01-22-2013, 02:47 PM
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  • Howler
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  • Fort Smith AR
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My next brush I think will a horse hair brush. I like the new
Vie Long white horse brushes.

Are rumors of horse brushes being big shredders true?
Do they lose big clumps of hair?

Are boar horse mix a good choice?
Any other information on horse brushes would be helpful.

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 01-22-2013, 02:51 PM
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I have two (maybe 3) V-L HH brushes and shedding has never been an issue. A few hairs in the beginning but that's it. I like them quite a bit. Not as dense as most badgers or as ramrod stiff as some boars but a nice middle ground with a hint of scritch. Considering the price, I say it's a pretty good addition. Have fun!

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 01-22-2013, 03:06 PM
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  • DEW
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(01-22-2013, 02:47 PM)Howler Wrote: My next brush I think will a horse hair brush. I like the new
Vie Long white horse brushes.

Are rumors of horse brushes being big shredders true?
Do they lose big clumps of hair?

Are boar horse mix a good choice?
Any other information on horse brushes would be helpful.

I have one of those Turkish #6 brushes and It doesn't shed, and I'm gonna order some more. They are excellent brushes.

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 01-22-2013, 03:14 PM
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  • DLP
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  • Missouri
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I've got 3 or 4 horse hair brushes. my experience has been they shed a few hairs during the first few test lathers. I did have one brush that had a bad knot that simply came apart Vie-Long replaced the brush without question.

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 01-22-2013, 03:18 PM
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I have the V-L 14080 and I recommend it! I use it for face lathering, great backbone. It is not as soft as a badger one, but it is no hedgehog. And you will not risk too much money Biggrin

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 01-22-2013, 03:51 PM
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i have never experienced shedding with mine.
You should look at the Vie-Long BGS 2012 butterscotch natural horse hair brush. Beautiful!

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 01-22-2013, 05:13 PM
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No shedding issues across 5 VL brushes, I recently purchased the a boar horse mix VL 12330 and its a slow break in, which isn't a bad thing it has serious backbone and I like it.

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 01-22-2013, 05:37 PM
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I have a VL 13800, and it didn't shed excessively, and stopped after a few shaves.

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 01-22-2013, 05:49 PM
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Mine does not shed much (8-10 uses) however it did knot up in the middle, leaving a void. I face lather and was since told to get a custom loft (under 50) if you face lather. Mine is at 55 now.
I am waiting on decision to get it replaced but I was able to 'comb' the hair back into shape somewhat.

I really like the horse but want to be able to face lather and will probably order a white one at a lower loft.

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 01-22-2013, 06:06 PM
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  • freddy
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Brad, I have both the Vie-Long 12601, a very inexpensive horsehair, and the Vie-Long Gonzalo horsehair/boar mix. Neither has ever shed.

The 12601's handle is just cheap molded plastic but, hey, the brush works! I love that little workhorse.

The Gonzalo has a very strong backbone because of the mix but the break-in period will be a bit longer than for the 12601. It, too, can work up some very nice lather.

These are two of the less expensive horsehair brushes out there so if you want to give horsehair a try, you won't be breaking the piggy bank to do so. Wink

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 01-22-2013, 06:23 PM
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You gotta try the ponies. I have two and they bat in the same lineup with my M&F, Thater, Shavemac and many TGNs, silvertip and finest.

Ride that pony.

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 01-22-2013, 07:08 PM
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I would go for the undyed hairs in whatever V-L I would buy in the future. Many users state that they retain more of the backbone than those that are dyed which is one of the reasons why you want horsehair is for the composite of the boar and badger that is possible from these hairs.

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 01-22-2013, 09:24 PM
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  • tgutc
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I have the Vie Long J.L. Petree Natural Horse Brush and I'm very impressed with it. I've had no shedding issues. What I like most about the brush is it's great backbone yet soft tips. Plus, it's named after Johnny!

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 01-22-2013, 09:33 PM
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Brad, i have never had an issue with shedding from the Vie-Longs that i have. The Beehive BGS 2012 natural horse hair are great brushes.

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 01-23-2013, 03:47 AM
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  • Snuff
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I only have one horse brush, a very cheap one I think, the handle is made of some very cheap plastic http://shavenook.com/thread-anyone-know-...hair-brush

but it didn't loose one hair in three uses. Don't know a lot of this brush, it's used by most of the barbers in Macedonia, I was told that it holds it's shape for a very long time (even when used by barbers that shave lots and lots of people every day, I was told a shave with a straight costs about €0,6 there).

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 02-26-2013, 04:58 PM
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Do horse hair brushes require a breaking period? What are the characteristics after a dozen or two uses?

I am surprised that my 50/50 white has much more backbone and not as soft as my 35/65 natural brown.

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 02-26-2013, 05:11 PM
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  • vpayne
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  • Missouri
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I have several horse hair brushes and shedding is not a problem after a few uses.
I prefer more backbone than they provide.

Vic

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 02-26-2013, 06:51 PM
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I only have one horse, but it's not going to be my last. It's a Vie Long Cachurro and I never had any problems with shedding. As others have said, a couple hairs in the beginning and that's it.

It works beautifully and provides a nice break from my boar and badgers. It's a higher loft than most of my others and works well for soaps and creams.

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