08-11-2012, 10:32 AM
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  • Teiste
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Ok,lets hear what you guys think is the best brush for the money.We can choose from boar,badger,synthetics,horse,mixed,goat,camel or whatever...

Here is my list of the best brush for the money :

-All rounder brush Biggrinuke 3 best badger.Good with soaps,shaving creams,face lathering,bowl lathering,good flow,nice ergonomic handle,good quality of badger hair.This brush has is all.

-Boar brush : Semogue 1800 : If you are looking for a boar with a nice backbone and soft tips,as well as an ergonomic,very good looking handle,this is the one for you.Specially good with shaving soaps,but performs well with shaving creams too.Also good for bowl lathering and gace lathering.Some guys like the 1305 (I was one of them) until I fell in love with the 1800.

-If you like to make lather with painting strokes,shaving cream and using a bowl,the best brush for the money is...The Body Shop synthetic brush.Yes,for 12 dollars,impossible to beat up (yes,even by the FS synthetic one).Makes lather like a champ,is soft on the skin when applied with painting strokes and gets dry in less than 10 minutes.

-If you like to make lather with shaving soaps,with circular movements and also face lathering,the best brush for the money is...Semogue SOC two band.Come on,a 24 mm two band badger hair,made in Europe for 67 dollars?Yes,its a steal.This brush is could be considered as the best all rounder brush for the money too.Soft tips with use,excellent flow and backbone as well as an attractive wooden handle.What else can you ask for?

-Mixed hair brush : the Vulfix 404 Grosvenor.Well,this brush is mainly a boar bush with a 10% of badger hair.However,for its price,beats many pure and best badger shaving brushes,and also has one of the most beautiful handles ever made.Good for face and bowl lathering.Need to try the Vie Long horse/badger mix though.

What are the brushes that you think are the best value/quality for the money out there?

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 08-11-2012, 10:38 AM
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  • Tonality
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I think for cost of brush vs performance, my favorite would be my 25mm Frank Shaving 2-band Finest. Its a little on the lofty side, somewhere around 55mm, but it face lathers and bowl lathers just fine. However...for not too much more are the Muhle Kosmo Silvertip Fibre brushes. If I were to go for all-out looks, performance, cost, and life longevity I don't think you can beat it. The shape, performance, and surprisingly low cost if you look in the right places, it is definitely a great brush for the money.

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 08-11-2012, 10:43 AM
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  • Johnny
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Best bang for the buck to me would be the Semogue 1460. You get a $200.00 shave for $15.00

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 08-11-2012, 10:59 AM
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H.I.S. for $32 shipped U.S.

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 08-11-2012, 11:19 AM
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  • Elbe
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Never had a Grosvenor, so I cannot comment on this. But for the others I agree. Maybe for boars a 1305 or 2000, but a Semogue.

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 08-11-2012, 11:22 AM
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  • tgutc
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Duke 3 in Best. My first brush and still my best brush to date.

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 08-11-2012, 11:33 AM
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Simpson Commodore X2 is an excellent brush that does a very good job with both soaps and creams. It has a nice handle, too.

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 08-11-2012, 11:36 AM
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The best all around brush for the money? My vote goes to the Semogue SOC 2 band.

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 08-11-2012, 11:42 AM
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  • Teiste
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Interesting : less than 10 post and 2 votes for the Simpson Duke 3 and 2 votes for the Semogue SOC two band...

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 08-11-2012, 12:13 PM
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for the price, I think it's hard to beat a semogue or a new forest brush.

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 08-11-2012, 12:21 PM
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Since all badger hair is from China, it's hard to beat the prices directly from the source.

Handle quality varies a lot though. FS handles are very light weight, for example.

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 08-11-2012, 12:28 PM
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  • beartrap
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I say, for money, best overall is Colonel, best boar is Semogue 620.

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 08-11-2012, 01:09 PM
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  • Dave
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I'll agree on all counts short of the Body Shop Brush. I wouldn't take one of those if it was given to me. Overpriced at $12. I'd get a FS Brush with a better handle and bigger knot any day over the BS Brush.

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 08-11-2012, 01:18 PM
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  • Teiste
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(08-11-2012, 01:09 PM)Dave Wrote: I'll agree on all counts short of the Body Shop Brush. I wouldn't take one of those if it was given to me. Overpriced at $12. I'd get a FS Brush with a better handle and bigger knot any day over the BS Brush.

You see,for me its the other way around.Yes,the FS synthetic is an excellent brush for its price,but a little big bigger for my taste.If we are talking about making lather on a shaving bowl,with creams and applying it on the face with painting strokes,both brushes are excellent,but I prefer the TBS due to its smaller knot.

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 08-11-2012, 01:22 PM
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  • Dave
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I can totally understand that Teiste. The knot fell out of my BS Brush after about a week's use which is why I wouldn't purchase another one.

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 08-11-2012, 01:22 PM
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  • Triad
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For me

Badger=Custom or restored handle with a tgn knot

Boar=Semogue 620 or 830

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 08-11-2012, 01:26 PM
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  • Teiste
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(08-11-2012, 01:22 PM)Dave Wrote: I can totally understand that Teiste. The knot fell out of my BS Brush after about a week's use which is why I wouldn't purchase another one.

Oh boy,thats a good reason!...Angry

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 08-11-2012, 01:27 PM
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  • Howler
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  • Fort Smith AR
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Semogue Owners Club, is the champion of brushes for under $30.
Lathers soaps, creams with total ease and confidence.

Runner up the rarely mentioned Vulfix 28 boar great brush value for
$15. Lathers and lathers.

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 08-11-2012, 01:49 PM
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A lot of good suggestions here.

IMO this is a very subjective topic but if you go for a Simpson in best, you'll be along the right lines. This brings us to duke 3 in best. Outstanding brush and whilst there are cheaper options, nothing captures the traditional shaving hobby, hand made in the uk and made to such a high standard like this brush.

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 08-11-2012, 01:54 PM
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Synthetic hair v. Black Badger/Boar hair, that is the question....

Interested to hear arguments for either side. Having only tried the black badger & synthetic, I think I prefer the badger, although the synthetic had softer tips.

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