Poll: What's your favorite brush knot for bowl- and face-lathering ?
I prefer a BULB knot shape for face lathering
I prefer a FAN knot shape for face lathering I prefer a FLAT knot shape for face lathering I prefer a BULB knot shape for bowl lathering I prefer a FAN knot shape for bowl lathering I prefer a FLAT knot shape for bowl lathering
 10-21-2012, 12:53 PM
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So I wonder what your favorite knot style is for bowl- and face-lathering ?

I only face lather, and I prefer a bulb shaped knot, but fan and falt top also seem to work for me - just try to gof for knot sizes below 28 mm if I use a flat top or a fan (try to, but my Rooney 3XL is a fan and 30 mm knot size Wink )

For bowl, I would think a fan or flat shaped softer 3-Band Silvertip hair styled knot would be my favorite choice.

What's yours ?

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 10-21-2012, 01:04 PM
  • Arcadies
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  • Greeneville, TN
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I face lather exclusively and prefer Fans and Flats.

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 10-21-2012, 02:57 PM
  • MickToley
  • Hi, I'm Mike and I'm a shave soap addict
  • Brooklyn, NY
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Bulb and fan for face lathering, I haven't used a flat top yet.

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 10-21-2012, 04:14 PM
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Fan shape all the way for me, pretty much just face lather these days.

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 10-21-2012, 05:42 PM
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I said bulb with a face lather.

The face lather is important. The shape, not so much. I do feel the bulb lends itself well to a shorter loft.

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 10-21-2012, 05:44 PM
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Having tried bulbs, fans, and a flat-top, fans are my favorite both.

Unfortunately, looking at the trend of the past 2 years, it seems as though fan shaped knots are becoming a rarer and rare option among most brush manufacturers...

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 10-21-2012, 09:07 PM
  • CMur12
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  • Moses Lake, Washington State, USA
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Fan shape for bowl-lathering in my case.

My lathering technique has developed around a fan-shaped brush, so bulbs just don't work for me. My skin is too sensitive for face-lathering, so I've settled on bowl-lathering.

- Murray

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 10-22-2012, 04:57 AM
  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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I have a few fans but my favorites are bulb shaped. Both work well depending on the loft and the type of hair.

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 10-22-2012, 09:09 AM
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I said bulb for both, but I face lather most often now and I think the backbone has more to do with my decision.
Until I shortened the loft in my fan last week, I did not like it.

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 10-22-2012, 09:40 AM
  • Teiste
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  • Salt Lake City,UT
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Fan shaped for face lathering and bulb shaped for bolw lathering.However , fan shaped for bowl lathering works too.Bulb shaped for circular stokes while face lathering , not my cup of tea.

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