06-25-2022, 12:59 PM
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I have been using a safety razor and shaving brush over 30 years.  In 1987 I was a poor student and bought this yellow Omega brush in Barcelona. I can't imagine I paid more than $7 or $8 for it.  It hass incredibly soft tips now.  I have added a few brushes over the years including the new Simpson Trafalgar I just got for Father's Day.  I have to say, if forced I'd choose the small Truefitt and Hill (Chubby 1 size).  It's a really good size for my hand.  The Taylor of Old Bond Street brush is nice, but a little too floppy.

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 06-25-2022, 01:26 PM
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Welcome to TSN and thanks for your first post!  

What is the brush on the far left?  Is that one of the house brand brushes from the pre-2015 Vintage Blades LLC?

Years ago I had the same Truefitt & Hill in a size 2 and it was an excellent brush.  There are some who believe the older Truefitt & Hill brushes were made by Rooney, the legendary and somewhat mysterious brushmaker.

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 06-25-2022, 01:37 PM
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Nice range of brushes you have there.  The Truefitt & Hill looks like a fine face lathering brush.

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 06-25-2022, 01:44 PM
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That brush on the left doesn't have a name, just a logo on the bottom.  I'm guessing it's "New York Shave"
It's a nice badger, but for me it's just too large.  Is that a thing?  I think I'm odd in that I like slightly smaller knots.
This knot is 24mm diameter and 55mm in height.
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 06-25-2022, 01:45 PM
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Good post and welcome.
You have a nice variety of brushes. What knots do you like best?
What's your "sweet spot" as far as knot size goes. Scrubby or furry? Enquiring minds want to know.  Sherlock

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 06-25-2022, 01:49 PM
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(06-25-2022, 01:44 PM)paulml Wrote: That brush on the left doesn't have a name, just a logo on the bottom.  I'm guessing it's "New York Shave"
It's a nice badger, but for me it's just too large.  Is that a thing?  I think I'm odd in that I like slightly smaller knots.
This knot is 24mm diameter and 55mm in height.
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Thanks for the reply.  In your first photo it looked like a brush Vintage Blades used to sell under its own name.  However, looking at the photo on the right I can see the shape of the base is slightly different than the Vintage Blades model.

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 06-25-2022, 02:21 PM
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well, I don't have much experience, but based on about eight brushes I have owned I prefer fan style, for face lathering. I have tried the bowl technique but it's more than I need.  I don't need soft, I think a little scrubbiness would be good.  My next brush purchase might be something in mid-range badger with a 24-ish mm knot and fan shape.
Looking for recommendations.

As for razors, I used to get terrible razor burn from multi blade razors, so I now use a Muhle R41 and usually one pass and then a few touch up spots, once a day. I don't find the R41 too aggressive at all, as a matter of fact I find gentler razors don't shave me very closely, so I have to do three or four passes and get more irritation. 

Just today I received an Ikon handle for the R41. I haven't tried it with the new handle yet.
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 06-25-2022, 02:40 PM
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You’ve got my attention. .
The R41 is a terrific tool. It’s a credit to your light touch, that you have such success with it.
What’s your blade of choice?

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 06-25-2022, 02:42 PM
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  • chazt
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Paul, I like your style. The Omega brush has an excellent back story. 
What do you think of the Trafalgar? I received mine as a gift last Father’s Day Biggrin

Welcome to the Shave Nook!

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 06-25-2022, 03:38 PM
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The Trafalgar is pretty okay.  I'm all in favor of not murdering the badgers......but, I still find that I am enjoying the "natural" sense of the fur.  I guess I have some more soul searching to do : )
Yes, before the R41 my daily shaver was a 1914 Gillette single ring, but the R41 is closer, smoother, I think the pro's say more efficient.

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 06-25-2022, 04:06 PM
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  • garyg
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Welcome to the Nook - nice collection of brushes there .. I still remember Jim from Vintage blades as well ..

The Trafalgar is one of the best synths in my opinion

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 06-25-2022, 04:36 PM
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(06-25-2022, 04:06 PM)garyg Wrote: Welcome to the Nook - nice collection of brushes there .. I still remember Jim from Vintage blades as well ..

The Trafalgar is one of the best synths in my opinion

Jim was a great guy and Vintage Blades was an excellent vendor.  It's unfortunate he sold the company in 2015.

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 06-25-2022, 04:41 PM
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(06-25-2022, 02:21 PM)paulm Wrote: As for razors, I used to get terrible razor burn from multi blade razors, so I now use a Muhle R41 and usually one pass and then a few touch up spots, once a day. I don't find the R41 too aggressive at all, as a matter of fact I find gentler razors don't shave me very closely, so I have to do three or four passes and get more irritation. 

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The R89 and R41 are both excellent razors.

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 06-25-2022, 05:48 PM
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(06-25-2022, 04:36 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(06-25-2022, 04:06 PM)garyg Wrote: Welcome to the Nook - nice collection of brushes there .. I still remember Jim from Vintage blades as well ..

The Trafalgar is one of the best synths in my opinion

Jim was a great guy and Vintage Blades was an excellent vendor.  It's unfortunate he sold the company in 2015.

Jim was/is a great guy! Those were the good old days for sure.

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 06-26-2022, 03:51 AM
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  • Chappy
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Welcome!  Nice little brush collection with variety.

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 06-26-2022, 07:11 AM
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  • chazt
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(06-25-2022, 02:21 PM)paulml Wrote: well, I don't have much experience, but based on about eight brushes I have owned I prefer fan style, for face lathering. I have tried the bowl technique but it's more than I need.  I don't need soft, I think a little scrubbiness would be good.  My next brush purchase might be something in mid-range badger with a 24-ish mm knot and fan shape.
Looking for recommendations.


As for razors, I used to get terrible razor burn from multi blade razors, so I now use a Muhle R41 and usually one pass and then a few touch up spots, once a day. I don't find the R41 too aggressive at all, as a matter of fact I find gentler razors don't shave me very closely, so I have to do three or four passes and get more irritation. 

Just today I received an Ikon handle for the R41. I haven't tried it with the new handle yet.

For your stated objectives I’ll make two recommendations. 1, Bob Quinn at https://eliterazor.com/ is a supporting artisan. He may have just what you’re looking for. 2, I also suggest you consider a Semogue Owner’s Club badger brush. The SOC handle is ergonomically superb. They make many versions of badger, boar, and badger/boar. I love mine. It’s an untreated Super Badger knot with cherry handle. In seven years it’s never shed a hair! Truly makes me smile every time it comes up in rotation Biggrin Have a look here https://bullgooseshaving.com/search?q=Se...ner’s+Club

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 06-26-2022, 12:56 PM
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  • Bax
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Welcome to the Nook!  
I think  I prefer smaller knots, too.  
My favorite brush is probably the Semogue 1438.  
https://bullgooseshaving.com/products/se...ving-brush
If I could have only ONE brush, this would probably be my choice.
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- Bax

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