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I didn't even try to explain it to my wife
9/16/2017
Shavemac #25 23mm Silvertip Badger Shaving Brush, Faux Ebony I just couldn't resist it - a 23 mm Shavemac Silvertip Badger brush for 35% off. I knew I had to use it before my wife noticed the bigger brush so I would have to tell her I had to keep it. Turns out she never noticed the brush - she thinks I'm crazy for using a DE razor and thinks it's the "product", not the shaving, making my skin softer - but did notice the credit card statement. The Shavemac is definitely worth the heat I had to take. That first shave was sooooo good, with no break-in other than washing the brush with some pet shampoo. Great backbone, such soft tips, it held plenty of water and lather from the start, and just keeps getting better. Discretion is the better part of valor, the saying goes, so I haven't told her the regular price of the brush or how much I saved - not just in money, but in time by not having to order it from Germany. The service from WCS was sehr gut. Herzlichen danken.
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First brush, pretty cool
9/9/2017
Omega 6223 Pure Badger Shaving Brush I'm brand new to shaving with a double edge razor, and really enjoy the look and feel of this brush. Looks better than the picture for sure. Can't comment on much more since I'm a noob, but definitely enjoying the process and using the brush.
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Sweet Lil Brush
7/31/2017
Simpson Commodore X1 Best Badger Shaving Brush X1B In short, I'll say this is a fantastic utilitarian brush. It's not flashy, it's not fancy, it's not big, and it's nothing you don't need. It's just a simple, comfortable-to-use, highly effective brush with a knot that I'm sure will be among the longest-lived in your den.



It's hard to tell from pictures how big an item will be when you receive it. Even if they give a visual scale, sometimes it's hard to estimate what that looks like in your hand. Well, this is a small brush, just so you know. IMO, that's a good thing. After reading reviews, I was a little worried my fingers might slip down into the deep hollow at the bottom of the handle. But upon holding and using the brush, I instantly realized that my man-sized hands would have absolutely zero issues here. My natural grip places three fingers just at the widest part of the handle, just below the knot. This provides a very secure and comfortable (relaxed) grip. and the handle doesn't seem to inch back into my hand, pushing my fingers into the lather. So, ergos are good.



The hollow at the base of the handle, being the handle is pretty small to begin with, makes it so that it can hang securely on my brush stand without touching the knot to the metal stand. That's a big bonus in my book. I don't like to repeatedly rub brush knots against metal. Experience tells me this will cause an acceleration in wear and tear on the knot. Most of my brushes, I resort to standing up on the counter, not using the brush stand.



As for the knot? I think you're not going to do better in terms of quality anywhere else. Equal, yes, but not better. I have various other badger and boar brushes, mostly hand-made. The knots vary in quality from extreme shedders to very solid quality knots. This one is among the best in my collection. I was actually expecting to get more use out of it before reviewing it, but turns out I don't need to.



Within four or five shaves, the wet-dog funk was gone. Now it smells exactly like the Arko soap I've been using lately. I was expecting the knot to shed for a while before "breaking-in", but to my surprise, the second shave pretty much marked the end of the shedding. It's dropped one or two hairs since, but for the most part is clean now.



The knot is fairly densely packed and provides a good bit of backbone. I'm typically a boar fan due to the backbone vs. badger. But this one provides a nice balance. Perhaps not as soft as either a silvertip or a well-worn boar, but very close to both, and right in the middle between the two in terms of backbone. It also has very good flow-through. After soaking the brush, I give it a good squeeze to remove most of the water, load the soap, and then go to the bowl to lather. With this brush, I don't actually need to add any more water during lathering. It whips up a perfect-consistency lather (with Arko) with only what water is left in the brush. And after lathering, I can reload the brush from the bowl between passes, but there's really no need on a three pass shave. The brush blooms out as it picks up lather, and blooms enough to hold three adequate passes worth of lather. If I want generous lather, I'll reload.
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Excellent Brush
7/9/2017
Simpson Commodore X1 Best Badger Shaving Brush X1B Great backbone and softness. I'm very pleased!
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Worth it
6/1/2017
Simpson Persian Jar 3 Super Badger Shaving Brush PJ3 I was not sure it was worth the money to buy a Simpson's brush, but it is. They are a level above; go for it.
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Quite impressive
3/29/2017
Semogue 1460 Pure Bristle Shaving Brush "Now, I don't know about you but I'm a firm believer in "you get what you pay for" (buy cheap, get cheap). I took the gamble at $15. But Boars hair? Never heard of it until recently when my 8 year old silver tip (merkur) which I was never really impressed with, simply degraded in quality and looks. It wore out because I used it hard to lift my whiskers which themselves are tough as comparable copper wire. In short, Badger just doesn't offer any "backbone" to speak of. It's meant to create lather and mildly lift and exfoliate.

Out of the box this Semogue 1460 had no odor worth mentioning. The company logo is a sticker and I simply don't like logos or stickers on anything after I buy them. I took the logos and emblems off my truck. This sticker came off with moderate effort and 30 seconds of patience. It probably wouldn't have lasted very long under shaving conditions anyway.



My first shave was just what I wanted. This brush has very nice backbone but won't rough up your skin. The ends are quite soft but not Badger soft. It really did the job on the whiskers too. Holds water much better than I anticipated. Where have boar hair brushes been all my life?



How well does this brush hold up? Time will tell. Suffice to say that out of the box and one shave did not produce one hair falling out. If the brush lasts 2 years (I'm certain it will last decades if not become an heirloom piece) then $15 every 2 years is still light years cheaper than trying to keep up with modern shaving systems. Who in their right mind needs 5 blades at a time anyway?



I ordered on a Saturday evening and Westcoast got it out that Monday late afternoon . It was in my hands on Wednesday. Honestly, from Chino California to East Coast Florida in 2 days 1st class UPS? I mean that's better than the USPS by 3-4 days.



Hats off to WCS, Semogue and UPS! Thanks to all of you.
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Good Brush
3/9/2017
Shavemac #25 21mm Silvertip Badger Shaving Brush, Faux Ivory "I like this brush it works well and drys soft.
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Don't let shedding stop you
3/8/2017
Simpson Harvard H4 Best Badger Shaving Brush "Simpson's Harvard H4 has an appealing old world charm. I also own a Chubby 2 in best badger (my first Simpson). They share similar characteristics in that they both shed to an unwanted degree. However, the Harvard while having a smaller knot with less density has shed less. This shedding business may be a nuisance to some, but for me, I've found that over time the joy of lathering up any Simpson transcends all shedding hardships. I will admit though, that Simpson should fix this little problem or discount accordingly. The wonderful aspect of owning a Simpson in my rotation is that I actually look forward to using them... I think you will too.
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