06-06-2016, 01:31 AM
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Is there anyone on the boards here who have used or owned any of the Italian made Marfin brushes? Any comments on the knots and how they liked the construction and hair quality? It seems like they are only available in 26mm silvertip but it doesn't seem like the brand has many people that are vocal and avid fans but I simply just want to hear thoughts either way on the quality of them.

Thanks!

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 06-06-2016, 05:36 AM
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I don't own one but have had one in my hands. The knot was dense and super soft and the wooden handle was a work of art. Truly well crafted. I believe the price keeps most people at bay!

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 06-06-2016, 05:37 AM
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  • evnpar
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The hand carved handles are magnificent. I find the knot very soft but too floppy for face lathering. If using a cream or bowl lathering, they would be fine.

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 06-06-2016, 05:43 AM
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  • Agravic
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I have one : beautifully crafted handles : as Richard states, the silvertip knot is very nice but relatively floppy compared to my favored ones.

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 06-06-2016, 05:46 AM
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Would you guys be able to compare it against the regular Plisson HMW? I'm just curious as I've owned a number of the plissons but never got to shave with the marfin.

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 06-06-2016, 05:47 AM
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Grossly over-priced, I just don't see the value.

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 06-06-2016, 06:44 AM
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  • Entasis
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(06-06-2016, 05:47 AM)Rufus Wrote: Grossly over-priced, I just don't see the value.

Akin to custom straight razors, you are paying for more than just a brush—you are paying for a craftsman whom takes care and time to put their talents into the product. These brushes are beautiful and like fine art. I plan on adding one to my modest collection of brushes.

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 06-06-2016, 07:23 AM
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sure are pretty though.

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 06-06-2016, 08:02 AM
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(06-06-2016, 06:44 AM)Entasis Wrote:
(06-06-2016, 05:47 AM)Rufus Wrote: Grossly over-priced, I just don't see the value.

Akin to custom straight razors, you are paying for more than just a brush—you are paying for a craftsman whom takes care and time to put their talents into the product. These brushes are beautiful and like fine art. I plan on adding one to my modest collection of brushes.

Understood, but as a collector of shaving brushes, vintage fountain pens, high end mechanical watches and contemporary art, I find the Marfin brushes highly priced on a relative basis.  But, that is what makes a market.

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 06-06-2016, 10:23 AM
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I have one and as a few folks have stated the tips are very soft, but there is not much in the backbone department. It's like lathering with a cloud! I do face lather with it, and it's a very different experience considering I mostly use dense 2 bands... Good for a change of pace, is very well crafted, and it sure is pretty to look at! 

 As for a comparison to a Plisson; I also have a size 18 HMW and the knots are not at all similar, the Plisson is higher lofted, much denser,and the knot is considerably stiffer due to the thick shafts of the HMW hair. Interesting comparison as in my opinion the Marfin is better made, with a knot that does not shed like a dog in Spring and it cost half as much as the Plisson.

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 06-09-2016, 07:35 PM
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(06-06-2016, 10:23 AM)Pomfretsteve Wrote: I have one and as a few folks have stated the tips are very soft, but there is not much in the backbone department. It's like lathering with a cloud! I do face lather with it, and it's a very different experience considering I mostly use dense 2 bands... Good for a change of pace, is very well crafted, and it sure is pretty to look at! 

 As for a comparison to a Plisson; I also have a size 18 HMW and the knots are not at all similar, the Plisson is higher lofted, much denser,and the knot is considerably stiffer due to the thick shafts of the HMW hair. Interesting comparison as in my opinion the Marfin is better made, with a knot that does not shed like a dog in Spring and it cost half as much as the Plisson.

Thanks Steve for the Plisson comparison. I owned a few HMW and really loved them though with their higher lofts, they are definitely not for everyone. A truly luxurious experience and a welcome change of pace. I made a decision to move away from horn in my rotation and let them go. I love the Marfin handles but if the knots not as dense as the HMW and with less backbone to boot, I'll pass.

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 06-13-2016, 03:40 PM
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First I've heard of these. Definitely expensive, but they sure are purty...

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