08-05-2017, 07:32 PM
  • srgjazz
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  • Santa Monica
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It seems that there are a lot of large 2band (28mm+) brushes showing up for sale. Is the trend waning? I sold my M&F 26mm Blonde Badger some time ago since it was so stiff my wrist got sore every time I loaded it. Just curious.

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 08-05-2017, 07:58 PM
  • evnpar
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  • Portland, Oregon
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From what I've seen, it has more to do with particular knots rather than size.

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 08-05-2017, 09:05 PM
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(08-05-2017, 07:58 PM)evnpar Wrote: From what I've seen, it has more to do with particular knots rather than size.

Most of my brushes are 28mm+, and I seem to be moving to larger knots. I am finding 30mm ones to be a tad small.  Biggrin

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 08-06-2017, 04:16 AM
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I use a 30 when I'm lathering my dome.  Otherwise, a 26mm or 24 is my choice.

But, in this summer humidity, the big ones take around 3 days to totally dry.

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 08-06-2017, 06:59 AM
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26-28mm seem to be my sweet spots.

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 08-06-2017, 07:28 AM
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26mm and up for me , I really love my 30mm knots also I like bigger handles as well .

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 08-06-2017, 08:16 AM
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(08-06-2017, 06:59 AM)primotenore Wrote: 26-28mm seem to be my sweet spots.


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 08-06-2017, 09:00 AM
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I enjoy a larger not for variety but my sweet spot is 26 mm

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 08-06-2017, 09:06 AM
  • Mouser
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My sweet spot is 22mm -26mm on the outside. More precise and as far as larger knots holding more product, the soap/cream is right there. Put more on if you need to but I never need to and I always do three passes. But of course, my way is perfect.....for me.

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 08-06-2017, 10:15 AM
  • doc47
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(08-05-2017, 07:58 PM)evnpar Wrote: From what I've seen, it has more to do with particular knots rather than size.

In my case I have been looking for a particular knot that I prefer in 26mm rather than 28mm or larger. I'm slowly eliminating the larger brushes from my "collection", with the exception of a couple of   PantaRei brushes that are 30mm. Even my Marfin brushes are 26mm.  It is all personal preference. Many of the sales and trades I have made are with individuals who prefer 28mm brushes for a bit more backbone. I think it takes a while to decide what characteristics you like in a brush; akin to kissing a lot of frogs.

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 08-08-2017, 06:09 PM
  • Nero
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I like Fans, so for me even a 26mm knot in 2-band feels huge.
I've never wanted anything bigger than that. And I much prefer using my 24mm Fan.

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 08-08-2017, 06:14 PM
  • Agravic
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  • Pennsylvania, USA
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I like big brushes, and I cannot lie..


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 08-09-2017, 03:05 AM
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How big?  30mm?

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 08-09-2017, 03:24 AM
  • Rufus
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I'm not a fan of big brushes, which I define as those having knots larger than 26mm.  Even then, a 26mm knot is pushing it for me.  My ideal knot size is 22mm give or take an mm or so.

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 08-09-2017, 03:28 AM
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My experience has been some smaller brushes perform as well or better than bigger brushes.

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 08-09-2017, 05:35 AM
  • Steve56
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22-24mm to me, and a nicely blooming 22mm fan knot is about perfect.

Cheers, Steve

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 08-09-2017, 07:37 AM
  • Steelman
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I think the BST listings may have more to do with influx of new brush makers, and not necessarily size. People may be willing to sell or trade their Simpson or M&F to try a Paladin or Varlet or Declaration or Wiborg etc. or vise versa.

Years ago we had M&F, Simpson and Thater as the pinnacle. So many new choices nowadays.

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 08-12-2017, 07:04 AM
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A great conversation!  If I might add a maker's perspective:  out of all the custom and ready made brushes we've sold over the past year, less than 5% have been under 26mm.  The majority--around 80%--have been in the 26-28mm range, with the rest at 30mm. and lately, we've been getting requests for 32mm face lathering brushes.

We (obviously) keep a close eye on the market and, yes:  there a lot a new guys on the block (which probably includes us since we've only been making brushes for a little over four years  Confused ) and they seem to be making brushes from 22mm on up.  (Consider Brushguy, who made his name selling a ton of 22mm's.)   Anyway, from our admittedly limited perspective, I believe the trend toward larger brushes is due to "fashion"--what's hot right now--combined with preference.  But at the end of the day, it all comes down to what folks enjoy.  And that's the objective of a hobby, isn't it?

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 08-12-2017, 09:02 AM
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Biggest brush I ever made had a knot size of 35 mm at exit, huge!

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 08-13-2017, 04:20 PM
  • German
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Brush diameter size reminds me of horsepower for a car... more is not necessarily better, if the transmission sucks, read: knot construction, flow through, density.
Having said that: I have moved from 22-24mm to 26-28mm over the years. My sweet spot is probably 24-26mm these days.

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