06-19-2017, 12:00 PM
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I just bought a silver tip badger brush for $85 Canadian, considerably less than I would have paid for my Kent BK2 best badger (It was a gift). It seems to be good quality with a dense knot and good backbone. I haven't used it yet. Is it unusual to find a silver tip for under $100?

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 06-19-2017, 12:46 PM
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Not unusual at all.

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 06-19-2017, 12:51 PM
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Okay, let me rephrase that. Is it unusual to find a high-quality silver tip for under $100?

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 06-19-2017, 01:08 PM
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There are plenty of sellers on etsy that offer high quality silvertip brushes for less than $100.

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 06-19-2017, 01:19 PM
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I believe Thater has a 4125/0 for around $100 , they are to me the king of three band silvertip.

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 06-19-2017, 06:57 PM
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I bought this one from a barber shop in Victoria, BC. They sell it as their own brand, but it's made for them by some manufacturer they decline to identify. It looks to me like it might be made by Omega, but who knows? I imagine handle material figures into the price, and doesn't have a very expensive looking handle.

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 06-20-2017, 03:21 AM
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Congratulations on a nice find! All that really matter is that you got a great brush for a good price. But to answer your question, it's not all that unusual. For instance Semogue's badger brushes are fairly easy to find under $80 and while I haven't personally used one, they get good reviews comparing them to other "silvertips." Depending on how you feel about Vulfix, many of their silvertip brushes can be found under $100. And this gets to the issue of grading; there is no uniform grading guide so any brushmaker can label their brushes as silvertip. Vulfix'a silvertip grade is Simpson's super, and Simpsons has their own silvertip grade that used to be two-band. Up until a few years ago, the term silvertip seemed to be barely used and now it's more popular.

But like I wrote it sounds like you got a great brush for a good price so that's all that truly matters.

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 06-20-2017, 10:33 AM
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That's interesting. I have read that the different grades of hair come from different parts of the badger, and that silvertip comes from the neck area.

In any case, the brush didn't lather so well the first time I used it--I face lather--but now it lathers beautifully. There must be a very brief break-in period.

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 06-21-2017, 07:38 AM
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I think I have solved the mystery of what manufacturer makes the silvertip I bought so cheaply. A Google image of a Frank silvettip is identical to mine.

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 06-25-2017, 05:13 AM
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There are a number of house-brand 3-band silvertips as well as Semogue, Omega and even Muhle 3-band silvertips that are high quality and selling for under Can.$100.  Take a look at http://www.shaving.ie in Dublin, Ireland, for example.

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 06-25-2017, 08:15 AM
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(06-25-2017, 05:13 AM)Rufus Wrote: There are a number of house-brand 3-band silvertips as well as Semogue, Omega and even Muhle 3-band silvertips that are high quality and selling for under Can.$100.  Take a look at http://www.shaving.ie in Dublin, Ireland, for example.

I wonder if these are a response to the competition by Frank brushes. Is a two-band silvertip, if there is such a thing, more expensive?

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 06-25-2017, 08:28 AM
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(06-25-2017, 08:15 AM)Ilnones Wrote:
(06-25-2017, 05:13 AM)Rufus Wrote: There are a number of house-brand 3-band silvertips as well as Semogue, Omega and even Muhle 3-band silvertips that are high quality and selling for under Can.$100.  Take a look at http://www.shaving.ie in Dublin, Ireland, for example.

I wonder if these are a response to the competition by Frank brushes. Is a two-band silvertip, if there is such a thing, more expensive?

In general, 2-band silvertip is more expensive than 3-band silvertip.  As for the competition from Frank Shaving, I can't answer this.

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