12-12-2012, 11:04 AM
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  • oscar11
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I'm getting ready to order a Shavemac knot. It'll be a 28mm knot and I was thinking a Silver Tip. Does anyone prefer the finest to the Silver Tip? If you do why? Thanks.

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 12-12-2012, 11:51 AM
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  • Teiste
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For me , finest is basically silvertip with not so white tips , but soft wise speaking , theyre the same.

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 12-12-2012, 12:56 PM
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I like the Shavemac Finest better than Shavemac Silvertip and own two at the moment, one from when Shavemac used to let you customise them and one from a member buy on another forum, both of them are about the same age (2008).

I like it because it is firm and yet very soft on the tips. To me it behaves like a 2-band brush...soft tips but lots of backbone. I also think the Shavemac Finest brushes give up the lather more readily than their Silvertip Brushes do. I bought my first one about 4-years ago and it is a regular in my rotation.

Good luck with your purchase.

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 12-12-2012, 03:08 PM
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I like both hair types. To me the Finest is Silvertip hair with a small portion of pure badger mixed in, I think it's 75% Silvertip and 25% pure badger.

I get a less soft sensation from Finest, more backbone and less splay compared to Silvertip.

Finest to me is right in the middle of Shavemac Silvertip and D01 3-Band hair.
If you want soft, I would still pick Silvertip.
If you want more backbone and slightly more solid feel, pick Finest
If you want a more densely packed knot with slightly more rugged feel, yet still a luxurious fantastic feel with a very nice heavy backbone, pick D01 3-Band.
If you want a really beast of a soap eater brush, a brush that can compete with the best boars (so I hear, I don't use boars) then pick D01 2-Band Smile

I'm ordering 3 more Shavemacs soon, so I will have 12 Shavemacs and 14 Shavemacs knotted brushes, 2 of them being Rudy Veys ingenious luxurious great feeling Beehive handles......so I'm a Shavemac fan Cool

I think as Teiste have mentioned, that SHAVEMAC Finest hair may just be the best value hair in all of the brush business right now........it's that great !

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 12-12-2012, 03:57 PM
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I just got one of each of the recent beehives (a finest and a silvertip) in my den about a week or two ago. I actually prefer the Finest, I think it is a bit softer (not a whole lot but just feels a bit more luxurious).

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 12-12-2012, 04:18 PM
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(12-12-2012, 03:57 PM)daccpa Wrote: I just got one of each of the recent beehives (a finest and a silvertip) in my den about a week or two ago. I actually prefer the Finest, I think it is a bit softer (not a whole lot but just feels a bit more luxurious).

I think you and me feel the same with the shavemac finest vs silvertip : the finest feels softer on my face , this is why I was saying that I dont know how different is from silvertip.

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 12-12-2012, 04:34 PM
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  • oscar11
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I appreciate the opinions, I don't want scritchy or prickly, I like soft.

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 12-12-2012, 04:35 PM
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(12-12-2012, 04:34 PM)oscar11 Wrote: I appreciate the opinions, I don't want scritchy or prickly, I like soft.

Then , you cant go wrong with either finest or silvertip from shavemac , but the finest is very soft.

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 12-12-2012, 06:28 PM
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I sold my Finest - my very first brush - in favour of a Silvertip because I found the Finest ever so slightly scritchy. I now have 3 Silvertips and no Finests.

My Finest was about 4 years old. Maybe some batches are softer than others but for me there is no question; it wasn't as soft as the Silvertip.

Finest isn't a distinct grade of hair with Shavemacs. It means the knot is filled with a combination of Silvertip and Pure. I guess some knots have more Silvertip and less Pure than others.

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 12-18-2012, 06:25 PM
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Well, I ordered the knot this evening. It's a Finest and 23mm. I'll probably be using it in an old handle to replace a knot, if not, I have a new handle turned for it.

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 12-18-2012, 07:29 PM
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(12-18-2012, 06:25 PM)oscar11 Wrote: Well, I ordered the knot this evening. It's a Finest and 23mm. I'll probably be using it in an old handle to replace a knot, if not, I have a new handle turned for it.

Bulb or hybrid shaped , Steve ?

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 12-19-2012, 01:23 AM
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Bulb, I was told that's all they offer in finest, at least with the size I ordered.

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 12-19-2012, 07:17 AM
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I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it Steve!

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