10-26-2016, 11:40 AM
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I am curious to see what you guys like in your brushes. Please give information on

1.Hair Type
2.Manufacturer
3.loft
4.General handle preferences(size/style/material)
5.Size

I will obviously go first. My favorite knot is the Thater 2 Band. It gives me all the things I want in a knot. It has the ideal density, loft, size(25mm), great flow through and nice flow through and lather release. I enjoy 52mm loft. I put this knot in to a custom handle because I prefer long handles. I don't have big hands but still. Resin is my material of choice. Maybe I just havent seen the right wood handle in person yet.

Thanks for your time guys. Tried to make my first thread post in here a good one. Add pictures if you have them.

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 10-26-2016, 01:04 PM
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1)Boar; only due small rotation, but have recently got into synthetic knots.
2) Omega and vintage Hardright Davey Jones
3) ~55mm
4) Hour glass style, due to ascetics and ergonomics.
5) Handle size ~55-65mm[Image: 818Ovnt.jpg]

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 10-26-2016, 01:21 PM
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I am not overly exigent regarding manufacturers when it comes to my badger brushes. I can enjoy a nice 2-Band knot in a nice handle, as long as it has very good backbone with nice tips, be it either fairly soft or strong scrub and even mild scritch.
I seem to gravitate towards custom handles, though, as I can get any shape I want.

I guess my preferences are:
handle = 60mm +
knot diameter = 28mm +
knot loft = dependent on quality, type and density of hair, but usually, 50-55mm

Likewise, I can also enjoy a nice boar or synthetic brush, but my preference would be badger.

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 10-26-2016, 01:22 PM
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One of my favorite brushes is my Muhle STF synthetic in a 25mm knot and 60mm loft. It just feels so great on my face.

[Image: mzCABvJ.jpg]

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 10-26-2016, 03:06 PM
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  • jtmke
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  • milwaukee
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I like soft badgers. From glob by to scrubby but no scritch. Sizes vary from 22 to 30mm perfection is in the knot. Some are better bigger, some smaller. 

Top few
Shavemac two band
Vulfix 377 Silvertip
Thater 3 band
Paladin PK 47
Kent bk4

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 10-27-2016, 04:18 AM
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  • BobH
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  • Thunder Bay Canada
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My favourite badger knots are 2 band silvertips such as Simpsons Manchurian and Shavemac 2 band silvertip (not the DO1 2 band) as they give me soft tips, good backbone and excellent flow through. I like them in the 24 to 26 mm size range and a loft of around 50mm give or take a few silly mms. I face lather but still prefer longer handles in the 75mm+ range for that.

I equally enjoy boar and synthetic knots also.

Bob

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 10-27-2016, 05:24 AM
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(10-26-2016, 11:40 AM)SoSharpDavid Wrote: I am curious to see what you guys like in your brushes. Please give information on

1.Hair Type
2.Manufacturer
3.loft
4.General handle preferences(size/style/material)
5.Size

I will obviously go first. My favorite knot is the Thater 2 Band. It gives me all the things I want in a knot. It has the ideal density, loft, size(25mm), great flow through and nice flow through and lather release. I enjoy 52mm loft. I put this knot in to a custom handle because I prefer long handles. I don't have big hands but still. Resin is my material of choice. Maybe I just havent seen the right wood handle in person yet.

Thanks for your time guys. Tried to make my first thread post in here a good one. Add pictures if you have them.

1. Badger hair 2-band and 3-band, just in a dense knot, followed by synthetic denser Plisson like
2. Thäter + Shavemac followed by Simpson
3. 50-52 mm
4. Go BIG & FAT or go home
5. Knot size: 26-28 mm

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 10-27-2016, 02:48 PM
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Hey David,

Hmm. I like synthetics, Muhle or Plisson type. I prefer smaller handles like the RR Bruce handle, and smaller knots, 22-24 is the sweet spot for me. I am a bit stingy on my soaps and I find that brush configuration is my most efficient.

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 10-27-2016, 03:38 PM
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I have always been a fan of the Morris & Forndran 2/3xl brushes in various resin stock. They are all typically 28-32mm. I prefer the finest grade as it offers dense soft hair , and is consistent for me in terms or knowing I'll get a knot I enjoy. The style 1 brushes are my favorite visually but are overall a little smaller and that is why the xl is my choice.

