12-21-2018, 10:36 AM
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I don't have much experience with badger brushes because I have always preferred synthetic in the pass. I decided to try a badger brush again so I ordered a Yaqi High-mountain silvertip brush.

My question is, do badger brushes have a break in period? Do they soften up like a boar?
Here is a picture of the one I ordered:

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 12-21-2018, 10:58 AM
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Yes but its much much less than a boar brush. Maybe like 8-12 uses or so. You picked a nice looking brush,good luck!

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 12-21-2018, 11:04 AM
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(12-21-2018, 10:58 AM)49erShaver Wrote: Yes but its much much less than a boar brush. Maybe like 8-12 uses or so. You picked a nice looking brush,good luck!

Thanks for the info. I guess I'll give it a few hand-lathers to kick start the break-in.

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 12-21-2018, 11:34 AM
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Silvertip should break in pretty quick.  If you find it lacking in backbone suggest you try a nice two-band brush.  Elite Razor's Manchurian is an excellent value and one of my favorites!

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 12-21-2018, 11:39 AM
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(12-21-2018, 11:34 AM)david1201 Wrote: Silvertip should break in pretty quick.  If you find it lacking in backbone suggest you try a nice two-band brush.  Elite Razor's Manchurian is an excellent value and one of my favorites!

What do you think of the Semogue two-band badger? I almost bought one for $75. on Amazon.

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 12-21-2018, 11:42 AM
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(12-21-2018, 11:39 AM)shave/brush Wrote: What do you think of the Semogue two-band badger? I almost bought one for $75. on Amazon.

Too much backbone for me.

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 12-21-2018, 12:59 PM
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(12-21-2018, 11:39 AM)shave/brush Wrote:
(12-21-2018, 11:34 AM)david1201 Wrote: Silvertip should break in pretty quick.  If you find it lacking in backbone suggest you try a nice two-band brush.  Elite Razor's Manchurian is an excellent value and one of my favorites!

What do you think of the Semogue two-band badger? I almost bought one for $75. on Amazon.

I think its a very good brush and a steal for the price! I have the one with the cherry handle and its great with good back bone and very good quality. I'm even thinking of buying another one with the ivory Raj handle.



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 12-21-2018, 01:05 PM
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What are the basic differences between a Silvertip badger and a 2-band badger?

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 12-21-2018, 01:55 PM
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I believe that one should treat badger and synthetic as different tools that accomplish the same task. They just aren’t the same, and attempts to view them as such will only lead to disappointment.

Silvertip or 3-band badgers just expose blond-black-blond bands of hair. Two-bands feature longer portions of black, with the lower blond portion hidden in the handle. Sometimes 2-bands feature better backbone - but I find this attributed to lower lofted brushes vs. the visible banding.

I have 2-band badger brushes that are softer in use than my synthetic (chubby 2 synth), while the synth feels softer when dry. My recommendation is to pick up a decent badger and just get to know it on its own terms.

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 12-21-2018, 02:01 PM
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If both brushes had the same specs then probably the main difference is the two band badger has a little thicker hair and more back bone. 



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 12-21-2018, 02:06 PM
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That was two very good explanations.  Thank you gentlemen.  I think I made the right move to order a silvertip.

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 12-21-2018, 02:19 PM
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(12-21-2018, 11:34 AM)david1201 Wrote: Silvertip should break in pretty quick.  If you find it lacking in backbone suggest you try a nice two-band brush.  Elite Razor's Manchurian is an excellent value and one of my favorites!

Signs011  !50% on this. Cheers

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 12-21-2018, 02:23 PM
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(12-21-2018, 01:55 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: I have 2-band badger brushes that are softer in use than my synthetic (chubby 2 synth), while the synth feels softer when dry. My recommendation is to pick up a decent badger and just get to know it on its own terms.

To be fair the Chubby 2 Synth is a bit of an anomaly, I’ve not felt another with as much backbone as they have.

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 12-21-2018, 02:27 PM
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The main difference in my experience is that badger brushes tend to stink when first received and used, whereas the plastic ones (at least that I've used) don't require "de-funking".  I've not noticed much change in the badgers I've had (Simpson, Rooney, Semogue, Kent, Shavemac, Plisson, Thater, Morris & Fondran, or Paladin) after some use.

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 12-21-2018, 04:32 PM
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(12-21-2018, 02:23 PM)vigilantesd Wrote:
(12-21-2018, 01:55 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: I have 2-band badger brushes that are softer in use than my synthetic (chubby 2 synth), while the synth feels softer when dry. My recommendation is to pick up a decent badger and just get to know it on its own terms.

To be fair the Chubby 2 Synth is a bit of an anomaly, I’ve not felt another with as much backbone as they have.

I actually just meant the softness of the tips - I love the backbone of the c2synth, it’s a great brush. Whenever I show it to someone, they always think it’ll be softer than a badger because it feels that way when dry.

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