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|Total Brush Weight:||95g|
|Total Brush Height:||4.57in|
The same finest badger fibers as found in our other brushes, now with fan knots rather than the more common bulb knots. Backbone, splay, and super-soft gel tips all on a professional barber style handle make this brush the bargain of the year. Brushes of this quality would normally sell for upwards of $200.
Available in a butterscotch handle with black logo, or black handle with white logo.
For Brush/Stand Compatibility See Our Chart.
I'm relatively new to wet shaving, have a handful of razors and brushes of different types, learning what works for me. I find Boar brushes much more to my liking than badgers...I want a little scritch-iness, some backbone, a nice tight knot, and no floppy handfuls of "hair". I wanted to try a fan knot, and although it is Badger, the price is right for an experimental purchase. Well, I think I found brush Nirvana! Perfect for my hybrid face/bowl lathering, very soft tips, yet gives that tingly mini massage feeling to my tired old face. Nice handle, big enough for my meathooks, and very pleasant Orange color. Adds some pizazz to my cabinet. A really great brush at an attractive price. Get ya one! Kevin on 29th Jul 2017
Absolutely fantastic brush! It is unbelievable, this two-band badger brush, plus two others from Stirling, all three are now part of my top five shaving brushes. What can I say more? Outstanding value for money. You will not find this quality at this price anywhere else. Congratulations to Stirling. Do not hesitate. If you can, indulge yourself and get one. Patrick E. on 22nd Jul 2017
I own a much touted Savile Row and a Simpson 59. Each about $150. I like the Simpson 59 over the Savile Row. Simpson brushes are densely packed, much more than the SR. I like a 24mm knot for my size face. The butterscotch Stirling is very densely packed like the Simpson.
I am the type guy who has to experience the top of the line if I can afford it. So I've done that. And now I know that you can get the same top of the line feel in shaving with a Stirling butterscotch as you will with a Simpson or a Savile Row which cost more than three times as much as a butterscotch. If you must have an expensive brush as I did, get the Simpson 59 over the Savile Row. That's my view. Unknown on 7th Jul 2017
Disclaimer: I'm Swiss so my English isn't perfect, but I tried.
So I have had this brush for a little over 6 months now as I didn't want to write a review too soon after receiving it and because it DID take me a while to come around and warm up to the brush. That said, I feel like I'm ready to give a solid opinion on it. I'll start by saying that I face lather basically exclusively; if I bowl lather once a month, that's frequent for me. This brush, in my opinion, is made for face lathering above all else. If I was a bowl latherer, I'd go for the standard bulb knot version. I wouldn't (and don't) use this brush when I have the itch to bowl lather.
So when I first received the brush, I was really excited to try it out and after the first few uses, I have to be honest; I was left somewhat unimpressed. The fan knot and density of the brush was a little too much for me at the time and even though a boar was my daily driver at the time, this brush actually had quite a bit more backbone which I thought was good at first but came to not like it (at the time). The other thing that I didn't care for at the time was the fan knot. I'm not a big guy so I don't like to use big brushes but even though this brush is a 24mm, it felt so much bigger because of the fan knot and I felt it was harder to use since it covered half my face/neck before I even push it in to splay. Therefore, I didn't use it for months compounded by the fact that I bought a Savile Row and that became my daily driver while and this brush collected dust.
Fast forward to about a month-and-a-half ago and for some odd reason, I had an urge to use this brush. No rhyme or reason, just woke up one day and thought to myself before jumping in the shower "I kinda want to use that Stirling brush that I don't like". So...I did. I used the brush and for some reason, it was a significantly better experience than I last remembered. So much so, in fact, that as I was lathering, I thought to myself "Damn, I don't remember this brush being so good!". So I used it again the next day...and the next day...and the next day. Two weeks later, I realised that I had been using it every day since. I got to thinking about it and I came to the conclusion that it wasn't the brush all those months ago that I didn't like, it was that I didn't know how to use the brush properly as I was so accustomed to using my boar then. But having moved to the Savile Row, I learned that badger brushes work differently and you have to use them differently, so my opinion at the time was skewed. Now, I can't put this brush away.
It has since become my primary brush to use most of the time. I really love the density of the brush and the fact that it holds so much soap so it makes lathering and lathers really thick and creamy. It excels in medium to hard soaps, primarily. For soft soaps, croaps and creams, I prefer to use the Savile Row (or if I just want a really soft lather that day). Is it as good as the Savile Row which costs almost 4 times more? Just about. Enough so that the only people who can tell the difference are people who have extensive usage history of brushes like the SR or what-have-you. For the average or budget-minded shaver, you really won't gain much getting a SR or other expensive sivlertip. Certainly not 4 times the performance. As I've said, even though I have a much more expensive silvertip, this brush is still the brush I use 70% of the time these days and I don't plan on changing that.
