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Shave Brush Wear?

Discussion in 'Razors, Scissors, & Personal Grooming' started by Skidoosh, Mar 30, 2019.

  1. Skidoosh

    Skidoosh Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 21, 2016
    I've got a badger brush that I've had for about 8+ years now. I've noticed that the center of the brush is mostly worn down while the edges still look and work great. Is this normal wear? When do you decide to retire a brush?
  2. gadgetgeek


    May 19, 2007
    I'd say if it starts shedding bad, or smelling really off. My current brush is about 9 years old, and seems about as good as when I got it. Its lost some bristles in that time, but it still does the job.
    In the grand scheme, if you are figuring 5-10 years out of a brush, they are not so expensive, so it it works, cool. If you want a new one, I'd say you got your money's worth.
  3. David Martin

    David Martin Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    My brush is several years old and is in that condition too. I've been thinking on replacing it. DM
  4. SuperJ


    Apr 29, 2019
    I'm 5 years in with every day use on Edwin Jagger and it's still fantastic. Drying it thoroughly seems to have helped its longevity. I'm thinking about rotating in another brush to allow more time to dry. Unless it's not funky or incredibly thin I don't see a need to retire them
  5. Skidoosh

    Skidoosh Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 21, 2016
    I ended up trying an Excelsior boar bristle and really did not care for it. I'm ok with stiff brushes but it did not seem to catch soap and lather well. I purchased a badger brush from Sterling Shave and am very pleased with it for the money.
  6. domiro


    Sep 10, 2018
    I would replace it when it starts to shed at a faster rate.
  7. Rhinoknives1

    Rhinoknives1 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 1, 2013
    I have one of those plastic hangers that let the brush hang down. Very important for them to dry, mines a medium priced Boars hair .. 9 years of almost daily use and it’s fine!

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