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Thread: Vie Long White Badger Brushes

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    It is rumored that the white badger in the Vie Long brushes is the same that Plisson uses. Is there anybody here that has used both and can substantiate this claim? If it is true, then either the Vie Long is an outrageous value, or the Plisson is outrageously priced -- or a little of both.

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    Well, we already know Plisson's are very very expensive for what you get however I would be very surprised if the Vie Long were the same stuff.
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    Fido's Shaving Brush Blog: Vie - Long 16510 Silvertip Badger


    Fido's Shaving Brush Blog: Plisson High Mountain White


    Despite the claim on the web site I bought the Vie Long from, the hair is not the same as the Plisson.

    Not that it bothered me.
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    I think you may have misquoted the merchant. It is not claimed to be the same, but is compared favorably with Plisson's badger hair brushes. Similar is not to be read as the same.

    The following is the merchant's advertising copy that describes the Vie-Long white badger shaving brush:

    "Their White Badger shaving brushes use an ultra premium grade of badger hair that has been compared favorably to the European White Badger hair used by a certain well known French company.

    The Vie-Long 16510 is a very soft and luxurious brush that is perfect for those who like to bowl lather creams."
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    Certainly, more goes into making a brush what it is than just hair grade, which we all know is meaningless because every company grades their hair differently. How many distributors could there be for white badger hair? Is it impossible to think that Plisson and Vie Long acquire their hair from the same suppliers? And if they did, do you think Plisson would want that to be known? Obviously a Vie Long is not a Plisson, but I don't think it's unreasonable believe that they obtain their hair from the same supplier.

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    hmmm..reminds me of that post..$8 vs $8000 shaving brush..any difference?
    (something like that)
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    I think everyone wants to beleive there is some ultimate bargin out there.

    This has nothing to do with brushes however many years ago I happened to be at a very well known manufacturer of metal watchbands. This was back in the 1970s and most of their bands sold for maybe ten bucks or so. I noticed a group working in a caged off area and asked him what they were doing. He said he had the contract to supply Rolex with bands. I asked him what the difference was. He showed me both. The only difference was the clasp was a tad heavier and he used stainless pins to keep the links together where he used chrome plated steel in his regular line. There were no other differences. So let's see ten bucks for his band and $150 for the Rolex.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fido View Post
    Despite the claim on the web site I bought the Vie Long from, the hair is not the same as the Plisson.

    Not that it bothered me.
    On the contrary, it sounds as if you did not care for the Vie Long at all.

    As for it being an "expensive novelty", I think that same statement can be applied to many of the brushes (and soaps, creams, and after shaves for that matter) that are on the market today.

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    A magnificent brush.
    I say.

    Thanks also to an equally magnificent handmade product, the foam today was a yogurt.
    Dense and creamy that not even in Greece have it.


    Sweetness, sweetness, sweetness.
    This Vielong Ediciˇn Especial 2019 Foro Afeitado HMW Silvertip 24x52x110mm on the skin is a cloud.
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