Top 5 Brushes

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by Spirit_of_76, Apr 3, 2007.

  1. Bill

    Bill Man of Steel

    Thanks... I will. But I don't know what a Charles at QED is... :signs002
  2. qhsdoitall

    qhsdoitall Wilbur

    Charles is the proprietor at QED
  3. TraderJoe

    TraderJoe Pink Floid

    What are you looking for in a brush, Bill? I'd recommend the Savile Row in a heartbeat, but there are other nice ones. If you like soft & luxurious but not weak, Savile Row is the way to go. And you can pick the knot-size that is right for you. But if you want real scrubbing action, there are others more suitable for the task.
  4. msandoval858

    msandoval858 Active Member

    If you're a soap user I highly recommend the Simpsons Duke 2 in Best Badger. It's not the cheapest brush out there but the perfect balance of soft tips, firm and dense knot, and not too big in overall size.
  5. qhsdoitall

    qhsdoitall Wilbur

    OK, so I take it you're not entirely thrilled with this brush. :D Let's start there. Big - so let's say a 22mm-23mm is more to your taste. I forget what size your brush was. One of the guys can pipe in. Your's is silvertip badger. You might want a finest or best badger or one grade down from silvertip to reduce the floppiness of the brush. A densely packed brush will also cut down on floppiness. Hmmm...A Kent BK4 comes to mind as a decent choice. You'll find a number of guys on here have one in their brush stable.
  6. TraderJoe

    TraderJoe Pink Floid

    This would be the "polar opposite" of the BnB finest.
  7. Bill

    Bill Man of Steel

    It's not my intention to divert the direction of this thread. I can see I messed up. :signs108

    I was just hoping that when everyone lists their top 5, that they turn their choices into a hyperlink if they have the time so I know where I can get one if it strikes my fancy.

    I appreciate the suggestions so far, but I still don't know where to get them. I went to the QED site, but could not find a model 3822. The only thing available is the ivory white, as well. I don't want white.

    I really tried not to be a slug about my request and did a bit of work by searching google, but could only find sites that charge almost as much for import taxes as they do for the brush. Ain't happenin'. I don't mind subsidizing beauracuracies a little bit, but not by 80% of the original cost.

    I like the looks of this brush from Crabtree

    I also like the blue one Rich got. Where can I get that one?

    I saw this one and thought it was pretty cool...
    $69 export tax... am I reading that right? If so...:taunt005
  8. Spirit_of_76

    Spirit_of_76 Yardley Ninja

    The awfulness of Charles site is the stuff of legend. Much of what he has to offer is simply not listed. If you click on the other fabulous toiletries link near the bottom of the qed homepage you will find a small selection of the SR silvertips, however many models are not on his site. Also, if you want one in ebony instead of faux ivory then you will definitely have to e-mail Charles, as they are special order items.
    The good news is that when you do contact Charles his response time can be measured in nanoseconds, no matter what the time, day or night.
    Another choice for brushes would be Lee at He should be able to get you a good price on the Simpson's brush of your choice without having to worry about unreasonable import charges. I've never dealt with Lee personally, but a search on any forum will reveal a huge number of satisfied customers.
    My personal recommendation would be a Plisson HMW 10 or 12. In North America they are available from Atkinsons of Vancouver, who offer a discount for members of The Other Place (aka Badger and Blade.)
  9. Will

    Will Nevermind

  10. Will

    Will Nevermind

    I went to the Custom made section (goofing off) and came up wit this for you.

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  11. qhsdoitall

    qhsdoitall Wilbur

  12. Bandg

    Bandg New Member

    My fave 5 are : Shavemac 501 finest, Simpson PJ2 super, Kent BK4, Rooney Style 2, small super, and B&B finest horn. Vintageblades has a nice selection and Jim is a pleasure to do business with. Regards, Bradley
  13. PalmettoB

    PalmettoB The Old Guard

    Bill, that EJ on TESC's site is $69 (that's less the EU's VAT, or value added tax). So you pay a little more on shipping, and yeah, the exchange rate stinks, but as opposed to $80 with the VAT, we get a break over here! And TESC is great to deal with. I've ordered from them twice.
  14. Bronco

    Bronco Mac Daddy

    I'm down to two brushes, A Rooney super, style 3, small and a Kent BK-4.
    I am so happy, I am never going to buy another brush............:rofl
    (Only because I'm investing in Merkur at the moment.):D
  15. qhsdoitall

    qhsdoitall Wilbur

    I was going to say, "there's something wrong with Steve, he needs help." :D
  16. Bill

    Bill Man of Steel

    Based on one of the suggestions above for Shavemac, I put my own brush together and came up with this one...


    The truly amazing part is that it got here in a day and a half. From Germany... how'd they do that? I can't even get something from across town in that short span of time.

    The bonus is that I really like the quality that is in this brush and it works great. As soon as my soaps eliminate the badger odor mites, it will even be better.

    I have to confess... I also bought the Edwin Jagger brush... it's not here yet...:D
  17. qhsdoitall

    qhsdoitall Wilbur

    Nice brush! And for the Edwin Jagger brush, icing on the cake. What's the specs on that Shavemac?
  18. Queen of Blades

    Queen of Blades Mistress of Mischief Staff Member

    Moderator Supporting Vendor
    :D :rofl

    Great looking Shavemac, too! :drool
  19. Bill

    Bill Man of Steel

    Finest Badger
    Is that what you mean?
  20. qhsdoitall

    qhsdoitall Wilbur

    That's it!

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