10-09-2012, 08:35 PM
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I'm looking to pick up a new brush in the $100 range (+/- $10). I need something with a short loft as I face lather and prefer something that is very soft on the skin - hardly any noticeably scritch is best.

what do you guys recommend?

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 10-09-2012, 08:57 PM
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It's not quite in the price range you asked for - being about a quarter of the price - but I find the Vie-Long 14033 mixed horse / badger to be a great performer both on the face and in the bowl.
Soft, with a good backbone - hold a lot of lather without being a lather hog. Mine was great out of the box and has just gotten better since.

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 10-09-2012, 09:01 PM
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  • Teiste
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Well ,short loft and no scritch...let me think...

-Truefitt and Hill (Rooney) 1/2 in silvertip or the 1/1 : http://www.truefittandhill.com/items_19.html

We have a 15% discount for T&H stuff.

-shavemac 167 silvertip : http://www.bullgooseshaving.net/sh16insi.html

-Vulfix 2233 super badger : http://www.bullgooseshaving.net/vu22insuba.html

-Semogue SOC two band (but you need to soften the brush a little bit) : http://vintagescent.com/index.php?main_p...ff3edd3a7d

-Wet Shaving Products Stubby (less firm) silvertip : http://www.amazon.com/Density-Silvertip-...B0085IBU12

-And the cream of the cream (but 30 dollars more than you want to spend ) , Vie Long BG silvertip : http://www.bullgooseshaving.net/vibubeinsiba.html

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 10-09-2012, 09:16 PM
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Savile Row 3118 or 3120. Wonderful brushes and right around your price.

Dave

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 10-09-2012, 09:23 PM
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I can highly recommend any of the Rooney Silvertips, rather than their Best or Super. And you often can find of them that normally sells for $100 or more listed on the BST forums for $60-80. You might want to think about identifying a brush that you really like that retails for around $130 and place a WTB ad, hoping to be sold one by a forum member for $100 or less.

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 10-09-2012, 10:07 PM
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Andrew, it sounds like you may want to try a Frank Shaving synthetic that you can custom order. i picked up two with a 24mm knot and 48mm loft and they are fantastic for $22 dollars delivered for one brush. i have two more coming with 24mm knot and 50mm loft with extra density. i can not recommend them more highly for such an inexpensive brush for what you are looking for.
For badgers, i would have to agree with John regarding the Rooneys; great brushes.
Good luck.

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 10-09-2012, 10:30 PM
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(10-09-2012, 10:07 PM)celestino Wrote: Andrew, it sounds like you may want to try a Frank Shaving synthetic that you can custom order. i picked up two with a 24mm knot and 48mm loft and they are fantastic for $22 dollars delivered for one brush. i have two more coming with 24mm knot and 50mm loft with extra density. i can not recommend them more highly for such an inexpensive brush for what you are looking for.
For badgers, i would have to agree with John regarding the Rooneys; great brushes.
Good luck.

I already have a FS brush. The loft is a bit tall for a face latherer like myself, but aside from that, it's a pretty decent brush!

I'm really looking for something to replace my Simpson PJ2 that I have up for sale in the B/S/T section.

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 10-09-2012, 11:07 PM
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I'd say go for the shavemac as Tieste has mentioned.

Great soft tips, good flow and a lovely handle.

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 10-09-2012, 11:16 PM
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(10-09-2012, 11:07 PM)Dipesh Wrote: I'd say go for the shavemac as Tieste has mentioned.

Great soft tips, good flow and a lovely handle.

I will say, I do like the look of the shavemac that Teiste linked to..

http://www.bullgooseshaving.net/sh16insi.html

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 10-10-2012, 03:24 AM
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  • Johnny
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I too would go with the shavemac from BullGoose.

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 10-10-2012, 04:53 AM
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What about a Duke 2 or 3 in Best.

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 10-10-2012, 07:49 AM
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You can not go wrong with;

Simpson duke 2 best,
Simpson commodore x2 best,
Simpson colonel x2l best

Semogue SOC 2 band

T&H silvertip 1/1

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 10-10-2012, 02:48 PM
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Sounds like you would absolutely love a Rooney 1XL. It is one of my favorites, bowl and face lathers very well. You should be able to pick one up on the b/s/t.

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 10-10-2012, 06:26 PM
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(10-09-2012, 11:07 PM)Dipesh Wrote: I'd say go for the shavemac as Tieste has mentioned.

Great soft tips, good flow and a lovely handle.

+1...this would get my vote as well. If you can wait a bit, I would recommend the upcoming Vie-Long "Teiste" brush as well. Biggrin

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 10-10-2012, 06:28 PM
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(10-10-2012, 06:26 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(10-09-2012, 11:07 PM)Dipesh Wrote: I'd say go for the shavemac as Tieste has mentioned.

Great soft tips, good flow and a lovely handle.

