I can't speak for anyone else, but it's the price that's keeping me from ordering one. Nice brush, but I can order a couple boar brushes of similar quality for the same price.
Thank you very much, sir!My God William, that's just impressive.
That is the last one. There won't be any more from what they said.
Unless they drop the price on this one, it's your only option for a new one
Since it is discontinued. I will say now that I don't like my brush. It was my first boar brush. I got the clear gold leaf version. Any gold leaf parts that were close to the knot tarnished and turned black and green. It never got really soft after many months of usage. And you have to put a silly amount of soap in it to get a good lather. I had picked up a synthetic just out of curiosity and it beats the boar on every front. I pulled the essential back out last night because I was doing some more reading on it. It is just so stiff that building a lather is a lot of work. I am going to use it again for the next few weeks to see if it has just hardened because of age and lack of use. But at this moment, I'm not super impressed. It WAS a beautiful brush though. But the whole tarnishing thing upset me.
I haven't used the gold leaf version so I don't know about the tarnish, but your experience with the knot is almost exactly the opposite of the experience I had. The tips are remarkably soft and improved as they split. This knots does have tons of backbone, so if you are used to the plissoft style of synthetics that are soft and springy I can see why a boar bristle know would feel foreign. This knot does not mash well.
I found soap usage to be on the low side with this knot, its fairly small diameter and is not a lather hog whatsoever.
ymmv I suppose.
Ok. I'm going to palm lather this thing every night for a month and see what happens. I'd be thrilled if it became useable. Except that it's ugly now. Lol
I don't want to scare anyone off, bit mine took at least 50 shaves before breaking in. Note that mine was the green seafoam version, which I've read from more than one report was the stiffest of the Essential Boars.I'm pretty sure that mine took about 5 or 6 lathers to start to really break-in and about 20 lathers to get it to it's optimum break-in point.