Badger & Blade en-us Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:32:21 -0700 PhotoPost ReviewPost 6.0 60 Kent BK8 clone <a href=";title=kent-bk8-clone&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="IMG_0507.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_0507.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: vickywally<br /><br />Description: Silvertip brushes entirely manufactured in China tend to get a bad rap in our community. The conventional wisdom has been that you 'get what you pay for' and blue-blood european brands is where the discussion often starts and ends when it comes to quality silvertip brushes. I will qualify my review by saying that boar brushes have been my weapon of choice the 20 years I have been wetshaving. Over the last few years I have tried 3 (european) silvertip badgers but never quite been satisfied with the experience. The main reason was that the brushes were too small for my liking. I decided to give badgers yet another try but this time I went further east and purchased an Ace Silvertip brush that could be described as a Kent BK8 clone. The product arrived in Boston within 10 days of ordering online. There was no fancy box - but it was well packed and not damaged in any way during transit. Here are the dimensions as listed by the manufacturer: -- Total weight: 71g -- Hair loft: 58mm -- Hair width at base: 25mm (inconsistent; reported as 26mm elsewhere) -- Total height: 113mm There was a perceptible animal odor in the fibers upon receipt but this was also the case the Semogue and Vulfix silvertip brushes I have tried in the past. I washed with soap &amp; shampoo 2-3 times before first use. After 3-4 shaves - the odor was completely gone. Now to the shave.... 1. Softness: The face feel after soaking and during lathering is very soft. Softer that other silvertips I tried and just a bit shy of the latest synthetics (e.g. Plisson, HIS etc). 2. Density &amp; Backbone: The brush is densely packed and offers sufficient backbone for both soaps and creams. I don't have too many reference points but expert users have reported elsewhere that Ace knots tend to be on the dense side (also see knot pic). When fully loaded - the knot feels like a wall of lather. Also, I exclusively face lather and the brush offered sufficient backbone for face lathering. 3. Water Retention The brush holds a *lot* of water when soaked. Too much in fact. I have learnt to shake it well before lathering. During lather build - when I add water to the brush - it will hold quite a bit; I like this. IMHO - this is the biggest advantage natural hair still has over synth fibers. 4. Lather making ability Superior. In my view - the density, backbone and water retention of this knot makes lather building a breeze. The softness of the tips makes it a luxurious experience 5. Handle The handle is made of resin and was uniformly turned, free of blemishes &amp; highly polished when it arrived. As for shape - this handle appears to be a Kent clone - so all the pros/cons that apply to Kent handles apply here. Personally - I want an even larger handle (70mm?) - but the brush cannot be faulted for this. My point is - the handle looks great and appears to be well made but ergonomics/shape is highly YMMV. Overall - I think this is a high quality brush that will be a keeper in my den. It is offered at an excellent price (compared to alternatives) and is well worth a try.;title=kent-bk8-clone&amp;cat=38;title=kent-bk8-clone&amp;cat=38 Sat, 04 Oct 2014 18:44:13 -0600 Finest Badger Shaving Brush <a href=";title=finest-badger-shaving-brush&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="IMG_20140212_132715_800x600.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_20140212_132715_800x600.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Goedkoop-natscheren<br /><br />Description: Chinese made Finest Badger Shaving Brush that offers much bang for buck.;title=finest-badger-shaving-brush&amp;cat=38;title=finest-badger-shaving-brush&amp;cat=38 Sat, 06 Sep 2014 08:34:30 -0600 24MM Silvertip Badger Shaving Brush <a href=";title=24mm-silvertip-badger-shaving-brush&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="IMG_20140606_150320_800x600.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_20140606_150320_800x600.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Goedkoop-natscheren<br /><br />Description: Bang for buck silvertip shaving brush.;title=24mm-silvertip-badger-shaving-brush&amp;cat=38;title=24mm-silvertip-badger-shaving-brush&amp;cat=38 Sat, 06 Sep 2014 08:26:34 -0600 Badger &amp; Blade Omega Blonde Boar Shaving Brush <a href=";title=badger-amp-blade-omega-blonde-boar-shaving-brush&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="IMG_0569.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_0569.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: mcdig<br /><br />Description: A top of the line Omega blonde boar knot in the rebirth of the Badger &amp; Blade Essential Handle. The latest version with gold leaves in a clear handle.;title=badger-amp-blade-omega-blonde-boar-shaving-brush&amp;cat=38;title=badger-amp-blade-omega-blonde-boar-shaving-brush&amp;cat=38 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:56:24 -0600 FS Synthetic Hair Brush Travel Chrome Aluminum Case 20 mm knot <a href=";title=fs-synthetic-hair-brush-travel-chrome-aluminum-case-20-mm-knot&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="11.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="11.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Maul555<br /><br />Description: Frank Shaving Synthetic Travel Shave Brush Review (With Pics) I was looking to up my road game (improve my travel kit), and I settled on a synthetic travel brush. After a search I quickly found a FS synthetic travel brush on amazon for $25. I couldn't find any information on this brush either. No reviews on amazon, no mention on FS's website, and no entry on the review boards here. A google search was equally fruitless. So i bought it, and here is my review: For a cheap brush, I was not expecting much, but I was pleased when I opened the package to find a nice looking black cardboard box with silver text on the outside. The lid opened straight up to reveal a thick layer of black foam padding covering every single side of the box. I lifted up a cutout section to reveal an EXTREMELY shiny little cylinder. It looks quite stylish in the retracted position if you ask me (just pretend you asked). The top of the brush's cylinder is open to the elements, and topped with a screw on cap that is also wide