08-19-2015, 06:06 PM
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Hello all, just started with DE couple weeks ago. Got my Merkur 38C and Muhle 89 Twist paired with Kai blades. But brush is a different story. I started with Escali 100% Badger hair bristles for $10. It's ok it gets the job done. I just bought Muhle HJM 100% Boar Bristle Shaving Brush for $20, but I won't get this for a week. Any opinions on good/excellent brushes under $50.
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 08-19-2015, 06:10 PM
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If I had to recommend one brush below $50, it would be a 24mm Whipped Dog synthetic.  $22 shipping included with your choice of handle color.  I've been at this for years and it may be the best $22 I've ever spent on shaving gear.

As a disclaimer, I have NO affiliation with Whipped Dog, or its owner, Larry.  I am simply a satisfied customer.

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 08-19-2015, 06:13 PM
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(08-19-2015, 06:10 PM)shaverjoe Wrote: If I had to recommend one brush below $50, it would be a 24mm Whipped Dog synthetic.  $22 shipping included with your choice of handle color.  I've been at this for years and it may be the best $22 I've ever spent on shaving gear.

As a disclaimer, I have NO affiliation with Whipped Dog, or its owner, Larry.  I am simply a satisfied customer.

Yep, Larry is the man. I have a silvertip and a synthetic. The silvertip is good but the synthetic is the best value in brushes period. I have the 30mm but because of the plug and or short loft it splays about as much as a plisson,it is a small brush for being 30mm.

Im just a whipped dog customer myself no affiliation on my end either. Larry is a great guy and for 50 bucks you could get 2 brushes from Larry.

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 08-19-2015, 06:40 PM
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I love my grooming company synthetic... It is about 50 or so.. I also really like the synthetic satin tip from Straight Razor... Very nice for $15...

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 08-19-2015, 06:48 PM
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Franks Shaving has the same fibers as the muhle syntethics, and is decently priced I think it's 30.00, as is the loccitane plisson synthetic if you can find it. Same with the Stirling brush(if you can find it. Razorck just came out with some new badger brushes around your price range as well,if they are still on sale.

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 08-19-2015, 07:45 PM
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Omega S Brush 10 bucks
Satin Tip The Finest 15 bucks
WD Synth 22 bucks
Plisson Synth 30 bucks

All synthetics all great brushes

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 08-19-2015, 07:50 PM
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  • DayMan
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+ 1 on the Plisson if you can find one.  An Edwin Jagger synthetic would be a good option as well.  Same fibers as Muhle, but cheaper.

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 08-19-2015, 08:29 PM
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(08-19-2015, 06:10 PM)shaverjoe Wrote: If I had to recommend one brush below $50, it would be a 24mm Whipped Dog synthetic.  $22 shipping included with your choice of handle color.  I've been at this for years and it may be the best $22 I've ever spent on shaving gear.

As a disclaimer, I have NO affiliation with Whipped Dog, or its owner, Larry.  I am simply a satisfied customer.

Absolutely!!! I own the WD 24mm and cannot believe how soft and luxurious it feels. I compare it to the Plisson, which is considered the softest fiber ever, but it is no softer than the WD. I was just upstairs feeling the two on my face again (I do this too often) and blindfolded you could not tell the difference I assure you, other than perhaps the density of the WD which is a huge plus for me. However, if you want a larger brush for the same price range then either do a WD 30mm (I have not tried that one) or a Stirling 26mm synthetic for $22.95 which has the Plisson type fibers. You can't go wrong with any of the above. My personal favorite is the Stirling due to the size, but Whipped Dog is my second favorite followed by Plisson. The only reason Plisson is my 3rd favorite is because of the smaller 22mm knot and lack of backbone compared to the others. They are all awesome brushes that I rotate every shave.

By the way, I had the Escali for my first brush too and I thought it was okay until I tried a Simpson Colonel. I gave the Escali to my stepson because I could not stand to use it anymore after experiencing much better brushes.

