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HIS Synthetic: Big brush at good price

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This HIS Synthetic is a big brush: 28mm knot with 48mm 62mm loft. (UPDATE: I calculated the loft from the specs at the length—either the specs are wrong, or I made an error. When I measured loft directly, it was 62mm. Sorry.) It feels good, performs well, and at $35 is well worth considering if you like a larger knot. (My knot preference is around 22mm.) I suspect that bowl latherers will like this one. I got the clear handle, but the same brush is available with a black handle. In terms of performance for price, though, the HJM synthetic by Mühle, $25 to the US, including shipping (from ConnaughtShaving.com or Shaving.ie) beats it. Still, this is a good brush for large-brush lovers.

I got a very fine lather from the Mystic Water Sandalwood Rose (scroll down at the link), though I had to load the brush for quite a while before I got the microscopic bubbles that shows it’s fully loaded—no surprise, given the knot volume. Withal, the lather was excellent and in abundant supply.

I used the Gerson buffalo-horn handle razor: a rebranded Mühle Sophist that has the new Edwin Jagger/Mühle head (as on the EJ DE8x series) because I wanted to compare with the RazoRock razors. The difference is obvious to me: the EJ head is noticeably better: much smoother and without the harshness that marks the RazoRock. I will continue recommending the EJ as the best beginner razor because a beginner with a harsh razor may not choose to continue DE shaving, figuring that the harshness is simply part of the package rather than the effect of the particular razor. That said, however, I will continue to work with the RazoRock to see whether I can tame it with technique or choice of blade. The blade in the Gerson is a Swedish Gillette blade, so I’ll try that in the next RazoRock shave. And one does generally have to “learn” a new razor, so perhaps simply continuing to use it will reveal the secret. Finally, let us not forget: YMMV.

At any rate, a very comfortable and smooth shave, with a smooth result. A hearty splash of Woods aftershave by SaintCharlesShave.com, and I’m ready for the weekend.

Written by LeisureGuy

24 November 2012 at 9:49 am

Posted in Shaving

6 Responses

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  1. Sandalwood Rose must be out of stock at this time. I recently received Marrakesh and Cedar & Sage, but haven’t tried them yet. Michelle’s Bay Rum is much to my liking!
    Mike Turbeville

    Michael Turbeville

    25 November 2012 at 4:22 am

  2. Have they lowered the loft on the GIS? I thought all the HIS brushes that I’ve tried & read about had lofts closer to 60mm, not < 50.

    SharpSpine

    25 November 2012 at 5:53 am

  3. I figured it out by hand, and I may have made an error: Total length is 4 1/4″ and base length is 2 3/8″ according to the Amazon specs at the link in the post, which is what I used. But the loft seems very tall to me, so 48mm may be wrong. I’ll measure.

    LeisureGuy

    25 November 2012 at 8:17 am

  4. I just measured the loft directly: 62mm. Must have made an error.

    LeisureGuy

    25 November 2012 at 9:00 am

  5. I abhorred the HIS when I tried it strictly for its size & lack of ergonomics for me (it does perform fabulously). If they lowered the loft & used a more traditional sized handle it may rival the Muhles. Until then I consider it better used as a nightstick.

    SharpSpine

    25 November 2012 at 11:49 am

  6. It does seem to be a product of the “more is better” school of design. I’ll be passing mine along…

    LeisureGuy

    25 November 2012 at 11:56 am


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