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 10-27-2016, 03:57 PM
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I like my synthetics the best as well. The Simpsons Chubby 2 synthetic I use more than my plissoft type of brushes. If the loft were 2-4 mm longer, it would probably be my perfect brush.

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 10-27-2016, 04:13 PM
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  • chazt
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  • Bayside, NY
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I went through a dozen boar brushes and a bunch of inexpensive badgers before discovering that I prefer dense, soft (and often, expensive) badger brushes.

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 10-27-2016, 04:26 PM
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1. 2-band badger. 
2. No absolute favorite: Lee Sabini and Romera are tied. 
3. Loft and size should go together IMO and depend on the hair's backbone. Romera 26-48mm. Lee Sabini, Ken from Paladin knows the details (clue bump etc), roughly 26-50mm. 
4. L7 style: 60-65 mm with a "ring" on the lower end for energetic paint brush strokes. 
5. see 3.

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 10-27-2016, 04:55 PM
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I generally prefer 26-28mm bulb shaped knots set to a 50mm loft.

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 10-28-2016, 07:55 AM
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My favorite brushes are:

Edwin Jagger 25 mm Silvertip Fibre
Bullgoose Vie-Long Beehive silvertip
Wet Shaving Products Monarch Silvertip
TGN 2-Band 24 mm.

My favorite handle material is resin.  In Badger 23-24 mm diameter is the sweet spot for me.  Synthetic 23-25 mm works (although I still enjoy the smaller Plisson synthetic)

There are other brushes that I like very much - but the above are really my favorites.

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 10-28-2016, 11:33 AM
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(10-26-2016, 01:21 PM)celestino Wrote: I am not overly exigent regarding manufacturers when it comes to my badger brushes. I can enjoy a nice 2-Band knot in a nice handle, as long as it has very good backbone with nice tips, be it either fairly soft or strong scrub and even mild scritch.
I seem to gravitate towards custom handles, though, as I can get any shape I want.

I guess my preferences are:
handle = 60mm +
knot diameter = 28mm +
knot loft = dependent on quality, type and density of hair, but usually, 50-55mm

Likewise, I can also enjoy a nice boar or synthetic brush, but my preference would be badger.

You like those knots really big. I love the look of big knots but my face is too small for them

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 10-28-2016, 11:35 AM
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(10-26-2016, 01:22 PM)shave/brush Wrote: One of my favorite brushes is my Muhle STF synthetic in a 25mm knot and 60mm loft. It just feels so great on my face.

[Image: mzCABvJ.jpg]

I just recently felt the STF and I was pretty impressed

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 10-28-2016, 11:37 AM
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(10-26-2016, 03:06 PM)jtmke Wrote: I like soft badgers. From glob by to scrubby but no scritch. Sizes vary from 22 to 30mm perfection is in the knot. Some are better bigger, some smaller. 

Top few
Shavemac two band
Vulfix 377 Silvertip
Thater 3 band
Paladin PK 47
Kent bk4

I really enjoy a scrubby brush but cannot deal with any type of scritch either. It frustrates me to feel that

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 10-28-2016, 11:41 AM
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(10-27-2016, 02:48 PM)1Geralt Wrote: Hey David,

Hmm. I like synthetics, Muhle or Plisson type. I prefer smaller handles like the RR Bruce handle, and smaller knots, 22-24 is the sweet spot for me. I am a bit stingy on my soaps and I find that brush configuration is my most efficient.
I've struggled to warm up to the Plisson style knots. If I am to use one they need to be at least 26mm knots

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 10-28-2016, 11:58 AM
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2 band badger

Sabini / Shavemac / Romera / Wiborg / The Varlet / Thater

Loft varies on size

Generally large chubby style

Currently in rotation is 26-34

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 10-28-2016, 04:13 PM
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(10-28-2016, 11:33 AM)SoSharpDavid Wrote: You like those knots really big. I love the look of big knots but my face is too small for them

This is what I used to think, also, but I have since altered my views and my technique even though I, also, have a small face (I am 5'6"). Smile

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