Ok, forget what I suggested yesterday.  This is a great Secret Santa gift.  It’s the F.S.C. Barber Horn Shave Brush.


It is made from simulation horn with a high shine and uses high quality best badger.


I know tons of guys that are into authentic clothing and getting their hair cut at vintage looking barber shops.  In fact, Scott gets his hair cut at F.S.C. Barber.  This shaving brush is perfect for him when he’s doing a little trim or touch up at home.


I figured it out. This post is going live rebuttal free.





Sorry Justin, I peeked at the draft again.


I love the idea, thank you very much.  I see these all over the place and I think it’s one of the most beautiful objects available to men today.  However, to use it to its full potential, I feel like I’d have to grow some 1864 handlebar mustache and mutton chops.  And if you remember my Nirvana goatee of ’94, then you’ll know that’s not a good option.


I don’t want to be a pain, but are there any other options?


I promise I won’t peek again.




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  1. Gian Luca M

    December 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    …good idea….

    Gian Luca M


  2. Leesee

    December 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Ha! Justin is trying hard…regard Scott’s peculiarities.

    Spare the badger!

    • Justin | The Sartorialist

      December 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      Ha! I almost laughed aloud when I saw your comment.



      • sylie

        December 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm

        aaah poor justin.. you must be miffed! :P:P but it also means you give us more gift ideas!

      • martin

        December 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm

        Send it to me, Justin. It’s exactly what I need. I’ll email my address.

  3. Reptilia

    December 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    My dad has a similiar one!! Love it! He loves this things!



  4. Gian Luca M

    December 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    was about a year ago … I was sitting in a bar in the center of Turin … while I was eating lunch I was reading a magazine about a very famous blogger, Scott Schuman, with his thesartorialist …
    finished lunch, as soon as I sat down in front of the pc I logged on to thesartorialist …
    from that day on a piece of my life has changed for the better since then … at least once a day I logged on to your blog … but above all I was struck by the story of Scott and his epilogue for me … a lesson of life, hope, passion and energy …
    it was a great Christmas present …thanks…

    Gian Luca M


    • Justin | The Sartorialist

      December 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Hi Gian Luca,

      Your comment just sent a chill down the spine. I really love getting the opportunity to read comments from loyal supporters like yourself. I’m sure Scott shares the sentiment.



    • Gian Luca M

      December 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      It is an honor for me … really, it’s complicated to explain, but I owe a lot to this blog
      a greeting…

      Gian Luca M


  5. http://anna-and-klaudia.blogspot.com/

    December 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Great gift ;)

  6. Ariel

    December 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Ok, Ok, Ok, is this for real? Or are we all being punked? Are Scott and (…scrolling up) Justin really sorting post and gift ideas on a live post? Or is this a cheesy way of marketing more product? Probably the latter…Either way, I’m confused. Scott, let the man do his job! (I think)

  7. Theresa

    December 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    This dialogue is making me chuckle.

  8. Justin | The Sartorialist

    December 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Ariel,

    We are exchanging a little playful banter. We wanted to shed some light on the reality of the situation…there are so many gifts seem like a great idea, but then they go to waste in a man’s sock drawer. This is us trying to find our way to the ultimate gift!



  9. Celeste

    December 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    It’s not just people who have epic mustaches who should use these things.

    My dad – a British gentleman born before WWII – refuses to shave with anything else. He’s always clean-shaven. The badger’s hair brushes can be used simply to get a closer shave by whipping shaving soap (or frankly, normal soap) into a very fine froth, as opposed to using a chemical-y shaving cream. Using a badger’s hair brush is the only way to get this kind of foam. Using shaving soap is also less harsh on your skin as well.

    • Passerina

      December 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      I agree! I bought a badger hair brush as a gift for my boyfriend several years ago (along with a pot of Trumper’s shaving cream) and he has used it ever since! He has very thick, dark hair. Using the brush has greatly improved the closeness and smoothness of his shave. It doesn’t take much longer than using shaving cream out of a can, either. He’s a clean-shaven guy in his twenties … these brushes are definitely not just for mustachioed old men!

  10. Anthony

    December 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    What’s going on between Scott and Justin? Are these playful endorsements?

    • Justin | The Sartorialist

      December 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Anthony,

      No endorsements here. Scott is hunting the amazing street style personalities, and I’m in the street trying to find cool items and things that I think people will appreciate. We’re both just focusing on the things we enjoy!



      • Anthony

        December 12, 2012 at 12:04 am

        Thanks for the reply. Then carry on enjoying, because it’s lots of fun.

  11. Sha

    December 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Am loving these Santa series!

    • Justin | The Sartorialist

      December 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Oh great, so happy to hear!



  12. Tom Bop

    December 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    try this instead….it’s not simulated anything- real briar, and highest grade Manchurian badger hair. I’d like one, but I’m too Irish…haha


  13. Kimberly

    December 11, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I for one am enjoying this playful banter and the great ideas-with the realities attached!

