#1

Member
Virginia
I have a Stirling 24mm Finest, it seems like I am loosing 1-2 hairs per shave. I bought it second hand. The previous owner had around 10 shaves on it and I have 4 shaves on it.

I am curious if this brush is a shedder, but for the sake of providing quality discussion -

When are you ready to declare a Badger brush a "shedder"?
#2
I never do. What's a couple of hairs out of thousands?
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#3

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Minnesota
(This post was last modified: 01-04-2017, 01:15 AM by PickledNorthern.)
A Ton of thought goes into it. The Stirling Finests are pretty much low end knots. (Figuratively, but I LOVE both of mine.) They still have 10K + ish hairs in them. I lathered mine twenty five or so times befor I got a "shed-less" shave from it. I also combed it after rinsing ten fifteen times.

I would call this utter BS if you weren't getting $100 dollar performance for $30.

There is a little "You get what you pay for" in life, but sometimes it is a ball of dung.

Out of ten Simpsons, I have treated most of them like my Stirling.

I have never lost a hair out of a Thater.

Density or cheap glue?

If it matters to you, I have never lost more than a single hair or two from an Omega boar.

Personally, I think you are fine yet.
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#4

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Virginia
(01-04-2017, 01:13 AM)PickledNorthern Wrote: A Ton of thought goes into it. The Stirling Finests are pretty much low end knots. They still have 10K + ish hairs in them. I lathered mine twenty five or so times befor I got a "shed-less" shave from it. I also combed it after rinsing ten fifteen times.

I would call this utter BS if you weren't getting $100 dollar performance for $30.

There is a little "You get what you pay for" in life, but sometimes it is a ball of dung.

Out of ten Simpsons, I have treated most of them like my Stirling.

I have never lost a hair out of a Thater.

Density or cheap glue?

If it matters to you, I have never lost more than a single hair or two from an Omega boar.

Personally, I think you are fine yet.

I'm not concerned about it at the moment, but was curious if I should be concerned. (If that makes any sense.) I've never used a badger brush before, and wasn't certain how long they would shed hairs for.

I'm 18 months in on an Omega 10066 and still lose a hair or two ever other shave. I'm not terribly concerned about that either, but will likely replace it for a Semogue OC sooner rather than later.
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#5

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Minnesota
(This post was last modified: 01-04-2017, 02:57 AM by PickledNorthern.)
(01-04-2017, 01:18 AM)Jason_Drain Wrote:
(01-04-2017, 01:13 AM)PickledNorthern Wrote: A Ton of thought goes into it. The Stirling Finests are pretty much low end knots. They still have 10K + ish hairs in them. I lathered mine twenty five or so times befor I got a "shed-less" shave from it. I also combed it after rinsing ten fifteen times.

I would call this utter BS if you weren't getting $100 dollar performance for $30.

There is a little "You get what you pay for" in life, but sometimes it is a ball of dung.

Out of ten Simpsons, I have treated most of them like my Stirling.

I have never lost a hair out of a Thater.

Density or cheap glue?

If it matters to you, I have never lost more than a single hair or two from an Omega boar.

Personally, I think you are fine yet.

I'm not concerned about it at the moment, but was curious if I should be concerned. (If that makes any sense.) I've never used a badger brush before, and wasn't certain how long they would shed hairs for.

I'm 18 months in on an Omega 10066 and still lose a hair or two ever other shave. I'm not terribly concerned about that either, but will likely replace it for a Semogue OC sooner rather than later.

A LOT of people would tell you to freak out over it, and I guess I couldn't argue if it said ShaveMac on the handle. Bit you paid <$35 for it?

I guess I would say that you should do what you feel is right. I have suffered through a couple of shedding Simpsons only to find out they are fine. It is hard to shut up and live with it when you have a couple hundred bucks on the line, I admit.

When you consider that even on a cheap brush we could be talking humdreds of hairs falling out...

I guess I am just too patient to get all that worked up over it......
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#6

Member
Virginia
Yeah, I mean, if it's a shedder, I would just look toward replacing it sooner than I had planned.

And I certainly won't be get worked up over it. Even if it had been expensive, it's just a shaving brush.
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#7

Member
Vancouver, BC
I wouldn't be overly concerned, at the moment. Give it a few more months and if it still hasn't subsided, then you'll know, for sure.
Good luck. Smile
Celestino
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#8
You'll know when you get tired of hairs in your lather and on your face. For now it sound manageable. Enjoy your shaves. Cheers.
-Chris
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#9
You're at 14 shaves on the brush and it loses 1-2 bristles every shave. I say its a shedder. If you're ok with that fine. I don't have a high tolerance for shedding brushes. Its not just picking a bristle off my face or off the brush that bugs me though, its the damn bristles that wash down the drain and build up to form a formidable clog. Badger and boar bristles are more substantial than most human hair. I try to catch any shedders before they go down the drain but I find it easiest just to use brushes that don't shed. I've gone through a few bottles of draino over the years since I've been wet shaving and I'll grant you that living with a woman with long blonde hair can contribute to drain issues but I've been married to that woman for 25 years and I've used more draino in the 4 years I've been wet shaving than in the 25 years we've been married. Thats my 2 bits worth.
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#10
Its a fair question. My first badger was a Whipped Dog that shed. I had no basis to know what to do. I traded back in and the next one shed. I gave up on it.

I recently bought a Shavemac that was sold as a shedder. I paid about $40 because I liked the handle. Guess what? It quit shedding. The prior owner jumped the gun.

I just bought the Stirling fan and it has been shedding. But not much and seems to be slowing down. I don't think I will allow myself to even consider a brush a problem until after a month of shaves - 30 shave.


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