View Full Version : FS badger brush
02-16-2011, 07:23 PM
I just received my Frank's Shaving "finest badger" brush today. I bowl lather and first attempt I tried Trumper violet shave cream and did not get much lather so I added a dollop of proraso tube cream. It seems the brush just absorbed everything. I went ahead with my facial application and WOW! I am not a face latherer but it worked. My question is, did my new brush absorb everything because it is new, or it because it is a cheaper brush....? It is a very soft brush and I enjoyed painting my face with it. I just got worried when I couldn't produce a bowl lather out of my Trumper's.
I shave with a fatboy, slim and super adjustable, and my favorite red tip.
Thanks for your insight/help!
02-16-2011, 07:36 PM
I think because it was new. I bowl lather also, and some brushes take time to break in.
Let us know how your brush does after a few more lathering sessions.
02-16-2011, 07:36 PM
Brushes do need to break in.
What was your procedure to load the brush to make your lather? That will help us help you.
02-16-2011, 07:53 PM
I agree with it just needing a little breaking in. Give it a few test lathers throughout the day. That should help break it in a bit faster.
02-16-2011, 08:24 PM
Some brushes just like to hold onto your lather. Using more product will remedy this.
02-16-2011, 08:30 PM
There's nothing wrong with either your brush or your technique. Some brushes just tend to hold on to lather.
You might try "choking up" on the brush by putting the base of the handle flat against your palm and gripping the bottom of the knot with your fingers. This will force the lather out from the inside where its been swallowed up.
mantic59 demonstrates this technique in some of his videos. Perhaps someone can dig up the links to the appropriate ones.
If you don't like holding your brush this way, you can accomplish the same thing by wrapping the base of the knot in some small rubber bands. You can find these in the hair-care section of any drugstore, hanging on the wall along with berets and bobby-pins and other things women use to hold their hair in place.
02-16-2011, 10:24 PM
I gave it a good 10 seconds of swirling in my trumpers. When I finished lathering my face I did hold it at the knot to get under my nose and then finished my face with it pinched. Worked well that way. Once I get a couple of weeks in with it I will post again. I did read a few reviews that the FS "finest badger" was well worth the money (under $20 shipped). Thought about buying the FS "silver tip" but from what I read it's a very floppy one-dimension brush. Thanks for your help/advice!!
I suspect that you didn't use enough product. Do you know the size of the knot?
02-17-2011, 01:59 AM
I usually give it the brush a good soak in a relatively warm - close to hot water brush before i use it. Next will be a lather up with more water than necessary to let the whiskers soak and soap up. Leave for about 1/2 hr to an hour (more if you can aford it, i know some leave it overnight)
This will give a good break in to the brush and gets some of the dirt and funky smells out :thumbup1:
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