11-14-2017, 09:14 AM
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Good Afternoon everyone,

I am sure this has been addressed more than once and for that I am very sorry.  

I currently have a Manchurian 26mm maple burl shaving set on order from Elite Razor.  What synthetic brushes do you recommend as an alternative?  I would use it exclusively for face lathering with creams and soaps.

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 11-14-2017, 10:04 AM
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I am well pleased with my Razorock Plissoft. Very reasonably priced too.

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 11-14-2017, 10:36 AM
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  • JRRIII
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Hard to beat a Maggards marble plissoft style for performance and price - same with the razorock variants 

If you don't mind spending the money the Simpsons synthetics perform nicely also, I used mine for my most recent shave.

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 11-14-2017, 10:44 AM
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For Price and performance the Maggard and Stirling Cong are two of my favorites

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 11-14-2017, 10:45 AM
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RazoRock Beehive ... it is AWESOME !!!

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 11-14-2017, 03:21 PM
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  • Mel S Meles
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(11-14-2017, 09:14 AM)asiliski Wrote: Good Afternoon everyone,

I am sure this has been addressed more than once and for that I am very sorry.  

I currently have a Manchurian 26mm maple burl shaving set on order from Elite Razor.  What synthetic brushes do you recommend as an alternative?  I would use it exclusively for face lathering with creams and soaps.

All of the responses so far have been for Plisson-type brushes.

However, if you want backbone — not identical to, but similar to — the backbone of your 26 mm badger, a Mühle or Edwin Jagger STF style of knot may suit you better.

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 11-14-2017, 05:30 PM
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thanks everyone.   no opinions on wolf whiskers?

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 11-14-2017, 05:37 PM
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Wolf Whiskers use the black wolf hairs, which I consider to be the top of the synthetic knots. Check out Nathan Clark 8 Ball brush, it has the same hair.

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 11-14-2017, 05:49 PM
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I tried a few, and finally settled on a Simpsons chubby 2 synth. It features the level of backbone I’ve come to expect, even if the splay takes more work than I’d like. It’s pretty superb using paintbrush motions.

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 11-14-2017, 07:15 PM
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(11-14-2017, 05:49 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: I tried a few, and finally settled on a Simpsons chubby 2 synth. It features the level of backbone I’ve come to expect, even if the splay takes more work than I’d like. It’s pretty superb using paintbrush motions.
Yes, paintbrush strokes. Once you learn it’s idiosyncracies it’s a top notch brush.

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 11-15-2017, 03:30 AM
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Muehle makes in my opinion the best synthetics.

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 11-15-2017, 04:33 AM
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  • Sully
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My Whipped Dog 30mm synthetic is my favorite shaving brush.  I like everything about it, flow through, back bone, splay, and the super soft tips.

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 11-16-2017, 12:51 PM
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I echo what the lads above said about Simpson synths. Great for paintbrush strokes. I have a Chubby 2 and a Duke 3 and I enjoy them. They really are different from the 10-12 other synths I have. The only negative I experience with them is that if I splay the knot to "create" lather it forces the lather back onto the handle. I've never had a synth do that before.

I also have a Cashmere that I like; it reminds me of a well broken in Zenith or Mondial boar (though not identical, of course). I have a couple Razorocks, the 24mm Plissoft and the black Plissoft in the 400 style handle. Great value. I also own a couple Zenith synths, and like them. But be sure to check the size of the glue bump- some have glue bumps so high the brush won't splay so its as artificial in feel as an Omega Hi-Brush, while others with a lower bump are as good as the Muhle or Jaggers that get such good reviews.

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