05-16-2012, 11:39 AM
  • Teiste
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  • Salt Lake City,UT
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This is a well known shaving brush inside of the traditional wet shaving world,and also,I feel,that one of the most underrated ones out there.

I had the chance to try out the 2234 with super badger hair (there is another version with silvertip hair) and I found it a more than decent performer,specially with bowl lathering and creams,but also as a face latherer brush.

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The brush that I tested it had the following specs :
  • 22 mm knot
  • 50 mm loft
  • 100 mm total height

which makes it a regular medium size brush.

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This brush is not overly dense packed as the Simpson brushes,but more like an Edwin Jagger best badger brush.However,the quality of the super badger hair used for this brush really surprised me : I was expecting a really floppy shaving brush,kind of a new Kent BK8 brush,but no,this brush its not a "mop" but has some backbone while keeping an excellent flow,perfect for making lather on a bowl.

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The handle is another classic and one of the most ergonomics out there.Of course,as a good Vulfix/Simpson brush,this handle is very well made,sturdy and kind of heavy for its size.Adding its classic,timeless design,we have one of the best handles out there.I really like the horn imitation handle that Oversaturn shows here but this ivory imitation looks great too.

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Another good thing that I like from the Vulfix brushes are the red and white cardboard box, which comes in some of the "top" models, to storage the brush.It looks really elegant and I like it better than the regular Simpson ones (grey color).

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As I said earlier,this brush is perfect for making lather on a bowl and actually with shaving creams.In this particular task,its hard to find a better badger brush on its price range (around 50 bucks).For me has a better balance than the Edwin Jagger super badger brush I owned in the past (with 19 mm knot and 50 mm loft) since it has a better flow and softer tips.

However,when its such a good brush for bowl lathering,it could be used for facelathering with no problems at all,and people who are looking for brushes with flow and not a "wall of badger hair",would appreciate the Vulfix 2234 characteristics.
I did try it with hard soaps and sticks and,when is not the fastest brush to create lather on the face,was good enough.Also,its super soft tips,allows to create lather with circular movements with not unpleasant feeling or the fear of over skin exfoliation.

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I can honestly say that the Vulfix 2234 is a serious contender to more expensive brushes,like for example,the Kent BK4 or BK8,or even some Edwin Jagger ones.Im surprised that its not a more famous brush and I feel,as I wrote before,that we are in front of one of the most under rated brushes out there.

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If you are looking for a brush capable to provide good flow,also excellent making lather on a bowl/scuttle,but capable too to make face lathering a pleasant experience,and you dont want to spend more than 50 dollars,the Vulfix 2234 could be the brush that you are looking for.

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 05-16-2012, 11:48 AM
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Teiste... Clap Thumbup ... another excellent review and this time of a brush that I actually have! Biggrin

I face lather almost exclusively now and the Vulfix 2234 does a great job of this even with how soft it is. I'm reiterate what Teiste said; this brush is NOT a mop. I can easily lather hard soaps such as MWF and Cade with this brush. Sure, it may take a few more seconds of loading but it's certainly not a hassle.

The handle shape is one of my favorites and the Super Badger hair has a nice flex to it with super soft tips and excellent flow through. If I had to describe this brush in one word it would be "Luxurious". After having it for a little while and getting some use with it I honesty couldn't believe the pice tag this brush carries. Put a name on this brush that rhymes with "Bent" and you'd see this brush command much higher prices from the market.

I'm very pleased with this brush. In fact, it's one of the few brushes that I have that I purchased with my own money. Most of my other brushes have come as gifts. The Vulfix 2234 is absolutely worthy of your consideration and hard earned money.

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 05-16-2012, 12:00 PM
  • Brent
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Great review as per usual. And your photography is great. I've heard of this brush as one of the standards almost - but also got the imrpession it was a mop so it's great to learn more about it and that it's not a mop like I thought.

Is there a way where we can get a sticky and include links to some of these brush reviews that the various members have been putting together?

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 05-16-2012, 12:06 PM
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Great review, thanks for sharing!!

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 05-16-2012, 12:15 PM
  • Songwind
  • Soap Slinger & Scuttle Pusher
  • Burnsville, MN
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Great review, Teiste. This one sounds like an excellent contender for my mysterious Next Brush.

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 05-16-2012, 02:01 PM
  • gijames
  • Mile High Soldier
  • TN, USA
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nice pics Teiste , THE TESTERRRRR (ring announcer voice!)


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 05-16-2012, 02:44 PM
  • ben74
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As with come to expect, another great review Tieste!

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 05-22-2012, 03:09 AM
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I do have a Vulfix 2235 Super Badger. Compared to the 2234 it has a bigger handle and minimal more knot and loft (~23mm/52mm).

