What Kind of Shaving Brush To Get

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by OSGGuy, Jul 10, 2017.

  1. BaylorGator

    BaylorGator MISTER Fancypants

    Stirling Soap Company has synthetics and badgers that are reasonably inexpensive and punch way above their weight class. So does Maggard and Whipped Dog. You can't go wrong with any of these and all are a very good value.
     
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  2. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

    What you have not told us is your budget. If you are flush with cash, I can make some really great suggestions. If you are a frugal sort, you have been given many great options so far.
     
  3. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

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    Great brush. I've one that's nearly two years old, never sheds a bristle & a second I deconstructed to use the knot in another handle because it's just that good.
     
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  4. entropy1049

    entropy1049 Well-Known Member

    In my opinion, the best Bang for the Buck shave brush in shaving history, the Omega 10049. Break in required, but it just gets better and better.
     
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  5. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    :signs011:He read my mind. I've had good experiences with this seller & his prices are modest.
     
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  6. Marc Bagwell

    Marc Bagwell Well-Known Member

  7. kfbrady

    kfbrady Well-Known Member

    I suspect that the OP got his brush about 16 months ago!
     
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  8. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

    I will chime in just to put my thoughts in.
    2 brushes I keep coming back to, no matter how I try to leave.
    Boar and Horse hair.
    If you like a bit more backbone, the boar will serve you find. If you want something that is akin to badger without the price tag associated with a higher end badger, then Horse hair may be a good option.
    My one and only issue with badger, is the markets inability to standardize the different grades. What one calls a best, can be what others call best. It is a subjective as what is better, Ford or Chevrolet.
     
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  9. Marc Bagwell

    Marc Bagwell Well-Known Member

    16 months ago.... then it should be brokin by now. :)
     
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  10. Marc Bagwell

    Marc Bagwell Well-Known Member

    Horse hair is one. Haven't tried yet. I was wondering what they are like
     
  11. chevyguy

    chevyguy Well-Known Member

    Hope it worked out. He only has 4 posts.

    Clayton

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  12. Trigger

    Trigger Well-Known Member

    Yes, I agree. The Omega Pro 49 is a good boar brush, but it takes time for it to become smoother, but it is worth it. Paid $10 for it.
     
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  13. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

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    If softening the bristles would make yours more desirable I did something to mine that accomplished it quickly. I had an Omega #20248 - chrome handle & fat knot with dyed boar to look like badger. Now this was back when I had just started wet shaving so I was a sponge for all ideas whether they helped or not. I read about cleaning brushes and one procedure suggested using vinegar to remove mineral deposits. I don't have particularly hard water, mostly dissolved silicates which is just sand. But I was young(er) and dumb(er) so I mixed up a weak solution of cider vinegar and water and let my brush knot soak for a little while. If you didn't know - vinegar is a weak acid. It did soften up the bristles and hastened the break in time. Didn't really damage the brush but the next time I used it I missed the scrubby feeling. Now that I'm older & wiser and better understand my preferences I appreciate that New Boar feeling. The good news is Omega brushes are inexpensive, the knots are great even if they go cheap on the handles, and I learned a lesson.
     
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  14. oscar11

    oscar11 Well-Known Member

    I think all brushes are a bit of a crap shoot no matter how much they cost. I'm a fan of the big Omega boar myself, they're inexpensive and work great, bit of a break in period with them. Some good synthetic brushes too. I'm using a Simpsons Chubby 2 synthetic and people seem to like them or not, pretty polarizing brush I guess, so I'd be hesitant to recommend one but I like mine. First brush go inexpensive but good, you have plenty of choices.
     
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  15. MntnMan62

    MntnMan62 Well-Known Member

    The last time the OP was seen was the day he posted his question, July 2017.
     

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