06-27-2018, 11:23 AM
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Hi,
    My current shaving brush is too soft for the way I'm now using it (face lathering rather bowl lathering like I was previously). So I think I need a much stiffer shaving brush with much more backbone to it that's more compatible with direct, vigorous face lathering. However, I don't want to get one that's too stiff and with too much backbone. So any suggestions for a new brush would be appreciated.
Thank you

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 06-27-2018, 11:33 AM
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A small to midsize horse hair should fit your specs - say a 21-24mm knot with a 50-55mm loft

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 06-27-2018, 11:36 AM
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  • NJDJ
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26mm Shavmac 2 band silvertip.

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 06-27-2018, 11:44 AM
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What is your budget?

Do you have a preference for a hair type - badger,  boar, synthetic?

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 06-27-2018, 11:58 AM
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Fendrihan, High Mountain White Badger, $79.00.
I think that would do you well. Problem with this....It's like you asking us, what kind of shoe should you wear.
My opinion, it's a great brush for the price.
Want to spend more ? Paladin & Brad Sears.

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 06-27-2018, 12:28 PM
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  • Barrylu
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Still relatively unknown, excellent craftmanship, knot excellent for both face and hybrid lathering. Black Eagle
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 06-27-2018, 12:32 PM
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Elite Razor manchurian is my new favorite face lathering knot.  More backbone than a Shavemac 2-band Silvertip, with just a hint of scrub (and no scritch!).

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 06-27-2018, 01:01 PM
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I have a 26mm bulb manchurian from elite razor.  I cannot recommend him enough.  It is great for face lathering and a beautiful piece of art.

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 06-27-2018, 01:41 PM
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  • SCOV
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Several good and all different answers - becoming a very educational thread.  I switched from cream to soap mid last year so still learning.

I do not have any ultra low backbone brushes - even my synthetics have some firmness.  Brad Sears / Paladin / Elite Razor all produce excellent brushes and offer free advice.  For me (and remember still learning), the biggest face lathering factors include 1) water ratio in soap  2) brush handle shape (neither a stubby or 400) 3) density of the knot (density adds backbone ?)  4) scritchy brush.

Did I hear loft and soft tips in future posts??

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 06-27-2018, 01:46 PM
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without a requirement listed: omega boar 40033 - inexpensive too

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 06-27-2018, 03:12 PM
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(06-27-2018, 11:44 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: What is your budget?

Do you have a preference for a hair type - badger,  boar, synthetic?

I'm currently using a synthetic brush that's pretty soft, but I prefer natural bristle brushes whenever possible. I don't really have a preference other than that one.

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 06-27-2018, 04:08 PM
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  • BSWoodturning
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(06-27-2018, 03:12 PM)punchy Wrote:
(06-27-2018, 11:44 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: What is your budget?

Do you have a preference for a hair type - badger,  boar, synthetic?

I'm currently using a synthetic brush that's pretty soft, but I prefer natural bristle brushes whenever possible. I don't really have a preference other than that one.

LegalRazor is right.  Helping us understand your budget will help folks give you more focused recommendations.  Saying that, if I was just starting to face lather, I'd look seriously at the Simpson Berkeley B46 in Best--or even Pure.  I think both are really good face lathering brushes.  (I still dig mine out from time to time.)  A little farther up the scale, Simpson also offers other, larger Best Badger brushes for just a little more money.  The thing is:  until you know what you like, I wouldn't go spending a ton of money.  You can certainly look at other brushes, but I keeping beating Simpson's drum in this case because their lower-end brushes are still very good--and form a good basis for comparing with other brushes later on.

Enjoy the ride!

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 06-27-2018, 04:15 PM
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  • Barrylu
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Amen, I started out only with Simpsons. I still own many of my first purchased Simpsons

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 06-27-2018, 04:53 PM
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I would say $50 or less (preferably less) for a new brush is more than enough.

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 06-27-2018, 05:33 PM
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Another suggestion which is worth twice as much as they cost for around 40 and 45. Shipped. Are 2 brushes from sterling shave company. 1- is the 24 2 band in a 7 handle and the 2- is the 26 x 54 2 band. Look up the reviews here on the nook.

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 06-27-2018, 05:38 PM
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Semogue owners club 2 band badger is a nice brush.  Amazon does not have them in stock any longer.  I was fortunate to snag mine in mid April for $59.

Interesting enough, one of these just hit the BST board on another forum for $55.

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 06-27-2018, 06:16 PM
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For under $40 you can get a 24mm (feels much larger) 2 band finest from Stirling. The fan shape is a little moppy for my preference, but for the price it's an excellent option. They have many handle color options now, as well as a bulb option which may or may not address the backbone. Is a steal IMHO.
Above that I really like the Simpson Duke 3 Best. Decent backbone, good size, nice face feel. You can find those on the second hand market for about $75.

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 06-27-2018, 06:36 PM
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Semogue 610 or 1305 would be my choice for a budget face lather brush. Great backbone and the tips will soften and become luxurious. Also I believe the Maseto brushes I believe get high praise for the price point , if your looking for a two band badger , these are said to be unrivaled.

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