The Bluebeards Revenge Corsair Shaving Brush
Based on a traditional best-selling handle shape, the Corsair brush is an upgraded model customized by Progress Vulfix specifically for Bluebeards Revenge. The handle design was previously marketed under the name “Buccaneer” and filled with a good quality pure badger hair, which made it a great choice for wet shavers seeking an affordable and comfortably sized brush with a quality lathe-turned and polished handle. The Corsair, however, is knotted with super badger grade hair that Vulfix is well known for using in some of their best shaving brushes. In addition to the upgraded hair type, the brush is also loaded with 20% more hair to create a knot that has a stiffer feeling and more density for water retention and lathering capability.
Since I have several Vulfix Old Original brushes in my collection, I am familiar with their characteristics. Vulfix brushes are softer than and not as stiff as other brands, such as Simpsons (which is also made by Vulfix). They are well made and are well known for their quality and durability, and the Corsair is not an exception to these standards. Unlike the standard Vulfix models, the added badger hair gives it denser feel that is immediately noticeable upon first inspection. The loft of the brush is perfectly uniform in coloring with an attractive three-band color pattern and a nice shape that is symmetrical and not overly bulbous. The handle of the brush is made of a quality faux ivory material and is polished to a nice shine and stamped with the Bluebeards Revenge logo in blue.
I tested the Corsair on both creams and hard soaps and found it to be useful for almost any product. When submerged in water, the brush absorbs an impressive amount of water and infuses it effortlessly with any quality shaving cream to create a rich and voluminous lather. Despite the softer characteristics of the fine super badger hair, the Corsair easily loads with shaving soaps and is great at producing quality lather directly on the face. The tips of the badger hair feel soft on the skin and combine well with the added backbone of the brush to create an ideal balance of density and comfort, which is heavily favored by many experienced wet shavers. The Corsair is not a firm brush but rather a soft and luxurious brush with a full density that gently massages the face and easily releases the lather on to the skin where you need it rather than holding it in the brush’s core like some overly stiff brushes tend to do.
The Bluebeards Revenge Corsair Shaving Brush is a very well made piece and is filled with quality super badger hair. While some wet shavers often overlook Vulfix brushes because of their tendency to be softer and less densely knotted than other popular brands, the Bluebeards Revenge Corsair should not be thrown overboard. It is dwarfed by Simpsons Polo, but “real men” know that it is not just the size that matters. This brush has an outstanding density and lathering capability packed into a comfortable size format that will appeal to a wide range of wet shavers.