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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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.
For some (I can't speak for everyone) I think it's really good to have variation. Also, the budget Yaqi synths are exceptional for performance/quality at their price points.
 

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For some (I can't speak for everyone) I think it's really good to have variation. Also, the budget Yaqi synths are exceptional for performance/quality at their price points.
Your right. I have two badgers, chubby 3 and SV badger, just bought a Mùhle synthetic silver tip. The latter is a completely different feel, so good to experience them all. I like the Mùhle so much that I'm considering another , maybe larger one.
 
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Its not about ethics for me - i just happen to be quite impressed with the Yaqi synthetic i bought, compared to my old boar / badger mix brush.

I bought the 22mm Yaqui, but am about to order (at least) one of the larger ones
 
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I've made an ethical choice* not to buy any more badgers but will enjoy the ones I currently own. New brush purchases are synthetic which I enjoy.
So, let me just dismount my high horse a moment. I introduced a friend to AE a few months ago and they also know I enjoy wet shaving (and mock me for it). They bought me a brush as a present and I got it today. It's a dscosmetics (I think 2 band) in a knock off Shavemac handle. So there's a new badger in my collection now.

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I feel honoured and hypocritical. Not hypocritical enough to get rid of it but hypocritical nonetheless.
 
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So, let me just dismount my high horse a moment. I introduced a friend to AE a few months ago and they also know I enjoy wet shaving (and mock me for it). They bought me a brush as a present and I got it today. It's a dscosmetics (I think 2 band) in a knock off Shavemac handle. So there's a new badger in my collection now.

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I feel honoured and hypocritical. Not hypocritical enough to get rid of it but hypocritical nonetheless.
I don't think you were ever on the high horse, but life's too short to feel guilty about these things and just enjoy using the brush. It looks a beauty for sure.
 
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Still love my badgers. I have never got into the ethical issue. Follow the logic and you would become a vegan. I'm a typical human hypocrite. I look in horror at a fishing boat hauling in its catch. And love my fish and chips.
I'm in agreement.

I saw on ATG you'd been unwell, I hope your health is better and also that you used to be a member of the Martin Guitar Forum, which I also used to frequent, as much as I love the world of shaving my love for acoustic guitars is far greater!
 
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