I took a picture:
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I got mine 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. But I can image, that the 2234 is a slightly better face latherer since it features smaller dimensions. Cool

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 06-01-2012, 12:21 AM
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I'm waiting for my new Vulfix 2234 Silvertip Badger with a Faux Horn handle.Babeando

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 06-01-2012, 12:38 AM
  • Teiste
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(06-01-2012, 12:21 AM)infabo Wrote: I'm waiting for my new Vulfix 2234 Silvertip Badger with a Faux Horn handle.Babeando

Nice one! Post pics of it if you can,please!

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 06-02-2012, 04:22 PM
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Do you guys not find the bristles on these brushes lacking in backbone?

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 06-02-2012, 04:28 PM
  • Teiste
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(06-02-2012, 04:22 PM)celestino Wrote: Do you guys not find the bristles on these brushes lacking in backbone?

The 2234 that I have tried wasnt the firmess one out there,but it wasnt a mop either,like the new Kent BK8,for example.
The 2234 had a great flow too,and liked that.

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 10-30-2012, 12:41 PM
  • mikeperry
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Please forgive the echo chamber I'm going to create here, as I offer my initial impressions of the Vulfix 2234 - Super Badger shaving brush (recently acquired from Brian, thank you Sir!)...

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Vulfix 2234 - Super Badger

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Vulfix 2234 - Super Badger

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Vulfix 2234 - Super Badger

The handle is beautifully made, has good weight, all the curves are in the right in places, thus making the brush extremely comfortable to hold and use.

While the brush might not be "Simpsons" hair packed, it has a good amount of hair and the Super Badger hair used it excellent -- definitely a step up from the Super Badger hair used in my Edwin Jagger brush.

Compared to the Super Badger hair used in my Edwin Jagger, the Vulfix 2234 Super Badger hair has creamier/whiter tips (which also translates into a softer feel), a dark more defined middle band and creamier/whiter hair shafts below the middle band.

While the brush doesn't have oodles on backbone, it definitely isn't a floppy mop. It was more than capable of picking up enough soap (Mike’s Natural Soaps) to build a good creamy, dense and slick lather.

When used in circular motions the hairs splay open (fairly easily), you can feel the teeny-tiniest amount of scritch coming through, but overall the feeling is of softness and (very) gentle scrub.

The teeny-tiny amount of scritch totally vanishes when painting strokes (my preferred method of building lather on my face) are employed, the hairs just feel lovely and soft (aided no doubt by the great flex in them) and the lather is given up without a hint of a fight.

For the money, this brush offers excellent value (IMHO) and gives you the feeling of (high end) luxury at a "modest" price. Highly recommended!

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Vulfix 2234 Super Badger hair post-bloom porn shot

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 10-30-2012, 12:52 PM
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Wonderful review sir! So good in fact you started to make me feel bad for selling it. Soft and luxurious certainly sum up this brush for me. I prefer more backbone and scrub than this brush could offer, otherwise it would still be in my Nook. I'm excited that she is in a lovely and caring home.

Enjoy it Mike! Your pictures sure do make it look even better than I remember it in person.

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 10-30-2012, 01:13 PM
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A timely review, as I was wondering about why Vulfix was not getting any discussion.

I have the 2235 silvertip, which is slightly larger, and it is a wonderful brush. I face lather with creams and my 2235 is a great lather machine. If you like scrubby brushes the Vulfix 2230's are not for you. Their primary quality is softness and luxury for your face. The 2234 and 2235 are definitely not floppy. However, the largest brush in the series, the 2236, is definitely a floppy brush. While we may tend to focus on backbone, I can understand those who love the feel of floppy brushes.

I am also fond of the Vulfix 41 in silvertip, which has many of the qualities of the 2234 and 2235 in a larger knot. Unlike the 2236 though, the 41 is soft without being floppy.

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 10-30-2012, 06:21 PM
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Isn't there a 2234 boar as well? At least that's what I was told it was when I bought it.

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 10-30-2012, 06:31 PM
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 10-30-2012, 07:20 PM
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Excellent review of the 2234 Teiste! I own a 2233 and have enjoyed it for many years now. I purchased mine well before they started selling them in the nice boxes, either that or the 2233 doesn't come in one.

If anyone cares to see me thoughts on the brush, you can check out the Vulfix brush chronicles ( over at B&B if you're a member there too). I love your lather pics!

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 10-31-2012, 11:04 AM
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Several years ago I picked up a 2234 in Super, and this particular one seemed a bit thinly packed, with very fine bristles. When bristles began shedding, I reknotted it, because the handle's size, weight, and shape couldn't be better. Now it sees use several times each week.


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 11-02-2012, 09:41 PM
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The 223X handle is my favorite handle shape. I wish the knot were a little denser. I had a Vulfix 2233 handle reknotted. I'd love to reknot a 2234.


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