01-09-2022, 10:17 AM
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What do you think is the absolute best most luxurious brush?

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 01-09-2022, 12:52 PM
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  • chazt
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There are so many options. Silvertip hair is probably gonna be what most people suggest. Some synthetic knots are quite luxurious in many people’s opinion. Brand? That’s highly subjective.. What do you think, Mike?

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 01-09-2022, 01:14 PM
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"Best" and "most luxurious" are two different things. Sometimes I want a stiffer brush, and sometimes a softer brush, depending on the soap or cream I'm using. Kind of like the best ingredient in soup... it depends on the OTHER ingredients in the soup!
For me at least.
Your mileage may vary.
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 01-09-2022, 01:28 PM
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depends on the soap

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 01-09-2022, 01:42 PM
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I had a Brad Sears a couple of years ago and the hair was soft and it lathered very well. That was my favorite brush in terms of feel and performance. Just got my Thater, testing it out now. I also really enjoy omission style knots.

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 01-09-2022, 02:40 PM
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It depends on the user's level of sophistication.

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 01-09-2022, 04:26 PM
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If by "luxurious" you mean soft, the Thater silvertip (3-band) is in the running.

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 01-09-2022, 04:41 PM
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(01-09-2022, 04:26 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: If by "luxurious" you mean soft, the Thater silvertip (3-band) is in the running.

I just got mine yesterday. Looking forward to using it often.

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 01-09-2022, 05:39 PM
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(01-09-2022, 04:41 PM)Miketorrge Wrote:
(01-09-2022, 04:26 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: If by "luxurious" you mean soft, the Thater silvertip (3-band) is in the running.

I just got mine yesterday. Looking forward to using it often.

Yes. I’m enjoying mine as well. I bought the 26mm fan ebony handle 4125 at BullGoose. It’s truly outstanding. Just the right balance of density, backbone and super soft tips. If there were other handle styles with that hair I would definitely add another to the den Wink

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 01-09-2022, 05:41 PM
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(01-09-2022, 02:40 PM)VerbaVolant Wrote: It depends on the user's level of sophistication.

Interesting concept..

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 01-09-2022, 06:00 PM
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(01-09-2022, 10:17 AM)Miketorrge Wrote: ...absolute best most luxurious...
Interesting criteria
(01-09-2022, 05:41 PM)chazt Wrote:
(01-09-2022, 02:40 PM)VerbaVolant Wrote: It depends on the user's level of sophistication.

Interesting concept..

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 01-10-2022, 11:02 AM
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(01-09-2022, 10:17 AM)Miketorrge Wrote: What do you think is the absolute best most luxurious brush?

In addition to Thater and others, Simpson, etc., TSN’s artisan brush makers should be on your list to investigate. I really enjoy my Bob Quinn and Brad Sears brushes. They’re top notch! One of these days I’d like to add a Paladin to my little den.

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 01-15-2022, 01:49 PM
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While we don't normally think of synthetic brushes as "luxurious," my 26mm SynBad bulb knot from AP Shave Co. merits that label.  Luxurious softness with good density and moderate backbone.  This may be my favorite synthetic knot, and I've tried most of them.

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 01-15-2022, 03:47 PM
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(01-15-2022, 01:49 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: ...26mm SynBad bulb knot from AP Shave Co...
How is the splay?

I have been using a synthetic brush lately and, while I admit to some advantages over the natural hair brushes, I have hard time using it in circular motion. Only painting motion would be comfortable for me. I have been using a boar brush for the last 4-5 shaves and what a pleasure, compared to my synthetic brush.

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 01-15-2022, 07:31 PM
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(01-15-2022, 01:49 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: While we don't normally think of synthetic brushes as "luxurious," my 26mm SynBad bulb knot from AP Shave Co. merits that label.  Luxurious softness with good density and moderate backbone.  This may be my favorite synthetic knot, and I've tried most of them.

[Image: m4NopZf.jpg] 

That and their cashmere knots are in my list. I have the PAA Atomic Rocket and it’s a great brush. I really like synthetics.

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 01-16-2022, 04:15 PM
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Hmmm.

Has to be my Varlets.  One High Density Traditional, and the other Extra Dense.

Curiously, my other favourite is the Thater Boar.  It continues in my regular rotation.  Unfortunately, I can't find my photo of it.

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 01-16-2022, 11:56 PM
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 01-17-2022, 07:44 AM
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I think it obvious that individual tastes will vary, the corollary being than an individual's preferences may change over time.  When I first returned to traditional shaving a floppy "pure" badger from Art of Shaving when that was a shelf or two of the local cigar store was the ultimate in luxury, compared to the old boar that I'd held onto for decades.   Later I realized I didn't like soft and floppy but rather density and backbone.  Somewhat later still an Eagle in Pure made me realize I enjoy the occasional scrub .. 

Many different criteria, but to me softness isn't by itself luxury, maybe someday it will be.

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 01-17-2022, 08:23 AM
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(01-16-2022, 04:15 PM)David Wrote: Hmmm.

Has to be my Varlets.  One High Density Traditional, and the other Extra Dense.

Curiously, my other favourite is the Thater Boar.  It continues in my regular rotation.  Unfortunately, I can't find my photo of it.

[Image: bkddg5Y.jpg]

Those are beautiful brushes.

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 01-17-2022, 10:06 AM
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Ya, I love 'em.  My best, that's for sure.

But, I also love my Paladin.
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