06-09-2016, 09:38 AM
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I am face lathering all the time and I like small to medium brushes, with a knot not larger than 22 mm. I am looking in buying one of the mentioned below badger shaving brushes, to use it as my travel brush, since are coming with a nice case.

A)     Simpson case in best badger
B)      Vulfix 2273 in super  badger, and or
C)      TOBS S2273 in super badger.
The dimensions are more or less the same, with a knot of 19mm and a loft of 40mm. and this is why I am confused which to choose.
I would appreciate if you can advice me which do you think, from your experience, will be the most suitable, so I can order it.

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 06-09-2016, 09:48 AM
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  • chamm
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My opinion on a practical travel brush is that you really should consider a synthetic. I know, I know, it's not a badger brush, however, it is practical for a number of reasons.
1) Dirt cheap. If it gets lost or damaged, you can replace it for around $10 - $15.
2) Doesn't absorb water - much less prone to getting mold/mildew if you chuck it in a dark Dopp kit.
3) Dries in a fraction of the time of a badger brush.
4) I still prefer badger, but synthetic is perfectly enjoyable to use, even for a week or two.

For me, #1 is probably the most important. Many of my badger brushes are not easily replaceable. Lots of things can go wrong when traveling.

Not a proper answer to your question, I know, but still worth thinking about.


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 06-09-2016, 09:52 AM
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 06-09-2016, 09:55 AM
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  • kav
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stay home?

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 06-09-2016, 10:53 AM
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How about a Duke 1? Still feels like a "real" brush, but small enough to fit in a Simpson Travel tube. I keep one along side a Classic 1 synthetic in my dopp. When I am only in a place for one night, I use the synthetic. When it will have a chance to dry out, I use the Duke. It's a two for one, best of both worlds.

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 06-09-2016, 06:45 PM
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I have a Whipped Dog 24mm synthetic and it is a perfect travel companion. Takes a lot of abuse, is sturdy and dries super quick

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 06-09-2016, 09:28 PM
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I bought this cheap synth off evil bay for about 8 bucks, aluminium handle, small and compact. Whips up a fantastic lather, could'nt believe it when i first used it, amazing lather. Not in my rotation by any means, awesome for travel with a merkur 23c, and a tube of Proraso green.

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 06-10-2016, 02:51 AM
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  • Rufus
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As others have recommended, I'd go with a synthetic.  I used to use a badger brush, but since synthetic knots have improved so much I've switched to a Muhle medium synthetic.  To me the big advantage of a synthetic over badger/boar/ horse is that it dries exceedingly quickly without sacrificing lather quality or face feel.  Travel tubes are all very nice, but you can buy one individually.  Better yet, do as I do and use a plastic pill bottle with a couple of holes punched in the lid; mine came free from my local pharmacist.  BTW, I only face lather and when I travel I use a soap stick (Harris Lavender at present) rather than my usual shaving cream.  Once again, I find a soap stick more convenient for travel because it is compact and doesn't have to be in the small plastic bag with my other creams, gels and liquids for carry-on air travel.  I find my Muhle synthetic works very well with my soap stick.

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 06-10-2016, 07:52 AM
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(06-09-2016, 09:48 AM)chamm Wrote: My opinion on a practical travel brush is that you really should consider a synthetic. I know, I know, it's not a badger brush, however, it is practical for a number of reasons.
1) Dirt cheap. If it gets lost or damaged, you can replace it for around $10 - $15.
2) Doesn't absorb water - much less prone to getting mold/mildew if you chuck it in a dark Dopp kit.
3) Dries in a fraction of the time of a badger brush.
4) I still prefer badger, but synthetic is perfectly enjoyable to use, even for a week or two.

For me, #1 is probably the most important. Many of my badger brushes are not easily replaceable. Lots of things can go wrong when traveling.

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 06-10-2016, 07:54 AM
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I'm with chamm, I also recommend a synthetic for travel.   I currently use a Simpson CH2 or my Muhle.

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 06-10-2016, 09:42 AM
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  • carvelo
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Sticking to your list, I'll choose the Simpson. However, a synthetic is the most practical way to go.  In my case, I own the Omega boar travel brush.  Just dirt cheap and decent performer.

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 06-10-2016, 01:59 PM
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Could do a Simpsons synthetic. It's not necessarily the most pragmatic financially due to cost, but is a looker. 

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 06-10-2016, 02:28 PM
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I use a Simpson Special in Best...40 bucks and fits in the case..classy handle, great performance, reasonable price.

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 06-11-2016, 01:21 AM
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Synthetics have already been suggested.. but can I raise the idea of a boar? More specifically, the Omega 50014 - it's reasonable priced, works great, and the handle doubles as the protective tube.

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 06-11-2016, 07:55 AM
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My travel brush of choice is the Stirling Synthetic 22mm x 51mm Li'l Brudder to the Kong.  Great size, great travel brush.

Hard to go wrong for $11.99

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 06-11-2016, 08:27 AM
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  • blzrfn
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When traveling to stay with family or friends I take a nice badger, like my vintage Simpson Case. When camping or staying in a hotel I take a cheap synthetic.

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 06-11-2016, 09:36 AM
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  • chazt
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I use a Semogue 2040HD as my travel brush. It's a full size, comfortable handle with a nice badger knot.

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 06-11-2016, 11:48 AM
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  • refles
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For longer trips I use a Simpson Classic 1 but for shorter trips where I know I will be checking out of the hotel early and know the brush would be in the travel tube I revert to a synthetic.. Fine Angel Hair brush, a brush you don't have to worry about drying.

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 06-11-2016, 12:51 PM
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Omega mighty midget. Great little power horse

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 06-11-2016, 05:26 PM
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(06-11-2016, 01:21 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: Synthetics have already been suggested.. but can I raise the idea of a boar? More specifically, the Omega 50014 - it's reasonable priced, works great, and the handle doubles as the protective tube.

I agree with a boar--Semouge 610.  Small but powerful.

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