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Edwin Jagger Medium Silvertip

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This review is for the Edwin Jagger Medium Traditional Silvertip. I point this out because there are a lot of brushes on The English Shaving Company website.

First, the review. You'll have to wait for the photos.

Quality: As soon as you take this brush out of the box, you know it's a quality shaving instrument. The fit and finish is fantastic. The handle feels of quality as the material is dense and the finish is superb.

Not a single hair loss in the 2.5 weeks of daily use and testing. That's fantastic and speaks of the exceptional build quality of this brush.

Density/Knot Style: This is an above average density knot. I don't have a Shavemac, but I'm guessing this is one step down in terms of density from the apparent density king. It feels even denser after bloom. Enough so that I don't feel the urge to get anything denser.

You'll notice the shape of the knot is not the traditional English style. It's not quite the German dome, but it's close. I really like this shape as the dome helps support the central hairs, but it still blooms out nicely. Really, this brush acts larger than it is. The size and shape also make it comfortable to work with soap as you don't make too big of a mess with shallow bowls.

The knot size is not found on the site, but I measured it to be around 22mm-23mm

Stiffness/Softness of Tips: This brush has the magic quality of being very soft at the tips but stiff enough to provide a mild scrubbing action. As for the softness, my wife used it and said, "I can't even feel it on my legs it's so soft." It really is a luxurious feeling to brush that badger around your face. And like I said, if you want some scrub, the knot is stiff enough to provide a mild scrubbing action. I'm not sure if it's because of the actual badger hair, or because of the dome shaped head, but it works.

Ergonomics: If I'm going to nitpick on anything, it would be the handle. It's a beautiful handle with class and style. As far as the holding area, I have large hands but average fingers and find it's comfortable for me. However, personally I prefer a longer handle. This preference may come from the fact that my lathering bowl has high sides. With this handle, I tend to get lather on my fingers as I whip.

The weight of the handle balances the brush well. I was expecting the brush to be head heavy due to the size of the handle, but the material is rather dense.

Latherability: As expected, outstanding. This thing makes lather with ease out of anything I own. I've done test latherings with most of what I own and it made quick work of the process with all. It's a very versitile brush in that it's soft enough at the tips to whip up creams quickly, but also stiff enough to pick up soap.

Price: As of 9/8/06 with a 1.865 USD / 1 GBP conversion, the price of this brush, with shipping, is $108. This puts in right in, what I consider, the sweet spot ($100-$150) of high end brushes. Considering the quality you get with this brush, I feel it's a great value.

Overall: I rate this brush as outstanding. It does everything it's supposed to do and does it well. I don't think this brush will ever leave my rotation, and it's seriously put a damper on the SBAD.

Now, on to what you really want to see...the photos.

Here it is in the included stand, a very nice touch I should add. You can also see the lettering is upside down from a "normal" brush, or right-side-up for viewing when in the stand. I like it.

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Standing all alone. Here you can see the dome shape of the knot.

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Here's the top view where you can see the knot density.

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On to the lather. With any high-end brush, you'd expect mounds of lather with just about any quality soap or cream. So, instead of boring you with the norm, I thought I'd create lather with less soap/cream and aggitation than usuall. I do this so that you can see this brush whips up lather very quickly.

Lathering with Tabac.

Soaking.

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10 very light swirls on the soap.

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10 swirls in the bowl. Look at how quick that lather is forming.

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About 10 seconds later.

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I then whiped off all the outside lather and squeezed out what was left inside.

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REPEAT: This was what was created in under 20 seconds total. The point was to show how much lather can be created with such little time. Under normal circumstances, I'd use a little more soap and take the time to whip it into a finer cream.

C&E Sweet Almond Oil cream.

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Post-bloom photos.

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It would nice if the holder was just a tad deaper to accomodate the large bloom.

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To discuss this brush, see this thread.

Edit: I tried it with a more shallow bowl and it was much better. Therefore, I upped the ergonomics rating.

