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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Even though I've become a "synth adopter", I mentioned earlier that I have kept all my natural brushes and, that being so, I use all of them from time to time. My most treasured brushes are the New Forests (several) that @Fido made, and those LEs that Rod Neep made. Not only do I like them very much for the work and craftsmanship that their makers put into them, but they also perform better for me than almost all of the high-spec ones I've bought over the years from brush manufacturers (as opposed to "makers").

At least, when I'm mashing my synths around my newdelight silicone dog bowl, I know that I'm preserving my prize, never-to-be-repeated naturals for my heirs and successors.
 
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I won't be buying any more badger or other animal hair brushes, but I will use the few that I still have. Whatever the pros and cons vis-a-vis animal protection vs plastics, my decision has been based mostly on the performance, ease of cleaning, and lack of shedding of current synths. There also seems to have been more of a focus on handle design, which I also like. Yes, synths are plastic and I doubt they are fully recyclable, but I'm not planning on throwing any away any time soon. Using them in a rotation, I might use each brush once every couple of weeks...I guess that's several years of future use for every one of them I have. If I were to forecast, I reckon demand for animal hair brushes will fall and their prices will rise disproportionately, while synths will become the mainstay. But, just as many of us in TSR still seek out and use vintage razors, animal hair brushes will become 'classics' that owners will proudly show off alongside their Fatboy's, 1912s, and Gems, etc. Maybe, in another generation or so, animal hair brushes will be the new 'vinyl' to synths MP3s and will see a sudden resurgence in demand among younger wet shavers.
 
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Have two badgers, one of which was my first ever brush, I now rarely use it, my second is a 24mm silvertip from Yaqi which is beautiful, works up a cracking lather, and feels softer then even my plissoft style synth .
I also own two Omega boars and 5 more synths in various styles, favourite of which is my 24mm Yaqi Sagrada Familia. that little lot far exceeds my needs (he said wistfully).
 
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I've noticed that many members are shifting from badger to Synthetic brushes so I'm curious how serious this shifting is.
I didn't think I was on board with this idea, but... I just purchased a WCS Synthetic Honeycomb Shaving Brush and I love it. Out of the box I wasn't sure I was going to like it. So this morning I soaked it like I would my badger, and it was just as soft and worked great. On sale for only $28 it was a good choice. I love my badger, but there doesn't appear to be a reason to look back.
 
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I didn't think I was on board with this idea, but... I just purchased a WCS Synthetic Honeycomb Shaving Brush and I love it. Out of the box I wasn't sure I was going to like it. So this morning I soaked it like I would my badger, and it was just as soft and worked great. On sale for only $28 it was a good choice. I love my badger, but there doesn't appear to be a reason to look back.
I saw the WCS honeycomb handles elsewhere yesterday - they're a gorgeous looking brush!
 

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OK so I've gone from 70+ brushes to 15, over the last few months.

I had around 30 badger and now have 6.
I like and enjoy them but probably won't buy another...except maybe a Simpson Tulip T2 super badger.

I enjoy all types and have kept the following:

Badger:
- Simpson Commodore X2 Best (I have 2)
- WSP silvertip 22mm
- Vulfix 660 Super Badger 22mm
- TGN two band 18mm
- Frank Shaving two band turnback 21mm

Boar:
- Semogue 1800 boar
- Omega 11776 boar

Synthetic:
- Muhle STF XL (ivory)
- EJ STF XL (horn)
- EJ STF XL (black)
- EJ STF v1 23mm (horn)
- Turn-n-shave full moon 25mm
- Turn-n-shave angel hair 25mm
- Yaqi Rainbow 26mm
 
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