Horse hair brush

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Vincev
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Horse hair brush

Post by Vincev » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:09 pm

I have two fabulous badger brushes, two great boar brushes and two excellent synthetic brushes and still looking for a different experience. Can anyone recommend a quality horse hair brush.

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Re: Horse hair brush

Post by Rufus » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:48 pm

Vie-Long specialise in horse hair brushes. They are a mix of mane hair and tail hair; some are 50/50 and sme are 65/35. I had a 50/50 brush, but never like it in comparison with my badgers and boars.
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Re: Horse hair brush

Post by ShadowsDad » Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:04 pm

Horse is definitely different. I bought a used Vie-Long and initially I was going to resell it. But I'm patient and I gave it time. It took quite a long time (years) and I don't know if the brush "broke in" or my face did, but the shave experience is different today than it was when I first got it. It's my one and only horse. Maybe I should buy another to see if it was my face that got broken in, but I haven't done that. Do I want another? Well, no. But not because of what I just wrote. I have more than enough brushes; enough for many lifetimes and don't need more.

They're good brushes and definitely different.
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Re: Horse hair brush

Post by Brutus » Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:32 pm

Experimented with various Vie-Long horse brushes for a while, but ultimately found that they were not for me and that I prefer badger, synthetic, or boar brushes over horse.

Historically, horse brushes were associated with anthrax in WWI and I thought I play it safe and buy a brush from a manufacturer that is well know, respected, and has been in business for a long time, rather than some unknown outfit with no credentials.

In the end, most of the horse brushes turned out to be shedders and horse hair has a known tendency to tangle.
For reasons unknown, the white horse hair brushes did not appear to be shedding, but as I only ever owned two white horse hair brushes this may not be representative.

Looking back, I found nothing unique in horse brushes that I miss and other brushes seem to do the job as well, if not better.

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Re: Horse hair brush

Post by Rufust445 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:33 pm

Earlier this year the local Target store was showing the Cremo horse hair brush by Vie-Long.
This gave me a chance to examine one up close, and it had a nice feel, no smell that I could tell,
but was a bit pricey compared to what I could get a larger Vie-Long for online. In view of the
stories about horse hair tangling, and shedding, I decided to pass, and the Cremo brush has
disappeared from Target's shelves.

I have three nice boar brushes, and a so-so badger brush or two, but since I've been using
24mm synthetic brushes by RazoRock and Stirling Soap, those others have been sitting
back on the shelves.

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Re: Horse hair brush

Post by Vincev » Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:35 pm

Thank you all for your feedback as usual you help me make my decision, for now I will stay with my current brushes. As I stated in my first post I am very happy with my brushes and was just looking for a different experience.

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Post by Modern Ancient » Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:19 pm

I, too, am in search, of a horse hair brush.

Are there any companies, besides Vie-Long, which make them?

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Post by brothers » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:43 pm

Modern Ancient wrote:I, too, am in search, of a horse hair brush.

Are there any companies, besides Vie-Long, which make them?
Not that I am aware of, unless you have more luck on google than I have. Regardless, Vie-Long is apparently the world's standard in variety of horsehair shaving brushes. I recommend Vie-Long. Do you have any specific reason why one should avoid Vie-Long?
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Re: Horse hair brush

Post by pausted » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:48 am

Zenith brushes from Italy make some horsehair models. Check out "jankdc" on ebay.
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Re: Horse hair brush

Post by jar » Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:24 am

I only have a few modern horse hair brushes and have never found them tangling or requiring treatment different than I give my boar, badger or synthetic brushes.

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Post by brothers » Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:14 pm

jar wrote:I only have a few modern horse hair brushes and have never found them tangling or requiring treatment different than I give my boar, badger or synthetic brushes.
This reflects my experiences also. They have a different face-feel. A lot of guys worldwide use horse because they can't use badger or boar. This makes me wonder if those guys are also prevented from using synthetics.
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Post by Modern Ancient » Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:45 pm

brothers wrote:
jar wrote:I only have a few modern horse hair brushes and have never found them tangling or requiring treatment different than I give my boar, badger or synthetic brushes.
This reflects my experiences also. They have a different face-feel. A lot of guys worldwide use horse because they can't use badger or boar. This makes me wonder if those guys are also prevented from using synthetics.

I am prevented, from using synthetics. My skin allergies forbid it.

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Re: Horse hair brush

Post by brothers » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:46 pm

Sorry to hear that. :(
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Re: Horse hair brush

Post by Modern Ancient » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:48 pm

brothers wrote:Sorry to hear that. :(

It is okay. I used to lament my allergies/hyper-sensitivities, but, now, I embrace them. I think God had planned this, from the beginning.

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Re: Horse hair brush

Post by ShadowsDad » Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:23 am

I hope you take this the right way. Let ,me preface it by stating that I have allergies also, and there's simply no rhyme or reason to them. I understand.

That's odd that you can't use synthetics. Most of the time it's the other way around; where folks can't use natural so they move to a synthetic. Just one question, was it a virgin synthetic that you tried or had it been used previously and residue might have triggered your allergies?
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Re: Horse hair brush

Post by brothers » Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:10 pm

That might be an explanation. I have always made a presumption that the synthetic brushes are inert, and of no effect on contact with human skin.
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