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Current brush collection

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Pictured above is my current collection of shaving brushes. (To enlarge, click photo and then click again.) Besides those,I have three synthetic brushes en route from Yaqi, two with 22mm knots and one with a 19 mm knot. I’m unsure how I can rearrange things to fit them in (though the WSP row can easily take another brush). That will be a total of 55 brushes, enough to cover shaves for more than two months given that I shave only 6 times week. The breakdown by type:

3 boar
1 mixed boar-badger
3 horsehair
1 mixed horsehair badger
1 disputed: either horsehair (my guess) or boar (vendor’s call). It’s 5th from the left in the bottom row
19 synthetics of one sort of another (including the 3 Yaqi brushes not shown)
1 European Gray (from Plisson: top row, second from right)
26 silvertip badger

The Yaqi brushes not shown:

19mm Bunny tuxedo knot in blue
22mm Cola synthetic
22mm Soft cashmere synthetic, orange handle

A few points of interest:

Top row

At the left are a few miniature brushes: the Wee Scot (badger), a tiny Omega badger, the Omega Mixed Midget (badger and boar), and a small Vie-Long horsehair, along with another smallish Vie-Long horsehair. The three boar brushes are all Omegas and well broken in and quite soft on the face, with the Italian-flag-handled one being extremely gentle with less resilience than the Pro 48 and the 20102.  The two Rooneys — Victorian and butterscotch Emilion, both in size 2 — have hooked tips, resulting in a velvety feel along with good resilience. The snakewood handled brush I got from Strop Shoppe years ago (third from the right) is another very gentle brush. The Plisson European Gray (next to last) has a wonderful grainy feel on the face, very unlike a synthetic or silvertip. It’s not in the least harsh, but rather as if the bristles are blunt. 

Second Row

The two Mühle brushes, third and fourth from the left, are worth a note. The butterscotch handled one is silvertip badger and very gentle, with a fluffy knot of mild resilience; the other is Mühle’s Gen 2 synthetic, intended to mimic the feel on the face of a badger brush, and the Edwin Jagger synthetic, seventh from the left, is a knot much along the same lines. Both of these have good resilience. I especially like Phoenix Artisan’s synthetics — there’s the Starcraft in the top row (right after the three boar brushes) and in this row the Amber Aerolite (second from left, right after the Vie-Long horsehair), Solar Flare (fourth), and Green Ray (fifth). These all have 24mm knots are, though all are synthetics, their knots different somewhat in feel. The Fine Classic, at the right end of the row, is another gentle brush with a fluffy knot. I do like such brushes, and there’s never a problem in loading them or getting a good lather. (I do have soft water.)

Third Row

The first brush is the mixed horsehair and badger from Vie-Long. Following that are six Simpson brushes. The “3”(the third Simpson) is a Duke 3 Best, followed by two Emperors, a 3 and a 2. (I also had a 1 that worked fine, but it was culled on one of the several occasions when I cut back the collection.) The last five brushes on the row are all Wet Shaving Products, and I like them all. The brush just to the left is a limited edition synthetic from Chiseled Face. The WSP brush with a hidden logo is a Baroness, and there are two Princes. The two Monarchs have somewhat different feel, one being slightly stiffer/more resilient than the other. I somewhat prefer the gentler of the two. I might secure room for the Yaqis by sacrificing a Prince and crowding the brushes in this section. I would like to keep both Monarchs, but maybe one must be deposed.

Bottom Row

The first is a Plisson HMW 12 with a horn handle (horn being a material from Vietnam, once a French colony until, as they say, they threw off the colonial yoke). The next is a Plisson with a Plissoft knot, which was oe of the first better synthetic knots. The third and fourth are knots mounted in a screw base; these two share the same handle, the synthetic being the Target Shot pattern (black or white in quadrants) and the other a silvertip knot. That set is from Yaqi. Sixth from the left is my least expensive silvertip, a $35 brush from Whipped Dog and next to ti is a Rod Neep one-off. Next to that, on the other side of the vertical bar, is an ebony-handled Sabini, and then my Rooney Style 2 Finest, my most expensive brush (north of $300 in today’s dollars). The two other Rooney brushes, Style 3 size 1 and Style 1, size 1 in Super Silvertip (as they call it) and two G.B. Kent brushes, the Infinity (a resilient synthetic) and the BK4 (a gentle silvertip).

I like all these brushes and they all perform quite well. They differ in materials, aesthetics, and feel in the hand and on the face. I’ve had many brushes. These are the ones I kept.

UPDATE 6 Apr 2021: I received the three new brushes and, with a little rearrangement, found them places. Here is the collection as of today (click photo to enlarge):

Written by LeisureGuy

12 March 2021 at 3:23 pm

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

8 Responses

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  1. WOW👀

    Larry

    13 March 2021 at 8:40 am

  2. And when I think of the brushes I had and now are gone….

    I just updated the photo. I took another shot after turning the brushes so markings could be read.

    LeisureGuy

    13 March 2021 at 8:49 am

  3. Oh come on Michael, not nearly enough!!
    If it’s ok with you I’m going to show this to my wife and daughter as they think my 10 are excessive.

    tony5419

    14 March 2021 at 9:35 am

  4. Sure. Just curious to know whether your wife has 10 pairs of earrings.

    LeisureGuy

    14 March 2021 at 9:36 am

  5. or pairs of shoes? (They take up more space than brushes.)

    Rufust445

    14 March 2021 at 9:10 pm

  6. Or (for some) handbags or scarves.

    LeisureGuy

    14 March 2021 at 9:11 pm

  7. I guess our point is most persons have excesses, if truth be known, but often on different things.

    What I would find bizarre is if a person had 30 or 40 brushes, but only 1 razor. But even that imbalanced situation, I suppose, would be deemed ok by some.

    We live in a world of variant opinions, priorities, and desires.

    Steve Riehle

    14 March 2021 at 10:54 pm

  8. Just to reassure everyone: I have a ton of razors and aftershaves and shaving soaps. It’s not just brushes. (Writing a shaving book means trying out a great many things…. )

    LeisureGuy

    15 March 2021 at 8:55 pm


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