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Pros: Excellent Quality
Cons: None
Zenith Chubby Scrubby Boar B27 - 28mm x 55mm This brush is fully broken in. The knot is very full and dense. Of my four boar hair brushes this hair is the finest or thinnest. Damp and drying knot measured at handle lip 30mm. The brush does not have a prominent bloom and for its size the footprint stays very tight. It feels and maneuvers like a 26mm knot. Brush splay is very comfortable and easily controlled. The measured loft from glue bump is 46mm. The badger soft tips paint with buttery smooth comfort. The acrylic handle is comfortable, little effort needed to control any scrubbing. Zero scritch with this brush and the scrub is a very pleasant medium soft. The backbone is a medium hard to me, very nice. The hair and handle to me are above average quality. This is a high performance boar hair brush.
Price
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Density
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Quality
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Ergonomic
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Latherability
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Softness of Tips
5.00 star(s)
Stiffness of Tips
5.00 star(s)
Pros: Great value
Solid hardware
Leather and denim
Flexible for easy storage
Wider than the normal 50mm (2") strop
Cons: Relatively short useable length
Width is a bit less than most blade lengths
Not overly thick
Can't be good because it's not expensive
Technical details:

Length overall (excluding hardware) = 385mm
Useable stropping length = 300mm
Width = 60mm
Leather = tanned calf-hide about 1.5mm thick
Denim = double layer about 1.3mm thick total
Hardware = brass plated steel

The leather strop has a light to medium draw. It comes ready to use, however a rub with the underside of your forearm before each use is recommended.

I use this strop daily at home and can also easily take it with me when traveling. For the price, I also don't get upset if I happen to cut it up when not concentrating on my stropping.

Do not get this strop if you think they must be expensive to be any good.
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Overall Value
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Amount of Draw
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Thickness of Leather
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Pros: Very good value
Suitable for sensitive skin
Little to no scent
Cons: Not easy to find except in the Philippines
Little to no scent
Not recommended if you are pregnant or breast feeding
Clarifiance is a skin toner that freshens and rejuvenates the skin leaving it smooth and fresh.

Ingredients are:
  • Water
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Witch hazel
  • Colouring
There is no use-by date and it is best stored out of direct sunlight.
Price
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Scent
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Quality
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Efficacy
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Moisturizing
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No Alcohol Burn
3.00 star(s)
Cooling Sensation
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Fights Razor Burn
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Pros: Great lather
Cons: May be too large for some.
After using this brush a number of times I realize how unappreciated it is on B&B. I have had this brush a number of years and have rarely seen it used by others. It fits perfectly in your hands and the brush is very dense. The brush has zero scritch.
Price
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Density
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Quality
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Ergonomic
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Latherability
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Softness of Tips
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Stiffness of Tips
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steelhead52
The 290 and 293 are two of my favorite brushes. High quality hair and well assembled indeed. The 290 has high loft and really does a great job bowl lathering. Very luxurious shave for sure. I like the 293 when using smaller soap containers. I like the handle and the brush holds a lot of lather for its size. Nice review ackvil.
Pros: Great value
Performs better than a lot of European brand-name brushes
Real timber handle
Cons: Will not satisfy those who prefer expensive brushes
Smaller than most
This brush can be purchased for about USD 2 (in May 2020) on AliExpress or for more on eBay, etc. The brush is often listed as "pure badger" however it is synthetic. What do you expect for the price.

With a 19mm knot, 53mm loft and overall height of 100mm, this is not a large brush. This has the advantage that the brush does not hog lather. Just a pea size of cream face lathered gives enough lather for three passes and some left over.

The handle is of natural timber with a clear lacquer finish. The handle diameter is 34mm. The brush looses a hair or two with the first few uses, however after about 5 to 10 uses the brush hair stabilizes.

I have badger brushes costing 20 to 50 time more than this brush and they are nowhere near even 2 to 5 times better. This brush is the one that I now most frequently pick. Try it. For the price, you can't waste your money!
Price
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Density
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Quality
4.00 star(s)
Ergonomic
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Latherability
5.00 star(s)
Softness of Tips
5.00 star(s)
Stiffness of Tips
4.00 star(s)
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TechClone
Great review. I have a two band badger and frankly the extent that it hogs lather irritates me no end. I'm searching for synthetics, and now I won't be afraid to go for the cheapies.
pellidon
pellidon
I found this knot in a rubber coated plastic handle this weekend at TJMaxx. Looks like a good travel brush.
Pros: Performance, Price for open bowls
Cons: Price for NOS bowls
I first tried this stuff many years back, when even half-used bowls were selling for $50-75 and every other reviewer was calling it the best shaving soap out there. I stacked it up against Vintage Williams and it fell short.

Now that prices have come down quite a bit, I gave it another shot, and it really is quite good, stacked up against most soaps that aren't Vintage Williams.

Price is low for open bowls now (<$20) but still high for sealed ones (>$50)
I've never had a bowl with scent left, so I can't rate the scent.
Price
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Scent
3.00 star(s)
Lather
5.00 star(s)
Quality
5.00 star(s)
Efficacy
4.00 star(s)
Moisturizing
5.00 star(s)
Pros: Lathers well on face.
Provides good lube for SR shaving.
Very good value.
Cons: Not readily available outside of Australia.
You need about twice as much as Proraso green to get the same amount of useable lather.
I used this cream for years DE shaving while in Australia. For some unknown reason I switched to Nivea for Men Sensitive cream while later cart shaving.

Moved to the Philippines where no shaving cream were readily available, so let on buying my Nivea whenever visiting Australia. In 2019 I started SR shaving. Later when visiting Australia I found that the Nivea was no longer available, so I switched back to Sanofi. I'm glad that I did. It was much better than the Nivea for SR shaving.

I now also have some Proraso green cream that I imported from Italy. The Proraso green is great and the Sanofi is or par, if you use about twice as much.
Price
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Scent
4.00 star(s)
Quality
4.00 star(s)
Efficacy
3.00 star(s)
Packaging
5.00 star(s)
Latherability
4.00 star(s)
Moisturizing Properties
5.00 star(s)
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