05-09-2015, 02:49 PM
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Hi guys new to this forum, but not wet shaving. I know I've asked a lot of questions but I have another that I need some input on. I've been a boar brush user forever really,I had a cheap badger brush from amazon but I wasn't impressed with it too much so I tossed it now I'm I'm the market for a new one. I'm not wanting to spend a lot of cash on a brush $50.00 bucks is my goal maybe with a tad of wiggle room. The brush I have my eye on most is the simpson special or S1 brush just to test the water here. What would you guys suggest for a decent brush at that price? Also looked at the vie long horse.

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 05-09-2015, 03:20 PM
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(05-09-2015, 02:49 PM)Otis375 Wrote: Hi guys new to this forum, but not wet shaving. I know I've asked a lot of questions but I have another that I need some input on. I've been a boar brush user forever really,I had a cheap badger brush from amazon but I wasn't impressed with it too much so I tossed it now I'm I'm the market for a new one. I'm not wanting to spend a lot of cash on a brush $50.00 bucks is my goal maybe with a tad of wiggle room. The brush I have my eye on most is the simpson special or S1 brush just to test the water here. What would you guys suggest for a decent brush at that price? Also looked at the vie long horse.

http://www.whippeddog.com might have something in this price area. You could perhaps also find a new Semogue Owners Club badger (silvertip) in the area of $50-$70 on eBay
If you wold be willing to spend around $80 -$100 you might want to look on etsy "LoveYourShave  "


Hope it helps!

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 05-09-2015, 04:12 PM
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Good Badger brushes at or below 50 bucks are hard to find. Badger hair is expensive on the international market.
So you can do what I do, buy directly from a maker of knots in your country, or buy a brush made with a chinese knot to maximise value.
Semogue  brushes I think are wellmade and not much more. However, at below 50 USD whippeddog 2band and New forest brushes 2 band come to mind

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 05-09-2015, 04:13 PM
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Whipped Dog, TGN, or Vintage Blades brushes are all very good for the price you are looking at.  

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 05-09-2015, 04:37 PM
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You can also find a very good deal right here @Swap&Shop if you would not mind getting a pre-owned brush

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 05-09-2015, 05:14 PM
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  I have a Whipped Dog and I love it. Very good brush for the money. He also has high mountain badger, I haven't tried one yet. If you want to spend $ 70 - 80, I got a New Forest Tubby 1 that is lovely.

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 05-09-2015, 06:01 PM
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Wish I could help, but I have never bought a badger brush cheaper than $125.

I think you should try the cheaper alternative, and then save up for a high quality prime badger. They cost $125 and upwards......

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 05-09-2015, 07:30 PM
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I have 3 brushes from Larry (Whipped Dog) and I find them great value for money. His silvertip is very luxurious, while his high mountain has a very strong backbone. From my research I don't think you will find much else in that price range, that will be worth your while...

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 05-10-2015, 10:38 AM
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I'm trying to justify a brush that cost 100+ dollars. It's not a question of not having the money to purchase it. It's more of am I going to regret spending that kind of money on a brush,that's why I was going to try a less expensive brush to start if possible.

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 05-10-2015, 11:48 AM
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While I don't get along with badgers - Ace Shaving silvertips (can be found on eBay or aliexpress) were just as good or better than the Semogue and Kents I tried. You can find a 26mm Kent clone by Ace Shaving for ~$35 shipped.

Personally - I think modern synthetics offer superior lather making and face feel VS most badgers. They do have cons for e.g. poor water retention - but are worth a look for sure.

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 05-10-2015, 02:59 PM
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For 50 bucks there's not a very large array of choices. At least good ones. Semogue makes great badger brushes on the cheaper side that most brands do, I highly recommend them, specially the SOC 2-band. It's a bit more than you want to pay, but you'll be spending it right, while bad brushes would be wasting money.

Or you can try a Chinese brush from LiJun or Frank shaving.

Mainly thing is; stay away from pure, grey or black badger, as they're very prickly and not am improvement over boar. Good boar brushes are much better than bad badger ones, IMO.

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 05-12-2015, 11:27 AM
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Vintage Blades Brand Finest: the best "value" retail/stock badger brush on the market, IMHO. 

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 05-12-2015, 11:32 AM
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(05-12-2015, 11:27 AM)cmh8890 Wrote: Vintage Blades Brand Finest: the best "value" retail/stock badger brush on the market, IMHO. 

I ended up buying the muhle synthetic brush. Talk about being out of left field, but the price was right. Always wanted to try a synthetic brush specifically the plisson,but after some research I settled on the muhle. It will be here Thursday.

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 05-12-2015, 12:23 PM
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I think on a budget synthetic brushes are very strong contenders. You did not bad!

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 05-12-2015, 06:21 PM
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I have to agree with cmh8890. Vintage Blades Finest in a Stock Retail Brush.  Best deal on a STB would be Larry at Whipped Dog.   I don't think you can go wrong Otis picking between these two and staying within your budget.  

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