The Brush: Basic Information Everyone Should Know

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by PLANofMAN, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. Queen of Blades

    Queen of Blades Mistress of Mischief Staff Member

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    This brush?
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  2. ShorTea

    ShorTea Member

    Yes, I'll be more careful with it! LOL
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  3. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    It's machine made. The knot isn't dense enough and it probably shed quite a few hairs before it came into your hands. Tangling is a non-issue on boar or badger handmade knots, so this isn't something that we see very often. Try to just use the tips of the brush when you are lathering and you should see most (if not all) of the tangling issues go away. You might want to take a look at this recent thread:
    I actually mentioned (but not recommended) the Van der Hagen badger brush in that thread.

    I'll also add your issue to the original post in this thread.
  4. JCD

    JCD Member

    Thanks for such an interesting thread

    Not got to the end of the thread yet but already thinking we may need another brush fairly soon as the one we have is very old and probably needs lots of TLC to get the best out of it.
  5. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord Staff Member

    Very informative article, Ryan, and this thread is an invaluable read for any wet-shaver.
    I enjoy using a variety of shaving brushes and learning the attributes of each. The differences between makes and materials, such as boar vs badger for example, do become obvious with regular use. Although I do enjoy the soft luxuriousness of a good badger brush, I find myself drawn to the boars most mornings.
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  6. JCD

    JCD Member

    Update - a new, slightly larger bristle brush (assume boar) is working lots better, still learning the 'knack' though.
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  7. PatrickA51

    PatrickA51 Well-Known Member

    Choices choices choices.......Reading this forum and thread, is like a kid in a See's Candy Store where they are giving away any 1 pound combination box of candy.
    Ryan Thank you for this thread. Thanks for such an interesting thread. I must have forgotten there is such an art to shaving and choosing the best brush. :eatdrink013:
    I guess I will need to make another pot of coffee.
  8. J. Stuhr

    J. Stuhr New Member

    Great info! Thanks man!
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  9. SnipeLife

    SnipeLife New Member

    Thanks this article is great
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  10. briarup

    briarup New Member

    Great article Ryan!! Thanks!!
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  11. denshaver

    denshaver Member

    Awesome jpb. Thank yo so much for info I needed.
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  12. mervyn cadma

    mervyn cadma Member

    A lot of detailed information explained, thank you guys
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  13. Shriike

    Shriike New Member

    Thanks for the info!
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  14. Medicus Ille

    Medicus Ille New Member

    Thanks for explaining all those brush options. I'll be on my guard for differing brush grade names now:).
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  15. chromedometone

    chromedometone Active Member

    This is a great thread. Thanks
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  16. Virodoc

    Virodoc New Member

    Excellent overview, one of the most comprehensive I have seen. Thank you for the information!
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  17. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    Added a section for Manchurian/High Mountain badger. They've been around long enough for people to figure out what class of brush these fall into.

    I apologize in advance for offending people with my somewhat cynical view of these "limited edition" special grade, etc. brushes.

    Also added a section on brush longevity.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2015
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  18. natal000

    natal000 Active Member

    I own a Simpson Chubby 2 Best Badger which is I think is better overall then the Kent BLK 8 Silvertip. I think that it depends on the manufacturer more than how the brush is graded that determines quality. You really have to research the manufacturers and place close attention to the reviewers. You may not agree with some of the reviews but it does give you a great reference point in helping in choosing the right brush. The same goes for the other shaving items.
  19. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    I agree up to a point. Any of the reputable long established companies make high quality brushes. Vulfix-Simpson, Rooney, Kent, Semogue, and Omega (edit: and Plisson) all make great brushes. I have a Rooney finest, and I much prefer my vintage short loft Hardright badger brush. Overall, I prefer boar brushes.

    I'm not surprised that you find the quality of the Simpson brush to be higher than the Kent. After all, the Simpson brand is built on shave brushes. The Kent brand is built on men's grooming products, and most specifically, handmade hair brushes.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2015
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  20. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    Added Larry at Whipped Dog as a supplier of brush knots to the OP.
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