A dildo by any other name…. is still a dildo. This shaving brush – simply put, looks like some sort of wacky sex toy/dildo. WITHOUT question – this is the ugliest, cheapest, most fallace shaving brush in existence. Truly an embarrassment to have sit out on your counter.
When you put this sucker in your hand… the first thing that races across your mind (aside from bracing yourself for the vibrations and cheesy porno beats to kick in) is how unnatural, heavy, and “weird” the handle feels. The handle feels like a chunk of granite, VERY dense. When you grab the handle – then grab the bristle knot in the other hand, and LIGHLY twist them in opposite directions – the brush and knot move freely and independently from one another... very weird. Oh - to boot.... it was losing a hair every now and again, and some hairs protrude above the "bloom" - however they are not loose, so it looks quite chinzy.
The bristle feels cheap, thin, and almost artificial. The hairs are incredibly thin and soft, and the brush is VERY, let me re-iterate, VERY densely packed. Think “Debbie does the Dallas Cowboys” packed.
I couldn’t wait to start testing this sucker out – what a ridiculously ugly piece of crap. $250 for this poorly built, cheap badger hair – dildo of a shaving brush? Charles Roberts… you’ve finally tripped up! HA!
Well – not even caring enough to go thru the mess/hassle of a “method-shave” to test this brush, I grabbed the closest cake of shaving soap I could find – knowing this brush is SPECIFICALLY “purpose built” to method shave, I said “F-IT, dildo brush is being banished to the T&H.”
After soaking this brush in lukewarm water – yet another factor working against this brush – I wisped the saturated brush against the T&H ten – yes 10 circulations.BAH - this crappy brush. Here is the result…
Errr..... ummm..... uhhh......
This brush kicks ***!
Not that my previous gripes are invalid - but without question, this thing is the most powerful lathering force in the wetshaving world. Not even a remotely close second. This sucker is a BMW Izetta ( see picture below) with a blown 426 hemi shoved in it. Out and out Gladiator, in a clown uniform.
This shaving brush is huge to boot... here is it next to my Simpsons Polo 12 Super...
I know it is a touch confusing - but the brushes are reversed in this picture - Shavemaster on the left, Polo 12 on the right. Keep in mind... the polo is more than 50% more costly.
So - I buy one of these suckers, and what do I get?
Now here is what I picked off my face yesterday morning - its fourth run.
Totally absurd... I highly doubt luxury is associated with bristle shed on ones face. It seems as though the amount shedding is reducing, but it is hideous nonetheless. If this went on for 2 months as quoted it may take - I don't know how much brush would be left - even though the knot is packed so densly.
The most absurd, and inexcusable gripe I had with the quality of my shavemaster is the lopsided indentation in the bottom of the brush....
Please notice - you cannot see the bristles as I hold the brush (it was new, and unused/unbloomed) but this shows I am holding the brush 100% straight on camera. Notice it has the DISTINCT appearance of being lopsided, the lower portion is significantly larger than the upper portion, and it also juts out, so that when standing on its handle - bristles to the air, it sits leaning - as if it were the leaning brush of "****master" For a $250 "handmade" brush, this shows some pretty heinous quality control....
Bottom line... brush works well (albeit sheds like hell) but looks like hell and is built like crap. Stay away.