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 08-19-2015, 09:01 PM
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Most of the Omega boar brushes would be great. Personally, I really like the Professional series, such as the 48 and 49 with their large knots.
If you are looking for badger brushes, then Whipped Dog or TGN has some fine ones.
Good luck.

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 08-20-2015, 01:20 AM
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Get a 24mm faux-Plisson knot for $10 from Chiseled Face and one of the $6 Whipped Dog handles, and you're set. Better quality handle and cheaper than the L'Occitane Plisson.

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 08-20-2015, 01:47 AM
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May I suggest a horse? Vie Long makes several affordable horse hair brushes that feels great and work great.

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 08-20-2015, 04:25 AM
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(08-19-2015, 09:01 PM)celestino Wrote: Most of the Omega boar brushes would be great. Personally, I really like the Professional series, such as the 48 and 49 with their large knots.
If you are looking for badger brushes, then Whipped Dog or TGN has some fine ones.
Good luck.

This is a good recommendation; I like and have the Proraso version of the same brush [48] which has a 60mm loft vs. 70mm. Great bargain.

As others have said, I think my best all-rounder for less than $50 is a 30mm Whipped Dog synthetic. There are many alternatives that will do the job in this price band but for me, this has the absolute greatest value. Larry's customer service is top notch as well!

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 08-20-2015, 06:46 AM
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(08-19-2015, 06:06 PM)Rlacrossjr Wrote: Hello all, just started with DE couple weeks ago. Got my Merkur 38C and Muhle 89 Twist paired with Kai blades. But brush is a different story. I started with Escali 100% Badger hair bristles for $10. It's ok it gets the job done. I just bought Muhle HJM 100% Boar Bristle Shaving Brush for $20, but I won't get this for a week. Any opinions on good/excellent brushes under $50.
I would like to suggest a Semogue Owners Club Boar Brush. I primarily use badger brushes and the only boar brush that provides me with as great an experience is a SOC.

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 08-20-2015, 06:52 AM
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Omega S-brush for a really budget option. I own two just because they're really cheap.

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 08-20-2015, 07:52 AM
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Thanks all. So if I go with WD which is the softest and produce best lather? Silver tip or synthetic?


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 08-20-2015, 08:07 AM
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(08-20-2015, 07:52 AM)Rlacrossjr Wrote: Thanks all. So if I go with WD which is the softest and produce best lather? Silver tip or synthetic?


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I don't have one of Larry's ST brushes but if you are looking for soft, the WD synthetic is one of the softest brushes I own.

I face lather 100% and had Larry sink the knot to 15mm for a net loft of 65mm (default loft is 70mm). It is a treat to use!

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 08-20-2015, 08:35 AM
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(08-20-2015, 08:07 AM)kwsher Wrote:
(08-20-2015, 07:52 AM)Rlacrossjr Wrote: Thanks all. So if I go with WD which is the softest and produce best lather? Silver tip or synthetic?


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I don't have one of Larry's ST brushes but if you are looking for soft, the WD synthetic is one of the softest brushes I own.

I face lather 100% and had Larry sink the knot to 15mm for a net loft of 65mm (default loft is 70mm). It is a treat to use!

Well poop those are sold out.


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 08-20-2015, 09:08 AM
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The one that first comes to my mind is the Vulfix Grosvenor 404 badger and boar mix, about US$30.  Other good options in badger include the Edwin Jäger bests and the Vulfix pures.

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 08-20-2015, 09:17 AM
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Another option would be to pick one up on the Buy Sell Trade section here.  I often see quite a few higher quality brushes for sale.  I've seen people let go of brushes costing over $100 for below $50 delivered.  Some I have seen are several Vulfix, Muhle Syntethics, Simpsons like Commodores or Colonel 2XL can at times be found for $50 or under.  If you are open to something like that, you could post in the Want to Buy section stating that you are looking for a high quality brush for under $50.  You will get a greater value buying a like new used one.

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 08-20-2015, 09:28 AM
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(08-20-2015, 07:52 AM)Rlacrossjr Wrote: Thanks all. So if I go with WD which is the softest and produce best lather? Silver tip or synthetic?


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A synthetic is softer than a badger,it also produces a lather much easier.

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