Synthetic Brushes – The Maturing Market

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For a while now a team of testers have been testing synthetic brushes.   The results of these tests have been displayed throughout the traditional shaving community on various forums and blogs for some time.    The discussions of these tests, threads and blogs were basically three fold in nature. The first was individual evaluations of various brushes to see if synthetics were truly a viable player in the shaving brush market. This required the testers to obtain a large number of brushes to test and review.  The testing team noted that in the past three years especially there has been enough…

A Synthetic Brushes Update and Overview – Generations

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Last year Mark (Mantic), James SanSouci, Wim Bouman, Teiste Brito, and I, conducted a test of synthetic brushes.  The final results of the testing can be seen at the link HERE. In addition I developed a series of articles in which the origins and history of synthetic brushes over time.  The summary of this series (which provides links to the other sections) can be seen HERE. During the last years some additional changes and updates have occurred.    This led to an issue of how to identify synthetics against each other based on performance and fiber composition so users can have…

Synthetic Fibers – A Historical Perspective and how they Relate to Shaving Brushes (Part 10)

This is the tenth and final article in a series on synthetic fibers and how they relate to shaving brushes, including a brief history of synthetic fibers, their development, stagnation, and resurrection in the market place.   In the previous article we have seen the development of fibers up to the current day.   Now the questions for this article are, how do the brushes stack up in real world testing today and what is the potential direction of synthetics in the future?

Synthetic Fibers – A Historical Perspective and how they Relate to Shaving Brushes (Part 9)

This is the ninth in a series of articles on synthetic fibers and how they relate to shaving brushes, including a brief history of synthetic fibers, their development, stagnation, and resurrection in the market place.   We are now entering into the time that demand for synthetic brushes is beginning to be noticed by several companies.    In the previous article we discussed Men-ü and the review by Mantic59 in 2006.   Other companies such as The Body Shop ®, Omega, and Mühle were providing entrants into the realm of synthetic brushes.   The past couple of years have provided new entrants into the…

Synthetic Fibers – A Historical Perspective and how they Relate to Shaving Brushes (Part 8)

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This is the eighth in a series of articles on synthetic fibers and how they relate to shaving brushes, including a brief history of synthetic fibers, their development, stagnation, and resurrection in the market place. By the early 2000′s the traditional shaving market was still a very small segment of the market place. A new form of communication was about to change that situation. The Internet has opened up the world of communication and commerce all over the world and that has allowed niche markets to boom. If you were a traditional shaver before 2000 you had some limited brick…