Poll: Ever buy a brush based on handle alone?
 02-15-2013, 11:47 PM
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  • ben74
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Ever buy a brush based on handle alone?

It's not the smartest way to buy the perfect brush.
Obviously the knot end of a brush is the most important aspect...
But I just purchased this Omega, simply because I LOVE the handle!

   

   

   

I haven't used it yet.
The knot is soft, almost floppy.
I can't see this becoming one of my favoured brushes to use...
But is sure is pretty!

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 02-15-2013, 11:54 PM
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  • Shaun
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  • St Peters, NSW, Australia
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Simpson Duke 3 Butterscotch Somerset/Nimmer Mill lathed by Stan Archer, c1965. Loft of secondary importance, but it is a beautiful loft anyway Smile Best badger. Yes, I do use it from time to time. I did purchase it primarily for the handle.

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 02-15-2013, 11:57 PM
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Ben, that handle is really cool. You can place it on a spinning base and watch it turn rather than a barbers pole. Smile

Shaun, any chance you can post a picture of said Duke? How did you get the backstory on it? I am very intrigued...

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 02-16-2013, 12:15 AM
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  • Kavik79
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yup
[Image: attachment.php?aid=10374]

(hope the brush's first owner doesn't mind me linking this old pic, I haven't taken any of it myself yet. Photo credit goes to Ben74. Ben, just yell at me if you want it removed.)

The reputation of the knot didn't hurt matters any, but it was the handle that got me to make the purchase


P.S.
hahahahaha I'm a moron. I didn't even look at who it was who started this thread Rolleyes

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 02-16-2013, 12:43 AM
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  • ben74
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No problem at all Daryl! Biggrin

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 02-16-2013, 01:43 AM
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No ! 10char

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 02-16-2013, 01:51 AM
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  • ben74
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For anyone else like me that didn't know...

10CHAR means "Padding where at least 10 characters are required"

Internet slang lesson of the day... Biggrin

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 02-16-2013, 04:23 AM
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  • Agravic
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Yes ... I am guilty of this.
Vie-Long 14831M

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 02-16-2013, 04:52 AM
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  • Shaun
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(02-15-2013, 11:57 PM)cessnabird Wrote: Ben, that handle is really cool. You can place it on a spinning base and watch it turn rather than a barbers pole. Smile

Shaun, any chance you can post a picture of said Duke? How did you get the backstory on it? I am very intrigued...

All information here, including info from Mr Gary Young:

http://shavenook.com/thread-simpson-duke...et-in-best

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 02-16-2013, 06:57 AM
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Yes, and if the knot sucks, I replace it with a good one.

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 02-16-2013, 08:20 AM
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Yes... Vie Long... 16510...

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 02-16-2013, 09:57 AM
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I've also sold brushes simply because I didn't like the handle.

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 02-16-2013, 10:03 AM
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I bought a genuine ivory handled brush from Rudy Vey mainly for the handle, with a Shavemac D01 two-band knot. I had never had one of the D01s before, but I've been pleased with it.

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 02-16-2013, 10:53 AM
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(02-16-2013, 04:52 AM)Shaun Wrote:
(02-15-2013, 11:57 PM)cessnabird Wrote: Ben, that handle is really cool. You can place it on a spinning base and watch it turn rather than a barbers pole. Smile

Shaun, any chance you can post a picture of said Duke? How did you get the backstory on it? I am very intrigued...

All information here, including info from Mr Gary Young:

http://shavenook.com/thread-simpson-duke...et-in-best

Thanks, that was a good read. It is great that you have a brush so rich in history.

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 02-16-2013, 12:32 PM
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  • Teiste
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More than once , Ben Facepalm

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 02-16-2013, 01:48 PM
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(02-16-2013, 01:51 AM)ben74 Wrote: For anyone else like me that didn't know...

10CHAR means "Padding where at least 10 characters are required"

Internet slang lesson of the day... Biggrin

Tongue 10char Biggrin

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 02-16-2013, 03:10 PM
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(02-16-2013, 04:23 AM)Agravic Wrote: Yes ... I am guilty of this.
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Vie-Long 14831M

I need one....Babeando

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 02-16-2013, 07:14 PM
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  • Johnny
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Yes, several times.

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 02-16-2013, 07:21 PM
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  • slantman
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What is the point in spending a lot of money on a beautiful handle only to be disappointed by the performance of the knot.

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 02-16-2013, 07:28 PM
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  • Kavik79
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(02-16-2013, 07:21 PM)slantman Wrote: What is the point in spending a lot of money on a beautiful handle only to be disappointed by the performance of the knot.
1) you can (almost) always replace a bad knot in a nice handle
2) And you never know, the knot may surprise you and end up being a good one anyway

oh, and 3) no one said it had to be a lot of money

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