Can A Sub-$20 Shave Brush Do The Job?

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A while back I recommended some “good deal” shaving brushes.  The gang on Reddit’s Wet_Shavers board, an experienced but surly bunch, took me to task over some of my choices.  So I challenged them: “OK, what would you suggest?”  I promised to take their most popular suggestions, buy them myself and try them long enough to get a good impression of them, and report back.  Here is the list and my experiences with the brushes.

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Are Wet Shaving Subscription Boxes For You?

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Shaving subscription boxes seem to becoming a “thing” these days.  At first they were more of a replentishment program first introduced by companies like Raz*War, made popular by Dollar Shave Club, and refined by companies like Bevel.  Then an offshoot appeared, providing sample products more closely targeted to the traditional wet shaving market.  Let’s take a look at some of those offshoots.

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5 “Good Deal” Shaving Brushes Under $25

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[Preface by Mantic59: The response to the “Good Deal Razors” article was so positive I decided to make one about shaving brushes too.  This time I asked brush guru Gary Carrington (GDCarrington) to help by commenting on some of the inexpensive brushes he’s tried.]

There are hundreds and hundreds of shaving brushes out there–badger hair, boar hair, horse hair, synthetic hair–at price points that go from about $6 to stratospheric levels.  Beginners want to try the experience without breaking the bank.  More experienced users with pricey brushes sometimes want an alternate brush to travel with.  The common question then becomes “what are the good deals out there?”  Here are some “good deals” to consider.  I doubt any of these will be passed down to children as fine heirlooms: we looked for brushes we thought were good values in that they were low-cost and reasonably well-built (considering the price).  These aren’t the only choices of course, even at this price level, but they’re reasonably easy to find.

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