I hate you, Vlad.
I hate you, Vlad.
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I have the same brush and love it. One of my top three, along with M&F Blonde Badger and Vie-Long LE Silvertip at Bullgoose. An awesome triumvirate.
Excellent post. And an excellent brush.
And thanks for sharing.
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I just sold a few razors and used the proceeds to buy a Thater 4125/3 2-band. My Thater 4125/2 3-band was the softest brush I ever owned, so I am really looking forward to this one!
Oh, and by the way, I do anything Vlad tells me to do - just ask him!
I have a 24mm Thayer two band brush and it is truly an out standing brush. It is luxuriously soft with good back bone.
Vlad & Rick demanded I get a Thater 2-band bulb; clearly, resistance was futile. So I picked up a 4125-2 from Royal Shave. The knot is 28.5 X 53 (published specs are 26 X 55). As you can see, it does not have the radical bulb shape of my 49125-2 3-band. As with every Thater I've owned it is utterly scritch-free. I would say it has slightly less backbone than my 3-band but materially more than my 2-band fan. If, like me, you're a scritch hater who loves impossibly soft tips, I'm not sure there's a better 2-band brush. If Thater ever offers it with the plexi-handle I'll end up with two. I've only done a single face lather with it using MdC and it really is as good as Vlad said.
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Thaeter 2 bands are great brushes. I have the smaller cousins 4125-0 and -1.
Mark, can't say I'm surprised. :) It was probably the only member in your Thater family missing. Enjoy my friend .
I sold my Thater 4125/3 2-band bulb because I decided that I prefer fans - and larger handles. I turned around and bought a 4292/6 (28mm) and then a few weeks later added a 4292/5 (26mm). It's surprising how different the two Thaters are! The 28mm (29.5, actually) brush is amazing - it is the only competitor in my collection to my Rooney Heritage 2XL. The Rooney's tips are softer (surprise!) but the Thater has more backbone. The 4292/5 has classic Thater ultra-soft tips, but not nearly as much backbone as its big brother. As a matter of fact, the 4292/5 feels like a 3-band (it's not) in every way. It's a great brush, but I am disappointed because it wasn't what I was expecting based on my experience with the 4292/6.
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So after a few months with this brush Vlad, where do she currently fall in line with your other 2 band Cubbies? What I especially like to know is if its the softest to band you own and since I imagine its fairly broken in at this point, if is still retained it's backbone?
Fantastic brush from day 1, and I still love it. I have not noticed any change in the texture or backbone. I suppose it could be more densely packed, but that might just be the perception of high quality, like the way watches keep getting bigger. Thater's proportions, for their 2-band and 3-band, is right on. The 2-band bulb is in my opinion among the very finest out there, as a guy who loves perfectly soft tips and doesn't need the very stiffest brush.
That said, I do like my Simpson 2-band CH3 from time to time because of the exceptional backbone. I got lucky with mine, though, as other Simpson 2-bands have been very scrtchy.