So my first brush was the Van Der Hagen Boar brush. But after scratching my face I picked up the sampler pack from The Art of Shaving. It included a VERY tiny travel sized badger brush. Obviously since the sampler was free the brush was not of good quality.
Well I am looking to put a real investment into a quality brush. Here are some criteria.
1. I like to lather in a bowl, not on my face
2. I have creams, but I haven't tried any soaps yet. So I don't have a preference as of yet. I guess this puts me in the middle of the road brushes regarding stiffness.
3. I was interested in a Rooney at first but heard those were a bit soft. Kind of tossed around between w Vilifux and Shavemac. Although for the life of me cannot figure out the model #ing system.
4. I like a simple handle, but this is the LOWEST in terms of priority. Form follows function. I have smaller hands but wouldn't mind a long/short handle. For selections sake I guess I will get a short handle.
5. Budget. If it is a brush that will last me I wouldn't mind spending $100 or even $200. But I don't know if the price would justify a person with no preferences developed.
6. From what I understand the knot size is the diameter of the hairs at the neck of the brush? Well for general size I've seen 22, 23, and 24 as a popular size. I have a small face and don't mind a smaller brush even.
7. I have heard the Shavemac D01 is a popular brush. Def looking at a super silver or even a fine.
Thanks in advance!