06-04-2012, 06:46 PM
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The brush I used longest was a Kent (Model unknown) which had about 8200+ shaves (22 years) on it before it kicked the bucket, the handle cracked. Since than I have discovered the internet and rotate a few brushes. The two oldest being a BK8 which has about 400 shaves on it and a Vulfix 2234 which has about 1100.

When I look back at that Kent I am amazed it held up and would probably still be going if the handle had not gone up. I rarely cleaned it. Just a rinse, shake and an occasional lather with some hand soap.

Now that I have more than one brush and with my advancing years I wonder if I will ever have a brush that goes that distance

What are your oldest brushes (in shaves or years) and how have they held up through the years?

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 06-04-2012, 07:02 PM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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My two oldest brushes are a D.R. Harris H1 and H2 (Rooney 1/1 and 1/2) in best badger. I've had them for around 10-12 years and used them daily until I started my small Semogue collection. Both are pretty floppy now and I prefer using the Semogues I have. They are both cleaned and tucked away in their original boxes. I will give them to the grandsons someday.

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 06-04-2012, 11:19 PM
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  • Teiste
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I had a small Omega silvertip which lasted me 10 years of,almost,every day use,for a long period of time.The hairs on the center of the knot started to fell and I did removed it.I keep the handle and I should put an 18 mm knot on it.
The brush costed me around 60 of the actual Euros and lasted 10 years.Not a bad inversion,I would say.

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 06-05-2012, 03:47 AM
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I had to rescue this picture (more than 3 years ago) to show you my oldest brush (now the collection has grown up). Is the the third from the left of the picture. It is a badger brush that was a gift from my mother when I was 16 so now it has 20 years.

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 06-05-2012, 04:54 AM
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  • Songwind
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My oldest brush is 6 months so I really can't contribute, but it's pretty interesting to hear these stories.

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 06-05-2012, 05:01 AM
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(06-05-2012, 04:54 AM)Songwind Wrote: My oldest brush is 6 months so I really can't contribute, but it's pretty interesting to hear these stories.

Just give it time and don't develop AD and it will happen before you know it. Of course all the enablers on this board make that highly unlikely. Smile

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 06-05-2012, 05:43 AM
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  • Songwind
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(06-05-2012, 05:01 AM)SteelTown Wrote: Just give it time and don't develop AD and it will happen before you know it. Of course all the enablers on this board make that highly unlikely. Smile

Also, as I get a few brushes I realize that I like different kinds fairly equally, so brush AD is something I could probably embrace without too much fuss. Smile

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 06-05-2012, 07:36 AM
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(06-05-2012, 05:48 AM)Randy the Razor Wrote: 22 years! wow impressive.

It was my only brush for all of those years before I discovered online vendors. I received it as a gift.

When I look at all my brushes now, I kind of miss the time when I only had one choice. It was simpler and way less expensive. Smile

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 06-05-2012, 01:29 PM
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  • Brent
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  • Columbus, OH
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My longest has been about a year so I can't contribute either - I have a collection of about 1/2 dozen brushes so I assume that they're going to last quite a while as I rotate. I'll make sure I provide an update on here 22 years from now Tongue

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 06-05-2012, 06:10 PM
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  • vuk
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(06-05-2012, 05:48 AM)Randy the Razor Wrote: what's that little one in the middle? - me likey!

I think that's called the vie long pony. Its can be had in horse, badger, or a combo of the two.

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 06-05-2012, 07:01 PM
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Sorry, but i just started wet shaving last October, so my brushes are not even a year old.

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 06-05-2012, 11:27 PM
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(06-05-2012, 05:48 AM)Randy the Razor Wrote: 22 years! wow impressive.

(06-05-2012, 03:47 AM)trevize Wrote: ...

what's that little one in the middle? - me likey!

Sorry but I buy this small brush some years ago in a little drugstore, the seller told me that is a badger brush. All I can say is that is a Vie Long brush.

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 06-06-2012, 12:07 AM
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  • Teiste
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Una Vie Long que parace una Keyhole,Trevize.

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 06-06-2012, 12:20 AM
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  • Leon
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FWIW, badger bristles will last longer than boar bristles.

Badgers are meant to be wet, so the hair can take water more naturally than pigs hair which don't like water that much.

But, if properly taken care of, a boar brush lasts a couple of decades.

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