open. Despite the large size of the hole, the brush has no problems staying inside. There is some wiggle room, but I tried to dislodge it by throwing it out upside down, but not too hard. It stayed inside and I would trust this thing to float around in my pack by itself. I tested the softness of the brush on my face while dry, and I have to say that it feels slightly softer, or just as soft as my best badger brush with a very similar stiffness too it. I am very pleased with this. I don't know what generation fiber this brush uses, but I wouldn't be surprised to find out this is a generation 3.5 or 4 brush. Once Assembled I moved on to the real task at hand, producing some lather. Musgo Real was used for 2 tests with very hard tap water. First I whipped up a lather in my normal shave bowl, and then I tried to do the same thing inside the bottom half of my travel razor case. The Bowl: I dipped the brush into a bowl of warm water, and it immediately sucked up a bunch of water and changed shape on me. It now looked a bit clumpy, but held the water in very well. It was also almost the perfect amount of water it turns out. I flicked it out ever so gently and a little bit of water came out. Then I flung it hard at my bathtub and watched a lot of water smash against the side. Now it was lather time, and again I just let the brush fill itself up. I snapped 2 pictures at 1 minute and 3 minutes of stirring. This does not generate lather as quickly as my best badger, but I wouldn’t expect it to due to its smaller size. For its size I think it made lather pretty well. I did have to stir it longer, but it came through for me in the end. I was able to lather up my whole face without having to go back for more from the bowl, but feel free to if that is your thing. The Razor Case: This was a bigger challenge and I was forced to change my usual method of creating lather. used a little bit less musgo, and water. There is simply not enough space to work with, and my lather was very runny and sloshing out of the case. After about 1 minute of stirring this watery mess around I brought the brush to my face and did what I never do. I face lathered. I gotta say that I was surprised at how well this wound up working. I had a very nice and slick lather worked up all over my face in just a minute. I fumbled for a bit while slinging soap all over my bathroom until I figured out that a steady circular motion wouldn’t throw stuff around the room, but face lathering is a go with this guy! I washed it all off and tried again with what was left, scooping up more watery musgo mess and applying it to my face. I got a 2nd great lather. I did this a 3rd time just to make sure I could if needed, and I was able to get a good 3rd lather with what was still left. Mission accomplished. With that out of the way I can now officially recommend this brush to anybody looking for a synthetic travel brush.;title=fs-synthetic-hair-brush-travel-chrome-aluminum-case-20-mm-knot&amp;cat=38;title=fs-synthetic-hair-brush-travel-chrome-aluminum-case-20-mm-knot&amp;cat=38 Wed, 14 May 2014 18:34:38 -0600 eshave finest badger <a href=";title=eshave-finest-badger&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="Brush_eShave_Finest_Badger.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Brush_eShave_Finest_Badger.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: LITTLESHAVER101<br /><br />Description: Description: The Websters College Dictionary defines the word “shed” as “ to pour forth, cast off, let fall, to drop out, send forth.” If there was a picture involved, it would have a photo of this brush. As a matter of fact, I was surprised a picture wasn’t there. I purchased this brush because the reviews on the COMPANIES website were wonderful raving reviews. I really liked the long handle as I am a bowl mixer. But after 9 shaves and hundreds of hairs I returned the brush and requested a new one. The return was approved. I paid the return shipping and insurance and they sent me a new one. This one I have used about 6 times and maybe lost 40 hairs. The last two shaves lost about 5-6 hairs each time. I use Tabac and a bowl and my beard is on the softer blondish nature. I baby the brush and hopefully this will someday stop the madness. I have had Muhle’s badgers, TGN badgers, Omega boars and vintage Boars and none have lost hair like this. I only hope to save someone else from going through what I have gone through with this brush. Loft 58mm, knot 21mm, handle 80mm. Price – when I pay $100 for a brush, I don’t expect it to behave like this. Quality – Maybe some of the other brushes they sell are good, but these two weren’t. Density – Ok, there the brush shines. It is pack full of hair. Stiffness of tips – Has a backbone that can handle the soaps. Softness of tips – Soft, soft and soft. Extremely little scratch. Spreads out nicely in the bowl and on the face. Ergonomic – I really liked the handle. Latherability – I use Tobac soap and I this brush manufactured a nice thick lather and plenty of it to do 4 passes easily. And it holds the lather in the tips very nicely and not in the base. It also never dripped water on me at all. And it holds water really well so you can dip it and get some hot water going when you want it. To Summerize – I would never recommend it to anybody. I liked the brush and hated to see it fall apart. Hopefully the replacement will stop shedding someday. In any event, it is a gamble with this brush whether you will be picking hairs out of your soap or not.;title=eshave-finest-badger&amp;cat=38;title=eshave-finest-badger&amp;cat=38 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:51:31 -0600 DE 89BA11 <a href=";title=de-89ba11&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" border="0" src="" alt="" /></a><br /><br />by: dgreene120;title=de-89ba11&amp;cat=38;title=de-89ba11&amp;cat=38 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:53:52 -0600 2 <a href=";title=2&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" border="0" src="" alt="" /></a><br /><br />by: akitaluck<br /><br />Description: I found this at a garage sale 25 years ago at that time I didn't know anything about brushes just dumb luck when I got this for a few bucks. Its a stubby brush about 3 1/4 inches high the markings are Pure Badger Simpson 2. Could someone tell me how old it is and what material is the handle made of. Value? I still use it and gives great shave suds. chees, Michael in Montana;title=2&amp;cat=38;title=2&amp;cat=38 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:27:25 -0700 24 mm 3-Band Nylon Knot <a href=";title=24-mm-3-band-nylon-knot&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="TGN_3B24MM.