A Shaving Brush Buyer’s Guide, Part 1: Vulfix

A Shaving Brush Buyer’s Guide

This is the first in a series of posts about shaving brush manufacturers.  Over the next five weeks or so I will be looking at the major shaving brush manufacturer’s current line-up and how they distinguish themselves in the market (I cannot hope to find all of the brush makers out there and I won’t even attempt to).  At the end of the series–just in time for the holiday gift-giving season!–I’ll update the entire list and create a large, sortable table for you to use.  I’ll also make the data available in a “CSV file” for importing into your favorite spreadsheet or database program.  First up: Vulfix.


Vulfix, based on the Isle of Man in Great Britain, is one of the “old line” shaving brush manufacturers and has been around for many years.  They recently bought the Simpson’s shaving brush manufacturer as well (though Vulfix is apparently keeping Simpson’s brushes as a separate entity).  Vulfix as established itself as a “value” manufacturer, avoiding high-price products for the most part.

On the table below I’ve listed the major specifications for the brushes currently being manufctured.  “Model” refers to the model number of the brush.  “Loft,” “Knot,” and “Handle” refer to the the dimensions, in millimeters, for the height of the hair, the diameter of the hair at the base, and the height of the brush’s handle, respectively.  “Hair” indicates what kind of hair is used, along with a “Grade” (if any).  The “Shape” of the hair refers to whether it is a fan-like shape or a bulb-like shape.  Finally, price refers to the Manufacturer’s list price in US dollars.  Although I have excersized care in researching these statistics I cannot guarantee they are exact.

What are your experiences with Vulfix brushes?

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  1. Jim Pirretti says:

    Odd, I have tried IE, Firefox, and Chrome and can’t see the table in any of them. When I went to Google Docs Viewer it said the document was not supported.

  2. Just joined your site and wanted to thank you for the old blog and videos. I am 63, but new to wet shaving. My wife accuses me of having an addiction! I noticed you lived in Milwaukee and I lived there three times (Wauwatosa, Elm Grove, and Brookfield).

    Again thanks for helping so many of us learn “the right way” to shave.

  3. David DeMattos says:

    Awesome site, and your videos have changed my shaving “chore” into a relaxing experience I look forward to!

    I wonder if downloading the google doc as a PDF and importing that into the blog might work better. We could then copy text from it to go search for the product.

  4. Matt Schulte says:

    It looks like your table didn’t make it.

    Use the Google Docs Viewer: http://docs.google.com/viewer

  5. I don’t see the Vulfix 404 Grosvenor, a badger/boar combo that retails for under $30. USD. I don’t have any experience the the much discussed , sought after and no longer in print Semogue Caralela but this is currently available and highly recommended by this user.

  6. Matthew Wills says:

    Nice post.

    An alternative to a CSV file might be Google Docs or the like.

    • I have looked at google docs (in fact the table above is a google docs image) and it can be done but I would use it as a last resort. If I publish it as a google doc (even in view-only mode) multiple viewers looking at the doc at the same time will see any scrolling or sorting by one viewer. If more than one person tries a function at the same time it could look confusing!


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