Why Synthetic?

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Re: Why Synthetic?

Post by Squire » Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:25 am

nicodemus38 wrote:don't you feel the synthetic is taking the whole fun out of shaving . . . .
Not really but then I'm easily amused.
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Post by nicodemus38 » Tue Dec 29, 2015 9:29 pm

shaving is a traditional thing. traditional is good in regards to shaving. Its something we have a say in. Doesn't matter what kind of shaving device you use. though don't get me going on carts.

Most soaps are or were designed for boar or badger. I seem to recall anything made in Italy loved a boar brush.

and boars are special. Im not a huge fan of bacon. but I just loves me a brush made out of bacon parts.

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Re: Why Synthetic?

Post by TRBeck » Sat Jan 02, 2016 5:12 pm

Synthetics are traditional. I have the nylon brush that belonged to my grandfather some 50 years ago. It is a piece of junk, but it was sold for shaving. The current badger hair is nothing like what was available even 10 years ago, let alone 2-3 decades. So, in all honesty, a synthetic with the newer, better fibers is every bit as traditional as a badger brush. Now, boar brushes I would say are largely unchanged over the past 5 decades or more, and perhaps horse hair brushes, too.

As for what soaps are designed for, I don't make my soaps to be used with any particular hair, but I use a synthetic almost every day and can't argue with the results. Indeed, most artisan soap formulations have come into being since the advent of the "new synthetics," so it's arguable they are made for boar or badger. They work with any brush you care to use.

Good soap is good soap. Good brushes are good brushes. A good shave is a good shave.

Just shave, baby! (Where the hell is Chris/Thalay Sagar?)
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Post by Squire » Sun Jan 03, 2016 6:44 am

Upon reflection I've decided synthetic brushes are the spawn of Satan and I for one shall solemnly renounce evil things.
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Post by Rufust445 » Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:59 am

I have two pure badger brushes sitting on a back shelf that I've tried, and was not all that impressed with. If I had to live with one brush, it would be an Omega S-Brush, my most recent acquisition. It's great for face lathering creams in travel mode, with great drying properties. For what soaps I use at home, the Bestshave Nr. 6 (boar) makes great lather and does the job. I may even try the S-Brush on a soap just for grins.

As always with brushes, and blades, YMMV.

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Re: Why Synthetic?

Post by Data » Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:00 pm

I have two synths, one Plisson and one Stirling, same knot, that now sit permanently by the sink. My badgers, boars and horse stay in their cedar box.

Pros:
No soaking required, just dip, wet the puck and go
Great lather face or bowl
Easy to clean. Fast rinse and they don't buildup residue requiring vinegar wash.
Under $25

Only possible con and a stretch:
They don't really exfoliate like natural hairs

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Re: Why Synthetic?

Post by BPman » Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:35 am

I don't even own a badger one anymore having sold the last one over a year ago. I have two boars that I rarely use as well having replaced everything with two Mühle synthetic brushes, a black fibre one & silvertip. They works great on creams, soaps & 'croaps' equally. As a matter of fact, these newer Gen 4 synthetic brushes work BETTER than any hair IMO. Crafty Germans, it's a miracle they didn't win the war. :P :wink:

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Re: Why Synthetic?

Post by brothers » Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:31 am

The most current synthetic (I've used it every day since I received it) is the Razorock Plissoft synthetic Monster 26mm x 63 mm, and I give it top spot. Brush + shipping is around $17. Thank goodness I'm not compelled to pledge my allegiance as a result of peer pressure or sentimental value to any certain type of brush (badger/boar/horse or even synthetic). I just go with what works for me, and this brush definitely outperforms all the rest.
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Post by Raze R. Blade » Sat Apr 16, 2016 12:01 pm

ThePossum wrote: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?
Eight brushes is a large collection in my humble opinion. Traditionally, most guys had only one or two, and that likely holds true today except for forum members.

