02-06-2017, 04:50 PM
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Before I got this brush, my favorite brush for face-lathering was a Muhle STF with a 25mm knot. But now my RazoRock Big Bruce with a 26mm knot is king of the hill. The Muhle had some spring to the bristles so I had to apply a constant pressure to keep it splayed. The bristles on the Big Bruce splay a bit easier making it perfect for face-lathering.
It is also great for bowl lathering. I used it with some Palmolive soap I had put into a bowl. I loaded the brush for about 1 minute. I ended up with way too much soap in the brush but it still produced a great lather. For the price of this brush, $11.00 you can’t go wrong.



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 02-06-2017, 05:11 PM
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I'm a couple lathers into the BB and find I prefer its size to the smaller 24mm synth knots. I agree about the performance and think both it and the STF XL are as good a synthetic as you can currently get.

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 02-07-2017, 10:02 PM
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I own the 26 mm Razorock Monster which I believe has the same knot (loft and size). Great brush. Also own Stirling Kong, which I believe share the same knot too.

If they improved the grades and levels of splay, I would sell all my badgers and go 100% synthetic.
As it is, I still prefer my prime badgers. But this is because I face lather.
If I bowl lathered only I would already have gone completely Synthetic.

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 02-07-2017, 11:35 PM
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(02-07-2017, 10:02 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: I own the 26 mm Razorock Monster which I believe has the same knot (loft and size). Great brush. Also own Stirling Kong, which I believe share the same knot too.

If they improved the grades and levels of splay, I would sell all my badgers and go 100% synthetic.
As it is, I still prefer my prime badgers. But this is because I face lather.
If I bowl lathered only I would already have gone completely Synthetic.

You have to try the new black knots, Claus. I find the plisson types to give a tiny bit of scritch but the new black knots are really good. I'm an exclusive face latherer with a sensitive skin. I always go for these knots when my face is feeling extra sensitive but would still like to shave.

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 02-08-2017, 12:49 AM
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Any black knot in particular?

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 02-08-2017, 06:44 AM
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(02-07-2017, 10:02 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: I own the 26 mm Razorock Monster which I believe has the same knot (loft and size). Great brush. Also own Stirling Kong, which I believe share the same knot too.

If they improved the grades and levels of splay, I would sell all my badgers and go 100% synthetic.
As it is, I still prefer my prime badgers. But this is because I face lather.
If I bowl lathered only I would already have gone completely Synthetic.

As I pointed out in my post above, the Monster and the Big Bruce has the same knot. I found the handle too big on the Monster. I prefer the BB to my Muhle STF brush because the BB splays more easily. What don't you like about the splay?

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 02-08-2017, 10:47 AM
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(02-08-2017, 06:44 AM)shave/brush Wrote:
(02-07-2017, 10:02 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: I own the 26 mm Razorock Monster which I believe has the same knot (loft and size). Great brush. Also own Stirling Kong, which I believe share the same knot too.

If they improved the grades and levels of splay, I would sell all my badgers and go 100% synthetic.
As it is, I still prefer my prime badgers. But this is because I face lather.
If I bowl lathered only I would already have gone completely Synthetic.

As I pointed out in my post above, the Monster and the Big Bruce has the same knot. I found the handle too big on the Monster. I prefer the BB to my Muhle STF brush because the BB splays more easily. What don't you like about the splay?

I dislike that the splay is not smooth, it has only 3-4 steps, it goes from soft to suddenly feeling a bit prickly and unnatural, this is just before you splay it out 90-95%

A badger in the right hair knot and type splays in more smooth steps, it has 12-15 small splay steps, perhaps even more, and the splay is just more natural and smooth feeling.

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 02-08-2017, 12:52 PM
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(02-08-2017, 12:49 AM)morecolor Wrote: Any black knot in particular?

Black wolf knot from wolf whisker, or the Tuxedo? I haven't tried the Tuxedo knot, but from the pics they look very indentical, I'm assuming they are the same. It's the black knot with the white tips.

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 02-08-2017, 04:11 PM
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(02-08-2017, 12:52 PM)1Geralt Wrote:
(02-08-2017, 12:49 AM)morecolor Wrote: Any black knot in particular?

Black wolf knot from wolf whisker, or the Tuxedo? I haven't tried the Tuxedo knot, but from the pics they look very indentical, I'm assuming they are the same. It's the black knot with the white tips.

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Good to know..
Thank you..

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 02-08-2017, 04:16 PM
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I've been debating on picking up a Black Wolf knot as well. I have the 26mm Stirling but have issue with sometimes slinging lather like crazy Smile.

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 02-08-2017, 10:03 PM
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In terms of synthetic brushes, I'm content with my Muhle/EJ STF XL.
'Big Bruce'.. dumb name for a brush in my opinion.

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 02-09-2017, 07:24 AM
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(02-08-2017, 10:03 PM)Agravic Wrote: In terms of synthetic brushes, I'm content with my Muhle/EJ STF XL.
'Big Bruce'.. dumb name for a brush in my opinion.

My Muhle STF XL was my favorite brush until I tried the Big Bruce. It has a little less spring in the fibers which I like better. I do own the Muhle STF XL and the EJ XL and a Chubby 2 synthetic. All are top performers for face lathering.

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 02-09-2017, 12:22 PM
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(02-08-2017, 10:03 PM)Agravic Wrote: In terms of synthetic brushes, I'm content with my Muhle/EJ STF XL.
'Big Bruce'.. dumb name for a brush in my opinion.


It's named after former member here, Bruce. The regular version is called Bruce, after Bruce, that liked the handle shape.

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 02-09-2017, 05:29 PM
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I think he suggested the handle shape to RR. Looks a lot like Shavemac's 386. 
I guess calling it "The Bernd" would be more appropriate  Angel

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 02-09-2017, 07:20 PM
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(02-09-2017, 12:22 PM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(02-08-2017, 10:03 PM)Agravic Wrote: In terms of synthetic brushes, I'm content with my Muhle/EJ STF XL.
'Big Bruce'.. dumb name for a brush in my opinion.


It's named after former member here, Bruce. The regular version is called Bruce, after Bruce, that liked the handle shape.

As I said, dumb name for a brush.
To each their own..

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 02-09-2017, 08:14 PM
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What's in a name? It has nothing to do with how the brush performs. It's a great brush no matter what the name.

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 02-09-2017, 08:24 PM
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(02-09-2017, 05:29 PM)lloydrm Wrote: I think he suggested the handle shape to RR. Looks a lot like Shavemac's 386. 
I guess calling it "The Bernd" would be more appropriate  Angel

I have owned six 386 style brushes from Bernd and am disheartened to see that his design is being ripped off in such a low-rent fashion. "The Bernd" indeed.

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