08-02-2012, 04:41 PM
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What's the best quality badger brush a man can get for under $75? Something that's dense enough to tackle mug and hard soap lathering. And also, tall enough to fit in my mug for mug lathering.

WCS has a 15% Simpsons coupon code. I'm thinking of buying from there, not to mention the FREE SHIPPING.

How does the Simpson Commodore X2 stack up? It looks pretty tall and it's got a large 22mm knot.

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 08-02-2012, 05:23 PM
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I have a Commodore X2 & I think it's handle is suited more to face lathering. The one you have pictured above looks to be the Colonel X2L would be much better suited to bowl lathering.

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 08-02-2012, 05:28 PM
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+1 on the Colonel.

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 08-02-2012, 06:41 PM
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(08-02-2012, 05:23 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: I have a Commodore X2 & I think it's handle is suited more to face lathering. The one you have pictured above looks to be the Colonel X2L would be much better suited to bowl lathering.

Why is that? That picture isn't mine. I just wanted to use it as an example.

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 08-02-2012, 06:59 PM
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22mm is actually a medium sized brush. It was probably considered large 50-100 years ago, but everything has been supersized.

I don't understand why it needs to be tall or how tall it must be. If it needs to be tall, that will narrow your choices to a few options. Or one option.

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 08-02-2012, 07:01 PM
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(08-02-2012, 06:41 PM)ChiTownCliff Wrote:
(08-02-2012, 05:23 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: I have a Commodore X2 & I think it's handle is suited more to face lathering. The one you have pictured above looks to be the Colonel X2L would be much better suited to bowl lathering.

Why is that? That picture isn't mine. I just wanted to use it as an example.

I was just pointing out that you said commodore but pictured a colonel. It's a bit confusing. I've bowl lathered with the commodore x2 & it gets swallowed up in my latte mug.

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 08-02-2012, 08:10 PM
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(08-02-2012, 06:59 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: 22mm is actually a medium sized brush. It was probably considered large 50-100 years ago, but everything has been supersized.

I don't understand why it needs to be tall or how tall it must be. If it needs to be tall, that will narrow your choices to a few options. Or one option.

I've got a large mug that my sister brought me from Vegas as a souvenir. My other brushes are either too small or too big(knot size) to swirl in.

(08-02-2012, 07:01 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: I have a Commodore X2 & I think it's handle is suited more to face lathering. The one you have pictured above looks to be the Colonel X2L would be much better suited to bowl lathering.


I was just pointing out that you said commodore but pictured a colonel. It's a bit confusing. I've bowl lathered with the commodore x2 & it gets swallowed up in my latte mug.

I could've sworn the picture said Commodore. Next time, I'll just grab the generic photo.

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 08-02-2012, 08:19 PM
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Best brush under 75 dollars? Semogue 1800 boar brush and you have extra cash to spend in some good shaving soaps.
If you are looking for a badger one,the Vulfix 2234 and the Simpson Commodore X1 or X2 could be the answer.The Colonel X2 in best badger too.
And if you are a hard die face latherer,the Rooney 1/1 in super silvertip.

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 08-03-2012, 03:21 AM
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If don't mind that its boar or badger, I would say jump on the TSN LE by Semogue!

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 08-03-2012, 03:34 AM
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semogue boar (soc) or vielong horse buy both and take your self out to a nice lunch for scoring 2 great brushes instead of just one

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 08-03-2012, 04:01 AM
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(08-03-2012, 03:34 AM)Rabidmonkey Wrote: semogue boar (soc) or vielong horse buy both and take your self out to a nice lunch for scoring 2 great brushes instead of just one

+1 on the Vie-Long Horse. bullgooseshaving.net has a good selection of Vie-long Horse Hair burshes.

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 08-03-2012, 04:20 AM
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(08-02-2012, 04:41 PM)ChiTownCliff Wrote: [Image: IMG_0256-1.jpg]

That's an ugly exemplar of a X2L. It's weird what sometimes goes through the "controls".......usually the X2L looks better.
I didn't like the X2L, its handle is a bit uncomfortable to hold.
For bowl-lathering I can imagine the Vulfix 2235 Best Badger would be a real winner! Idea Big handle, nice to hold and awesome flow-through! Cool

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 08-03-2012, 05:30 AM
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(08-03-2012, 04:01 AM)DLP Wrote:
(08-03-2012, 03:34 AM)Rabidmonkey Wrote: semogue boar (soc) or vielong horse buy both and take your self out to a nice lunch for scoring 2 great brushes instead of just one

+1 on the Vie-Long Horse. bullgooseshaving.net has a good selection of Vie-long Horse Hair burshes.

+1 on the Horse-hair, or even a very good synthetic like Frank Shaving and you could save yourself some money. They are all fantastic brushes. Good luck.

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 08-03-2012, 09:56 AM
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Thanks guys, but I've had enough of boars for once. I've been using the proraso for a while and still use it occasionally. But now, I want something nicer and that takes less time to make lather.

I'm looking into the Duke range now. This is a tough choice to make!

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 08-03-2012, 11:13 AM
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I think you might find the Duke a little short for that big mug you described.

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 08-03-2012, 01:26 PM
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My vote is for a Rooney 3/1 in Super.

It's over your target, but VB has it for $80. A 3/1 was my first "good" brush. I still have it. And it still is a pleasure to use.

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 08-03-2012, 03:25 PM
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Max's idea has great merit as well.

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 08-03-2012, 03:32 PM
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If you do not want to work at making lather, then the synthetics might be what you are looking for. Good luck.

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 08-03-2012, 04:41 PM
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Give up the mug; face lather and get a Berkeley. Easier.

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 08-04-2012, 05:40 AM
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Muhle Silvertip Fibre 23mm.

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