  14. baldmountain

    December 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Got one. Got some shave soap, and even with a junk plastic razor, a wet shave is the closest shave I ever had. My family got me some good shave cream from “The Art of the Shave” and it’s even more pleasant. Considering a Merkur long handle safety razor to go the full wet shave experience. If you are still using shave goo or foam, consider looking up “wet shave” on youtube and see what you are missing.

  15. Yvonne Förster-Beuthan

    December 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    For more beautiful stuff (barber products and really exotic scents sold by funny guys) see this awesome shop in Berlin:


  16. Katie Jane

    December 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I absolutely love The Sartorialist. SO much. I can honestly say that whenever I go out now I always make sure that I look my best just IN CASE you guys happen to be in my city.
    Is that pathetic? Maybe. Oh well.
    A girl can dream.
    Katie Jane

  17. Leo

    December 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Just received a shave brush as a gift. Anyone who shaves will benefit from the brush, regardless of ‘stache status see Celeste’s post. It feels good to lather up and makes the morning shave so much better. Happy hunting, Justin.

  18. Laura

    December 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Love these gift ideas and I think the conversation part of it is so funny… any ideas for women?

  19. Denisa

    December 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Really great idea like a presnet. Nice day.


  20. Stuart

    December 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I’ve been a safety-razor and brush shaver for 3 1/2 years now, it’s the best way to shave! Much more comfortable, and the blades are far cheaper – $2 for 5 blades in my case. I alternate between a Merkur razor and an antique Gilllette one with gold plate, both are excellent. Here in Vancouver there’s an excellent men’s grooming shop, Momentum Grooming, with lots of fine products and a full-service barber shop as well.

  21. Kate

    December 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Justin, these posts are golden! Never mind Scott, do you fancy coming to Ireland and doing my Secret Santa shopping? My dad is proving a total nightmare to buy for…gahhh.

    • Justin | The Sartorialist

      December 11, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Hi Kate,

      I would love to! I just need to find a way over there that’s affordable haha.



      • Kate

        December 13, 2012 at 9:38 am

        Easy – just tell Scott that some flight tickets are what’s on your Christmas list!

  22. Caroline

    December 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Scott, take the gift! I bought a similar one for my husband and he loves it. No handlebar ‘stache, thank goodness!

    • Justin | The Sartorialist

      December 11, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      Hi Caroline,

      Thanks for taking my side! I knew I’d find some supporters for this gift.



  23. Lesley

    December 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Justin – My Dad used one of these brushes and loved it. You have to drop stronger hints to Scott so he gets you one… or talk to Garance?

    • Justin | The Sartorialist

      December 11, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      At some point, we will have to show you a picture of me. I have a huge beard….my friends like to compare me to Rick Ross (rapper) or James Harden (basketball player). Haha! No need for one yet, but one day!



      • Lesley

        December 12, 2012 at 6:46 am

        Hi Justin
        I can understand a guy wearing a beard in winter for extra insulation but don’t you get hot in summer?
        When you are ready to let the beard go then you will appreciate shaving with a shaving brush + shaving soap (and a razor of course). Dad always said that it was easier on the skin than using shaving foam and hey it’s more enviromentally friendly than using an aerosol? Not sure about how they collect the bristles for the brush but you tend to have only one brush for life. They are that good!
        Enjoy your day and maybe you will have to step out from behind the camera so when can see the bread?

  24. Rose

    December 11, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I think you’ve just started an interesting series. I enjoy this banter! Keep it going.

  25. Susu

    December 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I don’t know about the rest of you guys, but I really, really hope Scott peeks at the next one!

  26. Angela

    December 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Hahaha!! I love the rebuttals. Don’t know if you guys are doing this on purpose but it’s fantastic!

  27. Helen

    December 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I agree with Caroline – bought my husband one, and he’s not gone back since – it’s super easy to use and he didn’t have any fancy facial hair (he’s since grown a very modest beard, and still uses it to keep the edges looking clean.) Just make sure to store it in the hanging stand that it comes with not the way it’s pictured – much more hygienic that way.

    Justin – I suggest you find Scott a lovely lump of coal, since clearly that’s what he’s asking for : )

  28. Abigail Bobo

    December 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Can I just say that I love this conversation.

  29. Suzanne Nelson

    December 11, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I’m enjoying this! Justin, you’re clearly a sweet and thoughtful person, keep trying! If Scott the 94 Nirvana goatee grinch won’t give you a Christmas bonus I’m sure Santa will…

    • Justin | The Sartorialist

      December 11, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      Aww, thank you!



  30. Erik R

    December 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    i think I’m following some other comments, but the Badger hair is sourced from China who breed these poor creatures with their usual sense of humanity.

    • Justin | The Sartorialist

      December 12, 2012 at 12:01 am

      Hi Erik,

      I’m not sure this product is made in China; however, I am sure that by way of Edwin Jagger, the product is constructed using sustainable ingredients, including the badger hair.




