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Burma Shave Brush

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Well, ya can't beat $4.50, but if I were you I'd spend an extra few bucks and buy an Omega Syntex.


Burma Brush:

I bought this from Wally World for a song, so on the bright side they're not only cheap, but widely available.

They're made of natural bristle which is very stiff compared to badger hair. They also don't hold as much water or heat as badger hair.

This brush will really stink to high heaven on it's maiden voyage. I would suggest soaking it in a borax solution before using it.

As far as lathering goes, I can generate adequate lather with this, but I noticed some hair loss during the process. This is another reason why I would suggest an Omega Syntex (no loss of hair and no smell).

This brush is about as scrubby as they come, so if you like the feeling, this brush is right up your alley.

I probably wouldn't buy another one of these if I had lost one.

This seems to be the absolute beginner brush. Many give these away to friends that are newbies to wetshaving.

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This was my first brush. I wanted to get started right away, so after my soap arrived, I bought this brush at the local grocery store. There was no funk at the beginning. I did use the method of soaking in Dawn and overnight lather just in case.

Each use, it lost about 5-6 bristles. I've had it two or three months. My last use, a tuft of bristles fell out--all still connected at the bottom. It left a small hole in the knot, and now, if I run the brush (dry) over my hand, a bunch of bristles will fly out, so I haven't used it again.

If I were to try a cheap brush again, I'd try the VDH.
Price
4.00 star(s)
Density
3.00 star(s)
Quality
1.00 star(s)
Ergonomic
4.00 star(s)
Latherability
1.00 star(s)
Softness of Tips
4.00 star(s)
Stiffness of Tips
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I guess legs and arms aren't as picky as the face, but I love this brush for them. I haven't tried a badger because they're entirely out of my budget, but this both works really well for me and feels nice. (Note: I do not shave my face being female. I also happen to like using a boar brush for my hair. I am used to scratchy and like it not perfectly soft.)

No, it isn't the highest grade brush on the planet, but it's a good, basic brush that does what it's supposed to. I never had a problem with smell with mine, but I'm also very used to boar bristles. I've never had any problems with it soaking up water or not lathering well, but everyone has their preferences.

If you like other boar items, I'd recommend you try this brush if you're looking for economical. Though some do shed, mine shed a bit at the beginning and hardly does ever anymore. It also has softened a lot.
Price
5.00 star(s)
Density
2.00 star(s)
Quality
3.00 star(s)
Ergonomic
4.00 star(s)
Latherability
3.00 star(s)
Softness of Tips
3.00 star(s)
Stiffness of Tips
3.00 star(s)
I have to disagree with many of the reviews on this brush. I purchased several of these (it was a deal I couldn't pass up) and I thought I'd give it a try.
After reading several of the poor reviews I thought I'd take a little different approach though. I took a new brush and treated it like a used one that needed cleaning: washed it with some dish washing liquid followed by some Mane & Tail conditioner and then a soak in hot water and distilled white vinegar. After shaking it dry I ended up with this:
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I then proceeded to let it fully dry and then used it like any of my other brushes. It held a decent amount of water, I only lost four hairs in the whole process, and the conditioner softened it up some.
Here's what my lather came out like (Mama Bears Tuscan Memories):
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Needless to say, it not going to replace any of my badgers, but for an inexpensive brush it isn't that bad.

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