12-19-2012, 04:44 PM
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I have tried lots of razors in the past few years since I switched to wet shaving, but not many brushes. I started out with a Tweezerman, and found it to be a decent brush, especially for the price.
I never understood the fascination with expensive brushes. I have added a Semogue 830, a Simpson's Colonel and vintage handle with a TGN Best Badger knot. I even tried a boar/horse mix fro Vie Long but never cared for it and sold it.

I'd like to move up to something a little nicer without having to spend a bundle. I mostly use a scuttle and I'd like to stick with badger. What would be a logical step up for me? I'll probably look for something on the Swap and Shop section since it's a much better deal that way. Anybody have any suggestions?

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 12-19-2012, 04:46 PM
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  • beartrap
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What is your budget?

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 12-19-2012, 04:50 PM
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I'd have to say the Vintage Blades brand finest badger. It can be had for 24 to 27 bucks.

A few of us on here have recently bought and tested them and found them to be fantastic!

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 12-19-2012, 05:25 PM
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Wet Shaving Products -- Prince or Monarch range.

Superb quality at reasonable prices.

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 12-19-2012, 06:16 PM
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As for Budget--Would like to stay under $100. Question is, can I find something noticeably better for that price?

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 12-19-2012, 06:21 PM
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(12-19-2012, 06:16 PM)strohman Wrote: As for Budget--Would like to stay under $100. Question is, can I find something noticeably better for that price?

Absolutely! Do some reading through the brush forum & you'll get more information on the suggestions that you'll get here.

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 12-19-2012, 06:34 PM
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  • Harvey
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Check out the VIE-LONG...J.L.Petree Badger/Horse brush Phil has a BullGoose..only $50.00 and even comes with a stand...honestly a really nice feel and spreads the lather very easily...has not lost even 1 hair....For a bit more go to Elite Razors site and he has SilverTip in your price point....However I was really impressed with the new blended Badger/Horse...quite amazing really.Smile

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 12-19-2012, 06:47 PM
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  • Teiste
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For less than 100 bucks you have some excellent options in badger :

-Vintage Blades are getting excellent reviews with their 2 band brushes and are under 40 bucks with shipping , even less than that.

-Semogue SOC finest badger is a classic.

-Wet Shaving Products The Prince in silvertip is 55 dollars but for bowl lathering The Monarch in Supef Silvertip is great for 79 dollars.

-Simpson Commodore X2 in best badger.

-Rooney or Trueffit and Hill 1/2 (24 mm knot) is a greag brush for 99 dollars plus 15% discount.

As you can see there are great brushes for under 100 dollars.

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 12-19-2012, 08:17 PM
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Brushes are somewhat frustrating. What people like is so individual and just because 80% of forum member like a particular brush, or even type of brush, doesn't mean you will. Also, the lingo is not always helpful. Soft, scrubby, scritch, floppy, backbone, bloom, etc. What does it all mean? And cost. Some gents go for $10 boars, others for >$125. Some look down their noses at pure badger while other use only that.

So, think about what you've liked and haven't liked about the brushes you've tried and make a list of attributes you're looking for. Then read through the threads for ideas.

For me, I've decided to think in terms of lather; i.e., what the brush makes, not what it is. I've proven to myself I can make very good, creamy lather from all my brushes so I am content with lower cost brushes. That said, I still have my eye on a couple of other brushes I'd like to try, but the most expensive is ~$60.

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 12-19-2012, 11:01 PM
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I would try to up the budget to $150 if possible and consider a Simpson Duke 3 in Best or a Vie Long 2-Band or 3-Band brush if possible.

Also check out the Semogue badger, especially the Soc 2-Band in Cheryl wood Cool

You may also try to order a custom made Morris & Forndran, from Mr. Lee Sabini (but it takes patience to deal with Lee, expect 4-5 weeks delivery, unless he already have the brush ready to ship for you)

Or you could get a Truefitt & Hill brush and use the discount code SNOOK and bet 15% discount at checkout. Many believe TF&H brushes are made by Rooney, but no proof of that though.

You also should consider getting a Davinchi brush or a Savile Row, both are very fine exquisite brushes IMHO Smile

A Mühle Retro 3-Band Silvertip is also a pretty great brush, as well as custom Shavemac.

Confused ?
You better be, 'cause there are so many fine options out there for you Biggrin

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 12-20-2012, 05:57 AM
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Pickup the Semogue 2012 LE with the Boar/Badger mix.... You'll probably never need another brush again, the "Caravela" knots are that good and they're super affordable...

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 12-20-2012, 06:15 AM
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(12-19-2012, 06:47 PM)Teiste Wrote: -Semogue SOC finest badger is a classic.

This one would definitely be my choice. Cool

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 12-20-2012, 06:16 AM
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You actually have a pretty good selection of brushes. Which one is your favorite and what don't you like about it and what characteristics would you like improved ?

The only thing missing is a 2-band. Buy a less expensive one and see if you like it. VB, Franks Finest etc.

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 12-20-2012, 06:40 AM
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I think that a shave den is not complete until a SOC Badger is there, but that´s me...Biggrin

Now seriously: IMO it´s a very good looking brush, feels very good in your hand and is good value for the money. It has soft tips, strong backbone and it´s good in the face or bowl.

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 12-20-2012, 11:37 AM
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My vote would be for the semogue SOC Finest (2-Band) with the Cherry Wood Handle. For the price it's really tough to beat that brush.

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 12-20-2012, 05:04 PM
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Thanks for all of the great suggestions. I'm interested in trying one of the WSP brushes eventually, but so many people recommend the Semogue SOC 2-Band that it seems like a great place to start.

I'll see if I can find one for sale here.

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 12-20-2012, 05:17 PM
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(12-20-2012, 05:04 PM)strohman Wrote: Thanks for all of the great suggestions. I'm interested in trying one of the WSP brushes eventually, but so many people recommend the Semogue SOC 2-Band that it seems like a great place to start.

I'll see if I can find one for sale here.

I sold my SOC 2-band recently in favor of the WSP brushes & knots. If you want some scratch, then go with SOC. if you want no scratch at all, then go with WSP.

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 12-21-2012, 03:40 PM
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  • matloffm
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If you have not tried synthetic brushes I would recommend the Muhle Silvertip Fiber and Muhle Black Fiber. Not expensive and great performers. Both have good backbone with the Black Fiber having softer tips.

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 12-21-2012, 11:17 PM
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  • Teiste
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I always forget to recommend the Vulfix 2234 in super badger : soft tips , and great flow.Not the greatest firm backbone , but firm enough not to be floppy.For its price , around 6o dollars , a good option , for both , face and bowl lathering.

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 12-22-2012, 12:29 AM
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  • Shaun
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How about a combination badger/boar? I have a Vulfix Grosvenor and it is an excellent all rounder, nice solid resin handle, nice and soft on the face, cheap as chips.

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