11-18-2018, 07:00 AM
  • bijou
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What was your first brush or brushes and do you still have or use the brush or brushes?
In high school (New York), I worked 2 evenings a week delivering for a Fuller Brush salesman, so my first brush was a Fuller brush Boar which cost me $1.25. I do not' have that brush any longer but I do have my first badger from Macy's that was around 1964 and a few others a Simpson 1970's and a GEO. F Trumpers 1990's.

L-R  Macy's 22, Simpson  23, Trumpers 24 (knot size)
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 11-18-2018, 07:21 AM
  • Garb
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My aunt sent me a brush from Germany probably synthetic drugstore brush, can't recall the name and I gave it away in the early 80's to my nephew. After that I bought a New Forest brush with a 23m knot that I still have in a box. I'll work on a pic once I get going today

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 11-18-2018, 12:15 PM
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Those old butterscotchs are beauty.

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 11-18-2018, 12:30 PM
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My first brush was a cheap Frank Shaving product, which began to fall apart right after I got it.  Subsequently, when this pastime became much more deranged for me, I meandered through vintage Plissons, vintage Somerset Simpsons, Shavemacs, Paladins, and Rooney Finests.

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 11-18-2018, 12:42 PM
  • Snuff
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I still have my first one, a piggy that I can’t remember the name of, bought with Some tabac in ‘70. A wonder it has not disintegrated, travelled to many a country (I was in the military) in my backpack.

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 11-18-2018, 12:58 PM
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Thankfully no, I no longer have that piece of crap boar.  The handle was even so junky as to not be worth reknotting.  That said it did offer me a window into the joy of brush and soap, just not sentimental enough to keep it around.

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 11-18-2018, 01:33 PM
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No, I don't. Back in "the day" every soldier had to have a brush, puck or tube of shaving cream. You could use can shaving cream, but you Had to have the other.
Had to have toothpaste powder(Colgate), you put powder in your hand, added water, mix and use. Never used the brush,puck or paste......but I had to have it. Oh, had to have
another shave brush for your weapons, used that one, a lot. But I don't have any of those now. Cheers

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 11-18-2018, 02:44 PM
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My first brush was an Art of Shaving small pure badger travel brush that came in a medium sized travel kit.  Ultimately I found it to be too small, too floppy and too much scritch.  As a result it is packed away in a bin with a bunch of other shaving gear that doesn’t get used.

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 11-18-2018, 03:01 PM
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My first was a Semogue 1305. A fine brush for the price. I remember using it to try to lather a sample of Mitchell's Woolfat from Gary's sample shop (anyone remember that?). That was a bad experience but had success with other soaps. It ended up sitting for a long period of time when I got in to badger, and when I tried to use it again it became a shedder. Too bad, it had some sentimental value.

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 11-18-2018, 04:05 PM
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I do. I commandeered it from either my brother or my dad, I can’t remember exactly who, I just remember it wasn’t mine, and it was never used, so I started using it. I didn’t know there were different soaps for using a brush versus canned varieties, so I used it with whatever I was using or Edge goo lol. I didn’t use it every time, only when I wanted a nicer shave than normal.
I started using Keihl’s (something Eagle in a blue tube) in my early 20’s trying to find a better way, and even tried to use the brush with that lololol. That was definitely worse than the goo with a brush.
But yes, I still have it. The knot fell out at some point so I reglued it back in. I have no idea what brand it is, but I think it *may* have come with a frag set that came with shaving cream and aftershave. What I do know is it looks the same shape as VdH, but it’s a dark turquoise color, and it had a round silver sticker on the bottom that indicated it was Badger.

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 11-18-2018, 05:01 PM
  • bullgoose
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I do not. My first brush was a vulfix 2234 and it felt a bit like a wet mop on my face. I sold it within a month.

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 11-18-2018, 06:57 PM
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I don't have mine, but it was an Omega 10066.

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 11-19-2018, 01:59 PM
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No, I do not. It was a cheap drug store boar brush. But, it worked just fine? A Burma Shave Brush If memory serves me right?

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 11-19-2018, 03:30 PM
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My first shaving brush was a badger brush bought in 1996, and I knew exactly ZERO about badger brushes back then.

It was a Pils 3-band silvertip in 24 mm and it actually was pretty nice, solid backbone and soft tips.

But vastly overpriced. I bought it in a set along with a Pils Sensor excel razor and a Pils stand.

Normal price for this set was something like $350 back in 1996 and I bought it on sale at 50% off.

I never really learned how to make lather properly with the brush, since I didn't know who to ask for advice.

Got rid of the Pils set in 2006-2007, without knowing what brand Pils really was.

The first brush I bought after really getting into wetshaving and reading the forums was a Mühle 3-band Silvertip 24mm. 
It was actually pretty good, a bit flopy, but a pretty solid rookie/starter brush.

I have sold this brush a long time ago, probably back in 2012.

Thanks for reading.

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 11-19-2018, 06:06 PM
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I don't have my first brush, but it was an EJ BBB. It was enough to know I wanted to go down this path. I have as of late bought and traded for some brushes I used to own, so that counts, right?

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 11-19-2018, 06:33 PM
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I don’t have my first brush - as it was a very inexpensive badger. I went forward and (thankfully) bought some better products.

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 11-22-2018, 05:14 PM
  • Sevenbark
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I still have mine, a Muhle in black pure. I bought it at a local shop that was closing up in 2009. It is a high lofted prickly fun to use brush. I love it whipping up cream with it, different for sure. A metal handle that I would love to stick a three band in. I wonder if it is doable.

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 11-23-2018, 04:37 PM
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Yes sir! My first is a Omega boar 10083. Still use it to this day. Best $9 I ever spent on shave gear!

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 11-23-2018, 05:08 PM
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My first brush was a Semogue 3-Band, but I quickly sold it as it lacked sufficient backbone once I bought my first Semogue boar brush. I have no regrets with letting it go.  Shy

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 11-23-2018, 07:13 PM
  • garyg
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From a family of savers, I have a plastic handled Every Ready from back when.  Thing is I have no idea how old it is, nor of what the very tiny knot may be.  It is a small, floppy thing that I've held onto ..

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