CarefulBuilder14 wrote:The Parker Silvertip brush was nothing special. I compared it briefly to the Escali brush and Parker was only slightly better. I now know there is a lot of variability in quality, and I would definitely have to inspect any brush in person before spending that much on one again. Then again, maybe the Escali was just an especially nice Pure brush.
lobbythis wrote:The brushes I still don't fully understand. I use a $30 Parker that I compared with a $60 NY Shave Company and the Parker feels softer.
It's all about what you're specifically looking for from a brush and you develop that over time with experience with brushes. The price tag isn't relevant aside from your budget. Like many other products, don't just assume that more $$ means better.
CarefulBuilder14 wrote:For how many shaves do you keep each blade before replacing it?
You have to assess this yourself based on how the blade works. Replace when it needs replacing. Beards aren't all the same so blades dull at different times for different people. I replace my Feathers about once a week as that's the point where they start to change for me.
CarefulBuilder14 wrote:I am starting to find the Parker Silvertip is a bit better than the Escali Pure. Still, I'm sure there must be better Silvertip brushes than Parker, and worse Pure brushes than Escali.
Instead of thinking of every brush on a one-dimensional spectrum from best to worst start considering specific properties that you like and dislike about the brushes. Odds are you're never going to be able to experience every brush available in person before buying. In any case, even if you could, experiencing a brush on a store shelf isn't the same as shaving with the brush. Consider things such as the softness of the tips, the backbone of the bristles, the diameter of the knot, the size of the head of the brush, the loft of the bristles, etc. It's from knowing what you like and dislike about these things that you can discuss future brush purchases with others to help to determine what future purchase might suit you best.