04-24-2013, 06:43 PM
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Well, as others have mentioned Kent has developed their own synthetic brush. The source of the fibers has not been divulged but I will discuss its closest comparison brush and fiber shortly.

The brush costs around $30, with shipping from the U.K. to the U.S.A., which is a very reasonable price that puts it in the range of synthetic brushes from competition until somewhat recently was seen as bargain basement sources.

The quality of the outside package is modern plastic and while functional does not burden the brush with major additional cost to produce. The quality of the brush is very good. The resin handle has clean lines and is well made. The stickers on this particular brush are very clear and legible.

Now the discussion turns to the area of critical emphasis. The knot itself. The knot uses Generation 3.5 fibers which are similar, if not the same as, the ones used in the original Muhle STF Synthetic Silvertip brush. This today is referenced by the user community as the version 1 STF. Although not quite as good as the fibers used in Muhle STF (Version 2) or the original H.I.S. 28 mm synthetic brush, it is a very good fiber.

The Kent knot is made far denser than the original Muhle knots. This has the effect of concentrating the tips into a smaller area for greater backbone, but the tips are soft like the original Muhle Version 1 knot. Using a bowl and some current Williams soap, I was able to easily generate a test lather that was thick and could provide 3 face passes and a head pass with one soap application that covered the tip surface area of the knot. A better soap or cream would have done a far better job of creating lather and so I have something to look forward to in coming days as I test it using both bowl and face lathering methods.

Given the fact that this brush uses fibers that were a couple of years ago featured in top notch synthetic brushes that cost two to three times as much in cost makes this brush an excellent value. With my limited use, I rate it higher than the standard Generation 3 brushes (TGN, FS, et al). This brush should satisfy many users as a travel brush or even as a primary brush. As to the source of the fibers, I do not know whether Kent used Muhle as a source or went directly to a fiber manufacturer. For their first foray into synthetics they have a brush that they can be proud to call a Kent.

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P.S. the streaks displayed in the knots is from the camera light which is reflected from the fibers.

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 04-24-2013, 07:34 PM
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  • Fab
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Great review! Thanks a lot. It is very informative, specially for newbies like myself. I have one of these on the way, can't wait to try it out. Biggrin

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 04-24-2013, 08:49 PM
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  • celestino
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Gary, very nice review! Do you have the dimensions of the knot and handle?

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 04-24-2013, 08:55 PM
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  • ben74
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Thank-you Gary, great review!

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 04-24-2013, 09:06 PM
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(04-24-2013, 08:49 PM)celestino Wrote: Gary, very nice review! Do you have the dimensions of the knot and handle?

Some were ID'ed in the photos...

Knot: 22mm
Overall height: 100mm
Loft: 52mm

Is this accurate? I dunno. Smile

Thanks Gary, informative & good to read!

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 04-25-2013, 01:58 AM
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(04-24-2013, 09:06 PM)RobE Wrote:
(04-24-2013, 08:49 PM)celestino Wrote: Gary, very nice review! Do you have the dimensions of the knot and handle?

Some were ID'ed in the photos...

Knot: 22mm
Overall height: 100mm
Loft: 52mm



Is this accurate? I dunno. Smile

Thanks Gary, informative & good to read!

Yes, it is accurate.

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 04-25-2013, 04:23 AM
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Great review. Is it pictured with a version 1 STF?

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 04-25-2013, 05:54 AM
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  • Attila
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Gary, thanks for the excellent review! Special thanks for explaining the type of fiber that was used. I myself received my Silvertex brush yesterday and used it last night. On further reflection I did think of one thing I could add that is different than your review. When I tried using the brush in circular motions, I could not get it to splay very much at all or generate lather as effectively. Perhaps the size of it or the loft or the density...I'm not sure but it didn't seem suited to circular face motions. I think Teiste might have some issues with it since that is his preferred method...but I will be interested to read what he says!

For painting motions (which is primarily what I do) I found it worked fine! I actually just ordered a 21mm Muhle V2 fibre brush from Connaught so it will be interesting for me to compare the two for myself. One will be designated my official travel brush.

