12-01-2014, 06:08 AM
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I have so far only used Synthetics as my travel brushes, but since I just placed my last Synthetic brush up for sale now, I have only badgers left in my brush collection........

The new travel brush I used this weekend for the first time is a Vie Long in Orange/Butterscotch Beehive - an awesome set of badger hairs, as I have now started to expect from Vie Long - the sleeper of great brush brands IMHO

It's a 25 mm bulbed knot, and what a beautiful bulb shaped knot it is. In extra densely packed 3-band, with the loft cut short - with very soft tips, and excellent backbone. The flow through of this brush is excellent too. Easily controllable for a face latherer like me.

It dries almost completely in 24 hours, so no problem using it two days in a row as long as the hotel room is airconditioned (meaning there is a flow of new air going through the hotel room, which improves the drying time for a shaving brush)

The brush kills the soap I now use as my travel soap in a pot (the pot of Proraso red shaving Soap) and of course have no problems getting an excellent lather out of my Tabac tavel soap stick also. I also bring a tube of Lavanda shaving cream, just to mix things up a bit, and also to use in a superlather if I find the need for this.

If the Proraso soap pot is too wet, I just dry it off with some tissue paper and it's ready and dry to pack down into the toilet bag.

What is your favorite travel brush ?

A picture of my Vie Long Butterscotch Orange Beehive 3-band extra dense Silvertip badger brush with some friends Biggrin

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 12-01-2014, 06:24 AM
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i use my bestest brush as my travel brush. i feel it's even more important with a great shave while on the road.

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 12-01-2014, 06:44 AM
  • Sevenbark
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  • Lower Clinch River Valley
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My favorite travel brush most of the time is a restored Ever-Ready 79 with a TGN STA 20mm set at 45mm. The set is a little low, but not much. I use the travel set with the razor augmented by a German Tech and a sharp blade for the light and mild razor. Sometimes the Thater 4125-0 gets to go. I store the brushes in a draw string bag for good drying, the bag is heavy synthetic material, polyester I think. The only draw back is the bag, it doesn't protect the knot well, but I watch which pocket in the dopp bag it is placed. Love the four you have there Seifert.
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 12-01-2014, 07:13 AM
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I've started using my Simpson LE M6 as a travel brush. It's great because of its small size and I don't need to worry about its quality!

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 12-01-2014, 08:57 AM
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Claus, if it is warmer weather where I am going, I always use this one as I just live the knot and the handle.
If it is the last day of my travels and I need the brush to dry, quickly, I will just use my Plisson synthetic, though.

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 12-01-2014, 09:24 AM
  • blzrfn
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  • Vancouver USA
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For civilized travel I use my Butterscotch Simpson Case.

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For camping I take along one of my inexpensive boar brushes.

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 12-01-2014, 09:41 AM
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Major silvertip for me, the one and only I ever use on travel.

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 12-01-2014, 09:49 AM
  • Giorgio
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  • Pennsylvania, US
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Lately I use synthetics just for the convenience, but when I take a badger it's usually either my Simpson Wee Scot or Duke 1.

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 12-01-2014, 10:27 AM
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Omega 50014 boar - comes with it's own tube, and sits nicely in my GoBag:
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 12-01-2014, 10:48 AM
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Whipped Dog silvertip - 20mm knot set at 47mm loft.

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I love this brush! It's soft, there's good flow through, and it dries fairly quickly. I particularly like it for use with soap sticks. Basically, thumbs firmly up from me. By the time I need to replace this, I'll be hoping that synthetic brushes have come on several generations as I haven't been convinced by current gen offerings.

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 12-01-2014, 10:55 AM
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I use my Rooney 1XL heritage with gel-tips. It is always a pleasant brush to use and I fashioned a nice travel case out of leather to transport it in.
I have tried synthetics but honestly hate them...for me they are way too soft and have zero backbone. So, even though they dry quickly I will stick with my badgers. If I need to pack things up before the brush dries out, when I unpack I just leave it out over night and put it away when it's dry. Have been using it that way for 3 years without a problem. I imagine this may not work for the guy that travels frequently but for my travel schedule it works perfectly.

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 12-01-2014, 12:12 PM
  • 55dougie
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  • NY USA
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My own Doug Korn's workshop the “Traveler”
with an Omega 11047 boar knot set at 19x48mm
in a custom turned handle 42mm tall.
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 12-01-2014, 01:13 PM
  • kav
  • Banned
  • east of the sun,west of the moon
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WEE SCOT- respect tradition

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 12-01-2014, 02:44 PM
  • Rufus
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  • Greater Toronto Area
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My current travel brush is a Muhle V2 synthetic. It makes excellent lather and dries very quickly, but it won't replace any of my badgers in my regular rotation at home. Prior to acquiring the Muhle I used either my Kent B&B 2008 LE or my Wee Scot.

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 12-01-2014, 02:45 PM
  • Carson
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  • Adelaide, Australia
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For me it's my Simpson Case in best.

The short loft makes for great face feel and for a small brush it really can hold lather for 2-3 passes. Smile

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 12-01-2014, 11:03 PM
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OK, I'm strange; I admit it. I don't travel much at all yet I have a plethora of travel brushes.

First understand that I face lather. Two, today I think synthetics are the way to go for a travel brush; I didn't always think that.

If I had to pick one out of the cabinet today, hands down I would choose one of my Simpsons Classic 1 synthetics. Each has different fiber.
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If space was at a super premium the choice gets more difficult, but it would definitely be the custom handled (by Oscar11) TGN syn' that I made. It fits in a small Rx bottle and works great. Here it is with the purple handle, 2nd from the right. Old picture BTW.
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Previous to those brushes it would have been the same choice from Omega that Hans (Wegian Warrior) made in post #9. It's seen 2nd from the left in the lineup above. The Classic 1 is a fantastic face latherer, but so too is the Omega. But the Omega will also do fine with a bowl. That case tube doubles as a handle extension. It would even make a fine brush in the shave den at home. It's also quite inexpensive to replace should it get lost. It has a lot going for it.

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 12-01-2014, 11:23 PM
  • Shaun
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  • St Peters, NSW, Australia
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What brush could be more suitable for travelling than this? Dating from the early 20s. Had never been used.

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 12-02-2014, 11:20 AM
  • MikeGJ
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  • Grand Junction, CO
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I too, like the Omega 50014 Boar travel brush, but I had been using a 20mm TGN synthetic knot in a plumber's joint handle more often.

I cut the knot out of the plumbing fitting, and put it in the Omega.

Perfect travel brush: cheap, replaceable, light, fast drying.

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 12-02-2014, 03:36 PM
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The Duke 2 is my travel brush, in fact, it's one of my favourite brushes. It's a limited edition with the swirled faux ebony, and is so well used I'm thinking of getting it re-knotted by Simpsons Blush

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 12-02-2014, 03:57 PM
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I use the TGCo Brush.

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