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Pros: Creates lather well, feels good on the face.
Cons: Small handle.
One thing that is often said in our ranks, is that DE shaving will save you money. I guess that is possible theoretically, but I doubt it is money saving for many on this board. Honestly, how many creams, soaps, brushes, razors, etc do you have in your Shave Den right this moment? This is a hobby, and hobbies cost money, they are what you spend your disposable income on, because they bring you pleasure and satisfaction. Sure I guess you could buy the cheapest shave soap,boar brush, razor, blades and aftershave, but where is the fun in that? Truth is, if you want to save money, you can buy a 4 pack of cheap goo at a wholesale club, a buttload of disposable razors at said club, shave once a week and not use aftershave. This is what I did when I was in college to save money. I probably spent $40 and that lasted me a year. I am lucky to spend that a month now. However, 15 years after college my neck still bears the pot marks and discoloration of abusing it with cheap products and bad technique till just a couple years ago.

It is products like this that make spending the extra money worth it.It just brings your shave to another level. I work, I have a mortgage, bills, and responsibilities, I like to start my stressful workday knowing I am doing something out of the ordinary, adding a little retro male pampering to my day.

I have several regular badger brushes and they are all fine, but I wanted to upgrade to a Silvertip. It was worth it! I bought the ebony model of this brush, and it is my favorite brush. I own five brushes total, but this is the only Silvertip. It blows the others away. The first time I used it I was amazed by how the lather exploded as soon as you started to whip it with this brush. It also cut my lather time down considerably from a regular badger. As I applied the lather, there was no discomfort, the brush felt soft and comfortable. My experience is that EJ brushes are a little more scratchy in general, but this brush is not that way at all (YMMV). It retained water just as you would expect a Silver tip to hold water. I have noticed little shedding. Overall, this has become my go to brush. I gave this brush a 7 on price, but that is only because I paid $126 and it seems like some others have paid less for it. Still, at $126, I would purchase it again.

The cons: I do agree that it is a smaller brush. I tend to like brushes that are a little smaller in size, because they are easier to handle and more precise. I find this helps to keep the lather out of my nose and off my ears. I don't mind having to spend a little extra time on application to get my whiskers sufficiently covered, if I can avoid the discomfort of soap in my nose. However, I do agree that if you have normal or larger hands it is a little hard to hold. I have a little bit larger than average hands with some arthritis, and this can be tough to grip at times. Maybe as I get older, it will be more of an issue, but right now it is no big deal. One reviewer also mentioned that you have to face lather with this product. Personally, I found myself using a smaller bowl, and I still get enough for 3 passes, and don't find the brush being consumed by the bowl and the lather, like it was when I used a bigger bowl.

Overall: If you want a little smaller Silver tip brush that is well built, but won't break the budget, this is a great choice. As I said, it has quickly become my go to brush. For me, I hope to one day have a Simpson, but until then, this is a nice beginner brush to introduce yourself into the luxury that is a Silver tip Badger.
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I think my SBAD odyssey might be at an end! First off, its not cheap, but I took advantage of the English Shaving Co.'s free shipping, and I got it for about $100, which is a pretty solid price for this brush (unfortunately it took just under a month for it to arrive, but that is more a story about international shipping than a review of this brush).

It came in a very nice container that can double as a travel tube, and I got it in the faux horn, which is lovely. I had been more a fan of larger brushes, but I wanted something smaller, and this is small! But its got a nice fan shape, so it really spreads on the face. It reminds me of the dimensions of a Chubby 1, but less dense (which I like as the lather stays on the end of bristles). So far, I've only used it for creams, but I can see it handling soaps well, too.

Its tough to describe how it feels on the face; its scritchy and soft at the same time, which I like. Sometimes scritchy is nice because it reminds you that you are lathering up!

Its a great overall brush, not too big, nor too small, not too dense, nor too floppy. Especially with the faux horn, its a handsome brush!
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I was so impressed with the superior quality of the razors produced by Edwin Jagger, that I also wanted to test one of their top quality brushes.
Therefore, last month, I purchased this stunning Medium Silver Tip brush from The English Shaving Company (www.theenglishshavingcompany.com).
I decided to take exactly this one for several reasons: first I wanted a Silver Tip, secondly I liked the shape of the handle, third it had an affordable price for a shaving brush of that high level.
As I started using this amazing little brush, I immediately fell in love with it.
It is very, very, very nice.
The handle, although small, offers an excellent grip and is very comfortable to hold.
And the hair is so soft and luxurious....
As about lathering, well any of my shaving creams lather up beautifully in tons of rich, thick and slick lather!
The Edwin Jagger Medium Silver Tip is truly a top-notch shaving brush.:thumbup1:
Pics attached.
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