11-26-2015, 05:22 PM
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I have been using a synthetic brush for a year now and am ready for my first badger. I am leaning towards a Simpson but there are just SO many to choose from. Any suggestions?
I pretty much only use creams, I bowel lather, and I am looking to keep price below $100.

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 11-26-2015, 11:59 PM
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What aspects of your synthetic do you like? Softness of tips on skin, spring like backbone, quick loading on software, smooth lather mixing ability?

That may allow others to suggest a badger within price range that will suit your preferences.

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 11-27-2015, 04:50 PM
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(11-26-2015, 11:59 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote: What aspects of your synthetic do you like? Softness of tips on skin, spring like backbone, quick loading on software, smooth lather mixing ability?

That may allow others to suggest a badger within price range that will suit your preferences.

I like my synthetic because...it works. I have not tried any other brushes so I dont have anything to compare it with. I guess I was looking for advise on where to start.

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 11-27-2015, 04:57 PM
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To start with and stay under your budget maybe a Duke or Colonel would be a good choice

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 11-27-2015, 05:01 PM
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I would advocate for a Thater 4125 in silvertip. Beautiful 26mm knot and very, very soft face feel. If you can stretch your budget by $12, they can be had at shaving.ie for far less than what they run in the US. I'd also look at Shavemac. Lots of great feedback on their brushes here.

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 11-27-2015, 05:31 PM
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(11-27-2015, 04:57 PM)Triad Wrote: To start with and stay under your budget maybe a Duke or Colonel would be a good choice

Thanks for the recommendations. I was actually leaning towards the duke but it is described as a "shaving soap specialist". Does that mean it doesnt work as well on cream?

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 11-27-2015, 05:36 PM
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(11-27-2015, 05:31 PM)sethr360 Wrote:
(11-27-2015, 04:57 PM)Triad Wrote: To start with and stay under your budget maybe a Duke or Colonel would be a good choice

Thanks for the recommendations. I was actually leaning towards the duke but it is described as a "shaving soap specialist". Does that mean it doesnt work as well on cream?

It would be fine for soap or cream.

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 11-29-2015, 04:37 PM
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(11-27-2015, 05:36 PM)Triad Wrote:
(11-27-2015, 05:31 PM)sethr360 Wrote:
(11-27-2015, 04:57 PM)Triad Wrote: To start with and stay under your budget maybe a Duke or Colonel would be a good choice

Thanks for the recommendations. I was actually leaning towards the duke but it is described as a "shaving soap specialist". Does that mean it doesnt work as well on cream?

It would be fine for soap or cream.
Thanks Toby. Is there anything that sets the Duke apart from the Colonel or is it pretty much personal preference?

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 11-29-2015, 04:55 PM
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(11-27-2015, 04:57 PM)Triad Wrote: To start with and stay under your budget maybe a Duke or Colonel would be a good choice

I like my Colonel and have been enjoying it more lately as I have for some reason been shaving with it more than my usual synthetics. The Colonel has very dense hair, so even though it is only a 22mm it feels bigger and has a nice bloom. That is the extent of my badger experience as I don't count the cheapo pure badgers I started with. I'm looking for a silvertip now myself and might go with Thater 4125 in 24 or 26mm. Good luck with your hunt.

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 11-29-2015, 06:58 PM
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how about a commodore?

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 11-29-2015, 11:40 PM
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(11-29-2015, 04:55 PM)Hobbyist Wrote:
(11-27-2015, 04:57 PM)Triad Wrote: To start with and stay under your budget maybe a Duke or Colonel would be a good choice

I like my Colonel and have been enjoying it more lately as I have for some reason been shaving with it more than my usual synthetics. The Colonel has very dense hair, so even though it is only a 22mm it feels bigger and has a nice bloom. That is the extent of my badger experience as I don't count the cheapo pure badgers I started with. I'm looking for a silvertip now myself and might go with Thater 4125 in 24 or 26mm. Good luck with your hunt.

Thanks for the advise.

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 11-30-2015, 07:01 AM
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I just bought a Duke 2 on Amazon for $88. Awesome brush


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 11-30-2015, 11:18 AM
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I have a Duke 3 and while I love it for face lathering, the short handle and loft make it less of a candidate for bowl lathering. One of the other Simpson's mentioned would be better, IMO.

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 11-30-2015, 02:00 PM
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+1 for the Colonel.  It's a great all-rounder; works very well with soaps and creams and easily handles face and bowl lathering.  Overall, an excellent value in terms of price, quality and performance.  I don't think you can go work with a Simpson Colonel in best.

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 12-01-2015, 07:21 PM
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for what its worth - I have a whipped dog 30 mm in black handle - loft set extra 5 mm deep - and i think that was a mistake. For one, I don't like the handle, too think and weird - especially when I have to really press with my scrawny hands to splay the brush ! Also - it is too dense...I think - in my humble opinion and limited experience - with synthetics you need to be very careful and ensure that there is some flow-through. I am assuming you are interested in Simpsons synthetic brush.

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 12-01-2015, 08:26 PM
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(11-30-2015, 02:00 PM)Rufus Wrote: +1 for the Colonel.  It's a great all-rounder; works very well with soaps and creams and easily handles face and bowl lathering.  Overall, an excellent value in terms of price, quality and performance.  I don't think you can go work with a Simpson Colonel in best.

The OP asked about a badger for bowl lathering.  I agree with Rufus that the Simpson Colonel would be a excellent choice.

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 12-01-2015, 08:44 PM
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The Colonel was my first badger and it served me well as a bowl latherer. I now mostly face lather, and the Colonel works fine at this as well.

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 12-02-2015, 08:40 AM
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  • vferdman
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The best way to get introduced to badger on a budget is TGN two band finest. It makes some of the very best badger brushes.

Good luck!

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