Could you give us a comparison/contrast of the ShaveMac 'Silvertip' and 'Finest' as related to the 'feel on the face', as well as any other differences or similarities you've noticed?
I currently have a ShaveMac Handmade 23mm Silvertip which is my current favorite, however I have been considering the purchase of a ShaveMac Handmade 21mm Finest. I just wanted to find someone who owned both and could comment on them. Thanks.
Ron, that is a good question. I just got a Finest, and when dry, the Silvertip feels a bit softer on the face, wet and full of soap, I can't tell if there is a difference at all. You have inspired me to use my new 23mm Finest and SMFII Silvertip side by side this morning. I'll post here what I find.
BTW: What is the difference between Finest and Super? Are they both different names for the same grade? I could have sworn a while back on this forum or SMF I read that the Shavemac Silvertips, among most other brands, are not real Silvertip grade at all...those would cost considerably more I guess. Was it the Shavemac is a "Super" grade with the tips bleached too look light? I coulda sworn I read that a while back...
The differences between the Shavemac "finest" and "silvertip" are subtle (but the price difference is not). The finest bristles are a bit stiffer, but still very soft on the face. I also find them to "hook" at the ends a lot compared to the silvertip. This does not affect their feel or performance; it is an aesthetic thing. I think the finest is great value in a brush.
I just tried both my Finest and Silvertip, and find you to be exactly right Scotto. Both were very soft, but the Silvertip was a bit floppy (not a bad thing, I still like it), and the Finest was both soft and firm, althoug not quite as decadent as the Silvertip.
I agree that the Finest grade is a bargain at about twenty bucks less than the Silvertip, and that the differences are subtle. Now if you want a great little scrubber, you can go with the Pure grade for about forty bucks less than the Silvertip!