Mantic59's Favorite Shaving Products

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Ever since I started making shaving videos, people have asked me what my favorite shaving products are.  I’ve always resisted answering because I didn’t want to make it sound like I was making a blanket recommendation.  But after all this time, my “short rotation” has been pretty stable for my circumstances (i.e. when I’m not testing something!) so maybe it’s time for me to discuss my favorite shave products.

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Sharpologist's Shaving Brush Buyer's Guide Updated! Over 430 Shaving Brushes Listed

I have updated my “Shaving Brush Buyer’s Guide.”  Several new vendors have been added to the list of shaving brushes currently on the market (notably Thater and eShave) and some other corrections have been made.  I have created a separate page for the buyer’s guide with helpful video, text and links.  Still, understand that while periodic updated will continue to be made, this list is not exhaustive and probably never can be: I don’t think I’ll be able to keep up with every brush and manufacturer out there.  Here is the list in “CSV” format for importing into your favorite spreadsheet or database program:

Shaving Brush List

And HERE is the list in PDF form.



Shaving Brushes!

350 Shaving Brushes Compared: A Buyer's Guide

A Guide

As promised, I have consolidated the shaving brush lists and commentary I have posted over the past few weeks (Semogue, Savile Row, Shavemac, Rooney, Truefitt & Hill, Simpsons, Vulfix) into one master list!  I have even added a few additional manufacturers.  Admittedly this is not a comprehensive list–I don’t think I could ever find ALL the shaving brushes on the market!–but I think this is a good start on at least a lot of the most-known brush lines.  You will see that some brushes have some missing information.  I tried my best to get authoritative information from the manufacturers: the responses ranged from helpful but still incomplete to being completely ignored.  Still, I figured partial information would be better than no information at all, so I included what I could.

I could not figure out a way of specifying the shape of a brush handle short of including a picture with each brush, which would make the list way too cumbersome to use.  I think the best way to use this guide is to narrow down the type of brush you want by general size, hair/grade, and price then go to the specific manufacturer’s site to see the shape of the handle. [Read more…]

This Brush Is No Dog: Simpson's "Rover" Brush

Simpson's Rover

It might surprise some readers to know I don’t own any Simpson’s shaving brushes (actually, that’s not quite true: Lee from Leesrazors sent me a Simpson’s “Major” travel brush a few years ago as a gift.  But I didn’t have any full-sized Simpson’s brushes).  I always thought Simpson’s were, well, a little over-rated if not over-priced.  Maybe I was rebelling against the “snob appeal.”  So my reaction was admittedly luke-warm when John from West Coast Shaving suggested I try a “Rover” limited-edition brush.  After a little more prodding from John, and a little more hesitation from me, he finally said “here, try one, on me” and sent me a sample, gratis (normally I buy everything I review).

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