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Why Synthetic?

Postby ThePossum » Fri Sep 25, 2015 6:06 am

I do not have a large collection of brushes. Like 3 boar and 5 badger in best and silvertip variety. Do not use the boars very often because I have moved to more of a cream rather than soap user. Still use MWF and Tabac soaps. I am satisfied with all my badgers and use the two best badgers the most. I am retired now so I do not have to shave everyday unless I feel like it.

Have been reading this forum and seem to see a trend in discussion about synthetic brushes. Because I am satisfied with the brushes I use now will you guys chime in and tell me why I should buy a synthetic? Also what mfg would you suggest?
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby Squire » Fri Sep 25, 2015 6:25 am

I can't think of any reason why you should but can easily understand why you would. A unique feature of this hobby is a desire to acquire is regarded as normal.
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby M6Classic » Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:41 am

I must demure. For some few of us one and only one brush is sufficient and immensely satisfying.

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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby ShadowsDad » Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:56 am

If you're happy with what you have I see no reason for you to buy one other than curiosity. But be aware that there is no grading that anyone agrees with or that works for all manufacturers. What I'm trying to say is that it's the wild west when it comes to finding one that you might like. The best way is to find user comments as best you can, and go from there based on the comments and your own findings.

But again, if you're happy with what you have why go through all of that?

Having written that, I'm happy with all of my synthetics, they are all quite soft, but of course there are variations, and I'm also happy with the varying backbone that they all have. But I live for variation in my shaves. I have no incentive to sell any brushes or to acquire more.
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby TheMonk » Fri Sep 25, 2015 8:10 am

All has been said, I guess. Synthetic brushes are not, IMO, better then badger or boar brushes... they're simply different, and great in their own right. The only way to really know... is trying one yourself. ;)
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby brothers » Fri Sep 25, 2015 1:18 pm

Why not? :D You're curious aren't you? I stubbornly resisted any intrusion onto that foreign shore, telling myself plastic brushes were a silly boy's toy. Not suitable for a real caveman who uses animal hair. :D Then one day I spotted one that caught my eye and the price was a song. One more barrier broken down. No need to ask, just placed the order and opened a new door.
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby Brutus » Sat Sep 26, 2015 5:09 am

I have been using Mühle Silvertip Fibre synthetics with very good results and am very pleased with them.

The brush works equally well with soaps and creams and handles some soaps that have the reputation to be difficult to produce a good lather with ease.
Work makes me a frequent traveller and one significant benefit of synthetic brushes is the quick time that it takes them to dry.
Rub the brush after use on a bath towel, put it in a container and it is ready to go...

After the first few months of use I tried some of my earlier silvertips again, but was so pleased with the synthetic brushes that I continued to use them exclusively.
But recently I have come back to real silvertips and have currently two on order.
It remeains to be seen whether these two will be as universal at the synthetics, but sometimes it is just fun to try a different brush.

I like to change my routine from time to time, reminds me of how I pick the evening drink from my liquor and wine cabinets...
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby GA Russell » Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:00 pm

Possum, the synthetic is IMO the best for travelling because it dries so quickly.

Mine is the Omega #290049, which I see is currently on sale for $8.99.

http://shoeboxshaveshop.com/syntex-shaving-brushs.html
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby Rufust445 » Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:53 pm

IMHO the Omega S-Brush is far better than a Syntex for travel mode, much kinder to the skin for face lathering. I tried a Syntex with the same handle as my current S-Brush and put it away. Not happy with face lathering results, and there is a world of difference with the S-Brush. In travel mode I face lather with a shot of cream from a tube, and have an easy time cleaning up with the fast drying S-Brush.

