Kent brush

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jww wrote: . . . much more shelf space than we had pre-reno.
More space! Watch out!
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I had a BK12 many years ago - it was far to big to be practical - about 4" across once fully bloomed. A beautiful brush but I've settled on 20-24 mm knots. I would go for the BK4 myself, possibly the 8 if you like larger brushes. The 12 is fun - much like a V12 engined car - but impractical to keep fed and watered.
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My 12 & 8 are in the weekend rotation and so each get used about once a month. The 2 & 4 are in my weekday rotation and so get used about twice a month.
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I haven't had the pleasure of using a 2, but the others are as good as any, bar none.
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brothers wrote:I haven't had the pleasure of using a 2, but the others are as good as any, bar none.
The 2 is the same size as the 4 but Pure Badger instead of Silvertip.
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jar wrote:
brothers wrote:I haven't had the pleasure of using a 2, but the others are as good as any, bar none.
The 2 is the same size as the 4 but Pure Badger instead of Silvertip.
Very interesting. I have not known that before. Thanks!
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I'm with those that said the BK4 could be their only brush but I prefer medium over larger brushes.
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CSG wrote:I'm with those that said the BK4 could be their only brush but I prefer medium over larger brushes.
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CSG wrote:I'm with those that said the BK4 could be their only brush but I prefer medium over larger brushes.
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Welcome aboard CSG.
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Welcome to SMF!
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Re: Kent brush: follow up

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I finally purchased a Kent BK8 which I purchased on eBay and I am glad I did not pay full price for the brush. I purchased the brush for $75 and the seller claimed he only used it about 10 times and I think he was honest. The brush is in excellent condition and came with the Kent case, Kent brush stand and all the paperwork.
The reason I am glad I did not pay full price is the brush is very soft (softest brush I ever used) but too floppy. I have only used it with creams and cannot believe it will load up a good soap, but I will try. The experience is so different from my Shavemac 26mm 2ban, my Big Bruce and my Semogue Owners club. With all being said I am glad I purchased the Kent. It is nice being able to add a different experiences to my shaving.
I am now looking at a Thater or a Palidin but am concerned they may be a lot like my Shavemac which I absolutely love. And if they will be similar to my Shavemac why spend the money.

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Vincev wrote:I finally purchased a Kent BK8 which I purchased on eBay and I am glad I did not pay full price for the brush. I purchased the brush for $75 and the seller claimed he only used it about 10 times and I think he was honest. The brush is in excellent condition and came with the Kent case, Kent brush stand and all the paperwork.
The reason I am glad I did not pay full price is the brush is very soft (softest brush I ever used) but too floppy. I have only used it with creams and cannot believe it will load up a good soap, but I will try. The experience is so different from my Shavemac 26mm 2ban, my Big Bruce and my Semogue Owners club. With all being said I am glad I purchased the Kent. It is nice being able to add a different experiences to my shaving.
I am now looking at a Thater or a Palidin but am concerned they may be a lot like my Shavemac which I absolutely love. And if they will be similar to my Shavemac why spend the money.

Vince
I used my Kent BLK8 day before yesterday with Prorosa soap. I've also used it with soaps from Sterling and Tabac. Works fine.

I find that my Thaters are very similar to my Kents and may be even softer on my face. Both work really well with soaps and creams.
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I will try tabac in the morning and let you know the results
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floppy is where its at, man! :D :D :D
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This morning was the first time I used my BK8 with a soap (Tabac) and Jars was correct, The BK8 loaded with no problem. However as I was loading I missed the backbone of my Shavemac and my Semogue boar brush. For me the BK8 will be a brush to use with creams not soaps.

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Vincev wrote:This morning was the first time I used my BK8 with a soap (Tabac) and Jars was correct, The BK8 loaded with no problem. However as I was loading I missed the backbone of my Shavemac and my Semogue boar brush. For me the BK8 will be a brush to use with creams not soaps.

Vince
Great with creams, that's for sure!
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Vincev wrote:This morning was the first time I used my BK8 with a soap (Tabac) and Jars was correct, The BK8 loaded with no problem. However as I was loading I missed the backbone of my Shavemac and my Semogue boar brush. For me the BK8 will be a brush to use with creams not soaps.

Vince
Glad it worked. Boar and Badger really do give different experiences as do the synthetics and horse hair. But what I enjoy are those differences. A badger brush should not feel like a boar brush just as a synthetic brush should feel like a synthetic brush, not boar, badger or horse hair. Variety and character are as much a part of the experience as the lather itself.
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