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    I picked up a classic handle and i thought it would be nice to drop a boar knot in it plus add a touch of extra weight to it. The handle is very light. I have a few brushes and have an idea on what weight id like to go with but i thought id get other folks to give me there opinion on the perfect weight for a brush. Of course ill make the weight ballanced in the handle and not just in the end of it. Well, thats the plan anyways.

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    Boar knots. I was looking at the TGN 24mm cupped, banded knot. Anyone use this one or does anyone have an opinion on the best boar knot? Trying to keep from buying a shedder. Ive got two boar brushes but many more badger so i figured to go with a boar this time.
    Thanks for any input.

    BTW, I am a face latherer and i like the extra stiffness of the boar but id ra5her not have something that is going to poke an eye out. Ha.
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    I think that is one of TGN's better boar knots. I don't have experience with that one personally, but I do believe it's a higher grade, at least when it comes to boar.

    On the other hand, I do have experience with the other 27mm, non banded and I can say that it is identical to the omega boar brushes. It's a good boar knot.

    When it come to weight for a brush, I prefer heavy compared to light. My favorite is made from a Recon stone and is 3.5oz. It's a 24mm badger.
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    Being using an Omega boar brush for quite a while, no shedding whatsoever, works well for face lathering.
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    I am not sure that the weight of my brush matters to me as much as the factors. I have one brush, that I use frequently, and it is heavy enough it could be weaponized. The other brush that gets a lot of use is very very light. The feature that they have in common is handle length and backbone. So for me the weight is secondary at best.
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    I agree that weight is not a big thing i just figured if i have the chance to change it i might as well.
    Thanks for the input. Ive read goos things about this knot at TGN but figured id ask and i might hear someone has been very happy with another brand other than this one.
    Plus the cost is nice.
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    Weight is not important to me but balance is. I was once given a brush from a vendor I had bought 4 or 5 razors from. He included it on my final purchase and it had a brass/wood handle. The badger knot was great, but the handle weighed a lot. This wasn't that big a deal when I lathered, but it made it difficult to hang the brush in a stand bristles down. I ended up giving it away.

    The other thing, to a lesser extent is ergonomics. I have to like the feel/grip of the handle. For instance a Simpson M-7 is not that attractive to me at first glance, but I got one in a trade and love the ergonomics. The Polo is very good too. OTOH, I've never really had a brush with a handle shape that I couldn't use. Just some are more 'user friendly' but not necessarily as attractive to my eye as others.

    I guess everything has compromises to some extent with the exception of Republicans and democrats.
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