A Synthetic Brushes Update and Overview – Generations

brush group

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…

The New Synthetic Shave Brushes – A Summary

Shaving Brushes!

A couple of weeks ago Sharpologist looked at the new generation of synthetic hair shave brushes (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5).  Here’s a summary of those posts, plus a few extra comments from the team. We looked the previous generation of brushes, including products from Men-U, Omega, Body Shop, and Muhle.  The general consensus is that this previous generation seemed to be either too stiff or too floppy, with nothing in between.  Water retention was acceptable but no where near the level of a badger brush. The new generation of synthetic brushes from companies like…

The New Synthetic Hair Shave Brushes (Part 3)

Artificial  Badger?

This is part 3 in the continuing series exploring the new generation of synthetic hair shaving brushes (part 1, part 2).  This post is my own experience testing some of these brushes. 1.  What synthetic brushes did you test for this project? H.I.S, Edwin Jagger, Muhle

The New Synthetic Hair Shave Brushes (Part 2)

Shaving Brushes!

[Note from mantic59:] This is the second in a series of six posts about a new generation of synthetic hair shaving brushes that have started to appear on the market.  The first post is HERE.  In this post GDCarrington shares his comments about four synthetic brushes: 1.  What synthetic brushes did you test for this project? I tested four synthetic brushes over a sufficient period of time to constitute a solid testing regimen and they are as follows: Franks Synthetic Brush H.I.S. Shaving Brush Muhle 33 K 257 Muhle 35 K 252

The New “Breed” Of Synthetic Badger Hair Shave Brushes (Part 1)

Shaving Brushes!

[Forward from Mantic59:] Back in March Jim SanSouci contacted me with an idea.  He wanted to examine how far synthetic hair shaving brushes have come.  Historically, synthetic hair shaving brushes seemed to be relegated to the forgotten end of the brush totem pole.  They were seen as an “adequate” alternative to animal hair brushes for those who had allergy or animal-cruelty concerns, and they dried very quickly which was good for a “travel” brush.  But the general consensus was that they just didn’t perform as well as animal  hair brushes. For a long time there was not much activity in this area–there…