10-12-2017, 05:02 PM
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is this particular type of hair chemically treated? How about super?

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 10-12-2017, 05:06 PM
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Interesting question, but I don't know who among us has the personal knowledge and expertise to provide an answer.

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 10-12-2017, 05:45 PM
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Perhaps Mr. Watterson will see this and offer a comment.

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 10-12-2017, 06:10 PM
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I’m not sure about hair treatment, but the hair has changed somewhat over the years. My first C2M from a few years ago (right, tortie) has always featured hair with yellow tips. The newer C2M (left, blue) has whiter tips. The difference is much more stark in person. 

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 10-12-2017, 06:58 PM
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No idea.
Mark may have the answer to this question.
Personally, I think all of these brush hairs are treated so to speak, regardless of brand, and hence there is variability from batch to batch, depending on hair characteristics as well as subsequent treatment.

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 10-13-2017, 06:09 PM
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This is what I consider to be one of the great mysteries of wet shaving. I'm actually impressed that it is a mystery in this digital age where usually we have a glut of information. My current running theory is that most, if not all, 2-band brushes have their tips treated. However, I could certainly see this being true of both 2-band and 3-band brushes. My leanings to consider it more strongly for 2-band is that most of them seem to have the feeling of strong shafts with mushy soft tips to provide that "cloud soft strong backbone" effect that seems to have exploded in popularity in the last few years. The 3-band brushes seem to have more variability in the tips, so I am less sure on their account. However, I have never grabbed a live badger and rubbed its hair up against my face (I hear they can be rather "bitey" when grabbed such), so I'm unable to say how coarse the untreated hair feels.

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 10-14-2017, 06:19 PM
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I will say this - Sterling silver has a fantastic 2 band brush - which has the same feel a the M&F old 2 band brushes. M&F did not have a chemical smell but Sterling brush has a clear chemical smell which goes away with washing.

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 10-15-2017, 04:07 AM
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In general I haven't found a great difference in the hair itself but rather more variation in the creation of the knot.  But even there the differences are really minor.  In the picture below there is a Zenith 506 Manchurian, a Thater 4125 Finest Silvertip, a Semogue 720 Super Badger, a Kent BLK8 and Blk4, a Whipped Dog High Mountain White and two Peerless Pure Badger brushes, one from the New Hamsire plant and the other from the Canadian plant but both well over a half century old.

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There are differences in the density of the knots but not too much difference in the hair itself.

Of the brushes the two old Peerless may well be my favorite badgers.

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 10-15-2017, 06:55 AM
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I don’t think you can purchase a knot that hasn’t been chemically treated.

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 10-15-2017, 03:00 PM
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(10-15-2017, 06:55 AM)merkur man Wrote: I don’t think you can purchase a knot that hasn’t been chemically treated.

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