06-05-2016, 01:53 PM
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So let's hear an updated version of your favourite brush brand/brush manufacturer ?

Have you found a new brand, that you like ?
Or are you still preferring the old brands ?

BADGERS

I only have 3 badger brush brands in my den now. Have sold the rest.

My 3 preferred badger brush brands are, by quite a margin down to number 4 spot (which would be Vie Long):

Number 1: Simpson & Shavemac
Number 2: Thäter

Brush brands, that I find interesting and are on my wacth list: Romera, Paladin, Wiborg and Varlet

Brush brands, that will never find a place in my den again: Morris & Fordran and Rooney

BOARS

Never thought I would actually enjoy boar brushes, because they take time to dial in and break in. 
They look ugly from above and most feel quite cheap, when you hold the handles in you hand.

BUT I have learned to appreciate them for what they are - cheap, effective and nice brushes.

I own 10 boar brushes currently, 5 Semogue and 5 Omegas, so:

Number 1: Semogue
Number 2: Omega

SYNTHETICS

Synthetics are perfect beginner brushes - they are cheap, they lather easily and fast, they use less soap/cream and they dry in hours and seem to hold up very well.
They do lack the nice feel I get from my badgers though - synthetics might feel soft, but they don't feel luxurious to me. I get my luxurious feel from my badgers, but synthetics now have a safe place in my den.
They are perfect travel brushes, and they are so soft, that i can use them - even if I have dry skin during the winter and don't feel like face lathering, a synthetic brush can still do the job without irritating my skin.
Synthetics have evolved quite a bit during the last 2 years.
Still not a big fan of the more springy feeling Mühle STF and Edwin Jagger STF v2 fibres. My preference currently is for the Plisson like fibres, but in more densely packed knots.

Number 1: Stirling (Own all the models from Stirling now, even LIL BRUDDER with the tiny handle, just for fun)
Number 2: Simpson Chubby 2 (I tried to ask Mark Watterson if he would ever make the Chubby 3 in synthetics, but he can't source the fibres to match a knot, that will fit into the Chubby 3 handle currently)
Number 3: RazoRock
Number 4: Plisson
Number 5: CrownKing

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 06-05-2016, 01:57 PM
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Quote:“Only love can be divided endlessly and still not diminish.”



― Anne Morrow Lindbergh


No favorite for me.

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 06-05-2016, 01:59 PM
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My favorite brush brand is Simpsons because I got tired of putting my money in my paper shredder

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 06-05-2016, 02:24 PM
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Large Thater brushes...

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 06-05-2016, 02:27 PM
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  • Bony
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  • New York , USA
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For me # 1 is Plisson
           # 2 is Simpsons

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 06-05-2016, 02:40 PM
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  • Gabe
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  • Arizona
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I've yet to try a Simpson. I really do not feel he urge. Not too many Simpsons are 26mm+. Unless its a Chubby but I think it would be too short for my big hands. The Thater 4215/3 is 1mm taller and it feels borderline short. I am pretty happy with Thater and Shavemacs.

+1 on the larger sizes 26mm+

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 06-05-2016, 02:50 PM
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Simpsons or M&F. There are a few other brush makers I'd like to try but I find it rather ridiculous the hoops you have to jump thru to try and get one. Why deal with all the hassle when Simpsons will send you one in a week.

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 06-05-2016, 02:52 PM
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  • Agravic
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  • Pennsylvania, USA
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Thater
The Varlet
Shavemac

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 06-05-2016, 03:05 PM
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  • kav
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I'd rather put my money in a shredder than buy one. It is true a few highly regarded brushes conversely are not so held in the service department or ready availability. Do you want a Van Gogh or one of those  English cottage scenes mass produced? As always, my favorite brush is the one in the mail.

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 06-05-2016, 03:13 PM
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(06-05-2016, 03:05 PM)kav Wrote: I'd rather put my money in a shredder than buy one. It is true a few highly regarded brushes conversely are not so held in the service department or ready availability. Do you want a Van Gogh or one of those  English cottage scenes mass produced? As always, my favorite brush is the one in the mail.

Sisi1

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 06-05-2016, 03:43 PM
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The brands I keep in my den are all appreciated for their unique qualities. Rooney, Simpson,  M&F, Shavemac, Thater, Paladin & Vie-Long (Epsilon). That said, my old Rooneys are my all time favorite.

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 06-05-2016, 03:44 PM
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  • EricM
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  • Encinitas, CA
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Shavemac!

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 06-05-2016, 04:02 PM
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Now and then a brushmaker comes up with a singular achievement, above and beyond what they normally put forth. I have one such brush and hope to someday bump into another.

Having said that, I do have a particular fondness for the Paladins because of who Ken is and what he's trying to accomplish.

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 06-05-2016, 04:18 PM
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Wolf Whiskers (especially with Shavemac knots)
Shavemac

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 06-05-2016, 04:52 PM
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Simpson and Paladin


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 06-05-2016, 05:24 PM
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  • greyhawk
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Paladin. I'm surprised they have not gotten more love here so far. I have an original Chief and a PK-47 and they are fabulous. (I'm sure they will have siblings at some point.)
I am also very partial to Semogues, especially the hybrid badger/boars.

I have a Varlet on order and am hoping that gets added to my list of favorites.

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 06-05-2016, 05:35 PM
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  • jtmke
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  • milwaukee
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Pretty much the same

Vulfix
Simpson
Kent
Paladin
Thater
Shavemac

The order changes depending on mood and mood alone. I also really like my Brad Sears Beehive in 2 band.

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 06-05-2016, 05:56 PM
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(06-05-2016, 05:24 PM)greyhawk Wrote: Paladin. I'm surprised they have not gotten more love here so far. I have an original Chief and a PK-47 and they are fabulous. (I'm sure they will have siblings at some point.)
I am also very partial to Semogues, especially the hybrid badger/boars.

I have a Varlet on order and am hoping that gets added to my list of favorites.

The reason paladin doesn't get more love is because they're near impossible to get.

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 06-05-2016, 06:00 PM
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Badger (Premium)

  1. Bullgoose, Vie-Long Beehive Silvertip
  2. WSP Monarch Silvertip (or Manchurian - it was one of the early ones)
  3. Shavemac (various Silvertip, Finest  & D01 Silvertip)
Badger (Budget)

  1. Frank Shave 24 mm 2-Band
  2. Rudy Vey TGN 24 mm Finest
  3. Vlad Customized Mcneese TGN 22 mm Finest
Boar


  1. Omega 10065
  2. Omega 10081
  3. Omega 10049
  4. Vlad custom Certifyed w/Omega knot
Synthetic


  1. Whipped Dog Synthetic
  2. Edwin Jagger Large 
  3. RazoRock Disruptor
  4. Plisson

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 06-05-2016, 06:02 PM
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Nothing beats my wolverine brush.
Nothing...

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