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    Default Why do certain brushes eat more lather?

    When it comes to badger, is there a rule of thumb as to why one will eat the latter more than another?

    I would think density has a lot to do it with it?

    Have a beautiful custom made brush with a VS 2 band in it and for the life of me cannot get it to give up the lather. I know its in there because I can squeeze it out, but cannot get it onto my face when face lathering.
    Have tried the dry method of warming it in water then squeezing the water out, loading the snot out of it, nothing seems to do it.
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    Want to get another custom made but not sure now what knot to use now

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    I've found that if your lather is to thick, larger "fluffy" type brushes hold lather much more.
    Have you tried to use a bit more water? That helped me with my Whaler brush from Blackship Grooming. That thing is huge, and can hold enough fro 4 passes
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    I've found the same thing with boar brushes. I use an inexpensive Omega as my daily brush. I was gifted a well broken in SOC. The first time I used it I put the normal amount of soap on my face (I use shave sticks) tried to make proto lather with the SOC...nothing!! I applied another layer of soap....nothing again!! More soap and at this point I could see a tiny amount of lather, but not yet enough to use!!! I put down the SOC, grabbed my go to brush and never looked back. PIFed the SOC at the earliest convenience.

    My inexpensive Omega boar is the most soap miserly brush that I've ever used.
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    its the nature of the beast, a good dense knot is going to hold it better, a cheap thin knot will get it all over the place,, but if its not getting out then add a little more water and try some painting strokes to finish getting it on your face, cause if your really scrubbing it hard itll just go deeper, I tend to not soak my brush and just the tips, so mine stay pretty much on the end of the bristles. I,ll put up with holding some lather, over a cheap knot , also theres no rule says you cant squeeze out the lather to the end to get it Tc
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    It's a combination of things. The density and size of the brush as well as type of hair and the soap itself and how well you load it and the amount of water you add.
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    Can't say why some brushes are lather hogs and others are not. I always thought a dense knot was likely the cause.

    If you are using only creams, loading the snot out of it is not needed. Loading the snot out of it is usually for hard soap pucks. With creams an amount the size of a kidney bean should be more than enough for a 3 pass shave with virtually any brush.

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    some of the bigger Badgers have bigger appetites! Tc
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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigspendur View Post
    It's a combination of things. The density and size of the brush as well as type of hair and the soap itself and how well you load it and the amount of water you add.
    To add to the information above, probably, the most important thing to do is to use more 'forceful' paint-brush strokes when face-lathering to extract the lather from the knot/brush.
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    Quote Originally Posted by celestino View Post
    To add to the information above, probably, the most important thing to do is to use more 'forceful' paint-brush strokes when face-lathering to extract the lather from the knot/brush.
    Good luck.
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