06-22-2017, 07:25 AM
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I just bought a Frank silvertip marketed under another name. It's a great brush for a very low price. Does anybody know the Frank story? I assume a Chinese entrepreneur realized that instead of just supplying the badger hair to western manufacturers, he/she could produce the actual brushes in China and sell them at a fraction of what European or American manufacturers sell them for. The handle on the brush is not special, but the brush itself is fantastic.

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 06-24-2017, 04:28 PM
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This type of brush is becoming more common with either one manufacturer supplying many smaller brands or many smaller companies offering this type of brush. The sorting on the hair and end product are of great quality performance wise at the respective price point. Many gents do however enjoy having a equally beautiful handle thus is why I do not happen to own any of these. Good to see you enjoying your shaves I know when I did have a similar brush to yours that you mentioned I was happy with the performance no question.

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 06-24-2017, 06:01 PM
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(06-24-2017, 04:28 PM)ultra~nova Wrote: This type of brush is becoming more common with either one manufacturer supplying many smaller brands or many smaller companies offering this type of brush. The sorting on the hair and end product are of great quality performance wise at the respective price point. Many gents do however enjoy having a equally beautiful handle thus is why I do not happen to own any of these. Good to see you enjoying your shaves I know when I did have a similar brush to yours that you mentioned I was happy with the performance no question.

I love the Frank silver tip, but this morning I lathered up with a $15 Omega Boar, and I have to say it did just as good a job as the silver tip badger. There is a difference in the feel, of course. Traditional wet shaving is an interesting hobby/obsession. For a while I was into various vintage Gillette razors; now it's brushes. I just want to avoid getting one of those acquisition disorders. So far, three brushes, three razors. Still, I love hunting in consignment stores. I suppose moving beyond Proraso and TOBS soaps/creams is the next step.

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 06-24-2017, 06:06 PM
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I'm on a similar path right now actually . I have owned in the neighborhood of 100 high end badger brushes and I now own just 1 $10 boar brush and love using it.

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 06-24-2017, 09:16 PM
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(06-24-2017, 06:06 PM)ultra~nova Wrote: I'm on a similar path right now actually . I have owned in the neighborhood of 100 high end badger brushes and I now own just 1 $10 boar brush and love using it.

Good grief, Corey! Only one brush and it is a boar?!  Biggrin

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 06-24-2017, 11:05 PM
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ILONES:

Interesting you brought this up, FS brushes have been off the radar screen to my study for a few years now.  

However, it seems there's a Frank's Shaving - Promotional - Extra Density - Finest (2-Band?) Badger Brush from Ian Tang with a butterscotch handle for $27US making it's way across the Pacific as we speak.   The objective being what is 2-Band all about.  But, can't help wonder if a sample of one from FS will teach me anything at all about 2-Band Badger!

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 06-25-2017, 02:35 AM
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(06-24-2017, 09:16 PM)celestino Wrote:
(06-24-2017, 06:06 PM)ultra~nova Wrote: I'm on a similar path right now actually . I have owned in the neighborhood of 100 high end badger brushes and I now own just 1 $10 boar brush and love using it.

Good grief, Corey! Only one brush and it is a boar?!  Biggrin

Yes my friend I understand as a fellow badger enthusiast, your collection has always been of outstanding quality , this boar brush is a joy to use. I do however have plans for a pair of Thaters and Shavemacs to get me back into badger.

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 06-26-2017, 08:56 AM
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(06-25-2017, 02:35 AM)ultra~nova Wrote: Yes my friend I understand as a fellow badger enthusiast, your collection has always been of outstanding quality , this boar brush is a joy to use. I do however have plans for a pair of Thaters and Shavemacs to get me back into badger.

As long as you are enjoying the brush and your shaves is what is most important and I look forward to seeing the new brushes.  Smile

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 06-26-2017, 09:21 AM
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Allegedly (I doubt anyone can confirm), Frank and Maseto Shaving, to name two Chinese-based vendors, all get their knots from the same source.  

I have one Silvertip and three Finest brushes from Maseto and have 2x Extra Dense Finest (26mm) and 2x Finest (24mm) knots on the way.  I've been impressed with all of those knots, especially for the price.  Mine shed quite a few hairs early on but have slowed down now and I hope have stabilized.  I'm looking forward to see if the extra dense knots raise the bar even more.

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 06-27-2017, 08:16 AM
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It is fantastic to see such high quality for price from these Chinese brushes as of late.

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 06-27-2017, 08:58 AM
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(06-27-2017, 08:16 AM)cessnabird Wrote: It is fantastic to see such high quality for price from these Chinese brushes as of late.

Almost all the badger brushes on the market are Chinese brushes in the sense that the badger hair comes from China. I wonder how many of the handles are also made in China. I have read that for some brushes the knots and handles come from China, are glued together in England, and stamped "Made in England."

I have a Kent BK2 that retails for about $120. It's a good brush, but the Frank silvertip is much better.

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 06-28-2017, 07:50 PM
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(06-25-2017, 02:35 AM)ultra~nova Wrote:
(06-24-2017, 09:16 PM)celestino Wrote:
(06-24-2017, 06:06 PM)ultra~nova Wrote: I'm on a similar path right now actually . I have owned in the neighborhood of 100 high end badger brushes and I now own just 1 $10 boar brush and love using it.

Good grief, Corey! Only one brush and it is a boar?!  Biggrin

Yes my friend I understand as a fellow badger enthusiast, your collection has always been of outstanding quality , this boar brush is a joy to use. I do however have plans for a pair of Thaters and Shavemacs to get me back into badger.

Which boar did you settle on, Corey?


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 06-30-2017, 03:21 PM
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(06-28-2017, 07:50 PM)poonjaji Wrote:
(06-25-2017, 02:35 AM)ultra~nova Wrote:
(06-24-2017, 09:16 PM)celestino Wrote: Good grief, Corey! Only one brush and it is a boar?!  Biggrin

Yes my friend I understand as a fellow badger enthusiast, your collection has always been of outstanding quality , this boar brush is a joy to use. I do however have plans for a pair of Thaters and Shavemacs to get me back into badger.

Which boar did you settle on, Corey?


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After years of overlooking the 610 I finally picked one up and what a great little brush. I was tempted to pick up a 820 for a bit of contrast but I enjoy the 610 so much I believe it would not be necessary.

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 06-30-2017, 07:09 PM
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I actually favor the Semogue 610 Boar over many higher end badgers as well. Bought both of mine lightly used for $10 each.


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 07-05-2017, 07:45 AM
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(06-26-2017, 09:21 AM)TexBilly Wrote: Allegedly (I doubt anyone can confirm), Frank and Maseto Shaving, to name two Chinese-based vendors, all get their knots from the same source.  

I have one Silvertip and three Finest brushes from Maseto and have 2x Extra Dense Finest (26mm) and 2x Finest (24mm) knots on the way.  I've been impressed with all of those knots, especially for the price.  Mine shed quite a few hairs early on but have slowed down now and I hope have stabilized.  I'm looking forward to see if the extra dense knots raise the bar even more.


I did not need to read this...

Off to look at brushes I don't need. Biggrin

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