"Building from basic" is the way to gain satisfaction

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by Peter Cupitt, Oct 13, 2014.

  1. Peter Cupitt

    Peter Cupitt robe-wearing whale shaver

    I have been constantly seeing all the wonderful and beautiful things that all my friends at TSD own and display, and kept thinking how basic my little collection was. But after a few more purchases and thinking about how MY collection should be "Themed" and used, I have decided that I am happier than I thought I would be, since my collection suits my intended use and is really, quite a decent starting point.
    Here is the core of my Brush collection as it stands right now and I am ordering 3 Badger knots and preparing to Hand Make 3 Artisan brushes from all Natural materials (NO Plastics) and preferably a "natural glue".
    Brushes Oct 2014.jpg
    The brush in the front/middle (on its side) is my Dad's old Boar bristle brush and I am about to Breath some life into the handle as the knot is surprisingly good. The three on the left are all Boar, The Vie Long in the middle is %100 Horse and the two on the right are Badger. I am very surprised at the similarity in softness of the Horse and Badger brushes !!
  2. ZinZan

    ZinZan Member

    Very nice
  3. BigMark

    BigMark Tests razors by shaving Wookies

    I just feel it is beyond necessary to own 2-3 brushes. I only own two, an omega and a semogue, and I rarely use the omega. However I do understand trying various brushes such as Horse, Badger, Boar and Synthetic. On the other hand, I finally found that one brush and one razor. I will of course keep 2 different blades and 2 soaps, and maybe some AS but beyond that I want to save money, after all that is why I picked up wet shaving and it sure was not meant to become a hobby, and I am a simple guy. I fear I will be called a wet shaving heretic by some. FWIW, I am not trying to demean you in anyway I am just stating that sometimes simpler is better. Isn't that part of why wet Shaving is so great? Not to mention that retro feel.
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  4. Peter Cupitt

    Peter Cupitt robe-wearing whale shaver

    I hear you and agree. These brushes are what I have picked up locally in Australia and a couple on ebay (cheap) in my search for a decent brush. Brand names were not important to me but I always aimed to have several things covered for my shaving brush needs
    • Natural materials (No Plastic) (Glue excluded)
    • One each of Boar, Badger and Horse (No synthetic)
    • Brushes that perform as I expect they should
    • Brushes that A) Look/Feel good B)Have some meaning beyond their utility
    SO, I plan to have the Stainless Steel handled Badger brush, The Vie-Long Horse brush and the Boar brush of my Dad's (Refurbished by me, soon) as the 3 brushes on display and in a rotation, just to add some "spice to life". You know something different from time to time but maintaining some familiarity and comfort. SEE, only one brush ............ of each type :)
    None of these brushes cost me much at all cause in Australia, you don't get a lot of choice, and even my razors are all "Low Cost" but I now have several that I will stick with and the rest are a little collection (Although I must admit a strong desire to buy one expensive razor for keeps an IKON, DLC Slant).
    I must add, up front, that I do intend to buy a couple of Badger knots and Make my own, Worlds Best Shaving Brush that I would like to make the star of my collection and so I can leave something behind for my children to brawl over when I 'Turn my toes up".

    Ashliegh Brilliant once said (and I have adopted) "If you make enough ridiculous assumptions, you will find everything I say or do totally justified"

    Cheers mate :happy088:
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  5. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord Staff Member

    I'm am one of those guys who have considerably more than I need to get a good shave. As with any hobby, we tend to collect things beyond what more rational (or non-hobbyiests) would consider a reasonable amount of paraphernalia. Despite my excesses in certain areas, I have keep my brush acquisitions to a reasonable amount both in quantity and in budgetary outlay. I appreciate those brushes I do have and look forward to the using and experiencing the particular characteristics each one offers.
    Maybe someday if I ever get my hands on the Simpson Chubby 2 manchurian badger with a butterscotch handle, I'll appreciate it all the more having tried a greater range of more affordable brushes. :happy088:

    Very nice-looking brushes you have there, by the way…..;)
  6. Bristle Me

    Bristle Me Insufficient

    I've tried quite a few things over the past year or so, but I believe I've found what works best for me.
    I'm decreasing the inventory now.
    I hope to end with three brushes, three DE razors, and three straights.
    That's enough for me.

    I like the brush that is laying on it's side best. It just looks to be a comfortable brush.
    And you've a dish of Tabac. Man, I really like that stuff.
    Your scuttle looks quite interesting as well. I like the dark brown/coffee color.
    I've got to make up my mind soon. It will be cold again soon....
    I believe your theme is founded well Peter, and I wish you many happy shaves!
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  7. Peter Cupitt

    Peter Cupitt robe-wearing whale shaver

    I should have put the Tabac aftershave in the photo for you :) and/or the Old Spice to go with the "Aged Spice" soap from Mama Bears. I like things that match or Sets of things ;-)
  8. ZinZan

    ZinZan Member

    I too find it silly to have anything more than 1 or 2 of anything at the start of my wet shaving journey. Now I have 5 of everything, I can safely say that wet shaving have moved to being utilitarian to a hobby. But I don't see myself adding anything more than this unless is an odd piece here and there. I think ive found my perfect rotation of gear.
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  9. Herm2502

    Herm2502 off to elf practice

    Multiple items? What's wrong with that? RAD, BAD it's an addiction. Nice brushes.
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  10. ZinZan

    ZinZan Member

    I've seen the light of day now
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