

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 05-13-2016, 12:23 PM
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Yes, you are likely in for an extremely long wait.  I just received one a couple of weeks ago that I ordered around Christmas and was told I would have by the end of January... Rolleyes I have owned and sold 6 of them, because I don't care much for the handle shapes.
I don't find the label of "Manchurian" to fit very well with Gustavo's knots.  At least not the Manchurian I am accustomed to, which is Simpson's Manchurian.  To my knowledge Simpson coined the term Manchurian and it seems like anything else with the same name should be compared to the original before being called by the same name.  That being said, who really cares what he has decided to name the knot, they are a wonderful knot, nice and soft, with moderate density.  In my opinion they have much more in common with Shavemac 2-band Silvertip than they do with Simpson's Manchurian.

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 05-13-2016, 12:23 PM
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I will say of the brushes that call their hair manchurian that the Romera is superior.

Plenty of backbone with very soft tips.

Similar to the 2 band from Shavemac if you ask me.

An incredible brush for sure.

Well worth the wait.

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 05-13-2016, 12:27 PM
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I have no experience with Shavemac however I own a Romera manchurian and have owned Simpson Manchurians.  Simpsons are wonderful brushes but IMO the softness of a Romera knot with that level of backbone cannot be matched.

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 05-13-2016, 12:34 PM
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I'm thinking this could be my next brush.  What do you guys who have them think would be a good loft for a 26 mm Fan?  52?  54?  They look pretty dense.

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 05-13-2016, 12:38 PM
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(05-13-2016, 12:34 PM)surfshaver Wrote: I'm thinking this could be my next brush.  What do you guys who have them think would be a good loft for a 26 mm Fan?  52?  54?  They look pretty dense.


I'd personally say lower than that.

Most recent Romeras for me are 2 30mm and both set around 50mm for loft and perfect.

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 05-13-2016, 12:43 PM
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(05-13-2016, 12:34 PM)surfshaver Wrote: I'm thinking this could be my next brush.  What do you guys who have them think would be a good loft for a 26 mm Fan?  52?  54?  They look pretty dense.

I have been wanting a get Rustic Chubby with the Manchurian knot and have asked a few that have them what their preferred knot size was and the size that kept getting mentioned was 30x50 and that was mentioned in both bulb AND fan shape. I plan on getting a 30x50 bulb when I pull the trigger.

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 05-13-2016, 12:43 PM
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(05-13-2016, 12:38 PM)Skinny Rogers Wrote:
(05-13-2016, 12:34 PM)surfshaver Wrote: I'm thinking this could be my next brush.  What do you guys who have them think would be a good loft for a 26 mm Fan?  52?  54?  They look pretty dense.


I'd personally say lower than that.

Most recent Romeras for me are 2 30mm and both set around 50mm for loft and perfect.

Thanks for the tip!

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 05-13-2016, 01:01 PM
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I love my shavemac 2 band silvertip,so if its just as good or better then wow. Sound like the wait will be worth it. Im all about soft tips and my shavemac has very soft tips so this sounds like i will enjoy it. My brushes i have are smaller knots so ive never had a 24mm. So this will be ineresting.

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 05-13-2016, 01:04 PM
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I have a Manchurian 30 mm fan set at 50mm and it is fantastic, one of my absolute favorites. However I agree with the cautionary tale about wait times. I ordered another "in stock" Manchurian 30mm Chubby 2 woods and Gustavo emailed me to say he had incorrectly list it as a fan when in fact it was a bulb, he then mentioned I could have it either way since the knot wasn't glued and he had a 30mm fan in stock, he would glue the knot and ship it after it set for 2 days. I thanked him for the exemplary customer service and began the wait for the brush. 2 weeks later I looked at my order to see that it was not shipped. I sent an email asking if there had been an issue with the knot. 1 month and 4 email attempts later I got a response saying the brush had been shipped that day via Correos. Tracking information shows it has been picked up but has not left the country of origin. This was on the last week in February, my order was made in early January and to this day I have not seen the brush or been able to contact anyone that can help me locate it.  I'm officially calling this one a loss... Pretty bummed because I consider my other Romera knot as one of the very best I've ever used, just behind my Heritage knots.

