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    Any body any experience of a Men-u brush? I have just watched a video on utube were a guy demonstrates the brush against a badger and it certainly looked good. I know you can make anything look good if you want to so I just wondered what thoughts you guys might have. Unfortunately I am not techie enough to add a link, but if you put in men-u it will com up somewhere.

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    It works really well with creams, lathering in a bowl (or I suppose your hand), but it's too floppy for soaps.

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    would you say it was as good as a badger or better in your experience

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7om View Post
    Any body any experience of a Men-u brush? I have just watched a video on utube were a guy demonstrates the brush against a badger and it certainly looked good.
    brush against a badger at your own risk, they're ill-tempered and unattractive
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    I bought the cheap Men-U brush, and it started to fall apart.

    I now have the top end one, runs about 30, and in how ever many months it has not lost one hair. Not one. Very impressed. Works well with soap in my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7om View Post
    would you say it was as good as a badger or better in your experience
    No. Not really. It was too floppy. It does make lather really well, especially cream, but it doesn't brush on your face as well as badger. The fibers are really 'flexi' and springy if that makes sense. With a badger brush, there's more give to the bristles while they remain stiff. Also, the Men-U absorbs no water into the brush.

    On synthetics, I did find ironically that the cheap Body Shop brush was actually not a bad little brush compared to the Men-U. It took a few weeks to break it in, and the handle is crap and gets marked up, but it performed pretty well.

    My favourite of the synthetics I tried was the Jack Black. REALLY well made, like one of the traditional Rooney/Shavemac, etc brushes. But it was big -- really big -- and a bit of a lather hog. It had the densest not by far which helped retain some water, but it didn't perform like my Shavemac, not by a long shot.

    There are some great reviews of synthetics over at B&B. I've been told that Edwin Jagger makes a really good one, comparable to badger, but I've never tried one.

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    Been using the 9 Men-U brush for the past 2 months and I must say it works a treat.

    I love the way after this 2 month period it hasnt gone floppy & still closely retains its original shape. It works wonders with soaps as well as creams

    My most used brush in my collection. (Better imo than a 20 Taylors & 30 Muhle I own)

    Definitely worth purchasing. A very good value product & the perfect starter brush for anyone wanting to dip thei toes into wet-shaving without spending a small fortune.

    Just looking at the picture has reminded me that it comes with a stand, abuse it and it will break, but treat it with care and it will do a job as good as any other stand.

    P.S. I bought the black handle one, personally I think it looks the best & I didn't have any black handled brushes in my collection before this purchase.


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    I would strongly recommend you track down the top end one they do if you like the cheaper one. Like I said, I had the 9 effort and it didn't last long, about three months, and it was perfectly fine for ages.

    The top end one they do, the barberie one or what ever they call it, has not shed a single hair yet, 4 months in. Absolutely love it and I would replace it with another every day of the week and twice on sunday. I throughly recommend it.

    I got both mine in black as well.

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