Would you say the latest generation of Muhle fibres and brushes (V2) in an equivalent size, still perform better? Albeit at a higher price point?

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 04-25-2013, 03:46 PM
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(04-25-2013, 05:54 AM)Attila Wrote: Gary, thanks for the excellent review! Special thanks for explaining the type of fiber that was used. I myself received my Silvertex brush yesterday and used it last night. On further reflection I did think of one thing I could add that is different than your review. When I tried using the brush in circular motions, I could not get it to splay very much at all or generate lather as effectively. Perhaps the size of it or the loft or the density...I'm not sure but it didn't seem suited to circular face motions. I think Teiste might have some issues with it since that is his preferred method...but I will be interested to read what he says!

For painting motions (which is primarily what I do) I found it worked fine! I actually just ordered a 21mm Muhle V2 fibre brush from Connaught so it will be interesting for me to compare the two for myself. One will be designated my official travel brush.

Would you say the latest generation of Muhle fibres and brushes (V2) in an equivalent size, still perform better? Albeit at a higher price point?

IMO they don't perform better, but V2 brushes are softer. I'm still deciding which one I prefer...

V2 may be too soft for me, OR I may have gotten used to V1 first and I'm resistant to change.

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 04-25-2013, 05:59 PM
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(04-25-2013, 04:23 AM)mcgils Wrote: Great review. Is it pictured with a version 1 STF?

Yes it is. V1 23 mm Muhle.

(04-25-2013, 05:54 AM)Attila Wrote: Gary, thanks for the excellent review! Special thanks for explaining the type of fiber that was used. I myself received my Silvertex brush yesterday and used it last night. On further reflection I did think of one thing I could add that is different than your review. When I tried using the brush in circular motions, I could not get it to splay very much at all or generate lather as effectively. Perhaps the size of it or the loft or the density...I'm not sure but it didn't seem suited to circular face motions. I think Teiste might have some issues with it since that is his preferred method...but I will be interested to read what he says!

For painting motions (which is primarily what I do) I found it worked fine! I actually just ordered a 21mm Muhle V2 fibre brush from Connaught so it will be interesting for me to compare the two for myself. One will be designated my official travel brush.

Would you say the latest generation of Muhle fibres and brushes (V2) in an equivalent size, still perform better? Albeit at a higher price point?

As to the last question. No doubt. The fibers in the Muhle V2 are the very best and worth the extra money for the same size handle. Now does that diminish this brush. No.

As to the circular motions, I got at it this morning with a Wilkinson Sword Stick and bore down on the brush. The brush splays after you bear down somewhat on it. I got one head pass and three face passes with one face and head application of soap.

O.K. Here is my listing of marketed brushes or knots in my collection based on order of preference as of this date.

Rank Brush(es)

1. Muhle V2 STF 25 mm
2. Muhle V1 STF 25 mm
3. H.I.S. Original 28 mm
4-5. Muhle V1 STF 23 mm & Kent Silvertex 22 mm
6-8. TGN 3 Band Synthetic 24 mm / 22mm / 20 mm

The Kent rates as good as the Muhle V1 23 mm made 2 years ago because even though the Muhle is softer overall, the Kent is tighter to give more backbone.

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 04-25-2013, 06:11 PM
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  • Attila
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Thank you guys for your responses! Also thanks for the rankings Gary, very interesting!

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 04-25-2013, 06:57 PM
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Another great review Gary, thanks for sharing!

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 04-25-2013, 07:01 PM
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  • ben74
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Thanks for the ranking Gary, it's very helpful.

Have you tried the new Omega synthetic, dubbed "Hi - Brush" as I'm curious to know how it is ranked compared to the other offerings?

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 04-25-2013, 07:06 PM
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(04-25-2013, 07:01 PM)ben74 Wrote: Thanks for the ranking Gary, it's very helpful.

Have you tried the new Omega synthetic, dubbed "Hi - Brush" as I'm curious to know how it is ranked compared to the other offerings?

No, I have not ... yet.

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 04-25-2013, 07:08 PM
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(04-25-2013, 07:06 PM)GDCarrington Wrote:
(04-25-2013, 07:01 PM)ben74 Wrote: Thanks for the ranking Gary, it's very helpful.

