08-10-2012, 05:39 PM
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I have mentioned in several threads that I'm not a big fan of the Muhle Silvertip Fibres brushes. This was based on my experiences with the 21 mm brush, which I found to be too springy and sparse.

I have since got myself a 23 mm Silvertip Fibres brush, and this is a much better brush. Dense and the springiness is less obvious (though still present). It is much more like a natural hair brush, and I like it a lot. Perhaps not enough to actually keep it, but still, I like it.

So I was partly wrong about my impressions of the Silvertip Fibres - they're actually pretty good, and the larger sizes are a good fit for me.

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 08-10-2012, 05:44 PM
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Yohan, is it a better feel, or does it also make a better lather?

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 08-10-2012, 05:45 PM
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Erasing this from my mind. I like my 21mm Silvertip Fibre. 2 more mm can't make a difference. I don't need a larger one. Yes, I'm in control. Wait, who said that?!

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 08-10-2012, 05:51 PM
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(08-10-2012, 05:39 PM)yohannrjm Wrote: I have mentioned in several threads that I'm not a big fan of the Muhle Silvertip Fibres brushes. This was based on my experiences with the 21 mm brush, which I found to be too springy and sparse.

I have since got myself a 23 mm Silvertip Fibres brush, and this is a much better brush. Dense and the springiness is less obvious (though still present). It is much more like a natural hair brush, and I like it a lot. Perhaps not enough to actually keep it, but still, I like it.

So I was partly wrong about my impressions of the Silvertip Fibres - they're actually pretty good, and the larger sizes are a good fit for me.

I have found the same situation as well. As far as lathering goes, the more fibers that are available to move against each other creates a greater lathering potential. The 23mm and the 25mm move more toward the characteristics of natural brushes in terms of how the tips relate to the face in feel as well.

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 08-10-2012, 07:08 PM
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Wait to try the 25 mm...Biggrin

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 08-10-2012, 08:28 PM
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I found that the larger the Muhle synthetic, the closer in feel to a badger brush. However, the 25mm was just too big for me, so I settled on the 23mm. The interesting thing is that the size of the brush seems to have no effect on how much product is needed to make lather. With badger brushes, the bigger the brush, the more product you need. Even the huge Muhle 25mm could make a ton of lather with just a little cream/soap.

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 08-10-2012, 08:57 PM
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Excellent re-observation, Yohann. i am glad you are enjoying the Muhle synthetic.

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 08-10-2012, 09:04 PM
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(08-10-2012, 05:45 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: Erasing this from my mind. I like my 21mm Silvertip Fibre. 2 more mm can't make a difference. I don't need a larger one. Yes, I'm in control. Wait, who said that?!

These are my exact thoughts too! I'm in trouble if the Kosmo is made into 23mm....

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 08-11-2012, 08:30 AM
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I agree with Aaron and Yohann. I had a 21mm and I liked it, but it was just too small to hold enough lather for a small shave, but a 25mm is pushing it and should've waited for shaving.ie to get those. But I still like the 25mm over the 21mm Silvertip fibres, but I really think the ideal spot would be 23mm, but that's just me.

I did this with the 223x series from Vulfix. Had a 2233, too small, then got a 2235 which was too big. I think the 2234 would've been just right. I got over that though after finding a nice custom Vulfix silvertip badger brush though! Smile

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 08-11-2012, 10:04 AM
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Is there really that much of a difference between the 21mm and 23/25mm brushes?

I find my 21mm a little bit springy, just wondered if it's worth the change or to try the other sizes if they act more 'naturally'.

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 08-11-2012, 10:11 AM
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(08-11-2012, 10:04 AM)Dipesh Wrote: Is there really that much of a difference between the 21mm and 23/25mm brushes?

I find my 21mm a little bit springy, just wondered if it's worth the change or to try the other sizes if they act more 'naturally'.

Some people say that the 25 mm is the closest one to the "natural feeling" of silvertip badger.I myself like the 21 mm better.

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 08-11-2012, 12:22 PM
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I have the 23mm ... And I really tried to be "open minded"... Makes good lather no doubt... But it feels quite a bit prickly... Like Simpson Best does for me... And the face feel does not impress me... "springy" So I think it will finds its way to BST....

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 08-15-2012, 05:10 AM
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I have the same impression - bigger is better in silver tip fiber knots.

I like my 23mm and 25mm alike, with a slight preference for the 23mm.

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 08-15-2012, 05:19 AM
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I have the 21 mm - it works well with SMN, CF and MdC - products where I find it easy to load too much.

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 08-15-2012, 08:42 AM
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(08-11-2012, 12:22 PM)German Wrote: I have the 23mm ... And I really tried to be "open minded"... Makes good lather no doubt... But it feels quite a bit prickly... Like Simpson Best does for me... And the face feel does not impress me... "springy" So I think it will finds its way to BST....

If you think the STF is prickly then you should really give the Black Fibre a try. I prefer the Black over the Silvertip by a large margin.

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 08-16-2012, 01:23 PM
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I too have a 21mm Silvertip Fibre.
While I feel it does make good lather density is lacking.
It's just feel, BUT that feel is something you feel every single day (or at least often if you have a few brushes).
I just saw a beautiful silvertip brush in olive wood.
I love the natural grain and colors of a nice polished quality wood.
SO I have asked them right away if they will create a Silvertip Fibre in olive wood handle. Have just send it so awaiting their reply.
[Image: 93%20H%20131_319.jpg]

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 08-16-2012, 03:51 PM
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(08-16-2012, 01:23 PM)El-a-Menthol Wrote: I too have a 21mm Silvertip Fibre.
While I feel it does make good lather density is lacking.
It's just feel, BUT that feel is something you feel every single day (or at least often if you have a few brushes).
I just saw a beautiful silvertip brush in olive wood.
I love the natural grain and colors of a nice polished quality wood.
SO I have asked them right away if they will create a Silvertip Fibre in olive wood handle. Have just send it so awaiting their reply.
[Image: 93%20H%20131_319.jpg]

That would be an interesting combination. Are you going for 23 mm or 25mm? Let us know if they will do it.

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 08-16-2012, 04:48 PM
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If they reply I'll post it.
I personally go for 23mm. YMMV, But I fear 25mm would be more of a "head-shavers" size for me.
I mean it would probably work, but in the long run 23mm sounds more balanced.
I'm a 100% face latherer by the way.

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 08-16-2012, 04:54 PM
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(08-16-2012, 04:48 PM)El-a-Menthol Wrote: If they reply I'll post it.
I personally go for 23mm. YMMV, But I fear 25mm would be more of a "head-shavers" size for me.
I mean it would probably work, but in the long run 23mm sounds more balanced.
I'm a 100% face latherer by the way.

I agree completely. For face lathering my face (I'm glad I don't have to face lather some of you guys using 28+ mm brushes to face lather) I find 21-24mm to be ideal.

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 08-16-2012, 05:16 PM
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(08-16-2012, 04:48 PM)El-a-Menthol Wrote: If they reply I'll post it.
I personally go for 23mm. YMMV, But I fear 25mm would be more of a "head-shavers" size for me.
I mean it would probably work, but in the long run 23mm sounds more balanced.
I'm a 100% face latherer by the way.

Since I head shave ... 25 works well for me!

My 23 mm does a good job as well. A little less efficient but good nonetheless.

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