      • Erik R

        December 13, 2012 at 9:22 pm

        Hi and thanks.
        Just to inform you (not to criticize, but just so we’re all well infromed) virtually all commercial badger hair comes from mainland China, which supplies knots of hair in various grades to brush makers in both China and Europe. You can check various sources to confirm. This. A sustainable badger is one that you can kill and breed again. But that isn’t the point, I’m not against killing animals, but you cannot trust the systems in place in China that they are treated humanely.

  31. LP

    December 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I’m a woman and I use a shaving brush! Ladies shave a lot more real estate than men and we can appreciate nice shaving things, too. Using a brush and saving soap is way more economical. I have a thing of Valobra that I bought over a year ago that is still nowhere near empty.

  32. David

    December 11, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    This banter is hilarious. I love these posts and I think they’re a great idea for all the people shopping for the sartorialists in their life, but please to ruin the site with endorsements and promotions. Just look at what has happened to facebook…

    • Justin | The Sartorialist

      December 12, 2012 at 12:03 am

      Hi David,

      I’m glad you like the banter. I can assure you there are no endorsements or promotions. The only revenue source on the site our the ads at the top and side that are wholly separate from the content of the blog. We take pride in making sure we are presenting you with our own genuine ideas; it’s more fun that way! No button pushers here!



      • David

        December 12, 2012 at 9:22 am

        Thanks for the response Justin! Love the site and I’m glad to see you all are running it with some integrity . I also noticed I made a typo…”please don’t ruin”is what it should read. Thanks again!

  33. justoutwalkin

    December 11, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Have used a shaving brush since I was 16. Recommend it highly. Enjoy pics & comments in Sartorialist.

  34. Rebecca

    December 11, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    This Justin guy is funny. I like his presence on the blog because it makes it that much more personable. I like the feedback and discussion. It makes things all the more lively.

  35. mts1

    December 11, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I read an article about the use of shaving soap, and it inspired me to get a “kit” with a badger hair brush, cup, and soap medallion. I also got a “Mach 3″ razor to go along with raising my shaving from disposable razors and discount can foam to something more serious. Both have taken shaving to a new height.

    I’ll warm water on the stove and put most into a cup (not the one holding the soap), and wet a washcloth with the rest. The washcloth warms and softens my face and stubble, while I soak the brush a couple of minutes in the cup. I then whip the warmed brush on the soap until it gets nice and full with melted soap. I pour any water out of the soap cup so the soap doesn’t dissolve prematurely. I lather by brushing across and lightly pushing up against the grain to get it all set nicely. I shave with the grain (down), then reapply (no need to re-whip the soap; the brush holds a nice amount) so I can give it the against the grain finish.

    There must be a moisturizer in the soap, since my face, which is usually tight and dry after shaving, remains supple and soft. I have sensitive skin that chafes and nicks easily, and I’ve done well with no trouble since I went to soap. The soap’s emblem is still a bit visible, so after two months of weekly use, hardly any soap got used, so I expect it to last long enough to cost about the same as a cheaper can of foam, so I don’t see it as expensive.

    My shave is so close you’d think I used a depilatory, it lasts for two days before showing stubble, and electric razor shaving takes good care of things until the weekend. And it only add a couple of minutes to the job. I recommend it, and wish it goes well for you, too!

  36. RazoRock_Joe

    December 12, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Interesting! I’ve been following Scott’s blog for a while and this is actually what I do for a living (sell fine toiletries).

    I think it’s a great gift idea; it’s hard to beat a morning shave with a fine shaving brush, shaving soap and classic safety razor!

    –Joseph, ItalianBarber.com

  37. JOHN

    December 12, 2012 at 2:50 am

    I have been using such a brush for five years. It is a really perfect item for shaving. Once you begin using it, you never turn back…

  38. A.

    December 12, 2012 at 4:38 am

    This is like shopping for my husband. He is so very particular sometimes that it is exhausting. And he knows it…but bless his heart i think he tries not to be, but he really cant help it…. so its almost hilarious. Almost..

  39. tessarin

    December 12, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Am I the only one that is wondering what Scoot is going to give Justin for this Secret Santa??


  40. Trinity

    December 12, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Seriously!? This guy is trying so hard!! It’s good manners to be gracious….and that never goes out of style.

  41. Rinchen

    December 12, 2012 at 9:23 am

    stop peeking, Scott

  42. willa

    December 12, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I agree with Trinity!

  43. melanie

    December 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    dear justin and scott – aside from the hilarious dialogue between you two for these posts, it is so lovely to witness (in small part) what is clearly an excellent relationship between the two of you. and i’m always glad to be educated by sartorial genius, which means i check your wonderful page daily. thanks for all of the creativity and hard work, and all the best to the sartorialist team for the holidays :)

  44. Virginia L

    December 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    A l’ ancienne, la classe!

    • Sevan

      December 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      Exactement !

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