11-07-2016, 05:25 PM
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My SBAD was in full force the last few weeks.  I picked up quite a few brushes and decided I'd post a pic as well as my thoughts.  I like seeing what other people buy and I also like to hear their thoughts so I figured why not.  I apologize for the pic, as all I have is my cell phone.

From L to R

1) Thater 4292-Definitely not your scrubby 2-band.  The loft (54mm) is a little higher than I would normally purchase, but I wanted something a little different.  Very soft, great release and a joy to use.  My first impression was that it reminded me of my 24mm Saville Row even though the SR is a silvertip.  Very soft and very easy to splay.

2) Romera 30mm-All I can say is wow.  I own a lot of brushes and many of them I would consider very good to nice as far as first impressions go.  I'm a sucker for softness with good backbone and the Romera did not disappoint.  In fact, after only 2 uses I was back online ordering a second Romera.  This time being a 26x48 fan in horn.  The loft on the 30mm is right at 54 which is pretty good, but just a smidge lower could possibly be better.  I put off getting a Romera for quite awhile as I was unhappy with his communication, or lack there of in regards to his 2nd anniversary brush that I purchased.  I didn't get the response I wanted in time etc etc... so I took a refund and parted ways.  Now I kind of regret not sticking it out.  Oh well, life happens.

3) Saville Row-I already have a 24mm SR, but I figured bigger is better.  Well, for me it didn't work out that way.  I've used it a couple of times and the knot/bloom is freaking huge.  Definitely not a brush I see myself using very often.  Not sure it will make the cut.  Great brush, great hair, but just not for me.

4) Zenith HMW-I wasn't sure what to expect as I'd read mixed reviews on their HMW hair.  I'm not sure if this is a new model, or I didn't research enough as I didn't find anything online.  I was very surprised with how dense the knot is.  Throw in the density with about a 8-10mm glue bump and you get a whole lot of backbone.  The hair in this brush reminds me of a SOC 2-band.  Soft, but not soft like a Thater, Paladin or Shavemac.  It was still a joy to use.  Very unique to say the least.  Also the handle has a lot of heft as it's made of metal.  I don't like the shape, but I do like the size.

5) Saponificio Varesino 2.0-My intial thoughts were this reminds me of a Chubby 3 Manchurian, but with softer hair.  It's supposed to be a 26mm knot, but it actually dwarfs my CH2.  It's definitely denser than the Romera, but not quite as soft.  This along with my Romera could be every day brushes.  This one though can destroy a soap.  Great backbone, spring and resiliency, but wonderful soft tips.  I'd say it's a pretty good compromise of everything I like in a shaving brush.

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 11-07-2016, 05:28 PM
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Very nice brushes! Congrats !



Lorenzo.

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 11-07-2016, 05:36 PM
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Gorgeous brushes; especially the SV 2.0!  Badger

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 11-07-2016, 06:23 PM
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Is it faux horn SV ?

Is the Saville Row 26 mm ?

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 11-07-2016, 06:29 PM
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(11-07-2016, 06:23 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: Is it faux horn SV ?

Is the Saville Row 26 mm ?

Yeah, the SV is faux horn and very gorgeous in person.

The Saville Row is 30mm.  Below is a pic of my Ch2 Manchurian on the left and the Saville Row on the right.
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 11-07-2016, 06:39 PM
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All nice brushes, but I particularly  like your Romera and SV.

Do you face or bowl lather with the Romera and SV?

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 11-07-2016, 06:39 PM
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That's a 4292/4 with 23mm knot? I had many wonderful Savile Rows over the years until they were usurped by the 4292 2-bands.

How 'bout an up-front photo? Thanks.

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 11-07-2016, 06:45 PM
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(11-07-2016, 06:39 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: All nice brushes, but I particularly  like your Romera and SV.

Do you face or bowl lather with the Romera and SV?

I face lather exclusively.

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 11-07-2016, 06:48 PM
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(11-07-2016, 06:45 PM)ddk13 Wrote:
(11-07-2016, 06:39 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: All nice brushes, but I particularly  like your Romera and SV.

Do you face or bowl lather with the Romera and SV?

I face lather exclusively.

I do also.  How do you find the large Romera and SV fans for face lathering?

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 11-07-2016, 06:51 PM
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(11-07-2016, 06:39 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: That's a 4292/4 with 23mm knot? I had many wonderful Savile Rows over the years until they were usurped by the 4292 2-bands.

How 'bout an up-front photo? Thanks.

