Synthetic Fibers – A Historical Perspective and how they Relate to Shaving Brushes (Part 4)

The Enemy of All Shaving Brushes

This is the fourth 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. In the previous article, the discussion was based on how Nylon brushes were accepted in the toothbrush and in fact other applications but not for shaving brushes. [Read more…]

The New Synthetic Shave Brushes – A Summary

Artificial Badger?

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 Edwin Jagger, Beauty Strokes, and Muhle show dramatic improvement in performance.  Here are some final comments from a few of the researchers: [Read more…]

The New Synthetic Shave Brushes (Part 5)

Artificial Badger?

[Forward from Mantic59:] This is the next-to-last installment of Sharpologist’s series on the new generation of Synthetic hair shaving brushes (part 4, part 3, part 2, part 1.)  This post is written by Wim Bouman.

1.  What synthetic brushes did you test for this project?

  • MÜHLE ‘Classic’ 33 K 257 (23 mm, 2011, ‘Silvertip Fibers’)
  • MÜHLE ‘Classic’ 33 K 256 (25 mm, 2012, ‘Silvertip Fibers’)
  • HJM 31 P 8 S/GR (black fibre)
  • Omega 290049 Syntex Shaving Brush (Black)
  • Omega 343312 Synthetic ‘Artificial badger’ Shaving Brush [Read more…]

The New Synthetic Hair Shave Brushes (Part 4)

Artificial Badger?

[Forward from Mantic59:] Part 4 (part 3, part 2, part 1) of Sharpologist’s series on the new synthetic hair shaving brushes comes courtesy of Teiste Brito.

1.  What synthetic brushes did you test for this project?

-Muhle Silvertip Fibre 19 mm.
-Muhle Silvertip Fibre 21 mm.
-Muhle Silvertip Fibre XL 25 mm.
-Muhle Black Fibre 21 mm.
-Frank Shaving Synthetic brush 24 mm.
-The Body Shop brush.
-L’occitane Cade synthetic brush.
-Taylor of Old Bond Street Imitation Badger. [Read more…]