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

inexpensive shaving brushes

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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Lathering From A Tub of Shaving Cream To The Face?


Michael writes:

One of the videos that I still frequently study is your video “How to Build and Apply Traditional Shave Lather”. In that video, you show how to build lather in the palm of your hand from a soap, how to build lather in a bowl or mug from a dollop of cream and how to build lather directly to your face after swirling the tips of the bristles of your brush on a puck of soap. [Read more…]

Synthetic Brushes – The Maturing Market

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For a while now a team of testers have been testing synthetic brushes.   The results of these tests have been displayed throughout the traditional shaving community on various forums and blogs for some time.    The discussions of these tests, threads and blogs were basically three fold in nature. The first was individual evaluations of various brushes to see if synthetics were truly a viable player in the shaving brush market. This required the testers to obtain a large number of brushes to test and review.  The testing team noted that in the past three years especially there has been enough advancements in this area that Synthetic brushes are a viable player, and a growing sector in the shaving brush market, for various reasons that this discussed elsewhere.  The second was to research and explore the history of synthetic brushes and what areas of fiber development in other areas, such as the toothbrush, paintbrush and cosmetic brush industries supported and allowed fibers to be developed, which eventually allow for fibers to exist to be used in today’s synthetic shaving brushes.  The third area was to try to find common ground between groups of brushes that used the same fiber or very similar fibers, along with how the brushes felt at the tip, backbone, etc.  Based on all the testing information I developed the “Synthetic Generations” concept to help users compare brushes and to understand the differences within synthetic brushes.  In addition to data that the Synthetic testing team produced, discussions from various forums and blogs were also taken into account when refining the generations listings as displayed in the following threads and the threads that are linked within.

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A Synthetic Brushes Update and Overview – Generations

brush groupLast year Mark (Mantic), James SanSouci, Wim Bouman, Teiste Brito, and I, conducted a test of synthetic brushes.  The final results of the testing can be seen at the link HERE.

In addition I developed a series of articles in which the origins and history of synthetic brushes over time.  The summary of this series (which provides links to the other sections) can be seen HERE.

During the last years some additional changes and updates have occurred.    This led to an issue of how to identify synthetics against each other based on performance and fiber composition so users can have a “common language” to make the comparisons easier.

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WSP Prince Silvertip Brush

Wet Shaving Products Prince Silvertip Shaving Brush

[Note from Mantic59: This post comes from Marty (“Fatboy513″), who emailed me his comments about the WSP brush he won and asked me to post it for him.]

As the lucky recipient of one of the WSP (Wet Shaving Products) shaving brush, I felt obligated to write a review.

I received the brush just before Christmas, what perfect timing! The brush I got was packaged nicely, however the box was not marked to identify which model it is. After reviewing the web site I found that I had been given a Prince silver tip (as pictured above). I must admit I was hoping for the High Mountain White Model that was reviewed by Mantic, but the Prince is a really, I mean really Good! shaving brush. [Read more…]