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 05-13-2016, 01:20 PM
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(05-13-2016, 12:06 PM)Thundert65 Wrote: Anyone have a Romera brush? Can anyone compare the manchurian to any other brush?

I ordered a 24/48mm manchrian fan. It was a good price but ive heard it takes awhile but ive got my shavemac 2 band silvertip i just got to enjoy so i can wait. I got the sammaca or something in grenadilla(black). Just want to get an idea about the brush since it will probably take awhile to get. Also have a Duke 2 in best and one day will have a simpson manchurian. (when i win the lottery lol). I will have one of each majow brush by the tim im done.

There is some batch inconsistency. I bought a 26mm fan in August 2015 and it was what I would call "very good" ★★★½ / ☆☆☆☆☆. Soft tips and moderate backbone when set at 50mm, but more on the floppy side. Overall good lather release and all that, but not in the upper echelon.


A friend of mine purchased from the most recent batch, a 28mm fan and bulb. The fan, he reports, is similar to mine from the older batch. The bulb however, is superb. Authentic gel tips, stout backbone with ultra-soft face feel, and excellent lathering properties. At least ★★★★½ / ☆☆☆☆☆ given the extremely low price.


If you look in the Romera knots thread, @drivenlegend has posted his delicious gel tips with a 24mm fan from the newest batch. So clearly, this is not a fan vs. bulb thing, or likely even a size thing. It's just luck of the draw if you get a decent or excellent knot.

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 05-13-2016, 01:56 PM
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I ordered an in stock brush at the first of the week hopefully he ships it out promptly........my first go around with romera


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 05-13-2016, 02:01 PM
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(05-13-2016, 12:34 PM)surfshaver Wrote: I'm thinking this could be my next brush.  What do you guys who have them think would be a good loft for a 26 mm Fan?  52?  54?  They look pretty dense.

I'd say you'd be happy with 52, the one I have is 28x54ish and it's amazing, it's a fan shape.

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 05-13-2016, 03:16 PM
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While I do not own any Romera brushes, I have purchased several knots to restore brushes.
Gustavo's knots are great knots. Great backbone and soft but not to soft tips.
I have a 24mm x 48mm fan installed in a rubberset 400. 24 x 48 is a good all around ratio.
Be  patient, it may take some time, but it is worth the wait.

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 05-13-2016, 03:22 PM
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(05-13-2016, 12:34 PM)surfshaver Wrote: I'm thinking this could be my next brush.  What do you guys who have them think would be a good loft for a 26 mm Fan?  52?  54?  They look pretty dense.

I installed a 26mm fan at 50-51mm in this beehive. It is just about perfect (IMHO)  especially for face lathering.

One of my favorite brushes

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 05-13-2016, 04:09 PM
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(05-13-2016, 03:22 PM)timwcic Wrote:
(05-13-2016, 12:34 PM)surfshaver Wrote: I'm thinking this could be my next brush.  What do you guys who have them think would be a good loft for a 26 mm Fan?  52?  54?  They look pretty dense.

I installed a 26mm fan at 50-51mm in this beehive. It is just about perfect (IMHO)  especially for face lathering.

One of my favorite brushes

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That's a great looking brush!

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 05-14-2016, 06:18 AM
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Fantastic brushes but be prepared to wait. I waited three months for my "in stock" brush to arrive.

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 05-14-2016, 06:20 AM
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(05-14-2016, 06:18 AM)Dinder1 Wrote: Fantastic brushes but be prepared to wait. I waited three months for my "in stock" brush to arrive.


Ugh not worth it to me, I'll email him and if that's the case PayPal will be getting an email. That's horrible business practices

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 05-16-2016, 06:21 AM
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(05-14-2016, 06:20 AM)essrbc11 Wrote:
(05-14-2016, 06:18 AM)Dinder1 Wrote: Fantastic brushes but be prepared to wait. I waited three months for my "in stock" brush to arrive.


Ugh not worth it to me, I'll email him and if that's the case PayPal will be getting an email. That's horrible business practices


I can't disagree with you! It's very unfortunate!
Truth to be told however, the knots are simply fantastic. Is it worth the hassle? I guess that's up to the buyer. To be frank, I own two of his knots and despite that I very much like them, I highly doubt i would directly buy from Romera. I was very fortunate to buy both second hand.. That's probably your best bit!!

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