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Today's Shave was great ,I used 1 brush for each pass and did a face lather with each.
And I used 3 different Razors as well I figured what the heck let's go wild ---Ha.
I will post the results of the shaves Sunday.
Here is a picture of The "Great Bloom"
So do you know what time it is........................Time for My most Favorite Shave ,The Sunday Shave.
Old Spice shaving soap (sorta) MERshavings Old Timer Spice is going to pinch hit today
Vintage Gillette 1936 Aristocrat
Personna Med Prep
And all Three Badgers ,doing a three pass shave one for each pass and the winner will do the pick up pass.
Vintage Old Spice Cologne (with menthol )
Well all three knots preformed well enough to keep.
What I originally was looking for was the best knot for the money
It was my intention not to bash any of the three but it is hard not to when you pay 3 times as much for a knot you would think that it would be no contest which knot would be the most pleasurable to use ...YOU WOULD THINK.
Coming in third in my little test is the way over priced Envy White Supreme 24mm. Badger at a cost of $57 to Me.
It was just ok and did not stand out in any part of this test. I was surprised to say the least .Both of the other knots are softer and yet had better back bone. This knot also had the biggest Glue Bump and had the smallest bloom at 65.17mm
It made lather as good as the others and was a little scritchy when face lathering. It is not a bad knot just way over priced.
Next up was the least expensive of the three The Vigshave knot , you could say that it was from China but then again all three came from China . The shipping time was the longest at around 10 days.
Now for the money this one was right there with the first place knot except for one area
it was soft with back bone ,it made lather easy enough and really felt good on my face. it was the smallest of the three coming at 23.78 and it had the smallest glue bump at 20.43mm. It was second with a bloom of 65.29mm just beating out the Envy. It was plenty dense and overall a nice knot.
Now in my honest opinion The Maggard was the best of the three ,The knot in at 24.10mm and was the most densely packed of the three Bloom size was amazing at 76.54 a big difference. that is what put it past the Vigshave knot for Me .the Face feel was that of a much bigger knot and it was pillow soft and just left my face asking for more it was actually hard to stop lathering my face it felt so relaxing to Me.
So for Me The Maggard 24mm is the winner and would be My knot of choice.
Now all that said I know that they get different batches from time to time and who to say that the VS would be the winner next month ,The EWS would always be last in my book because of the mark up of the price and the quality is
not would it should be at that price. You know if I had cash to burn I would have ordered a Shavemac for this comparison
I just wonder........... I just could not justify $100 for knot. now if I could try one and it blew me away maybe then....ah the thought.
Like a good pair of shoes or boots, you have to use a brush several times before it hits its stride.
I'm surprised you find the Envy White so similar to the Maggard knot. Mine are different.
The current batch must be different than the Envy White brushes I have from last year+.
I'm interested that you measured how much they bloomed. I've noticed some brushes do so more than others but have never found a strong correlation between the amount a brush spreads out and blooms with how it performs.
@bakerbarber - I agree that only time will show who the true winner is. But as for blooming not affecting performance, it seems to me the release of lather is better on my knots that bloom more and fan knots in particular (which always bloom out nicely IME). My sole complaint about my favorite 2 band with hooked hairs that is densely packed and not as bloomed out as the others is that it tends to be a bit of a lather hog. This is just my experience though and could be due to the knots I use in particular and not how much one has bloomed in general.