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="TGN_3B24MM.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Gman9537<br /><br />Description: Photo and description courtesy of New 3 Band Nylon shaving brush knot. For those not wanting animal hair but the look of real badger. Very soft nylon. Knot measures approx 23.5mm at the base with a loft of 65mm;title=24-mm-3-band-nylon-knot&amp;cat=38;title=24-mm-3-band-nylon-knot&amp;cat=38 Mon, 20 May 2013 15:30:05 -0600 Infinity Silvertex (synthetic) <a href=";title=infinity-silvertex-synthetic&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="KentInfinityPosting_zpsf2fb864a.png" border="0" src="" alt="KentInfinityPosting_zpsf2fb864a.png" /></a><br /><br />by: Codfish<br /><br />Description: Full review to be posted April 30, 2013;title=infinity-silvertex-synthetic&amp;cat=38;title=infinity-silvertex-synthetic&amp;cat=38 Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:48:36 -0600 Shaving Brush <a href=";title=shaving-brush&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="61Cad2VQQzL.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="61Cad2VQQzL.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: chrisf8657<br /><br />Description: Direct competitor to Tweezerman Badger brushes.;title=shaving-brush&amp;cat=38;title=shaving-brush&amp;cat=38 Sat, 16 Mar 2013 14:18:35 -0600 Mighty Midget 40033 <a href=";title=mighty-midget-40033&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="Omega1.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Omega1.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: DrAwkward<br /><br />Description: The Omega Mighty Midget 40033 is a natural boar brush with huge backbone and surprisingly soft tips. Ht: 88 mm Loft: 48 mm Base: 40 mm Knot: 23 mm;title=mighty-midget-40033&amp;cat=38;title=mighty-midget-40033&amp;cat=38 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:42:29 -0700 Model 18 Pure Badger <a href=";title=model-18-pure-badger&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="pic.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="pic.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: daveaengland<br /><br />Description: Disclaimers: Firstly, this brush was given to me free by Sam for the purposes of testing and reviewing. Secondly, my lathering technique is the one described here (, except that I use cold water in all steps, so my comments about lathering etc need to be taken with that in mind. Initial Impression: When I saw the pictures of this brush on the store page (;productId=183) I was didn’t like the look of the aluminium handle; I thought it looked tinny, and to me the whole idea of ‘shaving like your grandad’ really invokes images of beautifully turned traditional wooden handles etc, and being a history teacher I really enjoy that nostalgic aspect of wet shaving. Having said that, when I actually got the brush I changed my mind – to a degree. I got mine in black and it actually doesn’t look out of place in my bathroom next to my black EJ Best Badger and DE86, and it’s quite weighty in your hand which gives it a good solid feel. It’s quite small, and you can see it on the right of my EJ in the pic above, both in overall size and brush diameter, but I imagine the brush will flare out a little with use. The handle feels a little small for my taste, so I’m not sure how it’ll go with use, but I’ll find out tomorrow! First Use: I used the brush for the first time this morning with MWF soap and it performed quite well. The hair didn’t seem to retain as much water as I’m used to, maybe because it’s Pure Badger and/or because of its smaller size, so it felt a little dry while loading it with soap, but I still seemed to get enough to produce a good lather. I was actually very impressed with the lather it built; it seemed to require very little effort. On the downside, because of its size, it didn’t hold much lather, just enough to totally cover my face for the first pass. For my second pass, I had to go back to the bowl twice. This isn’t really a big deal, just a tiny annoyance. I was quite disappointed with the face feel of the brush as it was very prickly. I’ve not used a Pure Badger brush before so don’t know if that level of prickliness is common to that type of hair or if this one was pricklier than most, but it certainly wasn’t as nice as my usual brush. I’m not sure how much it is going to bother me as I keep using it, and as the brush softens with use, but at the moment it’s unpleasant. Two other minor things: firstly, I lost a lot of hair out of the brush with this first use, maybe up to a dozen, which is about all I’ve lost from my EJ in the six months I’ve had it, so I’m not sure yet what that says about the build quality of the brush – I’ll just have to see if that continues. Secondly, I found the small handle size to be less comfortable to use than the larger handle I’m used to, but that’s probably something I’ll get used to fairly quickly. So far, though, it’s proving to be a very decent brush. One Week Later: I’ve used the Modal 18 each day this week and it’s performed much the same as it did that first day. It does a great job lathering my MWF, but the feel of it in my hand is still a bit too small, almost cramped. I’ve lost only another few hairs, so I’m happy with the build quality, but the scratchiness of the hair is still annoying, especially when lathering for the second pass over skin that is already a little sensitive from the first pass. I went back to my EJ brush this morning for comparison and found that it was definitely a lot softer on the skin, and the larger handle allowed for a better feel of the lathering process, but the lather wasn’t quite as thick as with the Modal 18. (I used exactly the same lathering method and ratio of water etc.) MWF is a hard soap, so perhaps the harder bristles on the Pure Badger allowed me to load a larger quantity of soap? Might be worth trying if you’ve had trouble building a good lather from MWF in the past. (Anyone tried using a Silvertip brush with a hard soap like MWF?) Is the scratchiness enough to put me off this brush? I don’t think so; I’m sure I’d get used to it after using it for a while, but as someone who got into wet shaving because of sensitive skin, I’m especially conscious of it. I’m planning to use it for another week with my GFT Sandalwood soap to see how the harder bristles go with a softer soap. Two Weeks Use: I’ve used the Modal 18 each day this week with my GFT Sandalwood and it