11-29-2019, 01:59 AM
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Hello folks, 

I am hoping to get a brush recommendation. My favourite brush currently is the semogue owners club 2 band badger. I am considering buying another one and then I thought, why not try a simpsons? So, I am looking for a recommendation for a simpsons brush or even other quality options in the same price range, maybe a few dollars more. I face lather and generally use my badger brush with soaps and one of the reasons I like the semogue is that it a great for face lathering, has nice backbone but is not coarse like a boar brush, and is just about the right size for my face.

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 11-29-2019, 02:46 AM
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  • Rufus
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Take a look at the shavemac website, specifically the brush configurator.  The configurator allows you to build your brush: you select the brush handle (shape and colour), the grade of badger hair, and the size of badger knot.  There also is a description of the various grades of badger hair offered and a comparison of each hair grade’s various properties.  Other than shavemac, Simpson offers a range of badger hair grades, knot sizes and handle styles.  Thater 2-band is also worthwhile considering.  However, where Semogue really shines is in the combination of price and quality.  Although shavemac is more expensive than Semogue they offer much more flexibility.  Finally, don’t overlook the myriad of artisanal brush makers out there, such as Brad Sears, who can offer you advice and guidance on brush selection .

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 11-29-2019, 03:44 AM
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I cannot speak highly enough of Paladin brushes. While you cannot configure them, this might be a good thing in your case, since you might not be experienced enough to exactly know, what you are actually after. Out of the ~10 brushes in my rotation, 4 are Paldadin. The knots are all different, but each and every one of them is a joy to use and I only face lather. I really could not tell, which one I prefer over the other...

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 11-29-2019, 05:09 AM
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  • chazt
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You’ll never go wrong with a Simpson. You can also check in with Bob Quinn at Elite Razors. Bob is a great guy to work with. His prices are reasonable, his brush handles and knots are top notch, and you’ll have a one of a kind shave brush!

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 11-29-2019, 05:19 PM
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Thanks everyone. Alfredus, you are indeed correct about my inexperience with brushes. Even though I have been wet shaving for 4+ years and have a lot of blades, razors and software, I only have 2 badger, 3 synthetic and 1 boar brush. Hence my question posted here. Paladin, Brad Sear's and shavemac brushes are all beautiful, but they are all beyond my budget. I will be contacting Bob at Elite razors. 

All other suggestions are welcome.

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 11-29-2019, 05:51 PM
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I would second the suggestion for Elite Razors.  Bob can help you figure out exactly the brush you need and will make it for you at a reasonable price.

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 11-29-2019, 06:28 PM
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  • shadowman12
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You could also consider a brush from Declaration Grooming, they are all made from two band badger and as far as I know Scott Stewart is one of the few in the US who hand-ties the knots. Scott uses a drop mechanism so they could be sometimes hard to get, but BST will get you very far also.

Another option is custom made brush from Brad Sears.

As far as I know Paladin is also very good, they announced a new pre order system today.


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 11-30-2019, 04:18 AM
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I highly recommend Bob Quinn at Elite Razor.

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 11-30-2019, 06:22 AM
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(11-30-2019, 04:18 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: I highly recommend Bob Quinn at Elite Razor.

Another recommendation for Bob. His knots are very high quality along with his choice of handles. All at a reasonable price.

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 11-30-2019, 06:58 AM
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  • Puma
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I've used all of the brushes suggested so far and they are all excellent. If cost is important you will have a very hard time beating an Elite Razors handle with a Manchurian White knot. At $125 for a resin handle with a 26mm you are getting an excellent high end badger knot and a handle that will be one of the nicest you can get. He could easily charge $50 more.

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 11-30-2019, 07:05 AM
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  • Puma
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Bob at Elite also works in real stone. This brush is resin (blue part) and real jasper (white with red vein). It has the Manchurian White knot in bulb shape.

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 11-30-2019, 08:06 AM
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Check out Brad Sears' website.  Everything is on sale in his "Ready Made Brushes" section.

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 12-02-2019, 12:24 PM
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For Declaration Grooming, you can buy a handle only from another artisan (That Darn Rob, Turn n Shave, Wild West, Elite Razor, and many more) and buy the DG knotting service for that handle to be fitted with the hand tied knot.

Brad Sears brushes are also a great way to go.

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 12-03-2019, 04:20 AM
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whatever you choose, be careful...brushes can become addictive...

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 12-03-2019, 10:13 AM
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  • Crag
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So many wonderful suggestions, but I highly recommend Rudy Vey. He uses quality materials and can make any handle style you want. He also customizes them with an inscription on the base. Here are some of my personal favorites. These all have 2015 Shavemac 2-band Silvertip knots, but I also have a couple with his knot releases and they are great as well.

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 12-04-2019, 02:40 AM
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All these recommendations are great. It seems like it’s hard to go wrong when you start spending the money. I would also suggest keeping your eyes peeled on the BST. Aside from Declaration, you can find most of those mentioned brushes for much cheaper than retail and many for not much more than what you would pay for an SOC 2-band from say, Maggard’s.

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 12-04-2019, 10:45 AM
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  • Puma
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(12-04-2019, 02:40 AM)teryaki Wrote: All these recommendations are great. It seems like it’s hard to go wrong when you start spending the money. I would also suggest keeping your eyes peeled on the BST. Aside from Declaration, you can find most of those mentioned brushes for much cheaper than retail and many for not much more than what you would pay for an SOC 2-band from say, Maggard’s.

+1 on that. Most of the guys who sell gear on the BST have large collections and keep their stuff in great condition.

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 12-05-2019, 11:54 AM
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  • BSWoodturning
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(12-03-2019, 04:20 AM)Tester28 Wrote: whatever you choose, be careful...brushes can become addictive...

+1

If I were in the market for a quality mid-priced brush, I'd look to either Bob Quinn, as mentioned above, or Peter Wolf.  Both are honest men who do good work and have been around the block a few times.  If I were looking for a brush by a larger enterprise, Simpson Best's are also excellent.   Just remember what Tester said, brushes can be addictive.  Biggrin

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 12-05-2019, 12:12 PM
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(12-05-2019, 11:54 AM)BSWoodturning Wrote:
(12-03-2019, 04:20 AM)Tester28 Wrote: whatever you choose, be careful...brushes can become addictive...

+1

If I were in the market for a quality mid-priced brush, I'd look to either Bob Quinn, as mentioned above, or Peter Wolf.  Both are honest men who do good work and have been around the block a few times.  If I were looking for a brush by a larger enterprise, Simpson Best's are also excellent.   Just remember what Tester said, brushes can be addictive.  Biggrin


or one can deny the addiction moniker altogether, throw caution to the wind, buy some 20+ brushes despite the wife's commentary...

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 12-05-2019, 02:11 PM
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(12-05-2019, 12:12 PM)jackgoldman123 Wrote:
(12-05-2019, 11:54 AM)BSWoodturning Wrote:
(12-03-2019, 04:20 AM)Tester28 Wrote: whatever you choose, be careful...brushes can become addictive...

+1

If I were in the market for a quality mid-priced brush, I'd look to either Bob Quinn, as mentioned above, or Peter Wolf.  Both are honest men who do good work and have been around the block a few times.  If I were looking for a brush by a larger enterprise, Simpson Best's are also excellent.   Just remember what Tester said, brushes can be addictive.  Biggrin


or one can deny the addiction moniker altogether, throw caution to the wind, buy some 20+ brushes despite the wife's commentary...

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