12-15-2016, 02:48 AM
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I have used both synthetic and boar brushes, I am looking into trying badger brush without the need to hunt for one. I do know that there are brushes like M&F, Paladin or Varlet that IYO might worth the waiting time and patience.

I am just looking to try a good badger brush that I can just buy whenever I can, if I really like it, then I will brush out to look for brush that are much more sought after, perhaps due to the look or performance. I did read around that I can consider Simpson, Saville Row or Thaters, however as this is going to be my first badger brush, I hope to get some insights from some of the more experiences user here.

Please, you may recommend brands out of the three I suggested.

Thank you for your time.

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 12-15-2016, 03:26 AM
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  • Rufus
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Since you haven't specified any parameters on what you might like I'll go out on a limb and suggest a Simpson Colonel with a best knot.  This brush is the perfect all-rounder being excellent value and right down the centre in terms of size, density and backbone; a good starting point in my view.

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 12-15-2016, 03:40 AM
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Simpson, simpson, simpson. No doubt.

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 12-15-2016, 03:47 AM
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Stirling 24mm fan. There's a review thread going here and the various other forums, and all signs point to it being a winner.

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 12-15-2016, 03:57 AM
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I'll second the Simpson Colonel. This was my first badger brush and introduction to the Simpson brand. Excellent value for money, IMO.

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 12-15-2016, 04:02 AM
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The Simpson Duke 3 in Best would be an excellent choice.

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 12-15-2016, 04:17 AM
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Have heard great things about the Stirling 24mm.

Have you considered a Semogue Owners Club 2 band? Great brush for the money IMO.

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 12-15-2016, 04:18 AM
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So many brushes...so little time.
1) Do you have a set budget maximum?
2) Do you like floppy or stiff?
3) Do you like small handles or large handles?
4) Do you face lather or bowl lather?
If I have omitted some qualifying question would someone on TSN chime in, thanks.

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 12-15-2016, 04:18 AM
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(12-15-2016, 03:26 AM)Rufus Wrote: Since you haven't specified any parameters on what you might like I'll go out on a limb and suggest a Simpson Colonel with a best knot.  This brush is the perfect all-rounder being excellent value and right down the centre in terms of size, density and backbone; a good starting point in my view.

Yea, I am still pretty new about brush, only had a Semogue 620 Boar Brush 21/50 and a Muhle STF V.2 also a 21/50. Had some brush with higher loft but I just downright dislike them as how floppy they are. So likely I am searching for a 24/50 or a 26/50. But I am open to options though. I guess I prefer brushes with good backbone and smooth at the same time, do such brush exist? Or just an oxymoron?

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 12-15-2016, 04:22 AM
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(12-15-2016, 04:17 AM)nsavage Wrote: Have heard great things about the Stirling 24mm.

Have you considered a Semogue Owners Club 2 band? Great brush for the money IMO.

I have not really go into research of individual brand yet, just learning about specification of brushes like types of hair, loft and those basic stuffs. I will consider Stirling and SOC 2-bangs, but can't say I have heard about them.

(12-15-2016, 04:18 AM)jackgoldman123 Wrote: So many brushes...so little time.
1) Do you have a set budget maximum?
2) Do you like floppy or stiff?
3) Do you like small handles or large handles?
4) Do you face lather or bowl lather?
If I have omitted some qualifying question would someone on TSN chime in, thanks.

1) Budget not really, looking to get one of the higher end one, so I guess a budget of around 150 seems to be norm? I'd top up if it's worth it though.
2) I'd say more towards stiff(backbone) than floppy
3) No preference to handle, as my current brush are indeed very small. Semogue 620 and Muhle STV small.
4) Face lather, mainly face lather.

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 12-15-2016, 04:24 AM
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Budget at $150 puts you into custom brush range very nicely. Doug Korn is an artisan on TSN I highly recommend. He will guide you thru the details and you will get a great brush.

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 12-15-2016, 04:35 AM
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Simpson Milk Churn. Don't know what it is about this brush, but I love it. I have a few Paladin's, a M&F and more expensive Simpson's, but I keep coming back to the churn!

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 12-15-2016, 04:37 AM
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(12-15-2016, 04:24 AM)jackgoldman123 Wrote: Budget at $150 puts you into custom brush range very nicely. Doug Korn is an artisan on TSN I highly recommend. He will guide you thru the details and you will get a great brush.

Custom brush yes, but I'm actually looking at brush that are readily available. Since I stay outside US, I tend to consolidate my orders before shipping all at once, a custom brush may delay the whole shipment.

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 12-15-2016, 06:47 AM
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(12-15-2016, 04:37 AM)aerolord Wrote:
(12-15-2016, 04:24 AM)jackgoldman123 Wrote: Budget at $150 puts you into custom brush range very nicely. Doug Korn is an artisan on TSN I highly recommend. He will guide you thru the details and you will get a great brush.

Custom brush yes, but I'm actually looking at brush that are readily available. Since I stay outside US, I tend to consolidate my orders before shipping all at once, a custom brush may delay the whole shipment.


Well that's a good choice. How do you tend to do it? Something like borderlinx etc or a contact...am interested in knowing the method please ..


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 12-15-2016, 07:10 AM
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Thater makes an amazing brush for the price.

Simpson makes some great brushes and some not so great brushes. That said I have more simpsons than any other brand.

If you know what you'd like try Shavemac Silvertip or two band. In their configurator you can pick your handle, knot size, tip shape and loft.

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 12-15-2016, 08:54 AM
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Hi, I'm pretty new to this forum, but I wanted to throw in a recommendation for Whipped Dog brushes.

Larry, the owner, will work with you if you do not know exactly what you want as far as loft and knot size go. I would not say that these brushes compete with the $150 range brushes, but for $40 or so you can't go wrong. If you are looking for good backbone you can have a Silvertip knot set deeper in the handle, or Larry carries a High Mountain grade of Badger hair which has better backbone. I bought three Silvertip brushes recently and all developed hooked ( or gel ) tips, making them very soft indeed.

Again, I know Whipped Dog is way below the price range the OP stated, but maybe worth checking out because they are readily available last time I checked.

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 12-15-2016, 09:04 AM
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The Colonel was also my first badger and it served me well. And the Best hair now is better than it was when I purchased mine. A Duke 3 would also be a fine choice. Thater 4125 series 2-band bulb would also be an excellent choice.

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 12-15-2016, 12:40 PM
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You need to try the whipped dog HW or HM forget the name the 24x48 is nice. So nice I got 3 of them for 42$ apiece you can't beat them.

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 12-15-2016, 02:24 PM
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For a little more than $150 my recommendation is a Saponificio Varesino brush - readily available, several different material types and accent options, great knot, great looking too

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 12-15-2016, 02:30 PM
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You're a face latherer looking for a starter badger brush.   I'd say that a couple of years ago, the Simpson Colonel would have been the call.  But times have changed.

Go straight to Stirling website, buy the 24mm Fan Finest Badger brush, and thank me later.

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