Thaters Knots

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by Vlasta, Dec 28, 2018.

  1. Vlasta

    Vlasta Well-Known Member

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    Any opinions?
     
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  2. Douglas Carey

    Douglas Carey Insane Shaving Dude

    I only have 2 of Thaters brushes and I found the knots to be outstanding. I usually bowl lather.
     
  3. BaylorGator

    BaylorGator MISTER Fancypants

    I love them. 3 band is incredibly soft, but not enough backbone for my liking - much like a synthetic. Two band is soft, scrubby and dense - possibly my all time favorite knot.
     
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  4. Douglas Carey

    Douglas Carey Insane Shaving Dude

    I think Randy is bang right on here. I love there 2 band.
     
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  5. Redrock

    Redrock Well-Known Member

    I have one that came in a TSN LE and it is wonderful.
     
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  6. oscar11

    oscar11 Well-Known Member

    The knots are good, I have a 2 band. Neither of the brushes I bought weren't close to the specs listed. I gifted one to a friend and relofted the 2 band in another handle, great brush now.
     
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  7. Vlasta

    Vlasta Well-Known Member

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    You mean the handles are not good or the setting Of the knot?


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  8. oscar11

    oscar11 Well-Known Member

    The handles are o.k. the loft was taller than the specs stated. One or two mm can be understood but 5-7 mm will change the ball game. I've only bought two Thaters, both were over spec by 5-7mm. Hardly definitive but my experience.
     
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  9. Vlasta

    Vlasta Well-Known Member

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    Wow they are pricey!
     
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  10. BaylorGator

    BaylorGator MISTER Fancypants

    The BST and patience are your friends!
     
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  11. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

    I have owned one. Soft, two band beehive brush. Not quite as plush as a DG, or a Rooney or Simpson, but still nice. Sold it. Don't miss it.
    You don't specify badger or boar. I owned a Thäter Premium boar and it was the worst boar brush I have EVER owned. Scratchy like I have never felt and refused to break-in. Re-knotted it with a Declaration Grooming B5. Now I am happy.
     
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  12. Frijolero

    Frijolero Well-Known Member

    Timing is everything. A bunch just went pretty cheap during the selloff of straightrazordesigns. The Simpsons went quick. The Thäters didn't go as fast, so there were some left as the discounts went up. I paid $109.50 shipped for this one:

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  13. Frijolero

    Frijolero Well-Known Member

    Ah, and to your original question. I still haven't found a badger that would lure me away from boars altogether. This one comes closer than any other that I've tried. (I have not tried a Simpson yet.) In fairness to it, I don't know how much breaking in a two band needs, but this one probably isn't there yet.
     
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  14. oscar11

    oscar11 Well-Known Member

    Honestly, the only two factory brushes I've run across that I thought were perfect are Rooney and an M&F. I owned neither, a member here sent me his two brushes to try. I've been through about a half dozen Simpsons and found three keepers, one I sold and wish I didn't. I've owned every knot that Shavemac makes (hair type) but I made the brushes for them of which I think I have 5 or 6 now. I have a couple of factory boars that are great brushes but to be honest the big Omega boar still makes my favorite brush. I've got 3 or four good configurations for this knot and it's what I use most of the time. I almost have to force myself to use anything else. Anyway, I'm done experimenting with brushes.
    edit: I do like Shavemac knots, I haven't been the least bit disappointed in anyway. Also been very pleased with some TGN knots and knots from a few other vendors. I have enough badgers, boars and a few synthetics to last a long, long time. Might even outlast my soaps.
     
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2018
  15. oscar11

    oscar11 Well-Known Member

    Here's my Thater knot (with homemade handle).
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  16. Douglas Carey

    Douglas Carey Insane Shaving Dude

    Good picture and setup Steve. Does this brush lack backbone?
     
  17. oscar11

    oscar11 Well-Known Member

    No not really, if anything maybe density could be better but that's being picky on my part. It's a pretty fair brush, IMO, but loft is pretty critical and it seems that most companies make their brushes on the long side. I wouldn't say for sure but I might have just reset it at spec'd loft which they missed by 4 or 5mm, IIRC. I'm not in the market for any new brushes but when I buy a brush I look at it like I'm buying the knot. I think the last brush I bought (serious purchase) was a Simpsons Manchurian and I bought it with the attitude that if the brush doesn't work out at least I'll have the knot. It's an alright brush, if it would be 2 or 3 mm shorter it'd be a great brush but I'll settle for good for the time being.
     
  18. Keithmax

    Keithmax Breeds Pet Rocks

    I am with you Randi, the two band is possibly my favorite not to but I also think the three bands are awesome. I never tried their boar brush. The handles are just ok.
     
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  19. BaylorGator

    BaylorGator MISTER Fancypants

    I agree Keith. I still keep a Thater 3 band in the den for variety. It’s by far the softest most pillowy knot I own, and the backbone isn’t bad; it just doesn’t hit the sweet spot of my preferences like the 2 band.
     
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  20. oscar11

    oscar11 Well-Known Member

    The 3 band fan I gifted to a co-worker was a very nice knot. My favorite badgers are 3 band.
     

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