04-28-2012, 02:37 PM
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  • leo
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I would like to get a badger brush. Can anyone suggest a descent brush in the lower price range?
Are the brushes from Col. Ichabod Conk or Tweezerman any good?

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 04-28-2012, 02:43 PM
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Leo, for that price range you will be better served by getting a Franks Shaving Synthetic.

It can be purchased on e-Bay under a seller by the name of starshavingsupplies.
http://myworld.ebay.com/starshavingsuppl...1543.l2533

You can also get them at Ian-Tangs on e-Bay.
http://stores.ebay.com/Ian-Tangs-Shaving-Workshop

You may find different style handles but the knot is the same.

Here is my review of that brush.

http://shavenook.com/thread-a-place-all-...etic-brush

Now at this price range, please do not expect the same quality as a $150 brush as some have done on other forums.
It is a good brush to allow you to get started without having to worry about excessive care and upkeep.

Good fortune.

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 04-28-2012, 02:51 PM
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I'd suggest checking a Target store if you have one nearby. Sometimes they carry the Shea Moisture badger brush & some are starting to carry a VanDerHagen badger. If you can't find them and you're interested I have a couple NIB Shea Moisture brushes. They run about $10 in the store.

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 04-28-2012, 02:51 PM
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Don't overlook Omega Professional boars or Semogues. Personally, I'd much rather use a $10-20 quality boar than a $30 badger.

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 04-28-2012, 02:59 PM
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(04-28-2012, 02:51 PM)RazoRock_Joe Wrote: Don't overlook Omega Professional boars or Semogues. Personally, I'd much rather use a $10-20 quality boar than a $30 badger.

I agree with this but as the OP wanted badger that's what I stuck with.

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 04-28-2012, 03:28 PM
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  • njpaddy
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I don't know what your budget is, but you can get a Simpson Special for around $40. It's a great brush for the price.

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 04-28-2012, 04:29 PM
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  • Brent
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(04-28-2012, 02:51 PM)RazoRock_Joe Wrote: Don't overlook Omega Professional boars or Semogues. Personally, I'd much rather use a $10-20 quality boar than a $30 badger.

I agree with joe. For a low price, a good boar will probably be much better than a cheap badger.

That being said, tweezerman may be one of the best bets for cheap badger.

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 04-28-2012, 05:06 PM
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I was hoping to keep it under $50.
There so much more to a shaving brush then I ever thought there was.

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 04-28-2012, 05:08 PM
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This one: http://shaveabuck.com/sabi-mid-ring-hand...p-581.html

Impressive brush for the money. While there, pick up some Arko sticks and maybe other value creams too.

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 04-28-2012, 05:13 PM
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For around $50 and badger I'd try to get a Simpson in Best. I think there should be a few of their brushes that will meet those requirements.

Or get a couple really nice boars from Semogue. The 830 was plenty soft at the tips right out of the box. Then a 2nd Semogue would allow you to rotate them & make sure they each get a full drying cycle.

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 04-28-2012, 05:26 PM
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(04-28-2012, 02:51 PM)RazoRock_Joe Wrote: Don't overlook Omega Professional boars or Semogues. Personally, I'd much rather use a $10-20 quality boar than a $30 badger.

+1 Smile

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 04-28-2012, 05:31 PM
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Words of wisdom:

(04-28-2012, 02:51 PM)RazoRock_Joe Wrote: Don't overlook Omega Professional boars or Semogues. Personally, I'd much rather use a $10-20 quality boar than a $30 badger.

I totally agree with RR_Joe.

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 04-28-2012, 05:55 PM
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  • tgutc
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+1 for boar. If you don't want to spend the money to get a Badger such as a Simpson in Best like mentioned above you would be better of spending $20 on a Semogue. I think you will be disapointed in your result if you spend $40 on a badger. A good boar brush will blow a low quality badger out of the water.

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 04-28-2012, 05:58 PM
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Thanks everyone for your input.
I ordered a Simpsons Berkeley Best Badger from West coast shaving.

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 04-28-2012, 06:21 PM
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  • tgutc
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Good Choice! you will be happy with the brush I'm sure.

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 04-28-2012, 06:39 PM
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(04-28-2012, 05:58 PM)leo Wrote: Thanks everyone for your input.
I ordered a Simpsons Berkeley Best Badger from West coast shaving.

Great choice. The Berk is sweet little brush AND a good value for the money.

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 04-28-2012, 06:44 PM
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Congrats, I think you'll like the Simpson Best hair!

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 04-28-2012, 07:21 PM
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(04-28-2012, 05:58 PM)leo Wrote: Thanks everyone for your input.
I ordered a Simpsons Berkeley Best Badger from West coast shaving.

Good choice. Let us know what you think of it when it comes.

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 05-06-2012, 02:52 PM
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Got the Berkeley brush on Friday and I used it twice so far.
I think it really makes a difference. It might be that I just got better at it but I can now whip up a nice thick lather. I realized that it hold a lot more water then the boar brush and I have to shake some of it off.
And the last two times I shaved I managed to finish without any cuts but that might mostly be that I figured out how to hold the razor so that I don't use excessive pressure.
This has been a learning experience that I'm really enjoying.

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 05-06-2012, 03:13 PM
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I'm a big fan of New Forest brushes, especially being that they're cheap.

http://newforestbrushes.blogspot.com/

I have the 2201 and 2211.

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