05-19-2015, 11:38 AM
#1
User Info
I wanted to get the wisdom of fellow members here. I have a chance to buy a used brush and the owner has been up front with me and has stated the brush sheds 1 or 2 hairs every use. The brush is about 1 and a half years old and is not his go to brush. Is this normal? 

I'm trying to determine if I should pass on this deal or not. The brush in question is a Simpson Duke 3. I hear they are densely packed so I don't know if that's just normal shedding. I have decided to pass on this brush, thank you for everyone's feedback!

2 106
Reply
 05-19-2015, 01:10 PM
#2
User Info
I do not find any of my brushes to shed after the first couple of uses. If it really is one or two hairs though, this is pretty minimal and shouldn't pose much of a problem.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

73 2,200
Reply
 05-19-2015, 01:21 PM
#3
User Info
Brushes usually shed a few loose hairs at the outset, but this should settle down. You don't say, roughly, how many uses the brush has had. Has the shedding been continuous since day one, or only recently?
I agree with Nathan that one or two hairs per shave is not likely to cause a long term issue, so long as it remains at that level and doesn't increase.

31 5,284
Reply
 05-19-2015, 01:22 PM
#4
  • Rufus
  • Senior Member
  • Greater Toronto Area
User Info
(05-19-2015, 01:10 PM)merkur man Wrote: I do not find any of my brushes to shed after the first couple of uses. If it really is one or two hairs though, this is pretty minimal and shouldn't pose much of a problem.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

This has been my experience in my 45 years or so of using shaving brushes.

5 887
Reply
 05-19-2015, 01:59 PM
#5
User Info
It's not normal and probably won't stop. In my opinion it should sell for less than a typical used example of that brush.

15 771
Reply
 05-19-2015, 02:03 PM
#6
User Info
(05-19-2015, 01:21 PM)Optometrist Wrote: Brushes usually shed a few loose hairs at the outset, but this should settle down. You don't say, roughly, how many uses the brush has had. Has the shedding been continuous since day one, or only recently?
I agree with Nathan that one or two hairs per shave is not likely to cause a long term issue, so long as it remains at that level and doesn't increase.

+1

82 21,056
Reply
 05-19-2015, 02:26 PM
#7
User Info
I wouldn't buy it.  Nono

39 3,883
Reply
 05-19-2015, 02:50 PM
#8
  • blzrfn
  • Butterscotch Bandit
  • Vancouver USA
User Info
(05-19-2015, 01:59 PM)guildx500 Wrote: It's not normal and probably won't stop. In my opinion it should sell for less than a typical used example of that brush.

Spot on!  I have had a couple of shedders and nothing will stop it from happening once it begins.  If it is shedding due to knot-rot (unofficial term, but accurate) you could thoroughly clean out the residue that caused the shedding to start and prevent it from getting worse, but the damage has already been done.  If it is shedding due to manufacture defect (improper adhesive) then it will likely continue to get worse the more it is used.  I had a Simpson Classic 2 that started shedding after a couple of years and even after thoroughly cleaning it and combing it several times it continued on.  It got so bad that the only thing I could do was plan on which knot to replace the original with but I was so disgusted I ended up selling it for $45.

139 2,680
Reply
 05-19-2015, 02:53 PM
#9
User Info
Thanks for the great advice everyone. I have decided to pass on this brush. Very appreciative of the knowledge here.

2 106
Reply
 05-19-2015, 03:14 PM
#10
  • Rufus
  • Senior Member
  • Greater Toronto Area
User Info
(05-19-2015, 02:53 PM)Deckma Wrote: Thanks for the great advice everyone. I have decided to pass on this brush. Very appreciative of the knowledge here.

Good decision.  There are too many flawless brushes on the market to take a chance on this one.

5 887
Reply
 05-19-2015, 03:42 PM
#11
User Info
Every natural brush I've had is like that. Boar or badger. Synthetics are pretty much all I use now because they don't shed. At all.

Still, take a look at this post http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread....My-Shedder!

18 713
Reply
 05-19-2015, 05:21 PM
#12
  • BobH
  • Senior Member
  • Thunder Bay Canada
User Info
I see the decision has been made but i just wanted to add my experience with brushes. I have had brushes that shes the odd hair at the start but never over a long period of time like one and a half years. Some of mine have never shed a hair/bristle. 

It does have me wondering what a brush would look like shedding 1-2 hairs in daily use over that period of time. I mean we are talking roughly 500 - 1000 hairs at that rate. Just how many hairs go into a normally packed knot bundle. Just half kidding about that.

Bob

0 1,694
Reply
 05-19-2015, 05:40 PM
#13
  • Teddyboy
  • Guilty, with an explanation
  • NYC
User Info
Good idea to pass on it.  I have three Duke 3's in various hair types including Simpsons Best and I do not lose any hairs.  However, my Duke 2 started shedding after about a year and it is now shelved for posterity.

1 795
Reply
Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)