02-08-2021, 01:47 AM
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Fan or bulb badger which is best and why?

My current brush look more like fans. I’m about to pull the trigger on some Thaters, economics of shipping to UK means I’ll be buying a few.
Should I buy two of each or will I by disappointed with a bulb?


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 02-08-2021, 07:56 AM
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There is no best. You need to experience each shape for yourself to determine your personal preference. Each has its pluses and minuses. We can’t tell you what you like. Read through the forum; there is much to read here. Perhaps you should hold off on a major, multi-brush purchase for the time being. It might be wise to proceed relatively slowly. On the other hand, you might like ‘em all.

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 02-08-2021, 07:57 AM
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And btw, welcome to TSN Smile

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 02-08-2021, 08:16 AM
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(02-08-2021, 07:56 AM)chazt Wrote: There is no best. You need to experience each shape for yourself to determine your personal preference. Each has its pluses and minuses. We can’t tell you what you like. Read through the forum; there is much to read here. Perhaps you should hold off on a major, multi-brush purchase for the time being. It might be wise to proceed relatively slowly. On the other hand, you might like ‘em all.


+1

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 02-08-2021, 08:28 AM
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I might add that, in theory, bulb shaped knots may be better for bowl lathering and fans are preferred for face latherers. I mostly face lather and prefer fans. That being said, a great knot is a great knot.

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 02-08-2021, 08:57 AM
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(02-08-2021, 07:56 AM)chazt Wrote: There is no best. You need to experience each shape for yourself to determine your personal preference. Each has its pluses and minuses. We can’t tell you what you like. Read through the forum; there is much to read here. Perhaps you should hold off on a major, multi-brush purchase for the time being. It might be wise to proceed relatively slowly. On the other hand, you might like ‘em all.


Much appreciated. I’m use to more much of a fan shape than bulb. I think I’ll go with my gut and play safe, perhaps I’ll reorder in the future a bulb or a set lol. Due to the cost of posting to UK I’m going for a full set of handle colours, I’m in love with the design.


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 02-08-2021, 08:58 AM
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(02-08-2021, 08:28 AM)PATRIOT Wrote: I might add that, in theory, bulb shaped knots may be better for bowl lathering and fans are preferred for face latherers. I mostly face lather and prefer fans. That being said, a great knot is a great knot.


Thanks.


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 02-08-2021, 01:57 PM
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(02-08-2021, 08:57 AM)Salty sailor Wrote:
(02-08-2021, 07:56 AM)chazt Wrote: There is no best. You need to experience each shape for yourself to determine your personal preference. Each has its pluses and minuses. We can’t tell you what you like. Read through the forum; there is much to read here. Perhaps you should hold off on a major, multi-brush purchase for the time being. It might be wise to proceed relatively slowly. On the other hand, you might like ‘em all.


Much appreciated. I’m use to more much of a fan shape than bulb. I think I’ll go with my gut and play safe, perhaps I’ll reorder in the future a bulb or a set lol. Due to the cost of posting to UK I’m going for a full set of handle colours, I’m in love with the design.


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Enjoy your shaves Badger

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 02-08-2021, 06:06 PM
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I had the same question when I first started. You really can’t go wrong with either, but you will in time find a personal preference. I prefer to use “painting” strokes while face lathering, so I tend to go for bulb brushes.

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 02-09-2021, 01:48 AM
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(02-08-2021, 06:06 PM)shaveser Wrote: I had the same question when I first started. You really can’t go wrong with either, but you will in time find a personal preference. I prefer to use “painting” strokes while face lathering, so I tend to go for bulb brushes.


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 02-10-2021, 04:51 AM
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Just ordered the Thater funf in Fan. Thanks for your help guys.


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 04-12-2021, 06:02 AM
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I've been looking for it.I have both bulb and fan, but I can't say which is better. They have their own characteristics. I think it may have something to do with everyone's preferences.

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 04-12-2021, 12:15 PM
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As usual, it depends.

Some fans can be very flat.
Those are not to everyone's liking.

Some bulbs are very, well, bulby.
Again, too bulbous for some.

I tend to prefer a kind of a hybrid shape.

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 04-15-2021, 03:31 PM
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(04-12-2021, 12:15 PM)wimbouman Wrote: As usual, it depends.

Some fans can be very flat.
Those are not to everyone's liking.

Some bulbs are very, well, bulby.
Again, too bulbous for some.

I tend to prefer a kind of a hybrid shape.

What the man said, although I've found in actuality there seems to be a wider range of "shapes" for bulbs, with many being rather pointy. I prefer fans exclusively until you get over 26mm, but it's more of an aesthetic choice for me. I can use either to the same results.

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 09-19-2021, 04:15 AM
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I prefer to have bulb knot over fan.

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 09-19-2021, 06:50 AM
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IMO, a fan knot works "larger", than its corresponding bulb knot, more badger tips on the face at once. 

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 09-19-2021, 08:58 AM
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I prefer hybrid knots. Best of both worlds.

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 09-29-2021, 07:55 AM
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(02-08-2021, 07:56 AM)chazt Wrote: There is no best. You need to experience each shape for yourself to determine your personal preference. Each has its pluses and minuses. We can’t tell you what you like. Read through the forum; there is much to read here. Perhaps you should hold off on a major, multi-brush purchase for the time being. It might be wise to proceed relatively slowly. On the other hand, you might like ‘em all.


You have caught my thought. I also thought about "what if everyone fits?" How, then, is it best decided between them?

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 09-29-2021, 08:17 AM
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It doesn't depend on my preference, so much as my mood. Some days it's fun to have a fan splayed out across my face with foam slopping everywhere, another times I prefer a bulb to use less product and not make such a big mess. Wet shaving is kind of like eating tacos. Making a mess is half the fun!
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