SilkSmoke synthetic brush

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SilkSmoke synthetic brush

Post by brothers » Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:36 pm

Yesterday I received this beautiful new SilkSmoke synthetic brush head. It was purchased from Andrew at AP Shaving Co.

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Re: SilkSmoke synthetic brush

Post by Gene » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:07 pm

Gary - that is really pretty.

What are the dimensions? Was it expensive?
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Re: SilkSmoke synthetic brush

Post by brothers » Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:32 pm

It cost approximately $12 plus shipping. The dimensions are 28 mm by approximately 61 mm. I have a new handle enroute and I'm looking forward to matching them up and finding out how well that brush performs.
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Re: SilkSmoke synthetic brush

Post by CMur12 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:38 pm

Hi Gary -

I like that the manufacturer didn't feel obliged to add a sketch to the loft, which would make it look like something that it isn't.

I'll be interested to read your impressions. Is it offered in a 24mm knot, as well?

- Murray
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Re: SilkSmoke synthetic brush

Post by brothers » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:03 pm

CMur12 wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:38 pm
Hi Gary -

I like that the manufacturer didn't feel obliged to add a sketch to the loft, which would make it look like something that it isn't.

I'll be interested to read your impressions. Is it offered in a 24mm knot, as well?

- Murray
Murray, it is offered in 24mm as well. That one is around $10.

. . . sketch ? :D
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Re: SilkSmoke synthetic brush

Post by Rufus » Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:47 am

Aesthetically the knot looks very nice. I don’t know why most manufacturers of synthetic knots think they have to “jazz-up” their knots with different coloured fibres; it just makes them shriek “plastic”. I’ll be interested in how this knot performs.
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Re: SilkSmoke synthetic brush

Post by brothers » Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:48 pm

From the beginning, the manufacturers attracted their customers by making their synthetic brushes look similar to the standard non-threatening badger and boar. Then some black synthetics showed up, and now there's this smoke color. Shaving brush handles, on the other hand, were only offered in the standard fake ivory color with an occasional black or butterscotch thrown in. I concede that shaving brush handles of late seem to have exploded with a wide variety of bright beautiful colors and materials, but I am not finding any other colors of synthetic/boar/brushes. I suppose I'm just not a very good googler! :D
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Re: SilkSmoke synthetic brush

Post by brothers » Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:48 pm

Now that the SilkSmoke knot has been installed in a new leadwood handle finished with deep CA, created at my request by Vladimir Ferdman, I'm a very happy camper. I used it this morning for the first time. It has a bit more backbone than the Monster I've been using for the past few days. Soft and smooth on the face. Not a lather hog. Makes a great lather with shaving cream. I haven't used it with a soap yet, but I have high hopes (as usual). :)

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Re: SilkSmoke synthetic brush

Post by pausted » Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:02 pm

It's a beautiful brush, Gary. Synthetics have come a long, long way.
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Re: SilkSmoke synthetic brush

Post by Rufus » Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:56 am

Fantastic looker. How easily does it splay? Does it work well for lathering on the face with a circular motion?
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Re: SilkSmoke synthetic brush

Post by brothers » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:36 am

Rufus wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:56 am
Fantastic looker. How easily does it splay? Does it work well for lathering on the face with a circular motion?
Two latherings with this brush now. It splays and face-lathers quite well in my opinion. It's not floppy. Easy cleanup and fast drying.
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Re: SilkSmoke synthetic brush

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Re: SilkSmoke synthetic brush

Post by Gene » Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:11 pm

I have an old EJ BBB handle that lost its knot a couple of years ago.

I was thinking that knot would be good for the handle, but the opening in that handle looks like 22/23 mm, so no joy there.
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Re: SilkSmoke synthetic brush

Post by brothers » Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:13 pm

Gene wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:11 pm
I have an old EJ BBB handle that lost its knot a couple of years ago.

I was thinking that knot would be good for the handle, but the opening in that handle looks like 22/23 mm, so no joy there.
Gene, Maggards Razors appears to have these in stock at 22mm for $8. http://www.maggardrazors.com/product/ma ... y/#reviews
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Re: SilkSmoke synthetic brush

Post by brothers » Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:19 pm

I am currently working on another new wooden synthetic brush that will be a 22mm faux horsehair version. (the color appears to be brown like horsehair). The handle is something I've had for several years but never used it. If it turns out like I hope, I'll post about it separately.
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Re: SilkSmoke synthetic brush

Post by CMur12 » Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:47 pm

Hi Gary -

I'll be especially interested in your impressions of the 22mm knot.

Does this synthetic have finer fibers than the Razorock brushes?

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Re: SilkSmoke synthetic brush

Post by pausted » Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:44 am

Just some thoughts to add to the conversation. I bought a SilkSmoke 24mm brush from APShave a week or so ago. Beautiful brush with the faux marble handle. For the past few days I have been alternating shaves with the SilkSmoke and my West Coast Shaving 24mm black synthetic brush. WCS does not say that the brush is a Tuxedo knot, but I believe it is. Softness and face feel are the same with both brushes. The black brush has more backbone in my opinion. I lather my soap in a large bowl and build lather on top of the soap. I'm not a face latherer. The black brush builds quality lather faster and better than the SilkSmoke. For that reason only, like the black brush better.
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Re: SilkSmoke synthetic brush

Post by brothers » Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:29 pm

I've just realized the tips on this brush are very white. Reminds me of one of my vintage HMW Plisson brushes.
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