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I've Learned to Use Big Floppy

Postby Ouchmychin » Sat Feb 06, 2016 10:51 am

I have posted about the first badger brush I bought on ebay before. It turned out to be a barber shop display model from Tone's barber supply in England. The bristles are so long that it tends to splay an my face as I lather up. But now I am using an ARCO shaving stick and then face lathering. I found that if I just dip the first inch of my brush in hot water and lather up, it has plenty of backbone and that soft mass of bristles do the best job of any brush in my collection. I posted a picture of the brush in another thread if anyone is interested. By the way, I also found that if I soak the ARKO in about 1/8 inch of water between shaves, it willingly puts a tremendous amount of soap in my whiskers; enough to do 3 passes, a polish, and then squeeze about half of the lather back into the cup with the ARKO/
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Re: I've Learned to Use Big Floppy

Postby Rufus » Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:17 pm

I have a couple of large floppy brushes which I quite like. In fact, I prefer them to my dense, unyielding brushes, which feel like a brick of badger on my face.
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Re: I've Learned to Use Big Floppy

Postby brothers » Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:36 pm

Large and floppy work great for me!
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Re: I've Learned to Use Big Floppy

Postby fallingwickets » Sun Feb 07, 2016 12:57 pm

Luuuuuuuuuuuv the flop!!! :D :D

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Re: I've Learned to Use Big Floppy

Postby CMur12 » Sun Feb 07, 2016 3:50 pm

I don't use large brushes, but thin and floppy are a perfect combination for efficient lathering in a bowl or on top of the cake of soap.

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Re: I've Learned to Use Big Floppy

Postby fallingwickets » Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:44 am

thin and floppy are a perfect combination for efficient lathering in a bowl or on top of the cake of soap.


perhaps why a brush like the bk4 is still one of the best brush buys (even if 'thin' is stretched in meaning :) }

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Re: I've Learned to Use Big Floppy

Postby jww » Mon Feb 08, 2016 10:57 am

fallingwickets wrote:
thin and floppy are a perfect combination for efficient lathering in a bowl or on top of the cake of soap.


perhaps why a brush like the bk4 is still one of the best brush buys (even if 'thin' is stretched in meaning :) }

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I haven't used my C&E Super Badger more than two or three times since picking up my BLK4 a year and a half ago.
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Re: I've Learned to Use Big Floppy

Postby rsp1202 » Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:14 pm

Well, I'm just as turned off by flop as by firm & dense, but have found Shavemac 2-band silvertips to be a great middle ground. Even so, it took three of them to dial-in the right amount of comfort and efficiency I was after. My loosey-goosies like the Kent and Savile Row, and a Thater or two, were all excellent at generating lather, and vintage Plisson HMW and EW with their tall lofts were even more a treat; not so much the Chubbies and uber-dense M&F/Rooneys (with one exception: a Finest that was so nice otherwise that I could overlook its denseness).
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