07-28-2020, 01:23 PM
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  • Barrylu
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  • Portland OR
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Recently, I finished a review of a custom Gaslamp brush. After I wrote the review I started wondering which of my many brushes was my favorite. The task proved impossible. Instead I decided to limit my choice to my top six brushes with no attempt to further narrow my selections. These are my six choices presented in alphabetical order. A short rational accompanies each brush. I think we would all like to see your top six brushes as well. Please try and limit your choice to a maximum of 6 brushes.
1. Plisson HMW in a horn handle. Soft tips,adequate backbone, very forgiving of type of soap and beard preperation
2.Simpson Jubilee QE II LE brush with Pound coin in base. My first collector brush Terrific shaving brush
3 and 4 Wilborgs The first one in my collection was the lime bulb type. I prefer a Fan type brush but the bulb was all I could get. Eventually, I got the black fan type and figured I would sell the bulb type. However, both brushes have remained in my collection and I would be hard pressed to sell either.
5 and 6 are custom made Varlets. These two brushes incorporate most if not all of my favorite attributes of the previous 4 brushes.

I am really curious to see the other members 6 favorites

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 07-28-2020, 01:47 PM
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  • NJDJ
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Very nice collection Barry.

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 07-28-2020, 01:50 PM
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With major apologies to members - this is not a premier collection: 
1) Simpson's Wee Scot-super ability to give a great lather despite its size, also great manuervability
2) Simpson's Case 1 in pure-another great latherer despite size plus super maneuverable
3) Omega 40033 boar-the trend towards smaller is obvious now, boars deliver and this does too
4) Doug Korn custom-my first real big badger brush-Doug Korn guided me thru this purchase-not remembering but probably 28mm
5) 2nd Doug Korn custom-I wanted great badger hair and this is a gem - maybe 24mm
6) Thater-a lot of brush in a smaller size; maybe 26mm?

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 07-28-2020, 01:59 PM
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  • Barrylu
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  • Portland OR
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jack cant see the pics. Can you tell us why you picked these brushes?

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 07-28-2020, 02:25 PM
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This will be an interesting thread, and we'll see many nice brushes.

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 07-28-2020, 07:38 PM
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  • Gabe
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Very nice collection Barry. What criteria did you use to determine your favorite six? Performance, aesthetics, exclusivity?

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 07-28-2020, 08:09 PM
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I only own 7 brushes and couldn’t possibly bring myself to identify the odd man out Biggrin

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 07-28-2020, 09:35 PM
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I currently own 4 brushes , all Paladin 2XL and they are the best brushes I have ever owned out of the couple (100-200) I have owned over the years.

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 07-29-2020, 04:55 AM
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  • chazt
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  • Queens, NY
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 07-29-2020, 07:59 AM
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  • Rufus
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My top 6 brushes, and I own 33, are, in no particular order:

- Simpson QE II Jubilee with Manchuria knot
- shavemac Beehive with Finest knot
- Simpson The Colonel with Best knot
- TGN finest 2-band knot in a Semogue handle
- Thater 3-band Silvertip
- M&F Alibaba with Super knot

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 07-29-2020, 10:39 AM
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  • Barrylu
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  • Portland OR
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[quote='Gabe' pid='957276' dateline='1595993884']
Very nice collection Barry. What criteria did you use to determine your favorite six? Performance, aesthetics, exclusivity?

1. Relaiability (Repeatability) consistently good shaves no matter what shot cut I might have used (Forgiveness)
2. Aesthetics
3. Luxurious feel yet able to soak through facial hairs and give a consistently smooth comfortable shave sometimes regardless of the razor or blade used.
4. One my wife believes I bought at a garage sale for $2

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