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Shea Moisture Shave Brush

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First of all, credit where credit is due - The Community here at Badger and Blade has done a great job of kicking the tires on this thing, and even making it easier to locate (or ship to those who can't find one locally). The discovery thread (and discussion thread) is here. Thank you, B&B! :thumbup:

Secondly, the photo as it stands now was taken by luvmysuper - I will likely add my own soon.

Onto the explanation of ratings.

Price: At $9, you can't beat this with a stick. Period.

Quality: It might seem unlikely, but save for one or two shedders out there, this is a well built brush. You get that from Simpson, so it's hard for me to deduct for that. The handle even seems to have a decent heft to it. The couple of little dings here would be some uneven shaping on some knots, and the cheaply-applied logo which likely won't last long.

Density: Dense, it is not - but it's not unusably sparse either. I put it in the middle - this isn't a better or worse kind of rating - it's a preference.

Stiffness of Tips: They're pretty stiff and springy considering the density. It's compounded a bit by the scritchiness...

Softness of Tips: Look, it's black badger - this ain't no silvertip, gents. But it softens a bit with use, and some might enjoy the sensation. It's not very bad - I'd certainly had worse in higher-end brushes.

Ergonomic: You know, it's just a great handle design. I find it works really well for a lot of grips. I have bigger hands, which makes most smaller handles feel unwieldy, but not this one.

Latherability: Makes quick work of most any soap or cream. I had it lathering MWF pretty handily, and it certainly gets Proraso or ToBS creams going fast. The loft and fan lend to good whipping, and the scritch and spring aid in pick-up.

So that's pretty much my thoughts on this brush. Is it my daily driver? No, but I've invested in some very high end brushes that get jealous when a $9 budget-saver comes in and gets a turn or two. I think it's a great bowl/palm lather brush, especially for creams but certainly competent with soaps. Oh, and while you're at Target - the only place you can find this bad boy for now - please remember NOT to buy the shaving cream of the same brand. It smells bad, and doesn't lather.

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Pros: Really? This brush rocks! Even compared to higher priced units.
Cons: A tad thin on knot density but for me it's right where I like it.
I've been using this one as my primary brush for about 3 years now, and I have to say it has far surpassed my expectations for a cheapie brush, it has not lost a single hair since my initial break in when it likely shed the stragglers from manufacture, the silk screened logo started coming off on week one but that was the only issue (non-issue really)

I haven't seen these on shelves in a good long while which makes me sad as it really is a fantastic starter brush, travel brush, or daily workhorse in my case.
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Pros: $9, lathers well
I'm not really much of a brush enthusiast (yet), but I like thema little stiffer (my good badger brush is too soft for me, and my boar too stiff). This one is right in the middle. The handle and knot seem to be pretty quality, I have had nearly no shedding, and the handle is just the right size for me. The logo started to rub off after the first use, which doesn't bother me. I relegated my boar brush to the medicine cabinet and moved this guy into its spot. If you are starting out or don't suffer from any brush ADs (or maybe even if you do...) it is certainly worth the $9.
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Price: 9 bucks.... 9 BUCKS!! I don't think you can get a cheaper badger brush.

Quality: I gave this an 8 there I deducted 1 point because it appears some of the hairs on my brush are burnt, also its not the most even of knot'. that said it has a great handle and decent heft to it.

Density: ah density... not so much this brush is thin. It's not unusably so. but if your looking for a thick brush this is not it.

Stiffness of Tips: Boar stiff this is not... Is it usable yes. If it was a bit more dense it could make up for this lack of stiffness that.

Softness of Tips: Yes! I'll say this not being a silvertip this brush is very soft. I only deducted 1 point because their are softer badger brushes out there but if you are looking for a cheap soft brush this is a good one.

Ergonomic: For me the shape of the handle fits nicely in my hands and the heft is good. I have smallish hands.

Latherability: I tried it with two of my toucher lathers, Williams and VDH and it whipped up a great lather in a heartbeat. Over all in its price range this thing is a lather monster. However due to its density it can't hold as much soap and it releases water easier than other brushes making the lather a tad less than its more expensive cousin. But still very good.
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Density
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Ergonomic
5.00 star(s)
Latherability
4.00 star(s)
Softness of Tips
4.00 star(s)
Stiffness of Tips
3.00 star(s)

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