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
I’ve never owned a badger, I started with an Omega Boar two years ago and now have two synths and use all three in rotation. I can’t compare badger to synths obviously but I’m considering getting a badger soon just to say that I’ve had one and so that I can make my own comparisons.
 
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I’ve never owned a badger, I started with an Omega Boar two years ago and now have two synths and use all three in rotation. I can’t compare badger to synths obviously but I’m considering getting a badger soon just to say that I’ve had one and so that I can make my own comparisons.
If you're not in a rush, I'd recommend waiting until the November sale when Yaqi have sales and get a badger so you can decide for yourself.
 
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I'm another one who's abandoned animal hair brushes, synthetics work so much better for me, I've had a few decent badger brushes but moved them on. I've also revisited boar and badger brushes earlier this year to compare, and didn't enjoy the experience.
As it stands my ap shaveco brushes are the ones that do it for me, I've two synbad brushes which are excellent and my current favourite 2BED, which is a fantastic brush.
 
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My first brush was a badger/boar mix which I did not realy enjoy. It had a strange smell, had to be pre soaked and took ages to dry. I quickly bought a synthetic brush and for use found little difference but quicker to dry etc. Synthetics are also much cheaper. My latest brush is a Simpson T3 Trafalgar which only cost me £20 and works really well for me. I will stick with synthetics.
 

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I wonder.......synthetics seem to have improved since they were first made. Seems to me they will continue to do so.
Badgers have been around ages. I wonder if they are much different from when our grandfathers used them.
 
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I wonder.......synthetics seem to have improved since they were first made. Seems to me they will continue to do so.
Badgers have been around ages. I wonder if they are much different from when our grandfathers used them.
The majority of our grandfathers used boar, look on the bay for vintage brushes, at least 75% are boar, the rest are horse, monofilament nylon, and badger.
 
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@Fido good to see you're still about on the forum. I'm still using my New Forest brushes from 10 years ago. Would you have gone into synths if you'd continued?
No. I would have remained focused on high end badger hair. I had an amazing run. Being retired, I set and maintained a strict turnover limit. I refused all invites to make brushes for other brands (including one of the big London Barbers) I refused offers to buy the business and simply ceased trading. I had sold all the brushes I produced and had no residual problems to deal with. End of story. I have moved on now and celebrate 25 years of retirement next month. In three years, if I make it to 80, I might return to golf and table tennis. Best wishes to everyone!
 
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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!
Thanks. I had polymyalgia for around a year. It wiped me out but I was lucky as I have recovered fully.
 
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