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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby BiffBuff » Sun Jul 03, 2016 4:09 pm

I've got the RazoRock DISRUPTOR. Terrific brush for only $9 -- a real beauty too IMO.
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby CMur12 » Sun Jul 03, 2016 4:30 pm

BiffBuff, is that Disruptor the same size brush as you would normally use in badger or boar?

(The the general consensus is to get the same size brush in synthetic, I might go ahead and order a Disruptor.)

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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby pausted » Sun Jul 03, 2016 4:31 pm

I'll throw in my 2 cents worth regarding synthetic sizes. I have two: a Whipped Dog 24mm by about 55 and a Stirling 26X63 (if my memory is right). I guess that makes the Stirling about the same size as the Razorock monster. I much prefer the Stirling. The Whipped Dog has more backbone but the big Stirling has a much better face feel. I think that synthetic brushes benefit from long lofts and large diameters. I have used both brushes on soaps and creams and both will build lather easily but I like the large brush much better. Just my opinion.
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby CMur12 » Sun Jul 03, 2016 6:50 pm

Thanks for the feedback, Basil.

I build my lather on top of the cake of soap, so I'm not looking for the face feel that face-latherers seek. I don't think I would experience any synthetic brush as harsh. What I'm looking for is a brush that lathers efficiently. In my experience, dense brushes hold up well for face-lathering, but they do not lather efficiently in a bowl. The most efficient latherers are decidedly less dense and even floppy, though I'm not sure how this carries over into synthetic fibers. Oh, and I want a fan-shaped brush; I don't like bulb-shaped brushes. Thanks!

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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby magoo » Thu Aug 25, 2016 3:24 pm

Hi All!
I recently bought 2 Synthetics from West Coast Shaving...i have some sort of weird allergic reaction of the eyes/skin to "normal brushes" for whatever reason and basically resigned myself that i could not enjoy a traditional shave ever.....the synthetics i purchases were Omega brushes and really lather nice and hallelujah no water eyes no funny skin reaction so i am in "shave Heaven" at this point!

So, if for some reason out there there is anyone like me with odd skin/allergic reactions to normal brushes synthetics might be the way to shave!
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby cpool222 » Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:19 pm

Possum, try one just because it's there... and because if you don't you'll always wonder what you missed 8) And, they're very soft!
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby CMur12 » Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:36 pm

magoo wrote:Hi All!
I recently bought 2 Synthetics from West Coast Shaving...i have some sort of weird allergic reaction of the eyes/skin to "normal brushes" for whatever reason and basically resigned myself that i could not enjoy a traditional shave ever.....the synthetics i purchases were Omega brushes and really lather nice and hallelujah no water eyes no funny skin reaction so i am in "shave Heaven" at this point!

So, if for some reason out there there is anyone like me with odd skin/allergic reactions to normal brushes synthetics might be the way to shave!


It makes sense, magoo, but it's good to see it as someone's first-hand experience, too. Thanks for sharing that with us.

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