performed very well. It charged with more soap than my EJ as the GFT is a softer soap, but a little extra water, or a little less charging, and it made a very good lather, and I think I’ve gotten used to the small feel of the brush in my hand. I did go back to the EJ this morning for my comparison, and it was quite noticeable how soft the Best Badger felt compared to the Pure. Three Weeks Use: I spent this final week of the review using the MWF again, as that’s my primary soap at the moment, and it performed as well as it did the first week. Final Thoughts: Having used the Modal 18 for three weeks now I think it’s probably settled pretty well as it’s not losing any more hairs and the brush has bloomed a little, so it’s time for some final notes. I really like this brush: it lathered really well, and the weight of the metal handle gives it a good solid feel. It does feel a little small in my hand, but that’s something I’ve largely gotten used to over the weeks, and it probably only feels that way because I’m used to the much larger handle on my EJ. There are, however, two things that are going to prevent me from making it my everyday brush. Firstly, the feel of the Pure Badger bristles, especially when lathering for the second pass, are a little uncomfortable. It’s possible that if I’d started with this brush I wouldn’t even notice, but as I’ve been spoilt by beginning wet shaving using Best Badger I can’t help but notice the difference, and having sensitive skin makes me overly alert to it. (Over the last few weeks I’ve done a little reading on the differences between Pure and Best Badger and this seems to be a good example of the style.) Secondly, the metal handle – I just didn’t enjoy holding metal as much. This is really a minor point, as it has nothing to do with the functionality of the brush, but aesthetics do play a role in the overall enjoyment of the shaving ritual, right? In the end, would I recommend this brush? Definitely. At AUD $40 it would make a great entry level brush for those considering wet shaving, or a great second/travel brush for the more experienced shaver – not to mention the fact that it’s actually made in Australia! For me, this brush will find a home in my travel kit, as its smaller size makes it ideal for packing into my toiletries bag, and I have a fair bit of business travel planned this year so it will certainly come in handy! My thanks to Alenka and Sam for allowing me to test drive their brush! Dave England;title=model-18-pure-badger&amp;cat=38;title=model-18-pure-badger&amp;cat=38 Sun, 24 Feb 2013 13:34:27 -0700 Fine Badger Shaving Brush <a href=";title=fine-badger-shaving-brush&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" border="0" src="" alt="" /></a><br /><br />by: Spytaco<br /><br />Description: The mid-grade shaving brush offered by The Art of Shaving company.;title=fine-badger-shaving-brush&amp;cat=38;title=fine-badger-shaving-brush&amp;cat=38 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:30:22 -0700 Shavemac Custom Experience <a href=";title=shavemac-custom-experience&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" border="0" src="" alt="" /></a><br /><br />by: mheusler;title=shavemac-custom-experience&amp;cat=38;title=shavemac-custom-experience&amp;cat=38 Sun, 03 Feb 2013 14:03:16 -0700 Synthetic 26mm knot faux horn <a href=";title=synthetic-26mm-knot-faux-horn&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="FS_synth.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="FS_synth.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: StuMcB<br /><br />Description: After using the Body shop synth I though I'd treat my self to a proper good synth for traveling. I'm glad I did as this baby is so soft. It's a 26mm knot from FS and comes with the faux horn chubby style handle. Totall heigh is around 115mm but it's a synth so drys in a few mins when on holiday. It looks good and generates a good lather with Arko and other soap stick. The price came in at around £24 inc delivery and a stand so not too bad. This brush is so good it's in my rotation at home. IF your after a synth and cant afford a Muhle or one of the other big names you should defo try a FS synth brush A;title=synthetic-26mm-knot-faux-horn&amp;cat=38;title=synthetic-26mm-knot-faux-horn&amp;cat=38 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 07:21:49 -0700 13120M <a href=";title=13120m&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="Vielong021.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="Vielong021.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Carlo A<br /><br />Description: A notice to potential buyers: the Vie-Long 13120M brush is smaller than you might think! I was really eager to get this mini horse hair brush because I was attracted by its small size and color theme (coffe twirl marble). The 13120M is the undied, natural brown horse hair version of the 13120. The 35%/65%, mane/tail hair mixture gives it a good backbone but, compared to my Omega boar, this brush's backbone is noticeably weaker. Not an issue for me though. The bristles, when new, were very slightly prickly (non irritating), but they were stiff (pushing the brush against the face in order to spread out the bristles and increase surface area). Now, after roughly 13 shaves, the bristles are starting to become flexible,though the tips haven't shown signs of splitting yet. It has lost 16 hairs so far (for me, an acceptable number compared to my average). The other thing about this brush also, is again, its size. As the pictures show, this brush will almost always get your fingers wet with lather - no way around it. The handle is very well made: its a heavy resin multicolored gradient brown handle. There's a picture showing the nice vertical ivory band within the handle. Surprizingly, the 13120M lathers richfully and quickly, with enough lather for 2 passes (enough for 1 pass if you want a santa clause face). You need to swirl just a little more with this one than your average brush. When I first wet the brush, it smelled really bad (but better than my Edwin Jagger BBB). A good shampoo soak overnight took care of it. I enjoy this brush now as a novelty, but I have other brushes that outperform it in terms of comfort and ease of use. Get it only if you want it as a toy. I will not use it as a travel brush - I'd rather a more user friendly, easy, and cheap brush instead. Cheers.;title=13120m&amp;cat=38;title=13120m&amp;cat=38 Wed, 30 May 2012 16:40:03 -0600 58 Manchurian <a href=";title=58-manchurian&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="011.