03-02-2017, 03:10 PM
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Dear gents;

Well, I'm in the market for a couple of synthetic brushes.  What should i be looking for???

Best for all,

Pepon

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 03-02-2017, 03:18 PM
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What are you looking for? Characteristics? Price range? Custom handle?
My personal favorite is the black wolf / tuxedo knot. But more info will be helpful.

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 03-02-2017, 03:22 PM
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Good question.

What i want to know basically is popularity. You know, what is used by the knowledgable people of the forum... i will go from there, after some research!


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 03-02-2017, 03:23 PM
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  • Agravic
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I've tried many.
EJ/Muhle synthetics are my favorite.

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 03-02-2017, 03:53 PM
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The various "plissofts" are going to be the most popular because of price (Italian barber, Maggards, etc). The EJ/Muhle that Ravi mentioned are nice. I find them to be "springier" and at least the one I have is less densely packed. Others really like the Simpson's Ch2 synth. Very soft fibers, but I find it has too much backbone for me. And of course there is plisson- the OG.
Do check out AMACK4shaving and APShaveCo on etsy.

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 03-02-2017, 04:47 PM
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Thanks!


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 03-02-2017, 04:54 PM
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  • chazt
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I have 2, one I like, one not so much. The Omega barberpole synth looks great, but I find it difficult to make it work for my needs. So it sits on the shelf looking pretty. The Simpson's CH2 otoh is a relative joy to use. I wouldn't want to use it exclusively, but for a week of shaves when vacationing it's top notch. I highly recommend it.

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 03-02-2017, 07:04 PM
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I've experimented with synthetics extensively.  My personal observations:

1.  My preferred synthetic is the 28mm Chubby 2, followed by the Muhle XL.

2.  My vote for the best inexpensive synthetic goes to the 26mm Maggard Granite at $13.95.  Like many inexpensive synthetics, it uses a Plisson type knot.  Where this brush excels is the handle, which is nicer than one would expect at this price point.  I reviewed this brush here:

http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=44417

So, here are the only synthetics which have survived the cuts in my den - a pair of Chubby 2's and the Maggard Granite. 

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 03-02-2017, 07:16 PM
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I only use Synthetics at the moment and the one I enjoy the most is Wolf Whiskers with a black knot. Also, the Simpsons Chubby 2 Synthetic Bristle is a great brush. Stick with these two.

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 03-02-2017, 07:21 PM
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(03-02-2017, 07:16 PM)Speake Wrote: I only use Synthetics at the moment and the one I enjoy the most is Wolf Whiskers with a black knot. Also, the Simpsons Chubby 2 Synthetic Bristle is a great brush. Stick with these two.

I have not tried the black knots.  The Tuxedo knot, which I believe is the same fiber as the WW black, is available in 30mm and I may give it a try in a custom handle.

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 03-02-2017, 07:44 PM
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(03-02-2017, 07:21 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(03-02-2017, 07:16 PM)Speake Wrote: I only use Synthetics at the moment and the one I enjoy the most is Wolf Whiskers with a black knot. Also, the Simpsons Chubby 2 Synthetic Bristle is a great brush. Stick with these two.

I have not tried the black knots.  The Tuxedo knot, which I believe is the same fiber as the WW black, is available in 30mm and I may give it a try in a custom handle.
I might be playing the part of an enabler... do it!

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 03-02-2017, 08:43 PM
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I agree with Ricardo-although I prefer the badge brushes, and have many more badgers than synthetics, the Simpson Chubby 2 Synthetic and the Maggards Granite are standouts.

I don't think you could go wrong with one of these-the Maggards is a bargain, and the handle is very solid, although some find it too big. Similar to that brush is the Stirling 26 x 54 synthetic and the Stirling 26 x 63 (Kong). It won't cost much-less than $20-to try the one of the Maggards or Stirlings, and they're very good performers for synthetic brushes.

I find that most synthetic brushes don't have the water retention of the badgers (although the Simpsons is pretty good in this respect), but they make short work of making a good lather from virtually any soap.

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 03-03-2017, 05:06 AM
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Any current synthetic generation will do. Avoid Omega's first synth generation.

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 03-03-2017, 06:16 PM
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My favorites are:
EJ/Mühle
Simpsons
Plisson

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 03-04-2017, 04:36 AM
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Here's my 0.02 cents
Muhle HJM has lots of splay yet holds soap and is a lifetime favorite for me and one shaving nephew.
Stirling Little Brudder has "backbone" and inexpensive to boot.
Wolf Whiskers are great.
Maggards great and inexpensive to boot.
I own a Rodney Neep synthetic.
I have SBAD.

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 03-04-2017, 04:58 AM
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Thank tons guys!!!


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 03-06-2017, 05:11 PM
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Well Gents, thanks again.  it was plissoft, stirling, and maggard.  

not that i am not in love with my badgers...  but synth are part of the game...

lets rock!

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 03-11-2017, 03:47 AM
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Some comment on the Muehle black fibre synthetic brushes, please?


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 03-11-2017, 05:55 AM
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(03-06-2017, 05:11 PM)carlospppena Wrote: Well Gents, thanks again.  it was plissoft, stirling, and maggard.  

not that i am not in love with my badgers...  but synth are part of the game...

lets rock!


At the end of the search, i came across an Asylum... she is in the mailman's truck, due in in a couple of hours!



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 03-11-2017, 07:02 AM
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(03-11-2017, 03:47 AM)apogee. Wrote: Some comment on the Muehle black fibre synthetic brushes, please?


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Here's my 0.02 cents

Muhle HJM has lots of splay yet holds soap and is a lifetime favorite for me and one shaving nephew.

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