02-03-2013, 07:46 AM
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  • Teiste
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This is another case of an "all around" shaving brush , which an even more affordable price than a Simpson Duke 3 , but not as packed with badger hair , and less knot diameter.However , the Simpson Colonel 2XL in best badger is a very good shaving brush.

If you are looking for an extra firm backbone shaving brush , dont read further , or just order a custom Colonel 2XL , like the Bullgoose Shaving edition in two band badger hair : Simpson Colonel 2XL in super badger two band brush.

The Colonel is what we can consider a "traditional" British shaving brush ,if that makes sense.The most experienced folks over at SMF have considered this brush an excellent example of what a good made in UK shaving brush should be , and I think theyre very right about it.

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This brush have a knot over 21 mm (I will say 22.5) and a loft of around 47/48 mm , with a total height of around 107/108 mm.Its a medium , on the big size shaving brush.

What I truly like of this brush is its handle , and it must be one of the few cases where the current handle made by Progress/Vulfix is more elegant/stylish than the old Somerset handle.While is not the most ergonomic handle offered/made by Simpson , I can say that is very easy to hold , and since the handle its quiet tall , it can be perfectly used by people with XL hands.

Of course , as a good Simpson brush , the handle is very well finished , quiet sturdy and heavy.

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Its hair density is medium/high , not like some of the high models like a Duke 2 , but has more than a correct hair density.For its price , is very well packed with badger hair :

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And when I say that this brush is an all rounder brush , I mean that this brush is god for face and bowl lathering , and will tackle hard triple milled soaps , as well as shaving creams.

The hair of this brush is best badger hair , a very good quality 3 band badger hair , which Im still waiting for somebody who can tell me the difference between this badger hair and what other brush makers offer under the "silvertip" denomination.For me this is silvertip hair , maybe with not an extra white tips , but close enough , and the most important thing : theyre very soft ,with almost no scritch at all.

It has a good hair flexibility and its backbone its quiet right for the loft height and also the hair density.Not a mop at all , either very floppy , but on the soft backbone side.As I have pointed , if you are looking for an extra firm backbone shaving brush , this will not the one for you (better get a custom one) , but if you are looking for a brush which has the old standards of what a badger hair shaving brush should be , this is the one for you.
And with the advantage that you can use it to bowl lathering with no problems and face lathering , task that performs well , providing a pleasant experience.

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This is another case ( and I can count I dont even know how many now ) where I'm quiet satisfied with the performance of a Simpson shaving brush , and for its price , I can recommend it to people who are looking for a good intorductory shaving brush , or just for an affordable price "all rounder" one.

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 02-03-2013, 07:59 AM
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Thanks for the pics and the review, T Smile

Excellent pics as always Cool

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 02-03-2013, 08:12 AM
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Another fantastic review T.

I have two of these, one is super and one in super 2 band. I love them a lot.

I wish I had one from the Eshan run though. Those were some cool LE's.

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 02-03-2013, 08:26 AM
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(02-03-2013, 08:12 AM)Dipesh Wrote: Another fantastic review T.

I have two of these, one is super and one in super 2 band. I love them a lot.

I wish I had one from the Eshan run though. Those were some cool LE's.

Pictures of the super 3 band one , my friend...is it very densely packed? What are its knot and loft measures?

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 02-03-2013, 08:36 AM
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(02-03-2013, 08:26 AM)Teiste Wrote:
(02-03-2013, 08:12 AM)Dipesh Wrote: Another fantastic review T.

I have two of these, one is super and one in super 2 band. I love them a lot.

I wish I had one from the Eshan run though. Those were some cool LE's.

Pictures of the super 3 band one , my friend...is it very densely packed? What are its knot and loft measures?

Hi T, I'm just about to leave for London for work but I will get some pictures this Friday when I'm back.

The brush is an imitation ivory one, its around 22/47 from memory.

With regards to density, my old D2 in best had more hair but I have a twin with the X2L, a D2 in super and its similar in density.

I will take some pics of the two X2L's and the D2 in super so you can see.

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 02-03-2013, 08:42 AM
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(02-03-2013, 08:36 AM)Dipesh Wrote:
(02-03-2013, 08:26 AM)Teiste Wrote:
(02-03-2013, 08:12 AM)Dipesh Wrote: Another fantastic review T.

I have two of these, one is super and one in super 2 band. I love them a lot.

I wish I had one from the Eshan run though. Those were some cool LE's.

Pictures of the super 3 band one , my friend...is it very densely packed? What are its knot and loft measures?

Hi T, I'm just about to leave for London for work but I will get some pictures this Friday when I'm back.

The brush is an imitation ivory one, its around 22/47 from memory.

With regards to density, my old D2 in best had more hair but I have a twin with the X2L, a D2 in super and its similar in density.

I will take some pics of the two X2L's and the D2 in super so you can see.

Thank you , my friend.

Enjoy London ! I wish I could go there right now...

