Funny you should mention that! I have this cheapy brush ($3 from discount store) which has bristles and wire on either side, Charlie doesn't stay still for long enough the brush's very big and clumsy, and he tries to chew on it. It also doesn't really get rid of much fur.
Yesterday i decided to spent a bit of money on a proper brush. A slicker brush. Charlie has short-medium length fur, and it is extremely thick and always malting! I used this on him, and he starts purring straight away, he'll curl up on the chair and let me work him over, no matter how many times i run it backwards and mess up his fur (and give him a mowhawk lol).
The lady who served me at the pet store asked me about Charlie, the brushes are meant for medium-long haired coats, but when i explained how thick and malting it was, she said it was fine. These slicker brushes are also ideal for cats with sensitive skin, the wires are extremely fine, and bent on an angle, it gets right to the skin without scratching.
I just found out they do sell the furminator in Oz, but the smallest brush was $60!! this slicker is $15 (smallest size) and is also used by groomers.
You should get one for your kitty. Instead of trying to bite it, Charlie closed his eyes and lifted his chin, and allowed me to rub backwards up his neck and chin!!! In fact he gets so content that if i stop he gives me one of those looks and follows me around the house till i start again