08-09-2014, 06:14 PM
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  • v4257
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I have always liked large brushes. For the longest time (15 yrs?) I used pro-barber style brushes like this one here.

I then moved to Omega 48 Pro - which I still like very much.

I also have a HIS 1779 brush (130mm tall; 28mm knot) - which I like. I previously tried the L'occitane Plisson synth - but found it too small.

When it comes to badgers - I am yet to find a brush that I love. I have tried a Vulfix pure (fail!) and more recently the Semogue BC Texugo. The Semogue was a nice brush but way too small for me.

My conclusion is that I like large brushes and am looking for a large quality badger to add to my stable. I would like to spend <$200 (ideally <$150). I have been eyeing the Kent BK8 (and it's Ace shaving clone here) and the Kent BK12 for a week or so. What do you recommend?

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 08-10-2014, 07:18 AM
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  • TheMonk
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The Kent's seem to be good brushes for those that like large brushes, but it does depend on personal preferences too. Do you like to feel some scrub, a lot of scrub, or none at all? And what about backbone?

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 08-10-2014, 11:56 AM
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I really enjoy my DaVinci brush. While certainly not the largest brush by the numbers they pack a ton of hair into the knot and it has an impressive bloom.

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 08-10-2014, 12:18 PM
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http://m.lookfantastic.com/kent-traditio...47772.html

Use coupon 'save45'. Kent bk8 for about $100 delivered.

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 08-10-2014, 02:31 PM
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On the no scrub, high density front, Shavemac silvertip can't be beaten.

With a little less density, but with the same (or better) no scrub feeling, go with Thater.

For even less density, but with excellent flow trough the Kent is king.

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 08-10-2014, 02:51 PM
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You can't beat a large Simpsons brush in Best for value for your dollar, e.g. a 59, Harvard, Emperor, or PJ.

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 08-10-2014, 07:03 PM
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  • v4257
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Thank you all for your suggestions!

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 08-11-2014, 04:56 PM
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I would also recommend at QEDUSA Select silvertip in horn or one of the Savile Row shave brushes. They are an outstanding value with dense soft knots

http://www.qedusa.com/shaving-brushes-si...33_47.html

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 08-11-2014, 08:45 PM
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For about $100 I would strongly recommend the New Forest Tubby 2 in High Mountain White. I bought the brush out of curiosity, and must say it has attained a stable place in my rotation. Although it could have a bit more backbone, the brush has truly superb flow through with soft tips. The knot is approx 26/52. I would definitely give this a look at the New Forest "site." It is a blog site that allows you to order their brushes.

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 08-11-2014, 09:07 PM
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Honest to goodness you can't go wrong with the Vintage Blades 2 band badger 24mm brush. The tips are hooked and gel like, And very soft with good backbone. I absolutely LOVE mine!!! You can get the handle in black, ivory or faux horn. The 24mm knot brush is $37.99!!! Honestly for that price you can't go too wrong. And for a 2-band it a unbeatable price!

If you do order one please let me know what you think. There have been plenty of people who have fallen in love with this brush and can't believe the quality for such a affordable price. They can be found here. http://www.vintagebladesllc.com/shop/Vin...des-Brand/

Matter of fact the horn handle is new, I may just pick one of those up!

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 08-12-2014, 02:46 AM
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What about a SIMPSON:

Polo PL8 in Best..............


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 08-12-2014, 10:02 AM
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For me it would be a M&F urn or a custom Shavemac with a D01 3 band in a taller handle.

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