+1...this would get my vote as well. If you can wait a bit, I would recommend the upcoming Vie-Long "Teiste" brush as well. Biggrin

what's the cost of it?

I probably won't be able to buy it until my Simpson sells anyhow.

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 10-10-2012, 06:31 PM
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(10-10-2012, 06:28 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote:
(10-10-2012, 06:26 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(10-09-2012, 11:07 PM)Dipesh Wrote: I'd say go for the shavemac as Tieste has mentioned.

Great soft tips, good flow and a lovely handle.

+1...this would get my vote as well. If you can wait a bit, I would recommend the upcoming Vie-Long "Teiste" brush as well. Biggrin

what's the cost of it?

I probably won't be able to buy it until my Simpson sells anyhow.

I do not know yet...still in the prototype stage.

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 10-10-2012, 06:33 PM
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(10-10-2012, 06:31 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(10-10-2012, 06:28 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote:
(10-10-2012, 06:26 PM)bullgoose Wrote: +1...this would get my vote as well. If you can wait a bit, I would recommend the upcoming Vie-Long "Teiste" brush as well. Biggrin

what's the cost of it?

I probably won't be able to buy it until my Simpson sells anyhow.

I do not know yet...still in the prototype stage.

any sneak peeks?

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 10-10-2012, 06:35 PM
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(10-10-2012, 06:33 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote:
(10-10-2012, 06:31 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(10-10-2012, 06:28 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote: what's the cost of it?

I probably won't be able to buy it until my Simpson sells anyhow.

I do not know yet...still in the prototype stage.

any sneak peeks?

Soon. I expect to have the prototype in about two weeks.

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 10-10-2012, 08:10 PM
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I was going to suggest the B/T forum as well. The nice thing about buying there is it's already been tried and the seller can tell you what the bristle is like.

Andrew, in watching the video, would I be safe in assuming you like a larger face lather brush? I'll just make the assumption.

I just got a Chubby1 Best from there for $82 with a tub of soap, and it's exactly what you're looking for. No, I wasn't telling you that because I want to sell it. It's already settled into a permanent place in my cabinet.

I've gotten some very nice brushes from the B/T. Just keep your eyes open. Don't be afraid to ask questions, in PMs if you feel better about asking questions that way. And of course you get a more expensive brush for less $.

Another excellent larger face lather brush I've gotten from a B/T forum is a Rooney 3/1 SuperSilvertip. Another brush that's exactly what you're looking for.

Those 2 would be pretty much the largest brushes I could suggest for face lathering. They're very useable but larger.

Have you tried a broken in boar? After break in they are quite soft but have lots of backbone. They may feel as though they have scritch when dry, but when wet they are very soft. You can get 3-4 really good new boars for $80. Ones I can suggest are the Semogue 1438 and 610. Boith are fantastic face lathering boars with shorter lofts.

Good luck in your search!

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 10-11-2012, 05:40 AM
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(10-10-2012, 08:10 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I was going to suggest the B/T forum as well. The nice thing about buying there is it's already been tried and the seller can tell you what the bristle is like.

Andrew, in watching the video, would I be safe in assuming you like a larger face lather brush? I'll just make the assumption.

I just got a Chubby1 Best from there for $82 with a tub of soap, and it's exactly what you're looking for. No, I wasn't telling you that because I want to sell it. It's already settled into a permanent place in my cabinet.

I've gotten some very nice brushes from the B/T. Just keep your eyes open. Don't be afraid to ask questions, in PMs if you feel better about asking questions that way. And of course you get a more expensive brush for less $.

Another excellent larger face lather brush I've gotten from a B/T forum is a Rooney 3/1 SuperSilvertip. Another brush that's exactly what you're looking for.

Those 2 would be pretty much the largest brushes I could suggest for face lathering. They're very useable but larger.

Have you tried a broken in boar? After break in they are quite soft but have lots of backbone. They may feel as though they have scritch when dry, but when wet they are very soft. You can get 3-4 really good new boars for $80. Ones I can suggest are the Semogue 1438 and 610. Boith are fantastic face lathering boars with shorter lofts.

Good luck in your search!

I have a FS badger brush that has a larger knot and find it can be floppy at times when I face lather, so no, I tend to think I prefer a smaller loft, like what's found on my NF 2211 or the NF 2201 or the Simpson PJ2 or the TSN LE 2012 brush. I think right around a 49-51mm loft would probably be best for me.

my PJ2 that I'm selling is in best badger and is too scritchy for me so I don't want to take another chance with using a simpson brush in best badger.

The only boars I have are a semogue 1305 (haven't used it yet), the TSN LE 2012 and an Omega boar that I haven't used in a while.

right now I'm keeping my eyes on the shavemac that Teiste linked to earlier in the thread. I may put up a WTB ad in the classifieds soon. Lee is also sending me one of his WSP extra stuffed brushes to try.

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