04-13-2012, 07:45 AM
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Hi everyone - I thought I'd contribute a little "content" and review the Vulfix 2235 brush in Super. This was the first brush I got when I got into traditional shaving (except an ill-fated too clever idea to get the Vulfix travel brush and use it at home before I could get a handle on technique, water ratio, etc.). I had sold it a couple of years ago, and, in chasing my "youth" (re-using my 38c and Proraso), I re-ordered it and shaved with it this morning.

First off, this is a big brush that "plays" even bigger. The specs are about a 23mm knot, 52mm loft, and about a 60mm handle size. The only part of the brush that seems "true to size" is the handle size. It is a nice, big, comfortable handle, really perfectly designed for bowl lathering creams.

The brush is very floppy, but not unwieldy. It is best used for creams, although I used it to get some adequate lather from Classic Shaving's soaps. In between my first and more recent forays, I have become a big fan of face-lathering. This is not the brush for face lathering; it is meant for bowl lathering. And in that capacity it excels. Because its so big, holds a good amount of water, and isn't too dense, it whips up a decent lather fairly quickly.

It works almost the reverse of my usual "load/hydrate" method. It almost starts off with too much water and works itself into a good, foamy lather. Once fully lathered, this is where the brush is at its best. Its sloppy and floppy, but it spreads the lather beautifully across the face; there is no fear for lack of "flow through" with this brush!

Overall, I would recommend it, with pretty large caveats; its really meant to be used for bowl lathering, it needs a different technique than other, denser brushes, and its pretty sloppy. But it is very nice on the face and rewards its finickiness with great results!

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 04-13-2012, 07:52 AM
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  • ajc347
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Nice review Josh.

It's good to hear that the 2235 is working well for you. Smile

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 04-13-2012, 08:13 AM
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I think it's one of the most attractive handle shapes around
Its a good size and comfortable to use.
regards, beejay

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 04-13-2012, 08:45 AM
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  • Teiste
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I have tried the 2234 super badger with better results than I was expecting,so Im sure that this is a brush that deserves more credit/fame in the wet shaving world.
I think that the 2235 would be a little bit bigger for my taste,but Im sure Ill get a 2233 one of these days.

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 04-13-2012, 10:05 AM
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(04-13-2012, 08:45 AM)Teiste Wrote: I have tried the 2234 super badger with better results than I was expecting,so Im sure that this is a brush that deserves more credit/fame in the wet shaving world.
I think that the 2235 would be a little bit bigger for my taste,but Im sure Ill get a 2233 one of these days.

Teiste - I think you're spot on. I would definitely recommend a 2234. Part of my reasons for re-acquiring the 2235 is for nostalgia purposes. At the time, I thought "bigger was better;" I remember trying a Chubby 2 and thinking it was too small. Now, I see more value in the smaller, nimbler brushes. But there is a place in my rotation for the 2235.

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 04-14-2012, 06:08 PM
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The 2234 was my first "higher end" badger and I really enjoy it. I definitely do not consider it floppy. Rather it is my luxurious brush that I use to really pamper myself. I can easily use this brush to face lather & can load hard soaps well despite the Vulfix=Floppy misinformation. Sure it lacks a lot of backbone but boy oh boy does it feel heavenly on your face.

And this thread definitely deserves some pictures...

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 05-22-2012, 03:12 AM
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Here is mine:

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I got it for 39€ (including shipping) and that was a real bargain! It is my favorite brush. It lathers cream and soap with ease, holds lots of lather which lasts for 3 passes at minimum. Its tips are supersoft (like silvertip).
I use it for face lathering only.

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 05-22-2012, 09:17 AM
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(05-22-2012, 03:12 AM)infabo Wrote: I got it for 39€ (including shipping) and that was a real bargain! It is my favorite brush. It lathers cream and soap with ease, holds lots of lather which lasts for 3 passes at minimum. Its tips are supersoft (like silvertip).
I use it for face lathering only.

May I ask where you found such a price?

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 05-22-2012, 10:46 AM
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  • Teiste
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39 euros for that brush is a really excellent price.

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 05-22-2012, 08:34 PM
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  • Brent
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(05-22-2012, 09:17 AM)Songwind Wrote:
(05-22-2012, 03:12 AM)infabo Wrote: I got it for 39€ (including shipping) and that was a real bargain! It is my favorite brush. It lathers cream and soap with ease, holds lots of lather which lasts for 3 passes at minimum. Its tips are supersoft (like silvertip).
I use it for face lathering only.

May I ask where you found such a price?

Songwind - I see you're still on the prowl for that next brush! :-D

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 05-30-2012, 12:41 AM
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(05-22-2012, 09:17 AM)Songwind Wrote:
(05-22-2012, 03:12 AM)infabo Wrote: I got it for 39€ (including shipping) and that was a real bargain! It is my favorite brush. It lathers cream and soap with ease, holds lots of lather which lasts for 3 passes at minimum. Its tips are supersoft (like silvertip).
I use it for face lathering only.

May I ask where you found such a price?

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I bought mine when they had 10% off all shaving brushes.

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 05-30-2012, 08:35 AM
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  • Songwind
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Thanks!

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 05-30-2012, 06:02 PM
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Thanks for the review, Josh!

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 05-30-2012, 07:10 PM
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I face lather with this brush daily, only with hard soaps. Great feel on the face. Once you get used to face lathering with soft brushes using uberdense brushes feels strange...sort of like lathering with a badger ball.

I really love Vulfix and Kent badger brushes. My first badger was a Kent I received in 1970's, before that it was always boar. I guess from early on I always liked the soft, plush feel of longer lofted badgers. I have Simpsons, Shavemacs and Rooneys, They sit in the box and the Vulfix and Kents get all the drive time.

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 05-31-2012, 05:47 AM
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  • Songwind
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I missed my chance to use my new Vulfix brush this morning due to oversleeping, but test lathers yesterday went great. I'm really looking forward to trying it out for real.

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 06-27-2012, 05:03 PM
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  • PAW
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I have two Vulfix , both nice brushes.
Nice review

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