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="011.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Scritchnscrub;title=58-manchurian&amp;cat=38;title=58-manchurian&amp;cat=38 Sat, 19 May 2012 20:24:36 -0600 Vie-Long 13071 [Horse Hair] <a href=";title=vie-long-13071-horse-hair&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="vie-long-horse-hair-shaving-brush-13071.png" border="0" src="" alt="vie-long-horse-hair-shaving-brush-13071.png" /></a><br /><br />by: El-a-Menthol<br /><br />Description: Vie-Long shaving brush 13071 made with natural brown horse hair, not bleached. An excellent combination of firm hair and soft tips thanks to a dedicated process that Vie-Long applies to the tips. Horse hair allows very good water retention. Offer with a natural olive wood handle. Horses are not harmed during collection process. “Hair cut” is part of the horse care and hygiene. Hair mix: 35% mane hair; 65% tail hair Overall Length - 107mm. Handle Length - 50mm. Loft - 57mm. Knot - 23mm.;title=vie-long-13071-horse-hair&amp;cat=38;title=vie-long-13071-horse-hair&amp;cat=38 Sun, 13 May 2012 22:08:23 -0600 BLK-8 <a href=";title=blk-8&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="Kent_BLK8.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Kent_BLK8.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: CHSeifert<br /><br />Description: Black version of the famous Kent 8 brush. In my view the ideal bowl lathering brush. Super silky soft Silvertip pure badger hairs, a great sized grip - not too small yet not to large either, perfect loft and knot shape for bowl lathering and face painting the lather afterwards.;title=blk-8&amp;cat=38;title=blk-8&amp;cat=38 Tue, 01 May 2012 12:30:36 -0600 BLK 8 <a href=";title=blk-8&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" border="0" src="" alt="" /></a><br /><br />by: CHSeifert<br /><br />Description: Black version of the famous Kent 8 brush. In my view the ideal bowl lathering brush. Super silky soft Silvertip pure badger hairs, a great sized grip - not too small yet not to large either, perfect loft and knot shape for bowl lathering and face painting the lather afterwards.;title=blk-8&amp;cat=38;title=blk-8&amp;cat=38 Tue, 01 May 2012 12:29:34 -0600 BLK8 <a href=";title=blk8&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" border="0" src="" alt="" /></a><br /><br />by: CHSeifert<br /><br />Description: Black version of the famous Kent 8 brush. In my view the ideal bowl lathering brush. Super silky soft Silvertip pure badger hairs, a great sized grip - not too small yet not to large either, perfect loft and knot shape for bowl lathering and face painting the lather afterwards.;title=blk8&amp;cat=38;title=blk8&amp;cat=38 Tue, 01 May 2012 09:34:00 -0600 Synthetic Fibres brush, 25mm <a href=";title=synthetic-fibres-brush-25mm&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="Muhle_25mm.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Muhle_25mm.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Codfish<br /><br />Description: Model Number 35 K 252 Silvertip Fibre® high-grade resin horn brown Size XL = Extra Large From the MÜHLE catalog: Silvertip Fibre – high quality synthetic fibers. A world first: premium quality developed in-house analogous to natural silvertip badger. Silvertip Fibres are tangibly soft, extremely long-lasting and somewhat less sensitive in everyday use. Water drips off them and they dry faster than natural hair. The completely vegan fibers are economic to use, create a particularly creamy lather from shaving soaps and creams, bur require only half of the amount of product compared to natural brushes. The solid fibers make them more hygienic and easier to clean. High-grade resin requires expert craftsmanship. The material is turned from round rods and polished. Handles in this design are highly durable and possess excellent tactile characteristics.;title=synthetic-fibres-brush-25mm&amp;cat=38;title=synthetic-fibres-brush-25mm&amp;cat=38 Sun, 29 Apr 2012 10:45:16 -0600 Classic 23mm Silvertip Fibres brush <a href=";title=classic-23mm-silvertip-fibres-brush&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="Muhle_23mm.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Muhle_23mm.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Codfish<br /><br />Description: The Mühle Silvertip Fibres shaving brush is a handsome and effective new generation synthetic brush designed to resemble natural silvertip natural brushes in look, feel and performance. The brush is listed in the Muhle catalog as Model No. 33 K 256;title=classic-23mm-silvertip-fibres-brush&amp;cat=38;title=classic-23mm-silvertip-fibres-brush&amp;cat=38 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 20:58:01 -0600 HJM Black Fibre 21mm synthetic brush <a href=";title=hjm-black-fibre-21mm-synthetic-brush&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="HJM_31_P_8_GR.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="HJM_31_P_8_GR.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Codfish<br /><br />Description: This reasonably priced, 21mm synthetic shaving brush features two-color, 2-component plastic handle griving it a truly contemporary feel. A knob-covered indentation makes it easy to grip and fun to use. Great style at a great price. Design: Jo Zarth, 4.3” (11 cm) in height and 50 g.;title=hjm-black-fibre-21mm-synthetic-brush&amp;cat=38;title=hjm-black-fibre-21mm-synthetic-brush&amp;cat=38 Sun, 22 Apr 2012 12:02:53 -0600 10098 <a href=";title=10098&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="omega.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="omega.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: jonty<br /><br />Description: omega 10098 boar;title=10098&amp;cat=38;title=10098&amp;cat=38 Sun, 01 Apr 2012 13:07:44 -0600 Harvard H3 <a href=";title=harvard-h3&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="Simpson_Harvard_H3.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Simpson_Harvard_H3.