Synthetic Shaving Brush - Feedback Thread

Are you still using your SS15062?

  • Yes I use it in rotation with my other brushes

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  • No it did not work for me

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  • No & I sold it/PIF to another shaver

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  • Total voters
    2
  • Poll closed .
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6,413
Location
California
My brush finally made it to sunny California so I'm a bit late to the party :)

Opening up the box and looking/feeling the brush I have some initial reactions (note these are before having actually used the brush yet):

The positive
Visually I like how it looks. Solid black handle with a nice understated logo.
The handle also has a rather nice heft to it. It doesn't have a cheap/budget feel to it at all.
The knot seems to me to be a medium-high density knot.
The other synthetic I own - and have used a lot - is the L'Occitane Plisson and this compares very well to it - at least just from feeling the knot.
There is a fair bit of backbone here which I really like and the tips are almost, not quite, as soft as the Plisson knot.


The negative
The handle is rather uncomfortable. The edge at the bottom feels very sharp (maybe rounding it off would solve the problem...) and I had to try to re-position my grip a few times until I got a somewhat comfortable hold on it.

That's it for 'impressions out of the box'.

I'll be putting this brush to use starting tomorrow and will be posting my findings here :)
 
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3,205
Location
Colchester, Essex
Used this again today and was really impressed by it. I think I used less of a mashing action than previously and it worked really well. I just lathered a bit of soap that was stuck to the lid of the tin which I didn't think was enough to shave with but had enough lather for three passes and some left over.

I think Nishy was right this does seem to hold the water well compared to other synthetics. Thinking about it the only difference today was I left the brush soaking in hot water while I showered which I don't usually do. Not sure if that had a bearing on the performance today but I did enjoy using it more today.

I'd have to say I don't find the handle uncomfortable to use.
 
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6,413
Location
California
Ok then - had my first shave using the brush this morning.

Soaps used:
a) Started with the Vie-Long shaving stick and then face lathered. Got such a poor lather that I actually had to go get another soap.
This might be due to the soap and not the brush though - so next shave I will use another stick.
b) I switched to a Provence Sante soap and did some bowl lathering. Much easier to build a nice lather and the brush performed well in the bowl.

The positive
I actually 'forgot' that I didn't really care for the brush handle once I started using it. I think by adjusting the grip slightly in order to hold a bit higher up on the handle helped.
I can't say that the handle felt especially uncomfortable at all during my two-pass shave.
I also appreciated the extra backbone in the brush - there was no feelings of it being floppy at all.
Water-retention/hydration - no issues at all. Kept a good amount of water actually.

The Negative
1) I didn't find the tips to be as soft/luxurious as the Plisson one once I actually had it against my face. There was even a slight scritch from time to time. Now, if that is because of the somewhat stronger backbone I'm not sure.

2) I could not for the sake of me get the knot to splay properly. It made the brush feel rather inflexible and less comfortable doing circular motions with the brush.
I found myself doing much more left-right strokes than I am used to.

I will continue to use the brush and see if there is anything of a break-in period and/or how my perception changes as far as the points outlined above goes.
 
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3,846
Ironically, just yesterday I sent an e-mail to www.italianbarber.com regarding their new...

http://www.italianbarber.com/products/razorock-synthetic-badger-shaving-brush-22mm

When queried as to what Gen. it was he replied, and I quote, "5". o_O Hmmmm. Perhaps there is a correlation here. One thing is for sure people, the new improved synthetic brushes are surely selling like cold lemonade in Hell as it seems everyone is getting on the gravy train and prices are dropping.

I see Gifts & Care has the new Vie-Long listed:


http://www.giftsandcare.com/en/brochas-de-afeitar-pelo-sintetico/2876-brocha-de-afeitar-vie-long-15310-sintetico-extra-suave-.html
I have the razorock one. It's very good. The knot has been set perfectly. Splay is bang on.
 
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