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Badger & Blade

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cytus
Good review. Thanks! Can you tell us where you purchased it?
MrBeez
MrBeez
Hey @cytus I picked it up from AliExpress on their once-a-year Nov 11th (11.11) sale. Regular price is $30 but for the sale it was just $13. I picked up four badger brushes for the price of two basically! Be aware that they sell out fast at the sale price and that shipping is slowwwwww. Like one month slow. But hey, it was a great deal :)
JoWolf
JoWolf
A few months down the road from your review. Do you still favour the two band over the silvertip? Nice review. I also ordered that handle for a boar knot.
MrBeez
MrBeez
@JoWolf Oh that handle with a boar knot is gonna be superb. Nice call.

Yes, a few months down the road and I think I prefer a two-band knot for the added scritch, and when placed a bit deeper into the right handle, better backbone.

The Yaqi 24mm Metal Handle silvertip I have is quite floppy. Looking at the photo you can see there is less of the knot going into the handle. I also have a 24mm Yaqi Red Resin silvertip and the backbone on that is much better. That knot appears to be placed a bit deeper into the handle.

You gotta post a pic of that aqua handle with a boar knot when you get it!



JoWolf
JoWolf
@MrBeez The red brush is a real beauty. Two knots and two handles have arrived and I’m waiting for two more of each. The depth on the handle seems shallower then I would like and I cannot drill them out. If I’m not happy with the loft on dry fit measure I’ll probably use silicone rather then epoxy. If I like the knot and performance, and not the handle. because of loft, I’ll order a custom handle. These two are the seven dollar handles. No engraving on the bottom. They are a collar epoxied onto the bottom stump. 26mm
MrBeez
MrBeez
@JoWolf That's a good plan to first see what kind of loft you get based on the initial placement. I think that aqua would look beautiful with a un-dyed knot :) Of course, the performance is key though. You got a cool project going on there. Keep us posted!
JoWolf
JoWolf
@MrBeez I have two boars a Zenith Chubby and a Semogue 2000. In performance they are opposites. I just ordered some o rings and I am going to put one onto the Semogue just above the handle to see if that can snug up the loft and not look too cheesy. I shaved with it yesterday and even a three finger barber pinch couldn’t butch-up the loft. It is strictly a painter. My hope is the two boar knots I have coming will fall between the two I have now performance wise.
Do you have any boars?
My other two knots and handles will be done after practicing on the boars. They are a little more exciting a 26mm OUMOBRUSH-SHD SILK HMW slivertip shaving brush knot gel tip and 28mm Finest Two Band Chubby Fan Badger Hair. The handles are also quite nice. I copied and pasted the descriptions which I’ll never remember 😅
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