Poll: What Simpson brush should I buy?
Chubby 2 in best (forget your budget!)
Classic 2 best Chubby 1 best Duke 3 best Colonel X2L best Other
 02-09-2013, 02:02 PM
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I'd like to seek some advice from you gentlemen on what Simpson brush I should buy. I don't buy a ton of brushes so this will probably be the only Simpson I will own (well, other than my Wee Scot).

The main thing I want is to have is the most classic looking, iconic Simpsons brush that says, "I am the epitome of a traditional English shaving brush." I think most people would say get a Chubby 2 or 3, but that's mostly out of my budget. I may be talked into a Chubby 2 in best badger, but that's really pushing it. My budget is more like $100-150

I have a few small brushes already, so I want as big and dense as my budget allows. I want a decent sized soft knot, but I don't need a specific size or characteristic of knot as frankly I'm mostly interested in how it looks on display. As far as badger type, from what I can tell my budget won't allow for super badger on any of the brushes I'm thinking of, so it will probably default to best.

In case the poll gives problems, here are the brushes I'm thinking of:
  • Chubby 2 in best (forget my budget!)
  • Classic 2 in best
  • Chubby 1
  • Duke 3 in best
  • Colonel X2L in best
  • Other

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 02-09-2013, 02:49 PM
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  • Teiste
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I will go first , for the Duke 3 (so far , the best Simpson brush I have tried , and I have owned 4 of them...) or a Simpson Colonel.After those two , a Classic 1 or 2 , and finally , the Chubby.

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 02-09-2013, 05:32 PM
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I vote for Duke 3 also. Just an outstanding brush.

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 02-09-2013, 05:37 PM
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If I recall correctly, Gary Young uses a CH2 in Super on a daily basis, a majority of men in the Simpson family use/used a CH2 in best and traveled with a WS (Gary's father and grandfather used a Duke 2 in best, I believe) and the family felt the best brushes were the Duke, Chubby and Wee Scot.

Therefore, if I were you, I would get a Chubby or Duke in best, hand-picked...probably a CH2. If not that, then a Duke 3.

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 02-09-2013, 05:45 PM
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  • Teiste
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(02-09-2013, 05:37 PM)kentclark Wrote: If I recall correctly, Gary Young uses a CH2 in Super on a daily basis, a majority of men in the Simpson family use/used a CH2 in best and traveled with a WS (Gary's father and grandfather used a Duke 2 in best, I believe) and the family felt the best brushes were the Duke, Chubby and Wee Scot.

Therefore, if I were you, I would get a Chubby or Duke in best, hand-picked...probably a CH2. If not that, then a Duke 3.

Yes , I remember reading Mr Gary Young's post about what brushes the male members of his family used daily , and the Chubby 2 was the winner ,since most of them use that one , in best , for what I can recall.What I dont remember if they did bowl or face lathering...

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 02-09-2013, 06:01 PM
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  • ben74
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I voted for the Duke 3.

Great brush IMHO.

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 02-09-2013, 06:08 PM
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  • Johnny
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I cast my vote for the Duke 3. Why? Because I want one.

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 02-09-2013, 06:13 PM
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  • tgutc
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I voted for the Classic 2. Mostly because that's the one I want to buy. I have a Duke 3 in Best and it's a great brush though.

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 02-09-2013, 06:58 PM
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  • Shaun
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Duke 3

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 02-09-2013, 07:41 PM
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Wow, so far it's the Duke in a landslide. I'm kind of relieved as I sort of thought I was going to end up being talked into spending extra money that I shouldn't on the Chubby.

Unless the poll drastically changes in the next day or two, I think I'll be ordering a Duke early next week.

Thanks to all for your input thus far.

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 02-09-2013, 07:48 PM
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I voted Duke 3 as well, I have the 2 and it's made me want the 3 for my next purchase. The Dukes are an excellent series, I find the Chubbies a little too dense to enjoy on a daily basis.

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 02-09-2013, 08:33 PM
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  • hon
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Duke 3 for me.
Best Selling Simpsons, a Classic Workhorse.

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 02-09-2013, 08:34 PM
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i would go with the Chubby 2 for the luxury of that great wall of badger on your face!

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 02-09-2013, 08:38 PM
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I voted for the duke 3 in best. It is a classic Simpson brush that is decent sized and über dense, and of course is within your budget.

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 02-09-2013, 09:24 PM
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  • Edson
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I voted for a Chubby 2 best. If you are going to own 1 Simpsons and want a big dense brush, then this is the cream of the crop. I am so mad that I sold mine and will look myself to get another at some point.

Don't get me wrong, the Duke 3 is an outstanding all around brush. I own one myself and would probably not part with it. That said, to me at least, it is on the small side of things and less dense than Simpsons other offerings.

Keep an eye on BST as used Chubby 2 bests I've seen run around $125, which is in your budget if you are patient.

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 02-10-2013, 08:11 AM
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Norm, I'm not going to vote and suggest if you are looking to possibly push into the the "Chubby" price range, you look at a Tulip 3 or 4, if it is the display WOW factor your after this one will do it, also the performance is right up there with any Simpson prush produced. If you dont have some idea of what a "Cubby" will feel like it may be dissapointing when you get it in your hands. I have 19 Simpson's and the "Chubby" is my least favorite, it really is a packed large knot.

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 02-10-2013, 09:54 AM
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Duke 3

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 02-10-2013, 10:04 AM
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(02-10-2013, 08:11 AM)Slim-65 Wrote: Norm, I'm not going to vote and suggest if you are looking to possibly push into the the "Chubby" price range, you look at a Tulip 3 or 4, if it is the display WOW factor your after this one will do it, also the performance is right up there with any Simpson prush produced. If you dont have some idea of what a "Cubby" will feel like it may be dissapointing when you get it in your hands. I have 19 Simpson's and the "Chubby" is my least favorite, it really is a packed large knot.

Good suggestion as I love the look of the Tulip, but it looks like the 3 and 4 is probably out of the range of what I feel comfortable spending unless I find a killer deal in the b/s/t.

Really, the Chubby 2 is more than I want to spend as well. I would only have considered that brush if the overwhelming majority voted that I have to find a way to spend the extra money to have it.

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 02-10-2013, 10:55 AM
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Norm, I see, well then, the Duke 3 would be your ticket then as many have already said. The only thing that would be missing is that WOW on display factor you mentioned, but a great brush the D3 is.

The D3 second slelf up, second brush from the right.

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 02-10-2013, 11:33 AM
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  • Johnny
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Marty, nice collection of Simpsons you have there. Very nicely displayed.

The Plissons are not bad either.Smile

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