04-26-2017, 05:37 AM
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I have a stirling best badger brush in a 24mm which is a GREAT brush.  A tad big on the bloom, but fits the bill if you want that "wall of badger" feel.  Now I'm looking at expanding my arsenal to add a fan to the lineup, and am considering another Stirling.  Anybody tried/own both who can elaborate on the good, bad, differences, etc.?

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 04-27-2017, 10:15 AM
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I have the Stirling 24mm bulb, the 26x54mm bulb, and the 24mm Fan.  They are all very good brushes, but the Fan is my favorite.  The knot has less of a glue bump than on the bulbs, and the loft is just about perfect for those who want enough backbone not to feel floppy, but still has great flow-through.  Also the handle is much more substantial and better shaped than those on the other Stirlings.  The tips are as soft or softer than those on the 24mm bulb.  I face lather and use soaps exclusively, and for me this is the best bang for the buck badger brush you can find.  YMMV of course, but unless you are looking for something really dense and/or scrubby I think you'll like it.

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 04-27-2017, 11:00 AM
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  • ddk13
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The Stirling fan is a bargain.  I'm not going to put it in the Shavemac, Paladin or M&F group, but the price doesn't reflect the value, as I do find it better than any other brush I've tried in that price point.

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 04-27-2017, 11:54 AM
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They are both great.  For me they are in a regular rotation with brushes that cost almost ten times as much.

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 04-27-2017, 06:42 PM
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Thanks, guys. I was leaning toward pulling the trigger on one.  This pretty much settles it.

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 04-28-2017, 03:07 PM
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  • Mouser
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All else being equal, I always would rather go fan.

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