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New synthetic brush upgrade project

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:31 pm
by brothers
Funny thing happened. Synthetic shaving brush technology has been advancing at the speed of light. Here's the nutshell: I've removed the synthetic Evolution brush head that came from Shave Revolution just a few months before he quit business in mid 2016. I've enlarged the hole this afternoon to accommodate a 28mm brush. I've ordered a new one from APShave in Canada. It's called SynBad. The mesquite burl brush handle is a beauty made by Bob Quinn at Elite. As soon as the SynBun arrives I'll install it if it fits. Looking forward to the new brush. The old head was 24mm in a 26mm hole. I had to add a trim strip to make it fit better. The new head is advertised at 28mm. I'm not making any judgments now about the new brush. Watch this space for the inevitable review in the next couple of weeks or so. This is what it looks like right now.

Here are some of the attributes of the SynBad synthetic knot:
SynBad knot. . . . two goals with this knot 1) getting the closest imitation to badger in appearance yet and 2) providing consumers with a knot that had a great splay. This knot solves the problem many have with the Tuxedo not being able to splay easy, and it's . . . beautiful . . . . The tips are on par with the Cashmere, the splay is one of the best out of all [AP Shave] knots, and the backbone is a bit less than that of the Tuxedo (enough for easier splay) . . . .
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This is what the brush looked like yesterday before I removed the Shave Revolution synthetic knot.
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Re: New synthetic brush upgrade project

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:54 am
by Bill_K
Nice work, Gary!

I think you'll like the SynBad knot; I bought one from APShaveCo in the "Blue Lagoon" handle about a month ago and I'm really quite surprised that I like it so much. It's extremely soft; so much so that it feels like running a light bulb across my face.

Bill

Re: New synthetic brush upgrade project

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:58 pm
by brothers
Looking forward to the experience.

Re: New synthetic brush upgrade project

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:17 am
by libertine
Always interested in new synthetic knots. I agree with the progress.

Re: New synthetic brush upgrade project

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:33 pm
by brothers
The knot was delivered yesterday. Now it's been installed in the handle, and the glue is drying. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's shave!

Re: New synthetic brush upgrade project

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:52 am
by brothers
Here's the finished project, taken just a few minutes after its first shave lather this morning.
SynBad mesquite burl brush 13OCT2018.jpg
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Synthetic Siblings

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:11 pm
by brothers
Here is a photo of the SynBad synthetic next to the SilkSmoke synthetic. I used the SynBad this morning with the AOS Peppermint shaving cream. This brush is somewhat softer on the face than the SilkSmoke. It appears to my eye that maybe the fibers are microscopically thinner in diameter and seem to be packed in larger quantity than the SilkSmoke fibers. Note: Neither brush is superior or inferior to the other. Quite the contrary. Just a bit different. Both knots came from Andrew at APShave Co. in Canada. They are beautiful, large in size, and both of them perform flawlessly with soap or cream. I admire the cut and trim of the SilkSmoke because it seems to be a bit unusual in proportion as compared to most bulb shaped knots I have used, including the SynBad.
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Re: New synthetic brush upgrade project

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:21 pm
by CMur12
Very nice-looking brushes, Gary. Thanks for the report.

- Murray

Re: New synthetic brush upgrade project

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:15 am
by Bill_K
X2 on Murray's comment.

Just curious: have you tried making a handle from antler? I have a Red Deer antler - one half from an animal that my late grandfather and his buddy harvested in the Old Country so many years ago - and I'm thinking it deserves better treatment than being used as a coat/hat rack in my garage.

Re: New synthetic brush upgrade project

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:55 pm
by drmoss_ca
That's a nice looker, Gary.

Re: New synthetic brush upgrade project

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:30 pm
by brothers
Bill, I lack the knowledge and tools that it takes to create a turned handle. Fortunately there are some guys out there that can do it, if anyone can.

Dr. Moss, thanks!