Badger to Synthetic shift

Would you buy a badger brush again?

  • No, never again

    Votes: 35 50.0%
  • Yes, I would

    Votes: 25 35.7%
  • Maybe

    Votes: 10 14.3%

  • Total voters
    70
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2,106
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London
I've only bought the one badger, used it once and sold it as it gave the worst irritation I've ever had (I think it was down to the really fine nature of the badger hairs? I prefer thicker fibres/hairs/bristles) so I'd never buy another badger but I would buy another synth, but boars are the type of brushes I enjoy using the most, but for consistency/value/lack of shedding I find it difficult to beat a budget Plissoft/Tuxedo.
 

Roy

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I recently bought a Mùhle synthetic for travelling due to fast drying etc. Love it and has changed my mind about synthetics. Produces loads of creamy lather with ease. So soft for face lathering. This is after using badger chubby 3 and badger SV brushes. I'll still use them as they are great, but don't think I'll buy natural again.
 
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1,818
Location
Silly Suffolk
I still have all my badgers, boars and horses, and occasionally use them, but ever since synthetics changed from being roughly akin to some coarse mono fishing line offcuts stuck in a handle, to what they are today, I'm a big fan. I think the first ones I liked were Plisson and a simulated badger Muhle, and I've accumulated quite a few more since.

As a dedicated bowl latherer, I was attracted to the durability of synthetics and their resistance to damage when used hard in a bowl. They are also remarkable value for money, and whilst I prefer some to others, they all perform well enough for me.
 
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9,616
Location
Halifax, Republic of Yorkshire
I gave up on badger shortly after ... erm, using one. I hated it! Horrid clods of fur from a pretty horrid little creature. Best leave 'em alone to do their own thing.

I bought a synthetic really early doors after starting traditional shaving. It was a Kent Infinity, which I used pretty much exclusively for about a year before buying a Muhle Silvertip Fibre. At the time, that was pretty much it for choice. I have a good number of synthetics now with all manner of knots, handles and vintage re-knots - my choice is for their performance, while the animal welfare is a consideration quite a way down the list. On that, happy enough (still) to use a boar and I have one or two of those.
 
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2,106
Location
London
No more plastic, fake brushes! They were just a stepping stone for me on my way to boar.

Boar is natural and Earth-friendly and biodegradable.
Some good points.

Synths are very consistent, and the 1st shave with one will largely be the same as the 100th which is good in some ways but with a boar, the first is completely different to the 100th; the gradual evolution of a good boar is one of the most pleasing things in wet shaving. My synths will have a place in my rotation but there'll never bring as much pleasure or regular use as my boars. Great boar brushes can be bought very little as well, less than £5-6 for a good Omega brush if you can live with a cheap light plastic handle.
 
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