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: ShaunOz<br /><br />Description: The Simpson Harvard H3 shaving brush is elegant and is, as is often stated in the sales pitches, an underrated brush. I think it's not so much that it is underrated as just un-rated. No-one seems to have notcied it, but this is truly superb brush and an excellent all-rounder. It carries itself with an understated elegance. It does not shout at you, this brush, but draws you in and confirms both its promise and its capacity. I am very pleased I purchased it, and I am enthusiastic about its performance. For starters it looks beautiful and proportionate, and is a well-balanced brush in my meduim to large hands. Water absorption is right for me, and I use both shaving sticks and creams, but those who use soap pucks may have a different view. Lathered up, I can apply the foam exactly where it needs to go, and there is plenty of foam, too; it yields it up nicely and is a highly functional piece all round: a workhorse and an object of subtle beauty. It is part of my rotation, and I reach for it more often than not these days.;title=harvard-h3&amp;cat=38;title=harvard-h3&amp;cat=38 Sat, 17 Mar 2012 23:50:54 -0600 21mm CLASSIC Silvertip Fiber shaving brush <a href=";title=21mm-classic-silvertip-fiber-shaving-brush&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="21mm_classic.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="21mm_classic.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Codfish;title=21mm-classic-silvertip-fiber-shaving-brush&amp;cat=38;title=21mm-classic-silvertip-fiber-shaving-brush&amp;cat=38 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 09:34:07 -0700 13800 &quot;Sardinero&quot; <a href=";title=13800-quot-sardinero-quot&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="13800.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="13800.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Songwind<br /><br />Description: A short lofted brush with a 50/50 ratio of tail to mane hair. It's good for face lathering or bowl lathering of all types of soaps and creams.;title=13800-quot-sardinero-quot&amp;cat=38;title=13800-quot-sardinero-quot&amp;cat=38 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 10:08:09 -0700 HJM new series synthetic brush <a href=";title=hjm-new-series-synthetic-brush&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="Muhle_synthetic_HJM_brushjpg.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Muhle_synthetic_HJM_brushjpg.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Codfish<br /><br />Description: This reasonably priced, synthetic shaving brush features a choice of two-colour, 2-component plastic handles (here white / grey) giving it a truly contemporary feel. A knob-covered indentation makes it easy to grip and fun to use. Great style at a great price. Design: Jo Zarth, 4.3” (11 cm) in height and 50 g.;title=hjm-new-series-synthetic-brush&amp;cat=38;title=hjm-new-series-synthetic-brush&amp;cat=38 Sat, 28 Jan 2012 13:30:57 -0700 Muhle M89 <a href=";title=muhle-m89&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="Nr_099_M_89.png" border="0" src="" alt="Nr_099_M_89.png" /></a><br /><br />by: El-a-Menthol<br /><br />Description: M89 shaving brush, silvertip badger, metal € 64 ($ 83) Knot Diameter: 19mm Bristle Loft: 51mm Handle Diameter: 32mm Handle Height: 52mm Overall Height: 103mm Total Weight: 135 grams Silvertip badger Natural hair, the finest material for handcrafted brushes. Its special features are the shimmering silver colour and a black band running through the hair. It is used to make durable, high-quality, unique pieces with outstanding performance qualities. Chrome is a silvery-white metal that is processed galvanically. Handles made of brass are first nickel-plated and then refined stylishly with chrome. Combine the brush with a special safety razor (R 89 stand S971) whose design and proportions are in perfect harmony, producing an exceptionally beautiful coupe that also make a good impression while travelling.;title=muhle-m89&amp;cat=38;title=muhle-m89&amp;cat=38 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 08:14:18 -0700 11737C &quot;Bombito&quot; <a href=";title=11737c-quot-bombito-quot&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="Vie-Long_1.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Vie-Long_1.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Rick1962<br /><br />Description: This is a fairly small boar brush by Spanish maker Vie-Long. It has a dark red injection-molded handle with dyed Boar bristles. Approximate dimensions (from BullGoose website): Knot: 22mm, Loft: 57mm, Height: 104mm.;title=11737c-quot-bombito-quot&amp;cat=38;title=11737c-quot-bombito-quot&amp;cat=38 Sat, 14 Jan 2012 17:59:07 -0700 R41 Grande <a href=";title=r41-grande&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="r41_grande.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="r41_grande.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: BrookR1;title=r41-grande&amp;cat=38;title=r41-grande&amp;cat=38 Sun, 08 Jan 2012 10:38:24 -0700 Royal Warranty Pure Badger Brush <a href=";title=royal-warranty-pure-badger-brush&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="T_H_Pure_Badger_Brush.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="T_H_Pure_Badger_Brush.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: The Soph Gent<br /><br />Description: Truefitt &amp; Hill Royal Warrant, Ebony Loft = 53 Knot = 23 Handle = 47 Pure Fan $30;title=royal-warranty-pure-badger-brush&amp;cat=38;title=royal-warranty-pure-badger-brush&amp;cat=38 Sat, 24 Dec 2011 07:06:46 -0700 Fine Badger Brush <a href=";title=fine-badger-brush&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="AOS_Fine_Badger.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="AOS_Fine_Badger.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: The Soph Gent<br /><br />Description: Loft = 56mm Handle = 48mm;title=fine-badger-brush&amp;cat=38;title=fine-badger-brush&amp;cat=38 Sat, 24 Dec 2011 06:06:19 -0700 Richmond Silvertip <a href=";title=richmond-silvertip&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="FS_Silvertip_Badger_Brush.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="FS_Silvertip_Badger_Brush.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: The Soph Gent<br /><br />Description: Dimensions: Base: 3.7cm Width of knot at base: 2.8cm Width of knot at top: 6.2cm Length of knot: 5.2cm Weight:83g;title=richmond-silvertip&amp;cat=38;title=richmond-silvertip&amp;cat=38 Fri, 23 Dec 2011 04:39:50 -0700 Progress Model 1001 Standard Pure Badger Shaving Brush <a href=";title=progress-model-1001-standard-pure-badger-shaving-brush&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="conk1001.gif" border="0" src="" alt="conk1001.gif" /></a><br /><br />by: beengone<br /><br />Description: Pure Badger Hair Hand-knotted, made by Vulfix (?) Bought on Amazon for $23.50. Trimmed tips make for a stiffer tip, but still easily soft enough for bowl or hand lathering and soft enough for most to face lather. Loads and lathers very well. Did not lose many bristles at all. Handle is cheap, light plastic (molded, not turned). Ink on it looks like it ran and is very poor. Very happy for first brush at $23.50.;title=progress-model-1001-standard-pure-badger-shaving-brush&amp;cat=38;title=progress-model-1001-standard-pure-badger-shaving-brush&amp;cat=38 Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:47:36 -0700 Futur Silvertip Badger Shaving Brush, Brushed Chrome <a href=";title=futur-silvertip-badger-shaving-brush-brushed-chrome&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="futur.