As a beardsman with a medium length beard (usually maintained at 4 months of growth, maybe 6 months in the winter), a good comb is an essential component of my grooming arsenal. I also, prefer a comb that fits in my pocket, so I can deal with any rogue hairs that may pop up over the course of the day. I've been through a few combs at this point; a few cheapies and one quality comb (a kent, pocket comb), which I lost during a recent business. I decided to pick up a wooden comb, as the replacement, since I've heard good things about them.
After a bit of research, I settled on Big Red Beard Combs, a small company run out of British Columbia, Canada by a married couple; the husband is the craftsmen, while the wife is behind the design and marketing presence. Big Red provides combs, obviously, but also other beard care products, such as oils, waxes, and balms. The website is really slick, and everything is presented really well, to the point where I had to hold myself back from dropping a ton of cash on everything they had to offer.
There is a large variety of combs, catering to beards large and small, and crafted from various types of wood (maple, teak, walnut, cherry, etc.). After much deliberation, I decided on the Big Red No. 9, made from teak. The No. 9 is designed for longer beards and has thicker teeth, with wider spacing between them.
My comb shipped the day after I placed my order, and it arrived at my door three days later. I live in Canada, so international shipping would likely take longer.
I was pleasantly surprised by the packaging on this product - very unique and aesthetically pleasing. Opening it was like unwrapping a gift; I've never been so excited to open the packaging of a comb.
The comb itself looks incredibly slick. It's rugged and sturdy, yet smooth to the touch. Big Red combs come in various sizes, depending on the number you choose (i.e. No. 3, 5, 7, or 9). While I can't speak to the others, the No. 9 fits perfectly in the palm of my hand, and it's just the right size for my pocket.
All this is well and good, but how does the comb actually perform? Is there any static or tugging, does it untangle a gnarly beard and help disperse beard oil? Unlike a plastic comb, there is no static whatsoever when I run it through my beard. And is it smooth? Hell yes it is! The comb glides through my beard like a hot knife cutting butter, while also dispersing my homemade beard oil quite nicely. I was a bit weary of how the No. 9, with the thicker teeth with wider spacing, would handle my epic moustache. It does a serviceable job, but I could have benefited with narrower teeth here. In that regard, Big Red has a comb, The Hardwood Blade, with No. 7 teeth one side and No. 9 teeth on the other; this would probably suit me perfectly, but it looked a bit too big for my pocket.
The No. 9 is the best beard comb I've used by far. At $21.99 CDN (not including shipping), it's a bit pricey. That being said, you pay for what you get, which in this case is a beautifully crafted comb that will leave your beard looking and feeling awesome.
Grade = 8.5 of 10