For those of you that have embraced synthetic shaving brushes, what's your favorite?
Had to vote for parker. Their synthetic brush is soft and fantastic in the tips but has almost as much backbone as my semogue 830. I tried the omega 346235 synthetic and it was way to floppy for me.
But I have always preferred boar brushes to badgers, so I shouldn't be taken to seriously. haha.
Men-u or TOBS
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
I had to ban myself from B&B while at work... (unless on break or lunch, of course!)
No one voting 'Jack Black'? That's the next brush on my shopping list...
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MÜHLE Silvertip Fibres and Black Fibres.
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I want to try one of the Parker Brushes. That's one of the only ones I haven't tried. Thus far, my Muhle 21mm brush is one of the best brushes I've ever owned and the 23mm I own isn't far behind.
Muhle silvertip fibre
I've tried two, a TGN/Vulfix White Nylon and a Muhle Black Fibre, The White Nylon was very soft, splayed too easily and was a bit floppy but Loaded hard soaps easily and built lather quickly. The Black Fibre is less Floppy with more spring and holds its shape better, it loads any soap including Triple-Milled easily and builds rich lathers quickly. The Black Fibre has quickly become one of my favorite Brushes, I would like to see this offered in a loft in the neighborhood of 40-44mm since it is a bit too long for efficient Face Lathering Duty.
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the only one i have ever used is the body shop one the coating on the wood wears and discolours but the tips are soft and works great for a travel brush as i would think all synth's do as they dry very quickly but the bristles are so strong and stiff (which works great on hard soap pucks) but it doesnt allow for holding a lot of lather but it has given me lots of great shaves only one i have used as far as synthetic brushes go so i cant compair to others
I didn't vote since I have only tried a small Omega of the newer vintage. I intend to spring for a new Muehle silvertip fibre next year--after purchase sabatical. I do like the Omega though, works well on soaps and creams and good for travel.
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I don't think I can vote lol, I only have one and it's a Parker, it's pretty decent and really soft. I am getting a bit of shedding tho... Is that normal?
Synthetic 23mm knot from TGN in my father's Surrey (VDH) handle. The knot looks VERY much like the FS one in nEver-Ready's photos. It also feels and performs like the synthetic badgers mentioned in various threads on this forum.
I use it mostly for travel, and it has handled most creams and soaps quite well. One exception yesterday was face lathering with a Wilkinson Sword stick. The brush held more water than I thought and didn't give it enough of a shake, plus the backbone is marginal for face lathering. It was a struggle with runny lather running down my face, but in using a bowl for some of the lathering I managed to come up with a workable lather a bit on the thin side. Glide was excellent, however, and the shave DFS to near-BBS.
That said, I've been on a learning curve with face lathering (not my favorite method) this Wilkinson stick for several shaves now.
Only other synthetic brush I've tried is an Omega Syntex, which is on emergency reserve status.
Have tried a few synthetic brushes but Mühle’s Silver Tip Fibre is by far my favourite. Am not using any other brushes, in fact.
All I know about synthetics is that I bought a Men-U Premier and would not recommend it. I used it once. I will eventually sell or trade it.
I have had my Men-U brush for around 3 or 4 years and still use it at least once a week for face lathering. it's shed a good few hairs over the years but still is pretty dense and works fine. Not bad for £9.