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="futur.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Piper Down<br /><br />Description: The Merkur Futur Silvertip brush is unusual for a number of reasons. To begin with, its design mirrors that of a specific razor, the Merkur Futur. For those unaware, Merkur also produces a very similar brush for their Vision razor. The handle is slightly more robust. I don’t know if the knot is larger or the same size. Another unusual feature of this brush is its handle: it’s made of metal and is quite long and narrow. From an aesthetic viewpoint, the brush is an ideal companion to either the Futur or Vision. With the matching stand (which holds either razor equally well) the brush and razor make a striking set any gentleman would be proud to have atop his counter. From a functional perspective, the only way to describe this brush is “lather machine.” It’s a soft brush: if the term “floppy” strikes fear in your heart, this is not the brush for you. I prefer the terms “soft” and “flexible.” It’s a brush for creams and it is best used to paint your face with shaving cream, not for generating lather on the face. This is both a personal recommendation and the manufacturer’s direction. My brush bloomed beautifully after its first use and has retained it’s fullness. I’ve never noticed a lost hair. Plop a dollop of cream in a scuttle and swirl with a few whisking motions and this brush generates seemingly impossible quantities of light, fluffy cream—with remarkably little effort. Of my six brushes, both silvertip and best quality badger hair, this brush stands out as the zenith of lather production. It performs flawlessly every time, never disappointing or operating at less than full capacity. Not a brush for firm fanatics or face latherers, the Merkur Futur Silvertip brush is for those who appreciate luxury and rich, creamy lather. The long, narrow, ergonomic handle is icing on the cake.;title=futur-silvertip-badger-shaving-brush-brushed-chrome&amp;cat=38;title=futur-silvertip-badger-shaving-brush-brushed-chrome&amp;cat=38 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 22:04:07 -0600 Stylo (091K74) Butterscotch Brush <a href=";title=stylo-091k74-butterscotch-brush&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="stylo.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="stylo.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Piper Down<br /><br />Description: The Mühle Stylo Silver Tip shaving brush is aptly named, for it focuses entirely on form and seemingly not at all on function. As part of the Stylo set—razor, brush, and stand—it excels in providing a coherent aesthetic to a beautiful trio. However, whereas the razor, which provides an excellent shave and the stand, which provides a balanced and secure storage, this brush falls short on all measures of functionality. As a silver tip brush, it provides what one would expect, an exceptionally smooth and remarkably soft lathering experience if one prefers the painting approach as opposed to face lathering. However, given its dimensions, a mammoth 57mm loft supported by a mere 21mm knot, it’s no surprise that this is the brush they are talking about when brush aficionados complain about “floppiness.” To make matters worse, the handle seems to have been crafted by someone who never used a shaving brush before. Short and heavy, the handle is completely smooth with no curves to enable one to hang on when lathering. It won’t fit into even the shallowest bowl and the user ends up with lather on the handle and his fingers making for a slippery job. The handle’s considerable weight also provides a contrapuntal expectation to the knot’s lack of backbone. This brush simply doesn’t make sense. It is the very essence of form over function. The Mühle Stylo set is beautiful, but it is expensive. The stand holds a brush that is supremely dissatisfying to use. It will generate a respectable lather and is quite pleasant in the application, but in creating the lather, the brush simply will not function in a way that makes the process pleasurable.;title=stylo-091k74-butterscotch-brush&amp;cat=38;title=stylo-091k74-butterscotch-brush&amp;cat=38 Sun, 30 Oct 2011 18:44:36 -0600 3324 Silvertip Badger <a href=";title=3324-silvertip-badger&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="022.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="022.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Scritchnscrub<br /><br />Description: Silvertip Badger Knot: 24mm Loft: 54mm Base of Handle: 38mm Narrow Part of Grip: 32mm;title=3324-silvertip-badger&amp;cat=38;title=3324-silvertip-badger&amp;cat=38 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 18:05:30 -0600 Custom SCUBBY <a href=";title=custom-scubby&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="FS_small_Post_bloom.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="FS_small_Post_bloom.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: StuMcB<br /><br />Description: Possibly the best £19.01 I spent on a shaving product. Kinda like a Semogue 620 in finest badger. A 19mm knot and good handle make this a really good little brush.;title=custom-scubby&amp;cat=38;title=custom-scubby&amp;cat=38 Sat, 08 Oct 2011 08:30:11 -0600 BLK4 <a href=";title=blk4&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="blk4-1.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="blk4-1.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: HenrikP<br /><br />Description: &quot;Kent's Heritage G B Kent &amp; Sons Ltd, manufacturers of brushes since the eighteenth century is one of the oldest established companies in Great Britain. Kent Brushes (as they are now more commonly known) was founded in 1777 by William Kent in the reign of George III. Kent holds a pre-eminent place in the history of brush making, with an unbroken record of excellence in the quality of its production which has been recognised by the granting of Royal Warrants for nine reigns.