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    Default Want to buy some new brushes....need some help

    Well I have enough razors in my rotation and the shaves are coming along quite fine.
    I now need to start getting some brushes so I have a rotation like my razors. I only have 2 brushes. One is a Rooney best badger medium size and it has served med well for the 3 years I have had it. The other a e shave pure badger I picked up at a antique flea market. It works fine but prickly.

    I thought I would buy a new brush every 3 or 4 months and in a years time it should get me a decent set of brushes. I have looked at Rooney and they seem to only have there high end brushes. Should I just bite the bullet and pay the price or is there other brushes that are compatable for the price. I seen some Vulvix I think that's how to spell it.

    Will a higher end brush give me a better shave or is that something you work your way up to appreciate . I don't mind spending to a limit the brushes will cost more than my vintage SR.

    I like the best badger and I think the 50 to 75 dollar range is what I want to keep it at. I know there will be room for a high end one or 2.

    Any help would be great.

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    My favorites maybe not yours
    Kent bk4 and bk8 and Vulfix 377 In silvertip for floppy super soft amazing brushes

    Shavemac two band badger Simpson polo, VP LeonHardy, and Thater 3 band for great soft tips and plenty of springy hair.

    Simpson chubby 1 and 2 in super for density and softness
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    Thater brushes are on the high end, but worth every penny in my opinion. The lathering experience with these brushes is truly in a different league from any other brushes I have owned.
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    There are several members here who make some wonderful brushes,,, go to the Brushmakers section & take a close look,,, then reach out to one of them.
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    You can get a Thater or Shavemac.
    Wiborg gets great reviews but it has about 3 months wait time. They can be customized for handle type, color and also hair type.
    Romera sell brushes with great reviews, they have two months wait time though.
    If you do not want to go high end , TGN is a popular knot seller, I like their Finest Badger knots.
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    My absolute most favorite brush, which should be in your ball park, price wise, is the Simpson Colonel in best badger. Available in one size only, it's pretty much the perfect soap/cream brush for me. I have others, including a high end Rooney... and no, the Colonel is not in the same class, but of all the brushes I have (8 badgers, 2 boars), the Colonel gets used the most.... my Rooney, the least.

    Considering you are looking for several brushes to make up a rotation, pick something that catches your eye and that fits the budget. You can always get another one a few months down the road!

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    The Simpson Manchurian line are very nice brushes.
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    There are a lot of good brushes out there, but top of the line brushes will be over your price point, and perhaps in place of more brushes, buy fewer but better brushes in the $100 or a little over range.

    Are they worth it… hard to say, really they all spread lather on your face, how that feels is up to you. A lot depends on how you lather, face vs bowl. There are a lot of great low end brushes, and as well said, there are great deals and craftsmanship from buying from custom makers, with equal or often better quality and attention to detail than the high end staples. Have you seen the work these guy putting out?

    Unfortunately a brush is really one of those things you will just have to try, because there is so much more to a brush than the knot material.

    And then there are vintage brushes, I have bought very nice high end Vintage Badger brushes for $2. Whatever you do, buy quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigspendur View Post
    The Simpson Manchurian line are very nice brushes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigspendur View Post
    The Simpson Manchurian line are very nice brushes.
    Yes, they are but on the pricey side. Really enjoy the one and only I have and not likely to more because of the price. I'll throw in another suggestion to try a synthetic knot too. They are not like any other knot material in how they handle water so you have to adjust your technique to accommodate that idiosyncrasy.

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