11-05-2015, 04:27 PM
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Looking for a nice badger, soft, dense, with backbone for under $100.

I've been looking at WD and Semogue...

Please assist.

Thanks!

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 11-05-2015, 04:28 PM
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This Duke 3 for $88 shipped looks like a winner...

http://www.amazon.com/Simpson-Duke-Badge...002P9EYZ6/

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 11-05-2015, 04:39 PM
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Definitely romera if he comes through...

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 11-05-2015, 04:43 PM
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A thater 2 band on the bst , I just bought a 4125/1 fan for 89 on here. Great brush, I prefer 2 band hair though so YMMV

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 11-05-2015, 04:53 PM
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(11-05-2015, 04:28 PM)crazindndude Wrote: This Duke 3 for $88 shipped looks like a winner...

http://www.amazon.com/Simpson-Duke-Badge...002P9EYZ6/

I've had some Simpson Best Badgers...they are super prickly. 

I'm looking for the softest, modt dense, with backbone.

Thanks though!

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 11-05-2015, 04:56 PM
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(11-05-2015, 04:39 PM)1SOAP Wrote: Definitely romera if he comes through...

I'd never heard of those!!! Look very nice but not too much available... Sad

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 11-05-2015, 05:07 PM
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There are alot of great second hand brushes on the BST forum. Id look for something there.

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 11-05-2015, 05:25 PM
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I would second the Thater recommendation. Even my three band Thater has enough backbone as long as it is a bulb shape. If you are a fan man I would pass on Thater.

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 11-05-2015, 06:54 PM
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Semogue 730HD Silvertip or SOC 2band.

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 11-05-2015, 07:33 PM
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Always thought the SOC 2 band was a good choice for a brand new badger in that price range. 

Bob

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 11-06-2015, 04:54 AM
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(11-05-2015, 04:27 PM)Mitchcumsteen Wrote: Looking for a nice badger, soft, dense, with backbone for under $100.

I've been looking at WD and Semogue...

Please assist.

Thanks!

I would highly recommend waiting a bit until you had a bit more money and going somewhere in the 130 to 150 range for your brush.  If budget is the biggest issue for you, wait until you have a bit more cash and get yourself a Thater or Shavemac 2-band.  Thats my advice.  I'm not disappointed with any of the brushes around that much for.   Other than that, I hear the Duke 3 is decent but after I read about it, it sounded too small for me and not what I was looking for.

I'm a budget conscious guy for sure but so many times in my life, I realized that I messed up by buying something cheap because I just ended up buying the really nice thing anyway, and if I'd done that in the beginning, I wouldn't have spent the extra money on the cheap thing that is no good to me.

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 11-06-2015, 05:07 AM
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(11-06-2015, 04:54 AM)SCShaver Wrote:
(11-05-2015, 04:27 PM)Mitchcumsteen Wrote: Looking for a nice badger, soft, dense, with backbone for under $100.

I've been looking at WD and Semogue...

Please assist.

Thanks!

I would highly recommend waiting a bit until you had a bit more money and going somewhere in the 130 to 150 range for your brush.  If budget is the biggest issue for you, wait until you have a bit more cash and get yourself a Thater or Shavemac 2-band.  Thats my advice.  I'm not disappointed with any of the brushes around that much for.   Other than that, I hear the Duke 3 is decent but after I read about it, it sounded too small for me and not what I was looking for.

I'm a budget conscious guy for sure but so many times in my life, I realized that I messed up by buying something cheap because I just ended up buying the really nice thing anyway, and if I'd done that in the beginning, I wouldn't have spent the extra money on the cheap thing that is no good to me.

I really appreciate the input. Ironically, I pulled the trigger on a Duke 3 Best for $88 on Amazon. Hope it's not a shedder.

I'm going to be selling off some of my den overflow and will consider a $130 - 150 badger. I was torturing myself last night looking at Savile Rows, Shavemacs, etc.

Thanks again all!


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 11-06-2015, 05:13 AM
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I think the artisan brush makers here offer a great value. You can get a high quality, one of kind, custom handle turned in your choice of material with a very good knot for under $100 in most instances.

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 11-06-2015, 05:28 AM
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Bennett that is actually a fantastic idea right there.  If you wanted a nicer badger you could get a Nathan Clark or a Brad Sears custom brush and you'd have even more of your own spin on it.  I was thinking of getting Nathan to make me a Clemson Tigers style brush.

Either way, I did exactly what you did Mitch, and I did a sell off of some of my shaving gear to buy a Shavemac before.  I think its a good way of acquiring funds and you feel less guilty about it haha.  The shaving community is pretty awesome in that many times, you can get back 2/3s to even 3/4s of what you put into something.  I hope you find a great brush and I also hope you like your Duke 3.  $88 is a great price.

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 11-16-2015, 07:34 PM
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I am seriously loving the Duke 3!!! Even though only 3 shaves in, it's awesome. I can only imagine it getting better.


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 11-16-2015, 09:38 PM
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(11-16-2015, 07:34 PM)Mitchcumsteen Wrote: I am seriously loving the Duke 3!!! Even though only 3 shaves in, it's awesome. I can only imagine it getting better.


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Simpsons best badger is a pretty good knot for the money.

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 11-16-2015, 09:51 PM
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The Duke 3 Best is a great little brush. However, wait until you try a Shavemac Silvertip 2-Band. You can find one, at times, on the BST for a very reasonable price.
Enjoy the Duke 3! Thumbsup

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 11-16-2015, 09:58 PM
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(11-16-2015, 09:38 PM)Fireman Wrote:
(11-16-2015, 07:34 PM)Mitchcumsteen Wrote: I am seriously loving the Duke 3!!! Even though only 3 shaves in, it's awesome. I can only imagine it getting better.


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Simpsons best badger is a pretty good knot for the money.

I actually just read that many prefer the Simpson's best (as opposed to super) due to its balance of scritch and softness.  I've been wondering if inshoukkmlook at best rather than super if I ever give in to the Simpson bug.

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 11-17-2015, 12:58 AM
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(11-16-2015, 07:34 PM)Mitchcumsteen Wrote: I am seriously loving the Duke 3!!! Even though only 3 shaves in, it's awesome. I can only imagine it getting better.


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I feel Simpson's Best is an excellent badger grade. I have a 58 in Best and I would never part with it. Solid brushes, all around.

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 11-17-2015, 06:51 AM
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Congratulations! Simpsons Best is a nice brush.  For anyone else that might read this Henri et Victoria Sir Henri brush is available for around the $50 mark.  It's a dense two band brush that has lots of backbone due to the density and has nice soft tips.  My criticism of it would be that the flow through suffers from the density but for the $50 mark it is an unbelievable deal.

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