05-04-2012, 03:11 PM
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Has anyone here used a Frank Shaving Company badger hair brush? If so, what are your thoughts on them?

I'm thinking of getting one as they're very generously priced and the manufacturer who makes them supposedly makes brushes for well-known English shaving brands.

Here's a description of the company:

Quote:. . . a manufacturer who makes brushes for well-known English shaving brands. Recently they have started their own range. These brushes may lack an established name, but certainly share the same (or better) quality of their counterparts.

Therefore, we invite you to try FSC brushes at a reduced price in comparison to other main brands who charge a premium for their name.

You can get a silvertip badger hair brush from them with a knot size of 24 MM for just under $40. That is cheap.

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 05-04-2012, 03:21 PM
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  • Teiste
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Some people really like the FS shaving brushes.I have tried a best badger one (terrible) and a two band one (very good for it price).The silvertips looks good for their price.Let us know if you get one.

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 05-04-2012, 03:24 PM
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I have a Frank Shaving Finest; 24/52 knot in the black Richmond handle. It's a great brush and I highly recommend it. It's a high quality brush & one of the better bang for your buck items out there. I will say that many people report the Finest is the best from Frank Shaving while the Silvertip doesn't get as many great reviews. I may try a FS Silvertip one day, but I'll make sure it's extra stuffed & has a relatively short loft.

HTH!

(05-04-2012, 03:21 PM)Teiste Wrote: Some people really like the FS shaving brushes.I have tried a best badger one (terrible) and a two band one (very good for it price).The silvertips looks good for their price.Let us know if you get one.

How would you compare the FS Finest with the SOC 2-band?

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 05-04-2012, 03:30 PM
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(05-04-2012, 03:24 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: How would you compare the FS Finest with the SOC 2-band?

My friend,like night and day : the Franks Shaving behaves more like a 3 band brush (silvertip) with super soft tips but a regular backbone,while the SOC badger hair has a super firm backbone and the tips aren't that soft.Also the FS tips are more white than the SOC finest badger.Both are well packed with hair.

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 05-04-2012, 03:57 PM
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(05-04-2012, 03:30 PM)Teiste Wrote:
(05-04-2012, 03:24 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: How would you compare the FS Finest with the SOC 2-band?

My friend,like night and day : the Franks Shaving behaves more like a 3 band brush (silvertip) with super soft tips but a regular backbone,while the SOC badger hair has a super firm backbone and the tips aren't that soft.Also the FS tips are more white than the SOC finest badger.Both are well packed with hair.

Great Teiste, I'm glad to hear this. I was hoping my SOC wouldn't get as soft as my FS Finest. I like to have different qualities in my brushes.

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 05-04-2012, 04:03 PM
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I was sent two of them, a two band finest and a silver tipped badger. The two band is decent although a bit scritchy and prickly. The silver tipped brush lost a lot of hair and is a bit floppy for my liking. The handles are not my favorite, I much prefer an acrylic or lathe turned handle.

I would say overall they are decent for the money but don't expect anything super special.

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 05-04-2012, 04:13 PM
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I really like my Frank Shaving Synthetic

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 05-04-2012, 05:36 PM
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(05-04-2012, 04:13 PM)Dave Wrote: I really like my Frank Shaving Synthetic

+1

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 05-04-2012, 09:44 PM
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I have one and use it regularly. I have the black one in the pic

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 05-04-2012, 09:57 PM
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I have a 25mm Finest in the black handle you showed and I love it. It has only lost a couple hairs and performs wonderfully, especially at the price!

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 05-05-2012, 01:39 AM
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I think the FS brushes are good value for the money but they are definetely less good than brushes from Semogue or The Golden Nib.

I used to have a silvertip but it didn't have enough backbone for me. The tips are soft but the hair is thinner compared to high-quality shaving brushes.

I have compared it the softest badger hair brushes that I own:

Semogue 2015 HD vs. FS Silvertip

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FS Silvertip vs. Golden Nib Super Badger

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The Finest Badger brushes are much better in my opinion but still far away from the Semogue 2-Band or the Finest Badger from The Golden Nib.

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 05-05-2012, 04:15 AM
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Gentlemen,
I had several Frank's Finest Badger brushes and found them good for the money. I passed them to others, who also were pleased with the brushes.

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 05-05-2012, 06:26 AM
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I have Frank Shaving Silvertip, Finest, Best and Synthetic brushes. I feel that they are a tremendous value. I prefer brushes with good "flow through" and these have it just right for me.

Are they as good as the big name companies? Probably not but I can say that they have displaced my Rooney's and Vulfix.

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 05-05-2012, 07:28 AM
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There are great posts in here. Unfortunately, there's a bit too much of a mixed reaction about these brushes for my liking.

I think I'll just go through with getting a brush that is made by a universally acclaimed brand such as Semogue or Simpsons. Right now my eyes are on the Semogue Owner's Club badger and boar brushes:

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Very nice, affordable brushes. And I like that they match.

I'd like to one day own a brush with a bigger loft, but I doubt I'd be displeased with the above brushes.

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 05-05-2012, 07:36 AM
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The SOC Boar (never tried the badger) is a great brush. Probably the best boar brush I ever owned. Good choices!

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 05-05-2012, 08:05 AM
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I have a FS 28mm Silvertip. Very nice brush for the price. There was some hair loss during the first few uses, but nothing to cause alarm. The knot density is good, as is the backbone. It handles creams or soaps equally well. I like the brush, but to be honest I reach for my Simpsons much more frequently

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 05-06-2012, 07:58 PM
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(05-05-2012, 07:28 AM)Pnume Wrote: I think I'll just go through with getting a brush that is made by a universally acclaimed brand such as Semogue or Simpsons. Right now my eyes are on the Semogue Owner's Club badger and boar brushes:

Very nice, affordable brushes. And I like that they match.

I think I'm headed down the same path. I already own and love the SOC Boar. I have a Tweezerman badger that I like "just okay," and I'm thinking (based on my positive experience with the SOC Boar) of getting an SOC Badger. Probably will, if I can clear it with SWMBO.

- Mark

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 05-06-2012, 08:02 PM
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(05-06-2012, 07:58 PM)markewallace Wrote:
(05-05-2012, 07:28 AM)Pnume Wrote: I think I'll just go through with getting a brush that is made by a universally acclaimed brand such as Semogue or Simpsons. Right now my eyes are on the Semogue Owner's Club badger and boar brushes:

Very nice, affordable brushes. And I like that they match.

I think I'm headed down the same path. I already own and love the SOC Boar. I have a Tweezerman badger that I like "just okay," and I'm thinking (based on my positive experience with the SOC Boar) of getting an SOC Badger. Probably will, if I can clear it with SWMBO.

- Mark

Just don't expect the SOC badger to be super soft. The tips of mine are softening nicely but this is definitely a scrubby brush.

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 05-07-2012, 09:52 PM
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I find the 2-band for the Frank Shaving to be nicer than a TGN Finest, but in the end I'd still choose just about any other over them. Nothing against their quality, but I just prefer the feel of the hair of many other name brand manufacturers, but even some of them strike out with me.

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 05-08-2012, 12:20 PM
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"and the manufacturer who makes them supposedly makes brushes for well-known English shaving brands."

This pricked my attention, care to elaborate?

Any brands in particular?

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