Have you tried the new Omega synthetic, dubbed "Hi - Brush" as I'm curious to know how it is ranked compared to the other offerings?

No, I have not ... as of yet.

No problem, just thought I'd ask. I have one on the way, but no reference point for comparison as this is my very first synthetic...

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 04-25-2013, 07:15 PM
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(04-25-2013, 07:08 PM)ben74 Wrote:
(04-25-2013, 07:06 PM)GDCarrington Wrote:
(04-25-2013, 07:01 PM)ben74 Wrote: Thanks for the ranking Gary, it's very helpful.

Have you tried the new Omega synthetic, dubbed "Hi - Brush" as I'm curious to know how it is ranked compared to the other offerings?

No, I have not ... as of yet.

No problem, just thought I'd ask. I have one on the way, but no reference point for comparison as this is my very first synthetic...

Now you can't always tell by visual but the loft is second longest to the H.I.S. brush (56 mm vs 58 - 63 mm for the H.I.S.). It may use generation 3 to 3.5 fibers, but that cannot be determined without feeling the tips.

How does it work for you?

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 04-25-2013, 07:20 PM
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(04-25-2013, 07:15 PM)GDCarrington Wrote:
(04-25-2013, 07:08 PM)ben74 Wrote:
(04-25-2013, 07:06 PM)GDCarrington Wrote: No, I have not ... as of yet.

No problem, just thought I'd ask. I have one on the way, but no reference point for comparison as this is my very first synthetic...

Now you can't always tell by visual but the loft is second longest to the H.I.S. brush (56 mm vs 58 - 63 mm for the H.I.S.). It may use generation 3 to 3.5 fibers, but that cannot be determined without feeling the tips.

How does it work for you?

I actually haven't received it yet, but given Phil's speedy delivery I sure it won't be long. I'll happily share my thoughts on it, but am concerned about my naivety in relation to synthetics...

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 04-25-2013, 07:21 PM
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(04-25-2013, 07:20 PM)ben74 Wrote:
(04-25-2013, 07:15 PM)GDCarrington Wrote:
(04-25-2013, 07:08 PM)ben74 Wrote: No problem, just thought I'd ask. I have one on the way, but no reference point for comparison as this is my very first synthetic...

Now you can't always tell by visual but the loft is second longest to the H.I.S. brush (56 mm vs 58 - 63 mm for the H.I.S.). It may use generation 3 to 3.5 fibers, but that cannot be determined without feeling the tips.

How does it work for you?

I actually haven't received it yet, but given Phil's speedy delivery I sure it won't be long. I'll happily share my thoughts on it, but am concerned about my naivety in relation to synthetics...

Don't worry, myself and others have left some bread crumbs in these threads to help guide you. You know who to contact to ask questions. Biggrin

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 04-25-2013, 07:23 PM
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(04-25-2013, 07:21 PM)GDCarrington Wrote:
(04-25-2013, 07:20 PM)ben74 Wrote:
(04-25-2013, 07:15 PM)GDCarrington Wrote: Now you can't always tell by visual but the loft is second longest to the H.I.S. brush (56 mm vs 58 - 63 mm for the H.I.S.). It may use generation 3 to 3.5 fibers, but that cannot be determined without feeling the tips.

How does it work for you?

I actually haven't received it yet, but given Phil's speedy delivery I sure it won't be long. I'll happily share my thoughts on it, but am concerned about my naivety in relation to synthetics...

Don't worry, myself and others have left some bread crumbs in these threads to help guide you. You know who to contact to ask questions. Biggrin

Thank-you! Blush

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 04-26-2013, 07:35 AM
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I used this again today. I chose to face lather again with the Wilkinson Stick. I have been pushing down hard when I do my initial lather and it pays off. My brush has expanded just slightly with the downward pressure and circular motions. I was able to get the brush to splay a bit and the lather went on excellently. Good backbone due to the density. I was able to get 2 face passes and 2 head passes. I am well pleased with this brush for $30. One of the very best values on the market in terms of quality versus cost.

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