07-02-2016, 11:13 AM
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I have been in this brush AD state since pretty much 2012.

Not thinking about quitting buying badgers and new great synthetics, still 'need' a couple of Simpsons to feel my collection is where I want it to be (for instance will buy a Chubby 2 and Chubby 3 in Manchurian in 2017, just to feel if the hair batch is any different than the 2 Manchurians I own from 2013 and 2014 and the 4 I bought in 2016.

I also will order a 2-Band Silvertip Chubby 3 soon.....as soon as Mark can make it in Faux horn material.

I just purchased 3 Thäters, making my collection of Thäters to 6 now, and my Shavemac Customs are done completely with 10 brushes in my den.
Simpsons brushes are also 10, but I will buy 3-4 more during 2016 and 2017 from that brand.

Now is the time to relax and enjoy my badgers. 

Very nice reading about all the new badger brush manufacturers popping up, Varlet, Paladin, Wiborg, Epsilon and the likes - but they hardly makes my blood boil or really excites me.......

Perhaps it's time to just enjoy what I have and stop the AD craze ?

Haven't felt like this for some time - but you can't RE-invent the badger brush more times, is my feeling. We have this badger hair, and I have it all the varieties in my den, soft, rough, medium dense, extra dense, pillow soft, backbone beasts....I got it all, and several of each.

I feel it's harder to get excited over things, that I feel I already own in my den - nothing new really.....

Anyone else just feel it's time to sit back and relax and enjoy what you have ?
Do you still get excited over the new brush releases ?

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 07-02-2016, 11:35 AM
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The only brush that ever " made my blood broil" was a shedder. Now, if you want to talk brushes that make my heart beat faster Paladins and Vie Longs
have my loyalty and whatever funds may come my way.

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 07-02-2016, 11:39 AM
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I feel I am getting very close on brushes, I currently have 16 in rotation 12 are custom made best badger and up, I plan on adding maybe 2 more and be done, well thats the plan Biggrin

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 07-02-2016, 11:58 AM
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Claus, I was very happy five years ago with my 6 brushes and, really, the main reason I have accumulated so many is for my photos. Nonetheless, I greatly enjoy using them all. Furthermore, I would still like to add at least one Simpsons Manchurian Chubby 3 to my collection. Biggrin

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 07-02-2016, 12:37 PM
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I was happy for years with a boar brush and two badger brushes.

For years. My second badger was for "special occasions" only and I only bought it because it was on sale.

Then I picked up a brush here and there. Then a special edition and a limited edition. Then one from this brand and that brand. Then a few knots to restore some vintage brushes

Now I'm starting to get the look whenever my wife uses my bathroom...

I enjoy every one of them too.

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 07-02-2016, 12:39 PM
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A few folks need to watch the old STAR TREK episode with Tribbles again.

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 07-02-2016, 12:40 PM
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Just enjoy your brushes my friend. I feel almost the same, now that I have the brushes I wanted I feel like I'm satisfied. My collection is nowhere nears yours but most of the brushes I have ever wanted is here now. Namely Paladins that I have wanted for so long. I have two Falstaff's coming. If I am fortunate, I'd like a Chief and a Lotus too, but I feel very satisfied with what I have now.

I have a Nathan Clark, Wolf Whiskers, Paladin, Simpsons Duke 3, Rudy Vey 2 band Shavemac, a Parker silvertip my wife gave to me, among my several synthetics. I am a happy camper.

I want a Varlet, M&F, Brad Sears and perhaps a Simpsons Chubby brush and a couple more Paladin's and my collection is pretty much complete. Although still humble, I feel very blessed to have these few brushes in my possession. I enjoy them immensely as a collector and a hobbyist. 

I'll still buy once in a while, but no more blood boiling I suppose.

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 07-02-2016, 01:03 PM
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Late last year I had about a dozen brushes but decided to reduced it and just use the ones I really enjoy. I'm left with 4 and have been just enjoying them, with only 4 I get to use each of them more often. I still see a lot of nice brushes that I might want but don't see the need to buy any more as I really like enjoying my brushes but that could change any day.

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 07-02-2016, 01:05 PM
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I am definitely at that stage. I feel like my collection of brushes is right where I want it in terms of size, quality and diversity. Sure I will buy another brush at some point, but I am not actively seeking any out and probably won't for a while. I just really love the brushes I have and can't imagine others offering anything dramatically different. Now that said, if the right brush pops up on the BST I am reflexively ready to pounce haha.

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 07-02-2016, 01:25 PM
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I haven't had BAD for over a year, year and a half. I got hit with RAD and SAD, they took precedence.  Biggrin

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 07-02-2016, 01:55 PM
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I was happy with my 5-6 brushes earlier this year, but sold them all and I'm down to just a Maggard's 24mm synthetic. If anything I'm just as happy now that I don't have to fret over what brush to use. Ignorance is bliss  Angel

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 07-02-2016, 02:05 PM
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Oh yeah!

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 07-02-2016, 02:29 PM
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I've assembled a lovely collection of a dozen brushes, most of which really please me a LOT. They range in size from 20mm to 31+mm. I could be very happy with this crew for the rest of my shaving days. My most recent brush quelled the BAD, 1, because it isn't the super duperest (my expectations were too high and I was surprised/disappointed) and 2, because it made me realize, Yowza, I've got a sweet collection of awesome, already! The time has come to enjoy and appreciate the nuances inherent to each lovely specimen. I like the new Captain brush but will wait until it's available as a 3 which will be closer in size to my current preferences. Until then, I will enjoy my shaves Biggrin

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 07-02-2016, 03:50 PM
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Mark,

You got more pics?

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 07-02-2016, 04:02 PM
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Interesting thought.  Im in a bit of that mode myself, sans badger.  I sold off all my badgers except the Epsilon which when it became a bad shredder I did not replace.   I now have 3 omega boars...a 10049, 10066 and another one with a red plastic handle, and a semogue 620 I just got and am breaking in.  I have 3 synthetics, and that's it, 7 total brushes.  Right now I'm just enjoying and getting to know my boars and to be honest, I couldgo the rest of my life without a badger and be perfectly content.  Since I will be opening my own firm shortly and money will be tight, that's probably a good thing.

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 07-02-2016, 04:18 PM
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(07-02-2016, 03:50 PM)bakerbarber Wrote: Mark,

You got more pics?

Sure! Some of my forest.

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 07-02-2016, 04:53 PM
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I had 10 brushes and was quite happy that I had all I needed. I had 3 boar and 7 synthetic brushes. Then about 10 days ago I discovered a Simpson Chubby 2 synthetic. I ordered one and it just blew me away. I love it so much I'm thinking of getting one more in a butterscotch handle. I love this hobby.

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 07-02-2016, 05:28 PM
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Great collection, Mark and it is finally nice to see what you look like! Thumbup

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 07-03-2016, 02:46 AM
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Hi Claus, I believe I'm at the same stage as yourself. It is really Shavemac that has put me here. Being able to select everything, thus customising your brush to how you like is a game changer. Shape, colour, knot, weight, you name it. Then having this specific variety in around 15 brushes; eradicates the need for something else IMO. Throw into the mix my Omegas, Paladin, Simpson etc and you have a kaleidoscope of brushes. Time to enjoy the collection.

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 07-03-2016, 03:38 AM
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I was a terrible sufferer of SBAD back 7 years ago or so. Been over it for at least 4-5 years now and I am thankful.

Down to Omega #48, #49, Semogue 2000, Thater 4125/1, an 18mm TGN Finest travel brush, and a Plisson #12 HMW now and that is more than enough.

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