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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2011
I bought this brush rather than others according to the simple expedient of price. Thus when it arrived I was initially unsurprised, but a bit disappointed, that it was rather coarser in texture than I expected. However, having used it for a few weeks now, I have to say that I'm rather a convert. The firmer brush seems to soften my bristles rather more effectively than my previous, softer one, used to. I think I shall try and buy similarly coarse brushes in the future.

I'm slightly alarmed by the previous reviewer that mentioned his brush falling apart, but so far mine shows no sign of doing so!

[time passes]

Ah! There it is! The bit with the bristles in has indeed fallen out! After a little less than a year.

Still, you know, bit of glue and it's working fine again...
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2011
I really noticed a considerable improvement swapping from a synthetic to a pure badger shaving brush. I've been using it for over two months now and loving it's Sumptuous feeling as I apply the lather to my face.

Badger hair is the preferred material for a shaving brush, it has natural water absorbing capability helping to create a great lather. There are basically four grades of badger hair brushes, but there is no industry standard. This is the lowest grade of pure badger hair however it still leaves other pure and mixed bristle brushes behind due to its quality of hair.

The following are some tips for the newbie to natural hair shaving brushes.

1. It is common for a few hairs from any brush to come out, this usually stops after a month (breaking in period) the knot (resin) of the average shaving brush contains thousands of badger hairs which means that two or three hairs falling out is to be expected from a new brush within the breaking in period and really is a very small percentage.

2. Another reason hairs may come out is if the water is too hot, this can damage the hairs so Soak the brush in warm water for about a minute or so, any thing less than a minute and the hairs may be too dry and can break especialy when new.

3. Rinse out thoroughly after use and hang to dry in an open space.

4. Wash the new shaving brush with a shampoo, preferably an animal shampoo before use, this will help you break in the new brush, and help remove any new brush smell, it's also recomended to do this twice a year to clean and condition the brush to mprove its longevity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2011
I last had a Badger Hair Shaving Brush in the Eighties. Since I lost that one I have used Hogs Hair ~ the only one I could find on the High Street Shelf. I thought it was fine until I read a Blog about wet shaving and decided that this was a must. This one is not that pricier than a Hogs Hair one but the difference is immense.

I now look forward to my shaving ~ I also bought a Double Edged Razor to replace the multiple ones we have had foisted onto us ~ for the first time in twenty years. The brush has a lot to do with that. Highly recommended.

And it came very quickly from the suppliers so I am really happy with recommending this item to everyone.

SINCE THE ABOVE WAS WRITTEN: 18 months have passed. Today I noticed that the handle has developed a crack in the plastic. Makes me a little disappointed. Cracks harbour germs - not happy about this. 28 February 2013.

SF120-Shaving Factory Double Edge Safety Razor and 10 Derby Extra Double Edge Razor Blades. Great Christmas Gift Set For Men.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2012
This brush was ok when it first arrived but slowly the brush itself worked its way out of the holder. The gathering cap holding all the bristles has after only two months worked it's way completely free. I have tried gluing this back but the wet conditions do not present an ideal environment for glues. I have now temporarily wrapped some black electrical tape around the "stub" and rammed it back into the plastic holder. Shouldn't have to do this. It wasn't expensive but then again it wasn't cheap either. I expected this to last longer than 2 months-at least 2 years were my expectations on this one. So Edwin Jagger 2/10 here im afraid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2013
I bought this a month ago. First off, the brush is much smaller than the picture suggests.
The real problem though is that it fell apart yesterday. The hair is set in a plastic holder
and that's glued into the handle. However, the plastic holder is cylindrical, but hole in the handle
isn't. This hole is also significantly larger than the hair holder so there's
little if any contact area between the pieces. They hold together with a little
bit of glue which is obviously very weak.

And if that wasn't enough, the writing on the handle is all but gone already.

This is not the quality product it appears to be. In fact, it's useless as a shaving brush.

Before that I had a Wilkinson Sword brush which I kept more than 20 years and cost about
5£. Yes, it was ugly, but it worked fine.

People should be sued to sell defective products of this kind at this type of price point.

Don't be fooled by the nice look. Buy something else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2013
Bought this off Amazon in Dec. 2012 and at the start was very pleased with brush. Having arthritic hands, a brush is a must, along with a wet and dry shaver. After 8 months the bristles are falling out so fast, I have to unclog my shaver every third day. Needless to say, I am very disappointed, even disgusted in the quality of brush. I'm 77 years old and definitely the worst brush I've ever had.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2011
Well made brush, great value. Makes a lovely lather with the soap I use. No real loss of hairs after a couple of weeks everyday use. Highly recommend this brush!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I bought this because of the many good reviews here, but I wish I'd looked into it a bit more and bought something more expensive.

The brush itself is fine, if a little hard against your skin, but after getting it I realised that you need to buy a stand to allow it to dry off properly. I bought Kent Shaving Stand Large Mock Ivory, which goes together well. However, for a few pounds more all-in you can get a better quality brush complete with stand.

All-in-all, it's a perfectly adequate brush, but don't forget it's at the bottom of the scale quality-wise and that you need a stand, so not quite as good value as it seems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2011
I have used the brush for about two months, and it works perfectly. Bristles are all in place, only the odd couple fall out first few times using, very happy with it.
Delivery was also good.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 9 August 2011
At least, MINE didn't stink or fall apart, despite what a few other reviewers seem to have experienced.

I wasn't going to bother writing this review (I mean, it's just a SHAVING BRUSH, for Pete's sake, not a piece of cutting-edge tech or a blockbuster novel), but I've been using mine daily for a couple of months now, and I just realised this morning: Not even one single hair has fallen out. Seriously, not one! Your mileage will probably vary - I'm sure I've just been lucky - but I just thought I'd mention it.

Admittedly my only previous experience of shaving brushes involved the cheap & nasty 'bristle' variety, and this is my first badger brush, but I have to say that I'm VERY impressed by this brush - it does a great job at creating lather, it's comfortable to use - firm-ish, but great at getting the suds to the stubble- and it even looks cool (I bought a little stand for mine).

Oh, and did I mention that it doesn't stink and hasn't fallen apart? :)

Get this and treat it properly (a good rinse after shaving, a bit of a shake, a gentle rub on a towel, then hang it upside down to dry), and I really don't think you'll be disappointed.

PS - October 24 - I've just come back several months after posting the above review to say that the brush has been used daily, is still performing perfectly and doesn't yet appear to have lost a single hair!
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