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    Default Brushes: Machine vs. Handmade

    I posted this over at shavemyface, but have only gotten one response. Anyone here have any experienece/opinions?

    I've done some searching on the forum, but I haven't found anything more than references to the different makes.

    Obviously, I don't need to be told which is better, but I am interested in everyone's opinion on the machine made brushes over at Shavemac. Those are in my price range, and I could probably even go for the finest badger brushes that way as they are around $35.

    I think I read that machine made brushes have the tips cut for shaping, whereas the hand made brushes are shaped by plucking. I understand the importance of the tips, so the question is:

    Is a machine made brush worth buying or should I get a lower grade hand made brush?

    Thanks

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    Jordan,

    There are a lot of different opinions on this. I have 4 Shavemac brushes. I have a Vulfix brush. I prefer the Shavemac brushes. as far as I am concerned, I don't care if they are handmade or not, but how they feel when I use them. If you are going to spend $35 for a brush, I would check out Crabtree & Evelyn. One of my cheapest, yet most used brushes. Does handmade mean better quality? In today's world, I'm not so sure.

    RT

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    Thumbs up ShaveMac Brushes

    Quote Originally Posted by rtaylor61
    Jordan,

    There are a lot of different opinions on this. I have 4 Shavemac brushes. I have a Vulfix brush. I prefer the Shavemac brushes. as far as I am concerned, I don't care if they are handmade or not, but how they feel when I use them. If you are going to spend $35 for a brush, I would check out Crabtree & Evelyn. One of my cheapest, yet most used brushes. Does handmade mean better quality? In today's world, I'm not so sure.

    RT
    I bought a Best Quality badger Brush from ShaveMac for around $62.00 w/shipping. As far as I'm concerned it's an excellent brush. I would definitely recommend ShaveMacs brushes.

    Just my opinion...


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    Quote Originally Posted by jmcamp54
    I bought a Best Quality badger Brush from ShaveMac for around $62.00 w/shipping. As far as I'm concerned it's an excellent brush. I would definitely recommend ShaveMacs brushes.

    Just my opinion...

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    It's a good opinion. Quality brushes at great prices.

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    What's the best budget brush?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xman
    What's the best budget brush?
    That's like asking what's the best razor, best whiskey, or whatever! It's a matter of personal preference.

    X, what are you using now?

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    You can get Vulfix pure badger for ~35$, Tweezerman for 15, and omega for ~20...

    I have the Vulfix pure, 22mm knot, for ~39$, and I'm LOVING it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by xman
    What's the best budget brush?
    Well if your talking about badger brushes personally I'm partial to the Vulfix brushes.
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    Perhaps I'll start out with the Crabtree & Evelyn brush, and then when I can afford it, buy a more expensive Shavemac brush...That way the shipping isn't 30-40% the cost of the product...or 50% if I got the lowest grade!

    Thanks for the input everyone.

    I still don't think I've found anyone who has acutally used a machine made brush.

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    The Vulfix is a great brush, but when compared to the C & E brush, it is a bit floppy. However, I own both, so what does that say?

    RT

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