Hi Gents! I have to slap myself and kick myself very, very hard. I just missed the chance to purchase the New Forest 2201 cuz I was really busy with my internship. From all the posts I've been reading it sounded like the perfect brush for me: ultra soft tips, but firm enough for a good face lather.
Alas its been sold out, and though I'm looking at the Silvertip that Fido is coming up with, I'd like to see what else to consider.
I currently use an Omega 10029 boar. Specs on those are about 21-22mm knot and a 50mm loft. It has worked out to be a good sweet spot in terms of size for me. Had one of the larger professional Omega boars that were about 25+mm in knot size with a 60mm loft - much too big and cumbersome for me to maneuver.
I've broken in the Omega 10029 quite a bit, using hair dryer each night after I shave. Quite a number of split ends at the tips but its still much to scritchy and stiff for my sensitive skin.
When I go for a second pass, circular brush strokes with this brush really irritates my skin. Even in the first pass, with gobs of lather its much too prickly and aggravates my skin. Is there such a thing as brush burn?
Hence I'm looking for the softest tips possible without an excessively floppy brush. I bowl lather at the start then face lather the rest of the way. I apply lather in circular motions rather than using paint brush strokes. I'm still a newbie so experimenting with both soaps and creams.
My budget is $100 tops (could go a little more if its worth it hehe) A cheaper brush certainly doesn't hurt if its as good as $100 brushes
After much reading here, I'm looking at:
- Shavemac 177 in 21mm
- Savile Row - 3120/3320 - but they don't ship outside of the US!!! =(
- Kent BK4 (some say its floppy, some say its a good compromise, I'm lost!)
- Simpsons Duke 2/Persian Jar 2 in Best
- Simpsons Tulip 2 in 2 band (more than what I wanna spend but its so gorgeous! love the chunky handle!)
- Custom brush with a TGN Finest/Silvertip knot
Whaddya say guys?