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Had my first shave with a Badger brush today

Panzeraxe

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(Mr Checks @ June 13 2005,08:20) Okay, I just bought the entry-level Art of Shaving kit this weekend (follower of trends that I am). Yes, best, closest shave I've ever had. Â I think the pre-shave oil had a lot to do with it. Â However, a question arises: Â do all badger hair brushes smell like badger breath? Â Mine is a bit funky, and I'm willing to upgrade to get rid of the odor.
I think mine stopped smelling like wet dog after a while. Â Give it time.
Yep - same here. I also just upgraded to a silvertip from www.emsplace.com - I'll post a review once it comes in. Panzer
 

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they all smell for a couple of weeks.

also, i heard that if you have a very tough beard, the cheaper brushes are more effective than the silvertip badger. this makes sense since the cheaper bristles are less flexible and should do a better job of lifting tough hairs.
 

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Is the Silvertip worth that much more? Is Art of Shaving the only place to get a silvertip?
 

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the price depends a lot on the size of the brush, not just the type.

the best prices i've seen on silvertip brushes are at em's place.
 

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Kent offers shaving badger brushes (grey & silvertip) at reasonable prices. As for the smell, make sure you shake out excess water when you're done & get one of those drying stands that hangs the brush 'bristles down'.
 

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What are Kent and "Em's Place"?

Isn't there a standard size brush? The Art of Shaving ones look very similar to many of the ones I've seen above, like Penhaligon's.
 

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www.emsplace.com - sells silvertip badgers at very good prices. I just bought one from them - definitely a step up from a regular badger. Panzer
 

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I've never tried AoS - if I recall correctly, RJMan once said that AoS is simply rebadged Taylor's at a hefty premium.

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Art of Shaving is way over priced, and may brand you as a parvenu
Kent was a great suggestion; won't knock your socks off, but fair priced. I alternate between a Trumper's Brush and a Simpson. I think the Simpson is the better brush. By the way, Trumpers reverses the top two grades from what all the other companies do (e.g.; best is super and super is best . . . or something like that). Has anybody examined, used, or repaired a Plisson brush?
 

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