2014 Badger & Blade Awards – Shaving Brushes Over $150

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At Badger & Blade, we’re fascinated with and inspired by exceptional quality. We expend tireless efforts to find, review and share items that stand out from the pack. The Badger & Blade Awards are designed to recognize products of special significance – those which rise above the rest. The finest products are not mere inanimate objects; rather, they are works of art, tirelessly crafted by artisans and truly distinctive. In that spirit, we are proud to announce the award winner for best in class shaving brushes (over $150):

Simpson’s Chubby ($133-$420)

Hands down, the most iconic shaving brush of all time is the Simpson’s Chubby. Stuffed to the gills with an abundance of hair, with firmly set knots and a squat handle, the Chubby is truly the “British Bulldog” of shaving brushes. Not unlike a Chubby, the first time you see an English Bulldog, you don’t soon forget it. Regardless of the hair type or size selected, a Chubby is always an over the top experience and is defined by its impossibly dense knot.

SI2First time users fall into one of two categories, it’s either the most incredible shaving brush experience, or an overwhelming and discomforting amount of badger hair to deal with. In either case, it’s unforgettable and something every wet shaver should experience at some point. Simpson’s Chubby has stood the test of time, maintaining its position as king of the “densely packed” hill. With such a legacy, a spawn of impersonators have popped up over the years calling themselves stubby’s, stocky’s, and even directly copying the name Chubby! I have tried every impersonator available as of December 2014 and none have yet to rival the experience offered by Simpson’s Chubby.

Simpson’s fills their Chubby line with four different grades of badger hair, Best Badger, Super Badger, Silvertip Badger, and Manchurian badger. While an expensive brush in all four grades, prices vary greatly. $180 will put a Chubby 2 in Best Badger in your cupboard; however, it will take $260, $312 and $390 for Super, Silvertip and Manchurian respectively. Best badger is really the winner of the group, offered at a reasonable price (given the amount of badger) and gives up little to nothing compared to the three more expensive badger hair offerings.

Over the top, unforgettable and an absolute pleasure.

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A Chubby 2 in Best Badger can be purchased here.