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    Gun Runner & Chaser of Pirates Tolly's Avatar
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    Default 1 Brush for Cream & 1 for Soap??? Your Thoughts Please

    Warning...New guy alert, new guy alert!!!!

    I realize that within short order I will probably have a bevy of different brushes, but for now I am just trying to wade through the plethora of excellent information here on the forums to try and decide what to order first. Do most of you use one style of brush for creams, and a different style for soaps?

    You see, I am not sure if I wich I will like shaving with the best, cream or soap. I might go back and forth between the two, or even mix the two together like a lot of you seem to do. So, with that being said, how does one go about deciding on a brush to buy?

    While I don't really want to spend $200-$300 on an individual brush right now, I do want to buy quality. Also, do the different grades of badger brushes come in different levels of stiffness?

    Does one want a stiffer brush for soaps and a softer brush for creams? Any help you biys could offer would be appreciated. Oh, and I promise I have read a lot of the threads here, so I am not being lazy by starting a new one, I'm just a little confused. I also want to say that my brush purchasing decision is not solely driven by $$$ amount, I just want the right brush/brushes for the job to start off with without buying junk.

    By the way, was thinking of ordering a Vulfix 2234 for creams. Your opinions on that brush would be of great help.

    Thanks in advance!

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    24mm Silver Tip Overstuffed... 24 mm Best overstuffed

    Stiff enough for soap plush enough for cream..
    The size is about dead center...You can always adjust up or down on the high dollar one later (BTW my favorite in the upper ranges is the ShaveMac)

    Check our vendors here first... should be about $80-$100

    I know SRD has some...


    ps: and no I am not just following you around the forum hehehe you just keep asking questions in my sections today
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    Quote Originally Posted by gssixgun View Post
    ps: and no I am not just following you around the forum hehehe you just keep asking questions in my sections today
    Just when I thought you were stalking me!

    Thanks for the info man.

    You know, overall this straight razor thing is turning out to be really economical. I don't have all the stuff I need to actually shave yet, but I've only spent, uhmmmm, like $47,000 so far ! YEEEEEHAWWWWW!!!!!!

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    24mm Finest Badger I think is a pretty universal size/type for both soap and cream.
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    I think that at least one brush for soap and at least one for creams is a good idea. I have that arrangement. It did not happen intentionaly but none the less it has and it works.

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    Hi, I'm a newbie as well.

    I can't add much with regard to using soaps as I only like creams. I have a Vulfix badger that I got at a reasonable price from classicshaving.com and it is wonderful. Another brush that I just picked up is the synthetic shaving brush from the Body Shop. It's an $11 brush that is as soft as my badger and works almost as well. The biggest problem that I have with it is that it holds water different than the badger and it is easy to get too much water in the cream. Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tolly View Post
    You know, overall this straight razor thing is turning out to be really economical. I don't have all the stuff I need to actually shave yet, but I've only spent, uhmmmm, like $47,000 so far ! YEEEEEHAWWWWW!!!!!!

    It reminds me of reloading ammo, you start because you figure "Heck yeah I will save money" 2 weeks later you realize that you haven't saved a dime you just get to shoot more

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    I agree with gssixgun. Look at a ShaveMac or another high quality brush that can handle both creams and soap.

    My first brush was a Vulfix 2234. I like the brush and feel it is a good value for the money. It fit my needs and budget at the time. It is more suited for creams, but I used it for both. As I started to explore soaps, creams and shaving scuttles I was ready to upgrade to a more dense brush. After reading the reviews and posts on SRP, I went with a 23mm ShaveMac silvertip D01. It is a great brush and handles both creams and soaps nicely.

    I think you are better off using the money you were going to spend on two brushes and put it towards one higher quality brush with a dense knot that can handle both creams and soaps.

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    There is a lot of personal preference in brushes. I tried a nice silvertip and hated it. But i bought a $25 pure badger that I love. Its still enough for soap and soft enough for cream and great for face lathering. You might just have to try a few cheaper options and see what works best for you.

    A lot of members really like boar brushes, and for the most part those are under $25

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    I just have one good quality brush that I use for both. I suppose you could use a brush for each (more brushes, always good!) but you dont NEED to.

    I was wondering about getting another brush but I would only buy them now for the handle design, simply because I have one already and it works great. I'd rather spend the money on razors!

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