I just purchased one of those Shavemac 429s that are on sale at Vintage Blades. I shaved with it yesterday for the first time, and I really like it. I also have one of the recently discounted Shavemac D01 brushes in 19mm, fan. I love the D01, and I wanted a second good brush, and wanted a bulb shape, with a little more loft for bowl lathering, and just a different feel than the D01 brush. This is exactly what I wanted, and at a great price. Before I got the D01, I was going to buy a Rooney, for a firmer brush for soaps and face lathering, but the D01 is excellent at this, and very soft at the same time. I still wanted a 2nd good brush to sit next to the D01. After reading a lot of these discussions, and after using the D01 everyday since I received it, I decided on the 429. It was a great purchase. I think my Vulfix 2233 is now going to be strictly a travel brush.
In regard to the original question, while this isn't as firm or dense or short lofted as my D01, I still think it would be great for an all around brush including face lathering. It does still have some backbone and isn't floppy compared to my Vulfix. It has a lot more give then the short loft D01, but I wouldn't call it floppy. I think I paid $59 for the Vulfix... the 429 is twice the brush.
Last edited by RGB480; 03-26-2009 at 11:55 PM.
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