01-08-2019, 07:56 AM
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  • Mouser
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  • Forest City, Florida U.S.A.
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Moving

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 01-08-2019, 08:06 AM
#2
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Fan for face lathering

Bulb for bowl

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 01-08-2019, 08:24 AM
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I pretty much have all bulb brushes and jump between face and bowl lathering

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 01-08-2019, 09:23 AM
#4
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I have both but face lather 99% of the time. Cheers

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 01-08-2019, 09:32 AM
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I have all bulb brushes except one boar and one synthetic, both Schone.  I use the boar but not the synthetic.  Too floppy.

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 01-08-2019, 09:50 AM
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  • NJDJ
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  • New Jersey
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Fan for sure.

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 01-08-2019, 10:45 AM
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  • MaxP
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  • Des Moines, Iowa
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(01-08-2019, 08:24 AM)Panther308 Wrote: I pretty much have all bulb brushes and jump between face and bowl lathering

+1

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 01-08-2019, 11:07 AM
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I used to be all bulb, then tried a fan and liked it.  Now have some bulbs, fans and one hybrid.  I bowl lather primarily, but enjoy the fans for additional lather building on face.  

I buy mostly premium badger brushes and think I get just a little more splay on my fans.  Even if you start in a lather bowl, you want a brush that is good for working it into your growth, especially prior to first pass.

My suggestion would be to get one of each from the BST boards and see what works best for you.

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 01-08-2019, 12:10 PM
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Bulb for my taste I like a scratchy feeling with enough backbone which I’m not able to get very frequently with fan shape brushes.


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 01-08-2019, 04:00 PM
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YES.  Fan OR bulb.  I really use both.  I enjoy the enormous face feel of the fan but many of my bulbs are 30mm so they feel big too.  My experience would leave me to conclude that it's more the knot density and loft set that attracts me to a brushes performance. No two knots seem identical.  I will say my two favs right now are hybrids.

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 01-08-2019, 04:16 PM
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  • TonyN
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  • Buford, GA US
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While I have fans, bulbs and hybrids, my preference is fans.

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 01-08-2019, 05:07 PM
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Thought I had a preference for fan.  Appreciate either now, favorite brush is a bulb.  Face lather.

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 01-08-2019, 05:45 PM
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  • hush
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Bulb. Start in a bowl then finish face lathering. Use a fan, but bulbs are the favorites.

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 01-08-2019, 06:00 PM
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I generally prefer fan shape, but that depends on the knot. If the hair is on the floppy side I’d prefer a hybrid fan/bulb. I don’t generally like bulb much, that said I have a few that I really like, the hot in those works great for the shape. So I guess it all depends on the hair.

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 01-08-2019, 06:19 PM
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I face lather, and generally prefer bulbs or hybrids.

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 01-08-2019, 09:45 PM
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Definatley fan. I'm ok with a hybrid as well though

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 01-09-2019, 02:50 AM
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  • Puma
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  • Central Jersey
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Hmmm fan or bulb?  Yes.

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 01-09-2019, 03:16 AM
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My preference is to use 3 band badger that retain their natural tips. If I get that, I'm happy. For a bulb shape, I like less dense balance so I can benefit from flow through and release of lather. If the shape tends to be more fan hybrid, then it can be a knot more tight from the handle opening or the knot can be more dense. The more fannish it is, I think it lends to painting the lather and applying back and forth.

If I did buy another 2 band or manchurian/finest grade, it would probably be a really dense round and large knot. I probably wouldn't like it but it would be something fun and different to try. My favorite fan shaped brushes utilize the thicker hairs with a respect to balance in density. The best 2 band fan knots I have used and enjoyed were Simpson Manchurian SimFix and Varlet Finest and Alpine grade knots. 

To me, the hair pays favor to certain shapes when you know what you really want during face lathering. I just happen to like a soft wimpy brush so I choose what falls within a few parameters.

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 01-09-2019, 04:40 AM
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  • chazt
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  • Queens, NY
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I like and use both.

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 01-09-2019, 05:47 AM
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  • Puma
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  • Central Jersey
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(01-09-2019, 03:16 AM)zaclikestoshave Wrote: My preference is to use 3 band badger that retain their natural tips. If I get that, I'm happy. For a bulb shape, I like less dense balance so I can benefit from flow through and release of lather. If the shape tends to be more fan hybrid, then it can be a knot more tight from the handle opening or the knot can be more dense. The more fannish it is, I think it lends to painting the lather and applying back and forth.

If I did buy another 2 band or manchurian/finest grade, it would probably be a really dense round and large knot. I probably wouldn't like it but it would be something fun and different to try. My favorite fan shaped brushes utilize the thicker hairs with a respect to balance in density. The best 2 band fan knots I have used and enjoyed were Simpson Manchurian SimFix and Varlet Finest and Alpine grade knots. 

To me, the hair pays favor to certain shapes when you know what you really want during face lathering. I just happen to like a soft wimpy brush so I choose what falls within a few parameters.


It sounds like you would like a Kent silvertip. 3band with modest density, very soft with no scritch, and kind of floppy.

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