&quot;;title=blk4&amp;cat=38;title=blk4&amp;cat=38 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 07:29:24 -0600 Nr. 93 K 44 Sophist - shaving brush, silvertip badger, high-grade resin bla <a href=";title=nr-93-k-44-sophist-shaving-brush-silvertip-badger-high-grade-resin-bla&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="93_K_441_319-2.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="93_K_441_319-2.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: HenrikP<br /><br />Description: I bought a Mühle sophist Size L, shaving brush, together with my ShaveMac 177, 23mm Silver Tip and my Kent BLK4, represents my brush arsenal. The brush comes in a nice box which almost matches, the Kent's box. When I mention Kent in the same sentence, it is because there are more similarities to be found. After its first use it blooms up and get its fan shape, not unlike my BLK4, softness and the feel is also very similar. It is perhaps a little softer than Kent and some softer than ShaveMac, it folds easily and effortlessly around the cheek. The biggest difference is the handle! In my case it is made &amp;#8203;&amp;#8203;of processed resin, which has been processed and polished so that it has a black glossy surface at the bottom, there are bright rust-free steel, here is Mühle's distinctive logo. All this makes the handle extremely heavy, it makes it a little odd to work with. Having said so is the foaming of both hard soap and cream easy and comfortable, it makes a delicious foam, and is nice to distribute the soap with. All in all a pleasant brush in spite of the slightly skewed weight balance, it has many similarities with Kent brush. If I want to emphasize one over the other is very difficult, Kent's backbone is perhaps a tiny bit more stiff. But that is all. Regards Henrik;title=nr-93-k-44-sophist-shaving-brush-silvertip-badger-high-grade-resin-bla&amp;cat=38;title=nr-93-k-44-sophist-shaving-brush-silvertip-badger-high-grade-resin-bla&amp;cat=38 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 06:51:03 -0600 HJM Pure Bristle Brush <a href=";title=hjm-pure-bristle-brush&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="HJM_Bristle.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="HJM_Bristle.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Codfish<br /><br />Description: Shaving brush, pure bristle, tortoise shell colored, plastic handle. This material taken from boars is harder than badger hair and produces a bracing massage effect. The bristle brush becomes softer with use. It offers inexpensive, easy entry into the world of wet shaving. Colors range from yellow to white. With a black imitation band as decoration.;title=hjm-pure-bristle-brush&amp;cat=38;title=hjm-pure-bristle-brush&amp;cat=38 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 20:17:11 -0600 HJM Black Badger Brush <a href=";title=hjm-black-badger-brush&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="HJM_Badger.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="HJM_Badger.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Codfish<br /><br />Description: Shaving brush, black badger, plastic handle, tortoise shell color. Sound quality characterises this brush for those who appreciate the massaging effect while preparing to shave. The band is machine-made, and the hairs are more flexible than bristle. The color spectrum ranges from brownish-grey to black.;title=hjm-black-badger-brush&amp;cat=38;title=hjm-black-badger-brush&amp;cat=38 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 20:10:21 -0600 HJM synthetic brush <a href=";title=hjm-synthetic-brush&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="HJM_synthetic_brush.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="HJM_synthetic_brush.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Codfish<br /><br />Description: This reasonably priced, synthetic shaving brush features a choice of two-colored, 2-component plastic handles (here white / grey) giving it a contemporary feel. A knob-covered indentation makes it easy to grip and fun to use. Great style at a great price.;title=hjm-synthetic-brush&amp;cat=38;title=hjm-synthetic-brush&amp;cat=38 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 15:02:16 -0600 DL <a href=";title=dl&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="404220.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="404220.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: beckyzhang<br /><br />Description: Delong shaving brush was originally made of top-grade badger hair, 100% badger hair in large quantity, none impurities. The brush character is soft quality, pure color, “bulb” shape, plump appearance, water retention quality and sharp point naturally straight. Working an exceptional lather with soaps and creams is an easy thing.;title=dl&amp;cat=38;title=dl&amp;cat=38 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 00:07:25 -0600 Omega 50068 <a href=";title=omega-50068&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="Omega_Travel_brush.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Omega_Travel_brush.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: StuMcB<br /><br />Description: Well I needed a nice travel brush and decided on this little fellow a few days befor going away. I went for the white handle but it's also avalible in black. It broke in, in a few days and can deal with either shave stick soap or creams. I found that a good soak would give me enough lather for two good passes with a little left over for touch ups. For the money, under £8 with P+P, it's a great little brush. Pure boar and has the Omega quality that us boar men like. All I can say is if your going away then get this little guy as it does what it says on the travel tin or tube.;title=omega-50068&amp;cat=38;title=omega-50068&amp;cat=38 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 13:38:38 -0600 Caravela <a href=";title=caravela&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" title="IMG_0710.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_0710.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: JPDyson<br /><br />Description: A 50/50 blend of two-band Finest Badger and Premium Boar from Semogue.;title=caravela&amp;cat=38;title=caravela&amp;cat=38 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 18:11:02 -0600 20 mm <a href=";title=20-mm&amp;cat=38"><img class="imgborder" border="0" src="" alt="" /></a><br /><br />by: bkfist<br /><br />Description: Purchased about 16 +/- years ago from Ebay. Have used it nearly every single day for the past 16 years.;title=20-mm&amp;cat=38;title=20-mm&amp;cat=38 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 11:54:38 -0600