10-02-2016, 03:26 PM
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I alternate between my Chubby 2 synthetic and an assortment of 2-band brushes.  Over the past three years, I've enjoyed trying various synthetics with Plisson type fibers.  These brushes are priced quite low.  While the Plisson type fibers on these modestly priced brushes are excellent, and have the backbone that the Plisson itself lacks, these brushes have handles which reflect their low price.  That just changed with this 26mm synthetic brush from Maggard Razors.

This brush has a 26mm knot set to a 60mm loft.  The handle is called "Granite," and I was amazed at the quality of it.  The handle is resin with a granite pattern to it, has heft, and is flawlessly finished.  Frankly, the quality of this handle is what I would expect in a top tier badger brush.   I am surprised Maggard was able to source a handle of such quality in a brush it sells for $13.95.  Here are two pictures of the brush:

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This is a large brush, as you can see when I'm holding it in my hand:

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Here is the brush between a Chubby 2 and an M7, so you can get perspective on the size.

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I was initially concerned about the 60mm loft on this brush, but that turned out to be unfounded.  This brush has a large glue bump, so its effective loft is substantially less than 60mm.  While the Plisson itself does not have a glue bump, all the brushes made with Plisson type fibers seem to.  I assume this is to address the lack of backbone which is the most common complaint about the Plisson itself.  Of course, backbone can also be achieved by increasing diameter or density, or lowering loft.  However, the large glue bump seems to be the preferred way to add backbone to the Plisson type fibers, and this brush is no exception.

The performance of this knot is superb in every aspect, as is the case with the Plisson type fibers.  This brush has all the sofness of the Plisson itself, with added backbone and an optimal amount of splay.

At this point, I rate this brush as the clear best value in synthetic brushes.  While other brushes on the market at this price point have a comparable Plisson type knot, I'm not aware of any of them having a handle anywhere near as nice as the Maggard.

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This is an inexpensive brush, but sitting among my other brushes, it can hold its own in both performance and appearance.  I rate this one as "highly recommended."

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 10-02-2016, 06:53 PM
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Ricardo, that is a lovely handle, indeed. Congratulations on the new brush. Thumbsup

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 10-02-2016, 07:07 PM
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I concur.  Maggard brush is a fantastic brush.

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 10-02-2016, 08:57 PM
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  • JRRIII
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I have been eyeing their brushes recently and I think this just pushed me over the edge; Nice write up! Thumbsup

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 10-02-2016, 09:27 PM
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I own two of the 26 mm Maggards and two of the 24 mm Maggards in horn/tortoise like finish. Both performs wonderfully.
The handles are simply supreme on both. I honestly prefer these handles over my Chubby 2 & 3 handles, can't grasp how they can put such quality handles into a $14-15 brush.
This is the reason for the beginning of the end for my great prime badger brush collection.

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 10-02-2016, 10:48 PM
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Thank you for the great write up.


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 10-02-2016, 11:02 PM
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I agree they are great performing brushes. I have the $9.99 one that's only a 24mm knot and it whips up some great lather. And these $10-$15 brushes release lather better than my Muehle silvertip when I get to the third pass!

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 10-03-2016, 03:54 PM
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I have a 24mm performs great..

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 10-04-2016, 03:46 AM
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Agreed, they are excellent. I prefer smaller knots these days but you can't go wrong with Maggard synths.

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 10-04-2016, 07:40 PM
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Excellent write up, definitely will look in to these for myself or as gifts.

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 10-05-2016, 02:34 AM
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Nice review, Ricardo. I'd seen the brush on their website, but with that low price point, just kept on clicking. Thanks for the heads up!

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 10-10-2016, 07:42 AM
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I have the 24mm.  IMO the knot is just too bulby, springy too.  I never use it, preferring instead the 20mm Fine synthetic.  I'd like to try Maggard's 22mm some day, but the 24mm is just not my style.

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 10-10-2016, 11:51 AM
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Yes, all their brushes are great.

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 10-10-2016, 11:54 AM
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  • greyhawk
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Thanks to this thread, I picked up one of the 26mm models. At under $18 shipped, it is a crazy bargain, and the brush performed beautifully--comfortable in the hand and generated great amounts of lather. I may be selling off a few badgers Smile

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 10-10-2016, 03:09 PM
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Do you face or bowl lather with that brush? Just curious

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 10-10-2016, 08:17 PM
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  • greyhawk
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(10-10-2016, 03:09 PM)GreeneMD Wrote: Do you face or bowl lather with that brush? Just curious

I face-lathered with my first shave with the brush. It is a big brush! It would work great with a bowl as well. Holds a lot of lather.

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 10-10-2016, 08:33 PM
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The 26mm brush was my first synthetic brush. The ease and quality of the lather is unreal. 3 pass shaves with lots of lather left.

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 10-11-2016, 04:11 AM
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(10-10-2016, 08:17 PM)greyhawk Wrote:
(10-10-2016, 03:09 PM)GreeneMD Wrote: Do you face or bowl lather with that brush? Just curious

I face-lathered with my first shave with the brush. It is a big brush! It would work great with a bowl as well. Holds a lot of lather.

I face lather exclusively and the brush performs well.  Given its size,  the brush will perform equally well with bowl lathering.

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 10-11-2016, 07:31 AM
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(10-11-2016, 04:11 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(10-10-2016, 08:17 PM)greyhawk Wrote:
(10-10-2016, 03:09 PM)GreeneMD Wrote: Do you face or bowl lather with that brush? Just curious

I face-lathered with my first shave with the brush. It is a big brush! It would work great with a bowl as well. Holds a lot of lather.

I face lather exclusively and the brush performs well.  Given its size,  the brush will perform equally well with bowl lathering.

Thanks, just want to make sure it wouldn't be too big for either.

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 10-19-2016, 05:39 AM
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I have a Plisson L'Occitane brushe and I love it. But I was looking for something a little bigger but with similar fibres.
I'm expecting one of these Maggard 26mm brushes. Just ordered it a few days ago, when Maggard started offering economy international shipping rates. Looking forward to try it. Smile

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