09-08-2012, 08:44 AM
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The following is a continuation and performance review of a H.I.S. synthetic brush knot which was taken from its original handle as seen in the thread below.

http://shavenook.com/thread-chopping-a-h...wn-to-size

As discussed earlier, the H.I.S. brush as originally equipped is a very large synthetic brush. The handle is large at a whopping 64 mm in length! It has a 28 mm knot size with a total loft of 60 mm! The maximum bloom is around 55 mm which is smaller than an equivalent sized badger knot. The overall length is 124 mm!

For this new prototype version I was looking for a handle that would be able to easily fit in the palm of my hand and be able to reduce the overall brush length well below 110 mm. For the prototype handle I again went to a larger MEM product bottle cap similar to the one shown in this thread.

http://shavenook.com/thread-bottle-cap-brush-project

The overall length of this new handle was 46 mm and the final width of the bore was 32 mm. I chose these measurements so that the handle would be easy to hold while face lathering while the knot "bloom" configuration would be unaffected by the change of handle. This would allow all things to be equal with the original H.I.S. with the exception of handle height and loft. Given the parameters of the short wooden handle I was able to place a small amount of ballast inside for weight and made some adjustments in the knot plug to finally get the finished loft to 54 mm. That was as low as I could make the loft and have that short of a handle combination. With that I present the "Reduced H.I.S."

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Here are two side by side comparisons to the original brush configuration.

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As you can see the fan pattern remains the same just the height is far less. The overall brush height for the "Reduced H.I.S." is 100 mm. So now to the testing of the prototype.

The first day of testing was a face lathering test using Wilkinson Sword shave stick. My preparation was the usual warm shower and moistened face and head. I rubbed the wet shave stick over my moisten face (not on the head) and dunked the brush in warm water and shook it off twice and went to work lathering. Within a few seconds the brush was full of lather and so I shaved on my first face pass and then took the brush and lathered my head and made a head pass. There was more than enough lather left for a second face pass. Although I never had an issue face lathering with the H.I.S. brush in the original configuration, the short handle made it far easier to maneuver around the face and head. The fibers were still soft as before with a moderate increase in backbone due to the shortened effective loft. This brought the brush more in line with the Muhle 35 K 252 25 mm as far as maneuverability is concerned.

The second day of testing used the same method just substituting Palmolive shave stick and the third day using Erasmic shave stick. The Palmolive lathered at the same level as the Wilkinson Sword while the Erasmic had a little less lather but was able to perform two face passes and a head pass.

For the next trial, I decided that I would generate a bowl lather based on Williams soap as currently manufactured for the United States market. I whipped up some lather in the mug and it was easily able to create a large amount of lather. Here are pictures of the results.

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My conclusion was that the reduction of the handle brought the greatest level of results to the maneuverability while the loft reduction without crimping the fan brought a moderate increase in backbone of the knot. Overall I prefer this setup to the original handle and knot length. However, those individuals with repetitive motion injuries to the hands (i.e. carpal tunnel, etc.) may prefer the size of the original handle.

The results were that this setup allows for a brush that can both bowl lather and face lather with equal and strong capability. The tips are as soft as the original so if you are looking for exfoliation, seek something else because this is still the softest tips on any brush that I have ever used. The modifications improved this product to a level where more users would have an interest in obtaining a synthetic. Given the price structure of the current H.I.S. model this brush could be produced at a very attractive price as well. I see a great potential in synthetic brushes if they are developed on their own merits and strengths instead of trying to totally mimic natural brushes.

This prototype proves to me the merit of this knot in a shorter shaving specific style handle. The modification was my own work without any input from the manufacturer. If you would like make a suggestion to the manufacturer or the distributor about producing this 28 mm synthetic knot in a more traditional size and style handle, here are the email addresses for each.

Artist Brushstrokes: lpierrejr@artistbrushstrokes.com
FM Brush: info@fmbrush.com

Again, to all, thank you taking time to review these matters.

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 09-08-2012, 09:11 AM
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  • syngent
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turned out great GD, made for a handsome looking brush, rustic vintage kind of feel to it looks very comfortable to use as well

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 09-08-2012, 09:16 AM
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Very nice job Gary. That looks like it would be a face lathering machine. I much prefer the lower height of the knot in your improved version.

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 09-08-2012, 09:32 AM
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(09-08-2012, 09:16 AM)Azarius Wrote: Very nice job Gary. That looks like it would be a face lathering machine. I much prefer the lower height of the knot in your improved version.

It fits in the hand like a small baseball. Excellent control for both methods but especially face lathering. This in my opinion is a necessary modification even if the handle takes on a more traditional shape.

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 09-08-2012, 10:02 AM
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  • Johnny
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Wow! What a difference. Nice job Gary.

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 09-08-2012, 10:17 AM
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Nice chopped brush there Gary!

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 09-08-2012, 11:25 AM
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  • freddy
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That is a beautiful conversion, Gary. Thanks for the review.

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 09-08-2012, 11:32 AM
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Gary, well done! The brush looks great. i agree with you that the company needs to make a smaller version of their overly large brush. This will definitely increase their sales as it is a fantastic brush, but just to darn large.

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 09-08-2012, 12:26 PM
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(09-08-2012, 11:32 AM)celestino Wrote: Gary, well done! The brush looks great. i agree with you that the company needs to make a smaller version of their overly large brush. This will definitely increase their sales as it is a fantastic brush, but just to darn large.

Well, the only way they will know is if the user community tells the company directly that a shorter lofted and handled version is what is desired.

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 09-08-2012, 12:39 PM
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  • EHV
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Beautiful!
I am quite jealous at the moment...

I will definitely be dropping them a line about this too. I know that shaving is not their main gig but I'm not really sure that they know what they really have with these fibers or the potential for better brushes and more sales.

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 09-08-2012, 03:20 PM
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Excellent, Gary. Thank you. I would love a more traditional handle with a shorter loft.

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 09-08-2012, 03:28 PM
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(09-08-2012, 03:20 PM)kentclark Wrote: Excellent, Gary. Thank you. I would love a more traditional handle with a shorter loft.

Well let FM Brush and Artist Brushstroke know about your desires for a better H.I.S. brush.

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 09-08-2012, 05:19 PM
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  • mantic59
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The original is a bit too big for my hand. This one would be (Goldilocks falsetto voiceSmile "juuuuuuust right!"

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 09-08-2012, 05:39 PM
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(09-08-2012, 05:19 PM)mantic59 Wrote: The original is a bit too big for my hand. This one would be (Goldilocks falsetto voiceSmile "juuuuuuust right!"

Mark, is does do that indeed! I hope that the word gets back as to how much of a difference these two changes alone makes in a brush.

BTW: Good to see you on board!

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 09-08-2012, 05:39 PM
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Gary, i have just emailed them regarding the recommendation. Thanks, again.

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