Poll: Big versus small...
 12-10-2012, 01:25 AM
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  • ben74
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The age old debate of big versus small...

Some would argue that either end of the spectrum is simply novelty.
The bigger brushes risk drowning the user in lather,
while the smallest couldn't possibly produce enough for even a single pass.

I disagree, with a little skill, both can be fun to use.

So rather than simply voting,
let's see your biggest
and smallest
usable brushes from your collection...

I'll start us off...

   
M&F monster vs miniature

   
Simspons substantial vs shrimp

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 12-10-2012, 01:53 AM
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Big brushes are heaven to me, although I have several sizes to choose from in my rotation. I used to own a Wee Scot, but since that one is sold my Chubby 1 is my smallest brush and my Chubby 3 the largest. I also own a Vulfix 40S which is technically larger, but unusable to me so that doesn't count.

I look forward to some great pictures guys!Biggrin

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 12-10-2012, 06:27 AM
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I pretty much max out at 22mm...there're a couple of 24mm brushes I'll tolerate, but for the most part they feel huge and unwieldy. I like the feeling of control that a small brush gives me.

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 12-10-2012, 07:44 AM
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  • oscar11
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I like big knots too (28's and 30's), the smallest I use is a 22mm.

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 12-10-2012, 08:56 AM
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I face later exclusively, only use scuttle/bowl for my head shaves Smile

Variety is the spice of life Wink

I have found out that 3-Band regular Silvertip knots tend to splay out and bloom more than for instance 3-Band D01 Silvertip and 2-Band Silvertip/Manchurian/Super hair will, and I try to avoid too much splay and bloom in my brushes (The Rooney Heritage Stubby 3XL - even for a 2-Band - is in fact more than I prefer with it's 32-34 mm knot in fan shape. I came very close to selling it because I find it hard to be precise with the lather under my nose area and ear area with such a big splay it has. Same goes for the M&F Stubby '4XL' Finest I soon will receive. Just had to buy it to test it, I may sell these 2 in 2013, if they turn out to be too large and not precise enough for face lathering.

So in general I prefer these specs for my brushes:

3-Band regular Silvertip
23-26 mm knot size and preferably bulb shaped knot, especially if larger than 24 mm knot size.

3-Band D01 Shavemac ( a rather unique 3-Band Silvertip, because it's somewhat stiffer than the ultra soft regular 3-Band Silvertip)
24-27 mm knot size in either fan or bulb or flat shaped knot depending on the knot size. Thicker knot bulb, thinner knot fan or flat - a bulb in a thin knot may turn out a bit more pointy and a flat in a thicker knot may turn out too huge and uncrontrollable.

2-Band (Manchurian included)
24-28 mm because 2-Band will tend to splay out far less and be more compact in shape. Thäter 2-Band is very soft for 2-Band, so I opted for a bulb shaped 2-Band 28 mm and a fan shaped 2-Band 26 mm to avoid too much splay from the softer Thäter 2-Band hair, Simpson 2-Band has lots of backbone, so here a 29 mm knot will not splay too much and still offer nice control, and most Simpson 2-Bands are bulb shaped anyway.......

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 12-10-2012, 09:48 AM
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Other than that Vintage Plisson 22 in plexi that is sitting on my desk, the largest brush in my rotation is a Chubby 2. I haven't gotten around to acquiring a 28mm handle so I can't glue in any of the 28mm knots I have. But when I do....

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 12-10-2012, 10:12 AM
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Well, my large may be someone elses small, but I had to vote for variety.

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 12-10-2012, 10:57 AM
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  • Teiste
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I prefer brushes with knots under 23 mm , so I guess , small for me.

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 12-10-2012, 12:16 PM
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No clue what the "folly" option actually means, but I voted for it anyway. I suppose variety would be the closest to what is in my Nook.

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 12-10-2012, 12:56 PM
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From left to right:

bestshave.net Horse Hair No. 1 "professional"
prototype of a mini iKon brush, only one there is (TGN 20mm badger knot)
Omega 20102 Professional Boar

While I do use all three, it is sparingly. The Omega sits in my spare bathroom for those rare occasions I need to shave and the master bath is occupied. The iKon mini fits into an aluminum spice jar for travel. The Linder .... Well I just had to try one.

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 12-10-2012, 04:11 PM
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(12-10-2012, 09:48 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: Other than that Vintage Plisson 22 in plexi that is sitting on my desk, the largest brush in my rotation is a Chubby 2. I haven't gotten around to acquiring a 28mm handle so I can't glue in any of the 28mm knots I have. But when I do....

Hmm, do you have a picture of said Plisson? It sounds interesting.

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 12-10-2012, 06:12 PM
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  • ben74
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(12-10-2012, 12:16 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: No clue what the "folly" option actually means, but I voted for it anyway. I suppose variety would be the closest to what is in my Nook.

The term "FOLLY" in architecture, refers to a building constructed primarily for decoration and in the original use of the word, these buildings had no other use. Hence, I intended this option to indicate that the voter thought regardless of size (big or small) these extremes were simply decorative rather than primarily functional...

fol·ly
/ˈfälē/
Noun
Lack of good sense; foolishness: "an act of sheer folly".
A foolish act, idea, or practice: "the follies of youth".
Synonyms: foolishness, silliness, foolery, nonsense, madness.

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 12-10-2012, 08:17 PM
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Largest brush = Rooney Heritage Stubby 1XL 3-band 26/46mm extra dense
Smallest brush = Newer Chubby 1 2-band 23/46mm

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 12-10-2012, 09:24 PM
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(12-10-2012, 04:11 PM)cessnabird Wrote:
(12-10-2012, 09:48 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: Other than that Vintage Plisson 22 in plexi that is sitting on my desk, the largest brush in my rotation is a Chubby 2. I haven't gotten around to acquiring a 28mm handle so I can't glue in any of the 28mm knots I have. But when I do....

Hmm, do you have a picture of said Plisson? It sounds interesting.

http://shavenook.com/thread-plisson-plex...ving-brush

@ Ben,
Maybe I voted correctly after all!

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 12-10-2012, 10:18 PM
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  • ben74
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(12-10-2012, 09:24 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: Hmm, do you have a picture of said Plisson? It sounds interesting.

http://shavenook.com/thread-plisson-plex...ving-brush

Snap...

   

Although mine is only a size 20 HMW Plexi!

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 12-10-2012, 10:41 PM
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I knew a size 22 would be a big one, but seeing it is another story...It's a beast of a brush!

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 12-10-2012, 11:28 PM
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It's so large I'm not sure how I would soak it if I decide to ever use it.

Do you use yours Ben?

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 12-10-2012, 11:33 PM
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(12-10-2012, 11:28 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: It's so large I'm not sure how I would soak it if I decide to ever use it.

I will mail you a bucket! Wink

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 12-11-2012, 03:42 AM
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(12-10-2012, 11:28 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: It's so large I'm not sure how I would soak it if I decide to ever use it.

Do you use yours Ben?

I do!

In fact I use every brush in my collection, except for two...

These folly-some two:

   

   

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 12-11-2012, 05:37 AM
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(12-11-2012, 03:42 AM)ben74 Wrote:
(12-10-2012, 11:28 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: It's so large I'm not sure how I would soak it if I decide to ever use it.

Do you use yours Ben?

I do!

In fact I use every brush in my collection, except for two...

These folly-some two:

Nice beehives, Ben Cool

Just bought 2 regular sized beehives in butterscotch and faux ivory from RV, excellent handles and excellent Shavemac D01 3-band and D01 2-Band knots !

Nice to see you post away here Ben. Enjoy seeing pics of your many brushes Smile

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