01-27-2013, 09:49 AM
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I knew nothing about shaving accessories when I stumbled into a tiny little store on Madison Ave (I think) in 1994. It was called the Art of Shaving and it had just opened. They carried what appeared to be very nice quality things. I bought a shaving kit that included a matching stand, razor, soap dish, and brush. The brush is made my Plisson. I have been using the brush for 18 years and it looks brand new. My question is: How long to brushes last and is there any reason to buy a new one (assuming I am very happy with my current brush).

Also, I have never cleaned the brush (other than a thorough rinsing after each use. Is there a cleaning procedure I should use. I have been using AOS shaving cream for years. Thanks for the advice.

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 01-27-2013, 09:52 AM
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If it ain't broke don't fix it. A brush used daily should last a lifetime, if rinsed and dried after use

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 01-27-2013, 09:56 AM
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What Steeltown said about if it ain't broke. Don't know about lifetime.

Unless you want to try new things, no reason to buy a new brush.

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 01-27-2013, 10:09 AM
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What Dan and Lee said - a decent brush well looked after should last a lifetime.

Which don't stop some of us from buying more brushes (and razors, and soaps) than we strictly speaking need Tongue

No need to clean it unless it develops a bad smell or feels funny; both of which can be avoided by letting it dry before putting it away.

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 01-27-2013, 10:12 AM
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Missed the cleaning question.

If you notice a ring of soap scum down at the bottom, it's probably a good idea to do a vinegar soak to break up the calcification.

Not necessary, but performance will increase if you descale the hairs (assuming they have scale).

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 01-27-2013, 10:15 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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Did I read that right, just one brush? Good lord, there are some members on here that if you told them they could only have one brush, they would have a coronary.Smile

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 01-27-2013, 11:10 AM
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  • bullgoose
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  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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(01-27-2013, 09:52 AM)SteelTown Wrote: If it ain't broke don't fix it. A brush used daily should last a lifetime, if rinsed and dried after use

That is over stating it a bit. I would say that a high quality brush should last for years if well taken care of. They can last for decades but...I would not expect it. Brushes should be allowed to dry fully before being used again. In other words, to extend the life of a brush, it is best to have a small rotation.

It also depends on the brush. A brush with an injection molded handle will not last a lifetime. If it does, you better get your affairs in order now. Tongue

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 01-27-2013, 12:30 PM
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  • tgutc
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While a brush could last decades or longer if it's used every day it's doubtful the performance will remain where it was when you first got it. When I started wet shaving my only brush for the first 3 years was a Simpsons Duke 3. I didn't realize that it was lacking in performance because it happened gradually and I had nothing else to compare it too. However, know I know it simply doesn't have near the backbone it did when I first started using it.

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 01-27-2013, 01:13 PM
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NO NO NO NO !!

I will not hear this, NO NO NO NO !

You need at least 30 brushes in your rotation if you shave daily, that is a FACT !

I will not listen to your nonsens about owning one brush for 18 years and have fine shaves day in and day out, frankly I think you're full of it, you're disillusioning Dodgy

People like you should be stopped, not allowed posting in brush forums - FACT !










Just kidding Tongue Biggrin
I used one single brush from 1997 to 2004, a Pils Silvertip and I stored it inside my bathroom cabinet and it held up just fine for all these years.....
I now own 44 brushes, have 7 pending, so around 50 brushes.
I would still say that a rotation of 2-3 brushes is ideal, if you have dense badger hair brushes and use shaving creams, shaving soaps and croaps.

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 01-27-2013, 02:28 PM
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  • Shaun
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(01-27-2013, 10:15 AM)Johnny Wrote: Did I read that right, just one brush? Good lord, there are some members on here that if you told them they could only have one brush, they would have a coronary.Smile

Never heard of that brand. Are they any good? I must get one. Smile

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 01-27-2013, 02:55 PM
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(01-27-2013, 10:12 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: Missed the cleaning question.

If you notice a ring of soap scum down at the bottom, it's probably a good idea to do a vinegar soak to break up the calcification.

Not necessary, but performance will increase if you descale the hairs (assuming they have scale).

Lee- do you recommend 100% vinegar or diluted?

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 01-27-2013, 03:15 PM
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(01-27-2013, 02:55 PM)BladeDE40 Wrote:
(01-27-2013, 10:12 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: Missed the cleaning question.

If you notice a ring of soap scum down at the bottom, it's probably a good idea to do a vinegar soak to break up the calcification.

Not necessary, but performance will increase if you descale the hairs (assuming they have scale).

Lee- do you recommend 100% vinegar or diluted?

You only really need 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water to break up the scum, follow it with a shampooing to get rid of the smell.

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 01-27-2013, 04:33 PM
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(01-27-2013, 02:55 PM)BladeDE40 Wrote:
(01-27-2013, 10:12 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: Missed the cleaning question.

If you notice a ring of soap scum down at the bottom, it's probably a good idea to do a vinegar soak to break up the calcification.

Not necessary, but performance will increase if you descale the hairs (assuming they have scale).

Lee- do you recommend 100% vinegar or diluted?

Sodapopjones has it right.

While you could use pure vinegar, I don't recommend it. You get an aweful odor and it could potentially cause damage to the hairs, being very acidic and all.

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 01-27-2013, 05:36 PM
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Perhaps I should have clarified. I have had a beard for 74 years and I shave every other day (primarily cheeks and neckline). I clean my brush thoroughly each time and it has 48 hours to dry. Looks very clean and smells wonderful so I am guessing it does not need to be cleaned. My son has a severe case of shaving OCD (razors, brushes, and creams), but not me. My collections tend to be race horses, homes, and jets. To each his own.

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 01-27-2013, 07:42 PM
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  • biggiej42
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I would at least pick up a second brush, just to rotate it! I have a duplicate brush, just so that they'll last longer!

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 01-27-2013, 09:13 PM
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I have two Omega 40033 which I alternate in daily use. They are very inexpensive at $7/each and have lasted me two years and show no signs of giving it up.

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 01-27-2013, 09:59 PM
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pbb, it sounds to be as though you're doing it right. If you have no issues, you have no issues.

I use glycerine soaps and I find that the use of them cleans the brushes just dandy. Just by lathering and shaving, no special treatment. But I also have extremely soft water.

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 01-27-2013, 10:12 PM
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If you collect jets & houses, why not pick up a couple of 100 badger brushes then Tongue

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 01-28-2013, 07:59 AM
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Thanks for all the info.........good stuff for a newbie.

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 01-28-2013, 10:20 AM
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  • Amzimbo
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(01-27-2013, 05:36 PM)pappaboomboom Wrote: Perhaps I should have clarified. I have had a beard for 74 years and I shave every other day (primarily cheeks and neckline). I clean my brush thoroughly each time and it has 48 hours to dry. Looks very clean and smells wonderful so I am guessing it does not need to be cleaned. My son has a severe case of shaving OCD (razors, brushes, and creams), but not me. My collections tend to be race horses, homes, and jets. To each his own.

Seems to me you could indulge a SBAD with non trouble and your heirs would thank you. I'm guessin', you could by what, a hundred thousand brushes for the price of one jet? Keep you out of trouble and off the streets for a LONG time. RolleyesRolleyesRolleyes

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