Parker Brush - A cautionary tale

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by GDCarrington, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. GDCarrington

    GDCarrington Burma Shave

    When I try out a product, no matter what the product is, I want to enjoy it. I preset my mind to enjoy the experience. So when I come across a product that really does not meet simple standards, it has to overcome my will to like the product. The Parker Synthetic Brush is a product that just does not make the grade. Before I discuss my testing, lets discuss the product visually and provide specifications. This brush can come in Faux Ivory Resin or a Blue Tone Resin. The one I tested is Faux Ivory. The handle looks nice and the brush fibers look nice when they are dry.


    I tried face lathering using Palmolive stick and it would not provide enough fiber action to generate a good lather. I moistened my face, applied the stick in a quantity that would provide sufficient lather and dunked the brush in water and gave it a single shake. The Parker it simply clumped to itself on the sides and provided no coverage in the middle. The density of this brush seemed to be insufficient. I began to swirl and spent an inordinate amount of time stirring the brush against my face with very little lather being generated. I applied a little more water to my face and I was able to generate barely enough lather for two face passes with a very thin layer of lather.

    In comparison the Frank Shaving and H.I.S. brushes were able to provide ample lather for three face passes on the soap applied one time to the face alone. The H.I.S. brush was able to go further and lather my head completely without having to add any soap to the head. The same amount of soap and water was available for all three brushes. The same technique was used for lathering. The Frank Shaving and H.I.S. brushes made easier and better work with the amount of available soap and water than the Parker.

    I then decided to try the Parker brush with mug lathering. I tried with both Fitness soap and with C.O. Bigelow which for me are both easy to work with in terms of generating lather. For the Fitness soap I dunked the Parker brush in water, gave it one light shake, and swirled the brush in the tub of soap and proceeded to lather in the mug. Again, there was very little lather being generated for the amount of soap lifted. A small amount of water allowed for a sufficient, but thin, lather capable of providing two face passes but no more. With the C.O. Bigelow it was even harder. I had to use two nickel sized drops to generate a sufficient lather. I dunked the Parker brush in water, gave it one light shake and started the lathering process with the first drop of C.O. Bigelow, but it was dry, so I added some more water and it thinned out, but with a large amount of whisking, I could not generate a thick enough lather. A second drop of C.O. Bigelow was added and finally there was sufficient soap and water to generate a thin lather capable of providing two face passes but no more.

    So here are the results of the testing:

    Water retention: Does it hold water sufficiently enough? Barely. Closer to no than yes.

    Loading: Does it pick up soaps and creams easily? Yes.

    Lather: Does it built and apply lather well? No:

    Application: Does it allow for a soft/smooth/effective application of lather to the skin?
    Somewhat with what amount of fibers are available.

    Quality feel: Does the synthetic brush have the “quality” feel against the skin? Would it pass a blindfold test against naturals?
    It would not pass a blindfold test and there is not enough fibers to have a quality feel when wet. The Parker is soft when dry, but it becomes too thin and floppy when wet. It does not hold form well and so it has some issues with lather buildup and retention. Lacks backbone.

    Appearance: Is the look of the brush attractive? Yes.

    The Franks Shaving Brush which is $8 less expensive out performed the Parker brush in every facet. The H.I.S. Brush which is $10 more expensive really out performed Parker brush. This brush would be vastly improved if it had 30% more fibers to provide a denser effect. Sadly it does not. So I will call it a day on the Parker Brush even though it does have a decent handle. Would I recommend this brush? NO I WOULD NOT!

    Now what to do with this brush? Decent handle … reknot? Maybe someday I would give that a try.
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  2. Slipperyjoe

    Slipperyjoe Rusty Metal Tetanus

    Thanks for the "Heads up" review Mr Carrington. Sometimes I feel like writing to the Parker executives with the classic comment.. you just don't get it do you. To my mind at least, this new product has been aimed in our discerning direction. Well Parker, your not going to make new friends and influence people with inferior products..:char039:
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  3. Intrigued

    Intrigued Active Member

    From the the looks of that knot when wet, I would say your statement that it "Lacks backbone" is an understatement. [​IMG]
  4. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    There's one for "out of context." lol.
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  5. Mark1966

    Mark1966 Well-Known Member

    That is some brush, thanks for the review
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  6. Slipperyjoe

    Slipperyjoe Rusty Metal Tetanus

    For that one Mr gem , I've had to climb a tall mountain and meditate for forty days and forty nights. A user's manual please lol..:eek:
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  7. mondoj

    mondoj Member

    Thanks for the review, will be avoiding this one
  8. GDCarrington

    GDCarrington Burma Shave

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  9. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    Meditation is good for the soul. <biggrin>

    If you were to let your mind drift into the gutter, the comment I quoted is that much more amusing. Thus, taking the comment out of context.
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  10. alpla444

    alpla444 That's sweet!

    Re-knot for sure. bad news about the brush very poor
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  11. NUMCKS

    NUMCKS Well-Known Member

    No experience with the Parker, but I agree that the FS synthetic brush is quite capable. It's a real bargain too.
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  12. Slipperyjoe

    Slipperyjoe Rusty Metal Tetanus

    It's gonna take a while to figure out all the correlations and connotations here.I'm currently running this thread through a computer simulation..on top of my mountain. It'll probably be ready in forty days or so..stay tuned to this channel for further information...:eatdrink020:
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