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Badger Silvertip Knot Expansion

Postby Lgpcintron » Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:58 am

Hi Guys,

I'm new to the forum and to the wet shaving in general. I have been wet shaving for about six month now, I stat with a boar brush, and after reading about the benefits of badger, I bought a 100% low cost Badger brush. I notice the benefit immediately and really love the brush, so my next step was to buy a Silvertip badger Brush since I have read so much about the benefits and the comfort that a Silvertip provides.

I ended up buying a Parker Faux Horn Silvertip brush early this week, and even that I enjoy the performance of the brush, after I dry my brush overnight hanging from the brush stand with the knot looking down, I notice that the brush has expand, grow, bloom, or whatever the right term is, to almost 2 /12 times its original size to the point that it looks like a mushroom. it is so big now that it does not fit on my Edwin Jagger black porcelain mug without being wet first.

Is this normal?

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Re: Badger Silvertip Knot Expansion

Postby ShadowsDad » Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:35 am

Blooming of natural fiber brushes is quite normal.
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Re: Badger Silvertip Knot Expansion

Postby Rufus » Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:49 am

Quite normal. Furthermore, a fan-shaped knot will bloom more than a bulb-shaped knot, for a knot of the same size and grade of badger.
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Re: Badger Silvertip Knot Expansion

Postby brothers » Thu Feb 18, 2016 12:30 pm

Sounds like you're in business now. Congrats on your first nice badger brush. Enjoy!
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Re: Badger Silvertip Knot Expansion

Postby CMur12 » Thu Feb 18, 2016 3:48 pm

Welcome to SMF, Lgpcintron!

Drying: I think the only advantage to hanging a brush upside down in a stand is if you leave the brush dripping set, so that it will drain. Otherwise, if you squeeze the water out of the brush and shake it out, I think evaporation will occur more easily if you stand the brush on its base, with the loft facing upward. I don't know if this will reduce bloom, but if it shortens the evaporation time, it might reduce it slightly.

You cannot stop the brush from blooming altogether, but I have found that, once the brush has dried, brushing the sides of the loft with a finger reduces the bloom somewhat.

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Re: Badger Silvertip Knot Expansion

Postby Lgpcintron » Thu Feb 18, 2016 4:58 pm

Thank you so much for the replies. I was kind nervous that something wrong was going on with my brush
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Re: Badger Silvertip Knot Expansion

Postby Squire » Sat Feb 20, 2016 7:37 am

Hey Lgp, welcome aboard. Yeah, the brush is fine, and you plan on getting it wet anyway.
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Re: Badger Silvertip Knot Expansion

Postby Ouchmychin » Sat Feb 20, 2016 6:57 pm

With my brushes, I rinse and squeeze till no soap is left for sure. Then I shake it by holding the handle and smacking the bristles against my other hand at the base of my thumb. I turn the brush about 1/8 of a turn and repeat till it has gone all the way around. I read this procedure here in these forums several years ago.
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Re: Badger Silvertip Knot Expansion

Postby Data » Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:46 pm

Now get yourself a Stirling synthetic for $20 and save your badger(and badgers) for a once a week luxury. I pull out my naturals less and less. They are a fun diversion, but the soaking and drying just add to the effort. The synth is dip and go and for me lathers as good as my best natural. Just differently. Only downside is the synth doesn't exfoliate, but honed steel seems to exfoliate just fine.
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Re: Badger Silvertip Knot Expansion

Postby M6Classic » Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:49 pm

Data wrote:Now get yourself a Stirling synthetic for $20 and save your badger(and badgers) for a once a week luxury. I pull out my naturals less and less. They are a fun diversion, but the soaking and drying just add to the effort. The synth is dip and go and for me lathers as good as my best natural. Just differently. Only downside is the synth doesn't exfoliate, but honed steel seems to exfoliate just fine.

I must demure. Acquire a wonderful brush...use it every day...treat it with respect. I used one brush and one brush only for about thirty-five years. It didn't lose its backbone and it didn't shed. I retired it only when the manufacturer took those brushes...okay, a #24 Plisson HMW set in plexiglass...off the market and I got the same brush again as NOS. Your shave should be a daily joy in the face of a workaday world of despond, make it as marvelous as you can every day.

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Re: Badger Silvertip Knot Expansion

Postby Squire » Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:00 pm

Have to agree with Buzz. Folks who save the good stuff for a special occasion are why we find good stuff at estate auctions.
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