Vintage brushes - are they worth the investment ?

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Hi all, looking to buy a vintage brush to accompany Slim in b'day kit.
Preferring UK and European makers, and not that keen on the USA rubberset because they look like long lanky sweepers with no backbone but there must be a reason these were so popular.
- Are vintage brushes worth it?
- Do they tend to be past expiry date and need a new knot?
- How do the long haired rubbersets perform?
Prefer utility over nostalgia
 

Mark1966

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I *might* have a few vintage (butterscotch) brushes I use pretty regularly -



The Culmak, far left is reknotted in a TGN finest, the Simpson at far right is reknotted by them in 'Pure' (I figured the pure marking on the brush was a grade, it wasn't, so used their basic pure badger in the reknot but it has broken in for softness)

The rest are as purchased. I can get a decent lather out of all of them BUT they tend to be smaller brushes and not the 30mm or even 26mm brushes you see now.

The uncommon boar, second from the left, is clearly a lot less of a knot that a new one would be but I use it as it is so soft. I have other vintage brushes that I don't use regularly and would get reknotted before using, except for my "nano" Wee Scott which is tiny but usable.

I would not bother with a rubberset unless it was reknotted - having had them in hand they are not great. I have seen reknotted ones though which look fantastic.

It will depend on the brush what you need to do.
 
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Thanks Mark, lovely looking collection.
Can brushes be dated accurately? I would really like a 66' birth year one to match the Slim.
 

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I have a Vintage Hoffritz, paid $350 USD I believe(?) via a 'General' hookup a year or two back. Its immaculate and worth every single cent, it is sublime. Its a very early Chubby 3, but man it has such lines and natural age.
 

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Thanks Mark, lovely looking collection.
Can brushes be dated accurately? I would really like a 66' birth year one to match the Slim.
I don't think so unfortunately. You can get from the era but that is about it.
 

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I have a Vintage Hoffritz, paid $350 USD I believe(?) via a 'General' hookup a year or two back. Its immaculate and worth every single cent, it is sublime. Its a very early Chubby 3, but man it has such lines and natural age.
That was, is, an exceptional brush.

You will pay reasonable $$$ for a brush like that which I believe will be the equal of any new one. There is a lot of rubbish vintage brushes around and these quality are harder to fine and priced accordingly.
 

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That was, is, an exceptional brush.

You will pay reasonable $$$ for a brush like that which I believe will be the equal of any new one. There is a lot of rubbish vintage brushes around and these quality are harder to fine and priced accordingly.
Strongly agree with all of this, once in a blue moon someone may let something really special go, when that happens you need to have $310 USD or so to hand and absolutely no hesitation as they are becoming harder and harder to come by, especially in good condition. I have not looked recently, but I suspect brushes like the Hoffritz, in that condition would go for a lot more, especially to collectors. I bought it to preserve it as it is just such a beautiful brush and its not something to me now, I consider in terms of its monetary worth - I just like looking at the damm thing!

Hi @todras, I stumbled across this thread while researching. Did you end up getting them re-knotted

https://paste-and-cut.com.au/commun...tting-vintage-simpson-brushes.2943/post-74644
Anyway, here is my beauty from the original sale, it has remained cased and gets used once a year, I owe obtaining this brush to @Mark1966 and will be forever grateful. Since that day I have spoken to a number of top tier brush makers (including Mark from Simpsons) who have all said the same thing, keep that knot in the brush, it is impeccable and needs preserving so the answer is no, it will remain untouched. It is a massive brush too, the knot itself (for its age) is enormous as is the handle. :)

 

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Strongly agree with all of this, once in a blue moon someone may let something really special go, when that happens you need to have $310 USD or so to hand and absolutely no hesitation as they are becoming harder and harder to come by, especially in good condition. I have not looked recently, but I suspect brushes like the Hoffritz, in that condition would go for a lot more, especially to collectors. I bought it to preserve it as it is just such a beautiful brush.

Anyway, here is my beauty from the original sale, it has remained cased and gets used once a year, I owe obtaining this brush to @Mark1966 and will be forever grateful. Since that day I have spoken to a number of top tier brush makers who have all said the same thing, keep that knot in the brush, it is impeccable and needs preserving :)

That bulb looks very sexy in the vintage butterscotch handle
 
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I have found that great vintage handle more than likely deserve great new brush knots. Old hair and other knots are not much fun! Whatever floats your boat, but I lean towards Exceptional badger hair re-knots! I love the way those old "special" handles turn out with famous new knots? BUT, I also know that shaving brushes are utilitarian tools and modern handles with the same Exceptional brush knots are really great. It's all about what exactly floats your boat!!! Some like modern Art. Some like the old Masters. That's life!
 
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