At home I'm working on a puck of Vermont Country Store Apothecary Lime Musk soap. Not so much by itself, but with a shot of KMF unscented and whipped up with a Bestshave Nr. 6 brush (mostly boar), it makes great lather. The brush I can pre-soak, give it a shake and a once-over with a hair dryer afterward, then leave it out to dry.
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby ShadowsDad » Tue Sep 29, 2015 7:46 pm

Rufust445 wrote:IMHO the Omega S-Brush is far better than a Syntex for travel mode, much kinder to the skin for face lathering. I tried a Syntex with the same handle as my current S-Brush and put it away. Not happy with face lathering results, and there is a world of difference with the S-Brush. In travel mode I face lather with a shot of cream from a tube, and have an easy time cleaning up with the fast drying S-Brush.

At home I'm working on a puck of Vermont Country Store Apothecary Lime Musk soap. Not so much by itself, but with a shot of KMF unscented and whipped up with a Bestshave Nr. 6 brush (mostly boar), it makes great lather. The brush I can pre-soak, give it a shake and a once-over with a hair dryer afterward, then leave it out to dry.


And if it doesn't have time to fully dry, well, what of it? The brush won't be hurt by staying moist. They could be put away dripping and they wouldn't be hurt.

I agree, synthetics are superb for travel.
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby gwsmallwood » Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:53 pm

I still use my badger occasionally for face shaves, but for head shaving I have gone exclusively synthetic. I just find them the perfect mix of softness and backbone. I agree with some of the comments that there's no reason you "should" buy one. But if you're curious, in my opinion the Whipped Dog 24mm with standard loft is the best overall value. Great handle, soft tips, and plenty of backbone for someone used to badgers. You can get one of the new Razorocks, a Fine, or even an Omega S-Brush for cheaper. The handles aren't as good on any of them and the S-brush knot isn't nearly as good.
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A disgusting proposition....

Postby StGeorge » Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:57 am

I could never bring myself to soil my face with hair of human design, it has to be Badger for me, there is no alternative, I can't believe people actually do this kind of thing, it's depraved......
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby Squire » Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:32 pm

Could be, but obsessive shaving and acquisition behavior is probably on the edge of sanity anyway.
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby preidy » Tue Oct 27, 2015 6:52 am

If you're happy with your current brushes and your RAD is not acting up, why change. However as such time either of those variables do change, the new-gen synthetic brushes have reached new levels of comfort and performance. I use a gen 4 myself.
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby Shave4Fun » Thu Oct 29, 2015 8:51 am

Squire wrote:Could be, but obsessive shaving and acquisition behavior is probably on the edge of sanity anyway.


Isn't that the truth!
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby nicodemus38 » Fri Dec 25, 2015 8:44 pm

don't you feel the synthetic is taking the whole fun out of shaving, and putting it back into the cartridge realm?

is it best to use a canned foam or gel with the synthetic brush?

the most loved shave soaps contain tallow. that is to say fat from animals. As a result, don't we owe it to ourselves to create lather using brushes that are made from animals that contain tallow?
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby brothers » Fri Dec 25, 2015 9:24 pm

Nic, I suspect you are having some fun with this, and here's my retort in kind, if I may --- as to using canned foam with any brush, synthetic, boar, horse, or badger. I doubt if anyone who's using canned lather is feeling the need to also use a brush, correct? :wink:
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby ShadowsDad » Sat Dec 26, 2015 5:42 pm

Gary I couldn't make this up if I tried. I watched a youtube video where someone was demonstrating how to "lather" canned goop with a brush.
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby brothers » Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:48 pm

Brian, there are a lot of videos (depending on the search terms one uses :wink: ) that are a lot more interesting than that! :D Example, I once followed a link to a guy who was sharpening a straight razor on a concrete block, then using it dry to shave. OK, I concede the video you saw was probably better than the guy and the concrete block!
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Postby ShadowsDad » Sun Dec 27, 2015 3:01 pm

ROTFLMAO! Where do "they" come up with this off the wall stuff!?

The sad part is that the video I saw, the gent was 100% serous. It wasn't spoof, anything unusual, or any such thing. It was like, "OK son, this is how you use canned goop. You need a brush to slather it onto your face.".
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