I don’t remember what brush I first used when I started shaving with a safety razor. I think it came with the sample pack of shaving creams that I bought from some major manufacturer of shaving products. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn't amazing either. Fortunately, it was good enough to keep me in the wet shaving game. That being said, I wouldn’t recommend that for a new DE shaver, and a first-timer, traditional wet shaving starter kit is a topic for another blog post (in fact, it’s one coming soon!).
Nevertheless, after a while of using that sample pack brush, I wanted something more...something better. I was still learning (still am actually), and I wasn’t sure what I wanted, so I did what I always do. I researched. I read about boars and badgers, black badger hair, best badger, super badger, silvertip badger, horse hair, synthetics. I read about all different types of hair used for shaving brushes. And then there were the brands. If I listed them all here, I wouldn’t have enough room for the actual review, so I’ll leave them off. Needless to say, it was overwhelming. I knew what I wanted, but I wasn’t willing at the time to shell out a few hundred bucks for a silvertip badger brush. So I turned to my good friend, Jeff Bezos and his little online shop called Amazon. One of the brands I discovered on Amazon was Wet Shaving Products. Aside from the relatively benign and generic name, I was intrigued. They seemed to be offering exactly what I was looking for in the price range where I was willing to spend. But I had my doubts.
My main concern was quality. Could Wet Shaving Products offer brushes as good as some other well known producers for significantly less money? One user commented in a review that these brushes were very high quality especially considering they were made in China. I found this comment curious because Wet Shaving Products manufactures all of their products in Phoenix, Arizona, USA; a fact they are very proud of. I have doubts about reviewers who don’t do their research. However, throwing caution to the wind, I ordered the WSP “Prince” Silvertip.
Cut to two years later, this brush is still a mainstay in my rotation. I don’t have another brush in my shaving cabinet that can hold water as well as this guy. It’s soft, but not floppy, and I can still feel the exfoliation as I lather. The Prince has enough backbone to load up with triple-milled soaps, but builds lather beautifully with creams and croaps as well. I’ve seen people remark online about experiences with their brushes losing a few hairs during use. I’ve seen this too, but only in the beginning and only at the same rate as any of my other brushes; and unlike my other brushes, this one comes with a one-year, no questions asked, warranty. It’s great to see a company stand behind their products like this.
I think if you are looking to venture into the world of high-quality shaving brushes, be it silvertip, superfine, or pure badger, you don’t have to spend a fortune to jump in. Two years later, I’m so pleased with my purchase that I’ve also purchased WSP’s Tobacco Shaving Soap, and their Silvertip “Earl” brush is on my short list with a few other soaps they have recently released. I’d love to hear if you have any thoughts about Wet Shaving Products’ brushes, soaps, or anything else you have on your mind.
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