09-22-2017, 02:41 AM
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Quite a long time ago - well, before mid May 2012 at least - I picked up a couple of cheap and cheerful "horse hair" brushes from a Turkish online shave shop. About one year later I PIFed the No6 to a new wetshaver and got myself the "new and improved No6". Since then both the new No6 and the No7 have been in my rotation, and given great service despite costing about the same as a small cup of coffee each.
I have however decided to retire both... the No7 is starting to develop a bit of a gape in the middle (I've been accused of abusing my brushes; I twist and swirl in the soaps), and even if the No6 haven't I feel that it has served well and deserves a rest - in part since I got plenty of other brushes I can use, and want to use.

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So like my Yuma which I retired earlier this year, these will go on the shelf for now... perhaps to be taken down at some point for old times sake.
Like the YUMA these brushes prove that when it comes to traditional wetshaving, inexpensive don't mean it's not good enough. And for a beginner - as I was when I bought these - inexpensive can be a lot more gentle on both the wallet and the mindset of the shaver.

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 09-22-2017, 03:19 AM
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  • Rufus
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I can't say that I've retired a brush.  If I'm not using a brush regularly, at least once a month, and it's in good shape I'll sell it; I've sold 4 this year so far with another 3 identified for sale.  The only brush I have that is showing signs of wear is a Rooney 2/1 Finest, but I won't retire or sell it, I'll have it re-knotted when the time comes.

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 09-22-2017, 04:15 AM
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  • jar
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I finally semi retired one of my Rubberset Barber handle brushes but since it really is near retirement age I guess it's okay.  What happened was I began making lather and the whole center plug of the knot cam out as a unit.  The handle is sitting aside to get bored out and a new knot inserted but for now it gets to relax.

Today I started a new brush rotation cycle and the first brush in this rotation was an EverReady 600 Nylon & Lucite.

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 09-22-2017, 01:58 PM
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Hans, this post is a good reminder that we spend a lot because we want to, not because we have to in order to get a good shave.  I enjoy this hobby and don't regret what I spend on it.  However, I can get a great shave with an Omega 49 and a tub of Arko.

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 09-22-2017, 02:37 PM
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  • SCOV
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I retired my Edwin Jagger best badger - used daily for 3+ years.  Shedding a hair or two every shave (probably my fault as for years I thought really hot water was a good idea).  I still have the brush.  

In remembrance, I replaced the beloved EJ with 10 new brushes and warm water.

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