So Jim has extensively coached me on brushes as I am very new to wet shaving. He has helped me determine what I should get in a brush based on my likes and dislikes without have to buy a bunch of brushes only to dislike them. In our discussion it seemed that the Maggard 70/30 24mm was a good fit for what I wanted. So here is my journey in receiving it, assembly, and use.
This will be picture heavy. Here is the handle and knot as I received it.
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I dry fit it to see where it was as far as loft. And it was right at about 50mm which is exactly what I wanted.
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So here it is assembled with 5 minute epoxy.
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Felt great. No odor. Was a perfect balance to me of softness, backbone, and scrub. Was pretty happy with the result. The handle was great. Cool color and the perfect size and shape for me. So I washed it in dawn soap and hot water a few times. Drying it between with a towel to help the boar bristles split as I was told that would help. I then built a lather with some razorock shave soap and rinsed and dried a couple times. Then I lathered a lot and let it sit for 24 hours. Rinsed and dried again. The result was amazing.
Here it is after a couple uses.
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Couldnt be happier with the result and the brush. Im new so I havent experienced some of the higher end stuff or a boar brush yet. But as it sits right now this blows my other brush, a plissoft bruce, completely out of the water. So much more usable especially in a harder soap like Stirling that I use. Hope maybe this helps someone with their decusion.
Would you comment on your brush (knot) now. Our two brushes are about the same age. I realize the knots are two different sizes, but both have the Maggard 70/30 set about the same depth.
I'm interested mostly in the prickliness (bad scritch) issue. Yours may not have that issue, but mine has. I've had the devil of a time getting the knot to completely break in (and will shave test mine again this morning but I'm not hopeful). Otherwise it's a deliciously scrubby knot.
How's your knot?
Thanks and happy shaves,