Why synthetic? Because the supply of badger pelts is not unlimited. As demand grows, the quality of badger hair might well decline. Synthetic then becomes a very practical option. Twenty years ago, "synthetic" usually meant crap quality in a brush. Not anymore, and the best quality synthetics approach silvertips in functionality and utility. Synthetics really shine as travel brushes, as they dry quickly and can be put away damp if need be.

If you already have multiple brushes for home with which you are satisfied, why not just keep using those and get a synthetic travel brush?

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Re: Why Synthetic?

Post by nicodemus38 » Sat Apr 16, 2016 2:48 pm

the reason synthetics are so popular is this.

they are a lot easier to deal with then a natural brush. its like the cartridge system for brushes. boom, water, soap and you can shave.

Clean better apparently.

Most of all, their is a lot less variation from brush to brush. As a result its easy to replace one.

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Re: Why Synthetic?

Post by brothers » Sat Apr 16, 2016 5:20 pm

... and cheaper by a long shot ... :D
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Post by dwald » Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:41 am

When I'm (quite often) feeling heretical enough to use Barbasol, yet too sophisticated to hand smear, my Fine Angel Hair Synthetic is perfect. Scritchy and Barbasol aren't right together.

Otherwise, it's a badger brush with Taylor Almond, 'cause that's just the way it should be. :D

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Re: Why Synthetic?

Post by brothers » Mon Jun 06, 2016 2:56 pm

Dwald, try it, you might like it! I'm just sayin' --- :wink:
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Post by Ouchmychin » Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:50 pm

I have a collection of fine badgers and one boar brush. Since I tried the monster synthetic that gary recommended I have never been interested in any other brush. It has been a totally good experience for about 10 bucks plus shipping.
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Post by BPman » Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:40 pm

I bought the Razorock synthetic one with the "Bruce" handle for $9.99 and I have nothing but praise for it. Simply fantastic. Today I sat a synthetic brush between the window & screen with the outside temp being approx. 100F. It was dry in 5 mins. :shock: :wink:

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Re: Why Synthetic?

Post by gregkw1 » Sat Jul 02, 2016 11:31 pm

I have three badgers ....3 boars and three synthetics if I could only choose one it would be the razorock monster synthetic.

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Re: Why Synthetic?

Post by CMur12 » Sun Jul 03, 2016 12:21 am

I'm seeing a lot of praise for the Razorock Monster Synthetic.

My question: Is there a tendency to go with a larger brush in synthetic?

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Re: Why Synthetic?

Post by ShadowsDad » Sun Jul 03, 2016 5:43 am

Murray, I find that I can use a brush with more loft in a synthetic because the fibers generally aren't as floppy. Overall, my smaller lofted synthetics aren't quite as small as my smaller brushes in badger or boar. I think my smallest lofted synthetic is the Simpsons Classic 1. Two of them actually, with different fibers. They probably have the same loft as Classics in badger just from the design of the brush and the goal put forth for the brush; they need to fit the travel tube.

I don't know if others find the same thing though.
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Post by brothers » Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:20 am

CMur12 wrote:I'm seeing a lot of praise for the Razorock Monster Synthetic.

My question: Is there a tendency to go with a larger brush in synthetic?

- Murray
Murray, in my case, I've always preferred larger brushes so when I learned about the $10 RR Monster (currently sold out) I chose it over the smaller RR version (the Disruptor 22 x 57mm in stock as of today 7-3-2016). I am guessing most guys will stick with their basic preferences.
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Re: Why Synthetic?

Post by CMur12 » Sun Jul 03, 2016 3:52 pm

brothers wrote:
CMur12 wrote:I'm seeing a lot of praise for the Razorock Monster Synthetic.

My question: Is there a tendency to go with a larger brush in synthetic?

- Murray
Murray, in my case, I've always preferred larger brushes so when I learned about the $10 RR Monster (currently sold out) I chose it over the smaller RR version (the Disruptor 22 x 57mm in stock as of today 7-3-2016). I am guessing most guys will stick with their basic preferences.
Thanks, Gary.

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