09-24-2016, 09:30 PM
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Hello everyone,

I am interested in your input on what your preference is for face lathering brushes. 
Right now, I'm thinking about getting a customized Shavemac with the 25 handle, 26x50mm Silvertip two-band fan knot. 

All the best,
Weston

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 09-24-2016, 09:40 PM
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  • jamesrobson5
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I think that you can face lather any brush. My personal favourite is a Simpson Chubby 2 Manchurian. 

That sounds like a great brush that you are thinking of. Shavemac makes great knots.

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 09-24-2016, 10:11 PM
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It all depends on how much you care to spend. That being said, I love my Shavemac 2 band Silvertip, and plan on getting a larger one (shooting for 28mm) at some point.

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 09-25-2016, 01:41 AM
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Chubby 2 is great for face lathering knot wise. Almost no matter what badger hair you buy it in. 

Only problem for me is the handle size. 
Too small for me, which is why I'm selling most of my Chubby 2's now. 

Chubby 3 has better handle size, but still too short and fat for me, just not the ideal handle size either. The knot can also be in the large size, if you like to really massage your whole beard area without getting lather in the nostrils and ears. 

Thus the reason I'm also selling most of my Chubby 3's. 

But if you prefer smaller handles, you can't go wrong with a Chubby 2, no matter what of the 4 prime badger hair types you go for. 

I find that I prefer Thäter's octagonal handles far more, and their knots are second to none in 2-band and 3-band in fan or bulb these days. 

Shavemac's can also be custom made in handles I much prefer over my Simpson Chubby 2/3, and Bernd can make you ANY shape and design you want if you email him.

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 09-25-2016, 03:01 AM
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  • BobH
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I can and do use any type of brush to face lather with. That said, one of my favourite brushes for face lathering is a custom Shavemac with one of their 26mm 2 band silver tip fan knots set to a 50mm loft. I don't think you could go wrong with it.

I do prefer longer, bigger diameter handles even for face lathering but that is a personal preference. By the same token I enjoy using my Omega 10066 boar brush for face lathering also. It is just a different experience.

Bob

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 09-25-2016, 03:11 AM
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The Shavemac you are considering would be an excellent choice for face lathering.  I would select a bulb knot, but that is just personal preference.  The bulb wil give you slightly more backbone without sacrificing softness.

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 09-25-2016, 03:54 AM
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I own a custom shavemac in silvertip two band ordered at 26x50 in fan. I love it for facelathering as it has extremely soft tips with good backbone. I personally think you cant go wrong with a shavemac in those dimensions. Just as a heads up, although I ordered mine as 26x50, it really measures 27x50.

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 09-25-2016, 05:18 AM
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  • BobH
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Yes, my 26mm X 50mm knot measures larger than 26mm also. My guess is that Shavemac quotes knot sizes at the glue plug and we measure the knot at home at the knot handle junction. In order to fit the knot into the handle the hole must be larger than the glue plug as the knot bulges out slightly just above the glue plug. At least that is the case for all the knots I have used to re knot handles.

A 2 band silvertip fan set to 50mm will not have as much bloom as you would think and is very manageable.

You could also contact Shavemac directly and ask them how and where they measure the knot sizes.

Bob

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 09-25-2016, 05:23 AM
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My personal preference is smaller knots - 22-25mm with a 50mm loft - with a bit of scritch to it... if you haven't tried a horse I suggest checking out Vie Longs offerings, bot the pure horse and mixed horse-badger.

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 09-25-2016, 08:27 AM
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  • Rufus
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I have 36 brushes (31 badgers, 2 board and 3 synthetics) and I only face lather.  The shavemac brush you have mentioned should work well for face lathering, in fact I have yet to come across a brush that isn't suitable for face lathering.  My principal criteria for selecting a brush are: not too dense, not too much backbone, but not floppy and not too big, 22-24mm is my sweet spot.

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 09-25-2016, 09:18 AM
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I pretty much run with knots in the 22-25MM with lofts in the 48-55MM range and all are bulb and have no issues with bowl lathering or face lathering and I have a combination of boar, badger, horse and synthetic.

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 09-25-2016, 10:20 AM
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  • SCOV
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As someone who face lathers creams and owns a Shavemac very close to your 26x50 2band fan - Great brush.   Today I used a Cadman chubby 26x50 synthetic with Kent cream and excellent results.  Yesterday was my Shavemac brush with Triumph & Disaster cream - also good results.  Many helpful comments posts!  Many variables 

Buy the Shavemac and be sure to share pictures!!

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 09-25-2016, 12:57 PM
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Can't go wrong with a Shavemac 2-band Silvertip, about as good as anything out there, especially at the price point..  My taste run more towards a bulb, probably 26x52, but the fans are great as well.

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 09-25-2016, 03:36 PM
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Everyone's suggestions sound good to me. If you can get your hands on a 2XL or a 3XL Rooney or Morris & Forndran they are my favorites.


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 09-25-2016, 04:04 PM
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  • chazt
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Yes to all of the above.

Welcome to the forum Smile

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 09-25-2016, 06:31 PM
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As Bob and others suggest, you could also try a synthetic for face lathering or a good boar. You need to handlather the boar 15-25 times to break it in though.
I use my Razorock Monster & Stirling Kong for face lathering these days. Both are great. Maggards 26 mm and the 24 mm synthetic are also great for face lathering. You need to learn to adapt the water retention with synthetics first. Once you get it, they are really good for face lathering.

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 09-25-2016, 06:42 PM
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  • MaxP
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(09-25-2016, 03:11 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: The Shavemac you are considering would be an excellent choice for face lathering.  I would select a bulb knot, but that is just personal preference.  The bulb wil give you slightly more backbone without sacrificing softness.

+1

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 09-26-2016, 01:04 AM
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I'm quite surprised that no-one has mentioned the Duke 3... the quintessential face latherer. Wink

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 09-26-2016, 04:37 AM
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I had this same question a while back and got a wide range of answers and discovered it is truly YMMV. From everything I have read, you could technically face lather with any size brush, it just depends on whether or not you want a wall of badger on your face or not.

From my own experience, anything from a Duke 3 size and larger can have a tendency to throw soap all over the place when trying to build lather compared to smaller brushes.

I narrowed it down similar to other comments to about a FAN sized 22-24 knot with loft about 45-50 depending on how much splay you like. My sweet spot is a 21x45 BEST from Simpson which is why I really LOVE their Berkeley 46 and 56 models.

I am currently toying with Shavemac 2 Bands to try and find my sweetest knot/loft combo as I am learning the $$$ way that it does not translate 1:1 from Best to 2 Band when it comes to backbone, splay, etc.

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 09-26-2016, 08:04 AM
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Here's my input.

Your right where you need to be thinking about Shavemac.

Of what's been listed it's by far the superior knot in my opinion.

I'd also like to add Thater 4125 series in 2 band.

It's the best off the shelf brand out there in my opinion.

Please let us know what you decide on and post some pics!

Good luck!

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