tl;dr: This is a very good brush. Unless you can actually tell and want the difference, this brush will sufficiently match the performance of high-end expensive brushes to the point that I'm convinced that the average (or even experienced) shaver will likely not be able to tell the difference and may even prefer this brush. Torsten Niemczyk on 30th Jun 2017
This brush was recommended to me by a trusted Shave enthusiast I know. It was my first fan knot and my first Badger. It's an awesome brush on all levels. After 3-4 hand lathers to clean it and let it bloom, it does a great job. The tips are gel soft, yet the brush retains good backbone, splays really well and holds plenty of soap. What's not to like? Extremely high value in this brush. Would recommend to anyone wanting a badger fan knot. I love the design and performance of the fan. S Turner on 14th Jun 2017
This brush is WELL WORTH the $$$. I would say it performs almost as well as my two band Thater for about 1/4 of the price. Unknown on 4th Jun 2017
I've done just a couple of lathers so far with this brush and I can already tell you it's a winner! Good density while being nice and soft on the face. At this price you really can't go wrong for a good badger brush. For those of you who like a larger brush, Stirling's 26mm knot is also a great brush. Matt M. on 31st May 2017
I'm only 2 shaves in, and honestly this is quickly becoming a beloved brush. Super dense, lather machine. It has been great so far. I might buy one in black just to have another one. It performs very well. Nolan G. on 21st May 2017
I have 35 brushes; badger, boar and synthetic. This brush performs right up there with some of my more expensive badgers and holds a good bit of lather. And it's got a great old-school look that I like. I highly recommend this brush to anyone, new or well-seasoned in wet shaving. Paul Francolini on 9th May 2017
I have simpsons/M&F/Rooney in super/manchurian/finest.
This brush - hands down, beats them all in terms of price.
This brush - hands down, performs just as well as above.
It would be a crime to not try this brush before buying brushes which cost 7 times more.
Fantastic back bone, soft GEL tips. No scritch/scratch.
Wash the animal before you use it.
APatel on 17th Apr 2017
I hadn't ever heard of a "fan" brush. Didn't know what it was. I do now. This is exactly what I've been looking for in a shaving brush. I usually prefer artificial bristles, but wanted the Finest Badger experience for a change of pace. I soaked mine for two days with a lather of Stirling Gentleman, rinsing and then soaking it relathered every four hours. It bloomed like a tulip. As I use it, I like it better every time, especially the handle. I use a rubber shave mug in the shower and the longer barber handle allows me to whip up a beautiful later of Stirling Gentleman without beating my fingers into the side of the mug. So now it's my number one brush and I love it. Wally Root on 4th Apr 2017
Awesome brush!! I really like the handle, the color and the quality of the badger. The brush is really comfortable for my hands due to my CP. I also love the fan knot, my very first and what a brush, top quality. I got mine in butterscotch and it really stands out. A pleasure to shave using this brush. Love it! Elio on 10th Mar 2017
If you don't have this brush, stop what you're doing and place an order! You will not be disappointed. Your other brushes will be begging for your attention! Ryan on 23rd Feb 2017
This is a pretty amazing quality brush. While it's a little "harsher" than the FINE synthetic I had prior, it is also stiffer, which makes better lather and an almost massage-like quality for the application of lather.
If you're using soap, it's a godsend. With my TOBS cream, however, it was a very thirsty brush, requiring much more soap to build a lather. That may be due to size difference (22mm versus 24mm), but I felt the material "sucks up" more to make a lather. I also had to re-load the brush during shaving versus the FINE.
There was virtually no smell out of the box. I hear horror stories of "wet dog smell", but after a 2-hr soak in hand soap, and lathering up the brush with Sterling soap, then leaving to rest overnight... it's incredibly soft and the bristles have "bloomed" perfectly with ZERO smell.
Despite my commentary on the differences between the synthetic, I don't think I'll be going back to it. The badger is now my number one brush, and I will use it for years to come. Lan on 15th Feb 2017
This is a great brush. Also, it is a inexpensive way to try a fan shaped brush without breaking the bank. I really enjoy using this brush for face lathering. bk on 29th Jan 2017
I bought this brush to compliment the 26mm finest badger brush also from Stirling. I REALLY like that brush a lot. I wanted to try the fan brush design on this brush. I honestly don't see or feel much difference between this brush and the 26mm. I don't notice any different shape to the knot in this brush. Don't get me wrong, I love the size, feel and especially the lathering of this brush. Just not different enough to justify having both brushes (other than more is better, of course!). As a matter of personal preference, I like the handle on the 26mm better too. This one just feels a tad awkward in my hand. All of these things are small quibbles with this brush. This is a really good brush-especially for the price! Reed on 27th Jan 2017
I can't add anything that hasn't already been said. This is a great brush at a great price. Stirling keeps on knocking it out of the park. Unknown on 6th Jan 2017
One of the things on my Christmas. Very happy when I opened it. Great brush the fan Knot works really well. Very soft with nice backbone. I really like the way this brush releases lather. It's top of my rotation now. Get it you won't regret it. I have other more expensive badger brushes, I like this one the best. Great for face lathering. Unknown on 29th Dec 2016
I own or have owned several top badger brushes (M&F, Paladin, VL Epsilon, Rooney, Shavemac, Declaration) and this brush holds its own with brushes 3 or 4 times the price. The new handle is more solid than those on the previous Stirling brushes. The knot is medium dense, has very soft tips, and releases lather well. When I got the first Stirling 24mm bulb, I did it on a whim and was impressed to find a brush that would be considered good regardless of the price. The fan is even better. Alex on 28th Dec 2016
Setting aside the beauty of the brush since that can be plainly seen in the photos, I must say that this brush has blown away all of the other brushes in my collection. The size of the handle makes it very easy to control and maneuver around the face and the knot holds enough soap for 3 full shaves, let alone 3 passes and a clean up. This brush feels like your using a $100 or $200 brush. Cisco Garcia on 27th Dec 2016