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

Roy

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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.
What synthetic do you like the best?
 
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What synthetic do you like the best?
Cashmere ...

To me, it's like a super-soft boar (which I do like). The density of the knot produces a lather that really suits me and the soaps that I like. Some knots produce more airy lathers, like the dark fibre knots from Haryali; the Tuxedo produces a very thick, dense lather which paints on like yoghurt, but the knot holds onto the lather more.

The other that I particularly like is the older generation from Haryali. I have used a lot of synthetic brushes and not found that fibre on other brushes. To my face, if the Muhle Silvertip fibre is the equivalent of a Silvertip badger, that Haryali knot is the Best badger. It's ever so slightly scritchier, but still soft and quite highbrow nevertheless. That fibre is very much like PurTech (if you remember that) but just refined somehow.

My hands down favourite brush is the Yaqi Dandelion - it's 24mm Cashmere knot in a long green handle. I quite fancy trying the Cashmere in 26mm.
 
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As many people may remember, I sold a large collection of badger brushes a couple of years ago on ethical grounds and moved completely over to synthetics. Whilst I still maintain that a top end synth is only about 90% as good as a top end badger, it's certainly not a decision I've ever regretted making.
 
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I never had an expensive badger, just TOBS, TAOS travel sized, and New Forest. I got through several Omega boars. But since the L'Occitane, RR Plissoft, and now various Yaqi's I haven't looked back.
 

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Cashmere ...

To me, it's like a super-soft boar (which I do like). The density of the knot produces a lather that really suits me and the soaps that I like. Some knots produce more airy lathers, like the dark fibre knots from Haryali; the Tuxedo produces a very thick, dense lather which paints on like yoghurt, but the knot holds onto the lather more.

The other that I particularly like is the older generation from Haryali. I have used a lot of synthetic brushes and not found that fibre on other brushes. To my face, if the Muhle Silvertip fibre is the equivalent of a Silvertip badger, that Haryali knot is the Best badger. It's ever so slightly scritchier, but still soft and quite highbrow nevertheless. That fibre is very much like PurTech (if you remember that) but just refined somehow.

My hands down favourite brush is the Yaqi Dandelion - it's 24mm Cashmere knot in a long green handle. I quite fancy trying the Cashmere in 26mm.
Have to agree on the Cashmere knot and the Dandelion is so wonderful for what it cost.

It is not really a shift for me as I have only ever owned one badger brush and just didn't get on with it one bit.
 
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Belfast
I wouldn't commit to never buying a badger brush again but this past week on 3 different occasions I’ve reached for my £10 Yaqi Synth which sits right beside my £130 Chubby2 because I prefer it.
No intentions of selling the Chubby either but I can definitely feel a sway towards synthetics brewing.
 
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I still have more than a dozen badger brushes and occasionally use a few of them, because I do like the feel of a decent badger knot and don't want them to just sit there. But mostly I use synths because they're very consistent, generate lather faster, dry quicker and also feel good on my face — a bit different to badger knots, but not inferior to my way of thinking. I wouldn't absolutely dismiss the idea of buying another badger brush, but don't think I'm likely to.
Besides, chasing the perfect synth knot or just getting another for variety is either cheap or only moderately expensive, whereas the badger brushes I've liked best have generally been the expensive ones.
 
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