01-17-2019, 04:57 AM
#21
  • Mouser
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  • Forest City, Florida U.S.A.
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Well, to weigh back into what I started,  I prefer fans almost exclusively.  Aesthetically and practically.  The exception in my eyes is when you get to around 28mm and larger, then appearance preferences disappear and it's  a matter of hair and loft. But pointy bulbs are never even considered no matter the size.

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 01-17-2019, 07:16 AM
#22
  • Rufus
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  • Greater Toronto Area
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I face lather all the time and prefer a fan-shaped knot. I do have a number of bulb-shaped knots, however. I don’t like bulb-shaped knots if the knot is dense and has lots of backbone. I like smaller knots of 22 mm, but no bigger than 24 mm, diameter, as I don’t like the knot to smother my face. I like the knot to caress my face without being floppy; hence shavemac and Thater 3-band silvertip badger are among my favourites along with Simpson best badger and shavemac Finest. My floppiest brush is a Kent BK4 silvertip and the one with the ideal backbone is my Simpson Colonel best. I used to have several shavemac 2-band silvertip bulb knots, but I sold them as they were too dense and too firm even when fan-shaped. Given my preference for smaller knots with medium density, I find the fan-shape provides the ideal face-feel.

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 01-17-2019, 07:17 AM
#23
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I have only bulb brushes and I use them for both face and bowl lathering.

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 01-17-2019, 09:47 AM
#24
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(01-08-2019, 09:23 AM)zipper Wrote: I have both but face lather 99% of the time. Cheers

After this, I started to think about it.... Undecided  I have both but I prefer BULB... Smile 
Thanks, I now know what I like best.... Tongue

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 01-17-2019, 07:16 PM
#25
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Hybrid-bulb and fan

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 01-17-2019, 08:01 PM
#26
  • SCOV
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  • Minnesota
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Bulb (do not ask for logical reasons).  Bulb also seems more common today.

As a newbie, I spent hours on forums trying to over-think my brush purchases.   There is a real lack of consensus on the fan vs bulb issue.  I have found a 26mm bulb knot to work well for me.  I did purchase a fan knot and promptly sold (various reasons).

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 01-18-2019, 06:05 AM
#27
  • Mouser
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  • Forest City, Florida U.S.A.
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Back when I first started wet shaving  I saw an article on one of the shaving sites, might have been shaving101. I don't  know what stats they were referring  to but they claimed that continental European men favored bulb by a significant margin, those in the UK favored fan by slight margin and U.S. men from the beginning  were always heavily on the fan bandwagon . Just a thought and quite possibly misremembered at my age.

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 01-19-2019, 01:59 AM
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I have and use both but mostly bulbs. 99% of time a face latherer

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