05-14-2018, 04:43 PM
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Pretty new to the hobby and would like to get some suggestions for excellent quality brushes that are more along the 'scrubby and exfoliating' end of the spectrum.  Think I like the idea of sticking with badger but would also like to hear from anyone who uses a synthetic or other natural hair that works well.

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 05-14-2018, 05:16 PM
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Shavemac d-01 2 band would be my choice. The normal loft will be scrubby enough, but you can customize to a lower loft to suit your desire.
Simpsons Manchurian have great backbone, yet are very nice in use

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 05-14-2018, 05:16 PM
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Pure Badger(The Grade) brushes are more scrubby.

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 05-14-2018, 05:26 PM
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When I think of scrubby, I think of boar brushes such as Omega and Semogue.

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 05-14-2018, 07:32 PM
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A horse hair brush that is favouring tail hair over mane hair can be considered fairly scrubby.

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 05-15-2018, 03:10 AM
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  • DayMan
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As far as synthetic goes, I think the Asylum brushes are scrubby. I agree with the above comment about boar brushes being scrubby as well.

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 05-15-2018, 03:21 AM
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Among synthetics, the Chubby 2, Asylum Scanlon, and Epsilon are scrubby but soft.

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 05-15-2018, 04:05 AM
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There are the brushes that give a nice scrub, and there are those that are scritchy and uncomfortable. YMMV of course, and there are plenty of people who don't agree, but I found Shavemac D01 to make my skin sore as if having been exposed to a brush made up of flexible tailor pins. Just a warning to OP and perhaps a request for more info on what sort of feel is desired.

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 05-15-2018, 06:51 AM
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(05-14-2018, 07:32 PM)WegianWarrior Wrote: A horse hair brush that is favouring tail hair over mane hair can be considered fairly scrubby.

+1 on this.  I have a vie long horse and it is inexpensive, easy to maintain, and i have been told, somewhere inbetween a boar and badger.  I highly recommend it.

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 05-15-2018, 07:08 AM
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  • garyg
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Surely one of the quintessential YMMV things .. one man's "scritch" is the next's "scrub".  I've tried a couple-three DO1 brushes and find them pretty soft .. the Simpson's Eagle in Pure is what I consider to be as scrubby as I want, while some gents find Pure hair too rough ..

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 05-15-2018, 08:05 AM
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(05-15-2018, 06:51 AM)asiliski Wrote:
(05-14-2018, 07:32 PM)WegianWarrior Wrote: A horse hair brush that is favouring tail hair over mane hair can be considered fairly scrubby.

+1 on this.  I have a vie long horse and it is inexpensive, easy to maintain, and i have been told, somewhere inbetween a boar and badger.  I highly recommend it.

Closer to boar than to badger in my experience... YMMV. I have a Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badger brush that combines some of the better elements of both horse and badger, but has less scritch/scrub than pure horse.

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 05-15-2018, 01:47 PM
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A Simpson’s Chubby, choose your size, in Best will give you what you seek. They seem to achieve a great balance of overall face-feel. Gentle exfoliation, wonderful scrub factor with no scritch, and to top it off a bit of historic luxury right in the palm of your hand.

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 05-15-2018, 01:51 PM
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Declaration B3 hair, with discretion. Some have reported softer tips than others, but in general is known to have a very nice scrubby characteristic. These are still available with [your provided] handle as far as I know. If buying second hand, ask seller about specifics.
I haven't used a D01 to give experienced opinion

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 05-15-2018, 04:29 PM
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Get yourself a Semogue 1800, break it in, and when you're done you'll have a scrubby yet soft brush. Boars are the unfairly forgotten workhorses of the shaving world. Those who get the job done and do it well, asking for little in return. I favor them over badgers for a good number of reasons, but their gentle scrubby massage is the first one of them.

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 05-15-2018, 07:26 PM
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Thanks to everyone for the feedback, more than I could have hoped for and very informative.

Gonna reply to a few of them . . . but just to give a bit of background, so far this has been my progression:
- started with a Rockwell synthetic.  soft, comfortable and fine.
- picked up an entry level badger Bevel brush, over at Target and though not every dense it has some scrubbiness to it (probably more like stritch, but I have nothing to compare it to).  Glad I tried it, though smelly.
- next was a used kent silvertip badger size4, very soft but enjoyable.
- most recently was a used Rudy Vey chubby3 with Manchurian bristles, really like this one a lot.  Very dense and feels nice on the face, but not at all what I think of as scrubby.

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 05-16-2018, 08:45 AM
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Omega Black Badger

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 05-16-2018, 10:35 AM
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That rudy vey machurian set low turns into a nice knot with lots of presence. I have a 26mm set with silicon to play with lofts. I like it at 48.

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 05-16-2018, 10:41 AM
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Simpson's Case 1 in pure

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 05-16-2018, 07:24 PM
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(05-15-2018, 08:05 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote:
(05-15-2018, 06:51 AM)asiliski Wrote:
(05-14-2018, 07:32 PM)WegianWarrior Wrote: A horse hair brush that is favouring tail hair over mane hair can be considered fairly scrubby.

+1 on this.  I have a vie long horse and it is inexpensive, easy to maintain, and i have been told, somewhere inbetween a boar and badger.  I highly recommend it.

Closer to boar than to badger in my experience... YMMV. I have a Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badger brush that combines some of the better elements of both horse and badger, but has less scritch/scrub than pure horse.

Thanks the horse suggestions . . . I will pick one up for sure.  Reasonable price considering the badgers I have been eyeing.  Makes for a fun hobby to have a variety of options  and styles!

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 05-16-2018, 08:05 PM
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(05-15-2018, 01:47 PM)chazt Wrote: A Simpson’s Chubby, choose your size, in Best will give you what you seek. They seem to achieve a great balance of overall face-feel. Gentle exfoliation, wonderful scrub factor with no scritch, and to top it off a bit of historic luxury right in the palm of your hand.

Yes, it seems one of these will be on the list, classic and classy.

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