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 02-03-2013, 09:40 AM
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(02-03-2013, 08:12 AM)Dipesh Wrote: Another fantastic review T.

I have two of these, one is super and one in super 2 band. I love them a lot.

I wish I had one from the Eshan run though. Those were some cool LE's.


I've said this before, and I'll say it again here, in my humble opinion, the Colonel X2L in 2 band Super, The Ehsan, is for my purposes, the best brush ever produced. The size is right, the hair was right and the shape was right. I knew it right away, so I bought another.

If you ever see one for sale in a B/S/T/, buy it!

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 02-03-2013, 02:06 PM
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Teiste- have you ever used a TGN 2-band? If so I would be interested to see how the Simpson Col.2XL knot compares.

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 02-03-2013, 02:18 PM
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Thanks for the great review as always! Teiste, have you used the Commodore? If so, how would you compare this to the Commodore? Which has more backbone?

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 02-03-2013, 02:22 PM
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(02-03-2013, 02:18 PM)tgutc Wrote: Thanks for the great review as always! Teiste, have you used the Commodore? If so, how would you compare this to the Commodore? Which has more backbone?

I have used the X1 , which is a little bit smaller than the Colonel , but man , that was a great face lathering brush ! I regret selling it so much....This one is less dense , but more of an all rounder brush , something that I appreciate too.The Colonel has a better handle too , easier to hold , I will say.
Simpson Commodore X1 best badger brush.

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 02-03-2013, 02:25 PM
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(02-03-2013, 02:06 PM)BladeDE40 Wrote: Teiste- have you ever used a TGN 2-band? If so I would be interested to see how the Simpson Col.2XL knot compares.

Yes , I had.
Well the old TGN finest badger knots had very soft tipes (gel alike type) and a good backbome , but not as firm as the new ones , which has less softed tips , I will say.

I cant truly compare this best badger with the current TGN finest badger knots , since will be comparing an egg with an orange.I do prefer the Simpson best badger hair more than the current TGN two band knots.

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 02-03-2013, 02:32 PM
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I think even Mark himself has said the Colonel X2L is the best bang for the buck Simpson in the lineup. Trying to find the post but having no luck

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 02-03-2013, 02:49 PM
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Thanks for the review, Teiste!

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 02-03-2013, 03:32 PM
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Hi Teiste

Nice review of an interesting looking brush (tall, curvy and at the same time sleek looking handle), and the post-bloom looks excellent...

Take care, Mike

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 02-03-2013, 03:52 PM
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(02-03-2013, 02:25 PM)Teiste Wrote:
(02-03-2013, 02:06 PM)BladeDE40 Wrote: Teiste- have you ever used a TGN 2-band? If so I would be interested to see how the Simpson Col.2XL knot compares.

Yes , I had.
Well the old TGN finest badger knots had very soft tipes (gel alike type) and a good backbome , but not as firm as the new ones , which has less softed tips , I will say.

I cant truly compare this best badger with the current TGN finest badger knots , since will be comparing an egg with an orange.I do prefer the Simpson best badger hair more than the current TGN two band knots.

Fair enough. Thanks!

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 02-03-2013, 05:50 PM
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(02-03-2013, 02:32 PM)SteelTown Wrote: I think even Mark himself has said the Colonel X2L is the best bang for the buck Simpson in the lineup. Trying to find the post but having no luck

I already found it here.

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 02-03-2013, 07:15 PM
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I have a Colonel with a 44mm loft, and it truly does not look like the one above. It does not bloom, and feels almost gell-like on the tips. Definitely scrubby, and tends to hog lather.

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 02-03-2013, 08:14 PM
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(02-03-2013, 07:15 PM)john parker Wrote: I have a Colonel with a 44mm loft, and it truly does not look like the one above. It does not bloom, and feels almost gell-like on the tips. Definitely scrubby, and tends to hog lather.

Do you like it , John?

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 02-03-2013, 08:17 PM
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(02-03-2013, 08:14 PM)Teiste Wrote:
(02-03-2013, 07:15 PM)john parker Wrote: I have a Colonel with a 44mm loft, and it truly does not look like the one above. It does not bloom, and feels almost gell-like on the tips. Definitely scrubby, and tends to hog lather.

Do you like it , John?

It is okay, Teiste, but I like my Berkeley and Grosvenor LE much more. But the Colonel is part of the rotation so far.

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 02-03-2013, 08:21 PM
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(02-03-2013, 08:17 PM)john parker Wrote:
(02-03-2013, 08:14 PM)Teiste Wrote:
(02-03-2013, 07:15 PM)john parker Wrote: I have a Colonel with a 44mm loft, and it truly does not look like the one above. It does not bloom, and feels almost gell-like on the tips. Definitely scrubby, and tends to hog lather.

Do you like it , John?

It is okay, Teiste, but I like my Berkeley and Grosvenor LE much more. But the Colonel is part of the rotation so far.

Interesting , my friend.I think I like the Colonel better than the Berkeley.The Grosvenor LE is a great brush indeed.

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