I'm new to this forum, having discovered it today. I can't believe there's such a large and well-developed forum dedicated to this subject, and I can't believe I never found it before now! I'm overwhelmed by the amount of information here on the subject of shaving and related topics.
Anyways, I've been using shaving brushes for 20 years, since my brother kindly got me a Penhaligon's badger brush for Christmas 1990, along with a cake of the incomperable Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet shaving soap. I have not used foam from a can since.
I've picked up a brush here (Casswell Massey) and there (Kent). I was in New York City recently, and in a visit to SoHo saw some great selections of brushes and soaps, which rekindled the desire to get a few more good brushes.
I have a Simpson Chubby 1 on order, and would welcome your opinions, suggestions and advice as concerns a few new brushes in the $100-200 range. Some info that may help:
1. I like the brush to be on the stiff side, so I can really work the lather into the skin. I have an extremely soft badger brush, and while I realise there are specific techniques for this sort of brush, its just not for me.
2. I use soap, preferring the Penhaligon's offerings, and working a lather from the mug.
3. I am a big guy with big hands, so really small brushes are not comfortable for me.
Thanks for any suggestons and opinions,