It's a 25mm knot 54mm loft.  Here's another pic for ya'.
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 11-07-2016, 07:01 PM
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Ah, the 25. I've had a 22 horn and 23 ivory but have been eying the larger model for some time. Good looking brush, and thanks for the photo.

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 11-07-2016, 07:05 PM
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Solid work!

I'm a big Romera fan and the knots are hard to beat.

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 11-07-2016, 07:05 PM
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(11-07-2016, 06:29 PM)ddk13 Wrote:
(11-07-2016, 06:23 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: Is it faux horn SV ?

Is the Saville Row 26 mm ?

Yeah, the SV is faux horn and very gorgeous in person.

The Saville Row is 30mm.  Below is a pic of my Ch2 Manchurian on the left and the Saville Row on the right.
[Image: 50Zf3ll.jpg]

Okay, the Saville Row is made by Shavemac (3-band Silvertip from Shavemac), and is not a very dense knot to say it mildly.

I sold my 2 24 mm SR, because I preferred my Shavemac 3-band Silvertip over them.

I was quite unimpressed with the Saville Row badger brushes I owned.
Not that they were lousy, just not impressive.

I have tried numerous times to get that into The Stallion/Anthony Esposito's head, but he's a SR fan boy for some reason, and will not accept the fact, that SR are made by Shavemac and is Shavemac 3-band Silvertip in a less densely packed knot. Well, he's still a rookie, so i forgive him  Wink

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 11-07-2016, 07:10 PM
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(11-07-2016, 06:48 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(11-07-2016, 06:45 PM)ddk13 Wrote:
(11-07-2016, 06:39 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: All nice brushes, but I particularly  like your Romera and SV.

Do you face or bowl lather with the Romera and SV?

I face lather exclusively.

I do also.  How do you find the large Romera and SV fans for face lathering?
I enjoy both quite a bit.  The SV is pretty similar to the most recent Simpson manchurian.  The Romera is a dream, just absolutely outstanding.  It just feels so great on my face and I'm still in awe of how much I like it. I reduced my collection down to 12 from 60 and it's crept it's way back up to 28 (7 per shelf times 4 shelves) which is my absolute limit.  I'm taking a year sabbatical as of 1/1, so once my Doug Korn epsilon re-knot and Romera black horn show up I'm done for quite awhile.

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 11-07-2016, 07:14 PM
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(11-07-2016, 07:05 PM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(11-07-2016, 06:29 PM)ddk13 Wrote:
(11-07-2016, 06:23 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: Is it faux horn SV ?

Is the Saville Row 26 mm ?

Yeah, the SV is faux horn and very gorgeous in person.

The Saville Row is 30mm.  Below is a pic of my Ch2 Manchurian on the left and the Saville Row on the right.

Okay, the Saville Row is made by Shavemac (3-band Silvertip from Shavemac), and is not a very dense knot to say it mildly.

I sold my 2 24 mm SR, because I preferred my Shavemac 3-band Silvertip over them.

I was quite unimpressed with the Saville Row badger brushes I owned.
Not that they were lousy, just not impressive.

I have tried numerous times to get that into The Stallion/Anthony Esposito's head, but he's a SR fan boy for some reason, and will not accept the fact, that SR are made by Shavemac and is Shavemac 3-band Silvertip in a less densely packed knot. Well, he's still a rookie, so i forgive him  Wink

Yeah, Anthony has been nuts for his Saville Rows for many years now.  I did get the Shave The Man brush which I still own.  It's a wonderful brush and different from most silvertips that I have.  If I want super dense I go with a CH2 Super, not so dense the Captain Super and even less dense the Saville Row.  There's something about the Saville Row though that when you get the perfect load into it it feels like lathering with lather and quite heavenly.  I do own a lot of hard soaps though so I don't get to use it too often.

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 11-07-2016, 07:47 PM
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My first Romera was a 30mm and then ordered a 26mm knot to get it set at 48mm. Both got better with use. 20-30 cycles is the sweet spot IMO. 
Have fun.

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 11-08-2016, 01:36 AM
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Romera Fan 30  knots are spectaculars, enjoy!

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 11-08-2016, 04:42 AM
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Thank you for your conclusions on the brushes, they capture the highlights of each well!

Definitely considering a SV and Thater now based on your review Wink.
I love the Romera knots, perfect blend of super soft tips, backbone and density but his process leaves you aggravated as I waited just over 6 months to receive 2 brushes, one of which was damaged and was to be replaced but never happened.

Now with the recent threads showing off SV brushes and a Thater in the TSN pipeline there's much to consider... well done!


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