02-19-2013, 09:29 AM
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  • Teiste
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Thanks to Mikeperry I have the chance to try the D.R. Harris H3 best badger shaving brush.As you already know , I have the D.R. Harris H1 best badger and the D.R. Harris H2 best badger shaving brushes , which I truly enjoy a lot : actually the D.R. Harris H2 have become one of my favorite brushes , and I do compare it to a Simpson Duke 3 best badger , ones of the best shaving brushes ever made.

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This brush is made by Simpson , Im positive about it , since the extreme quality of this best badger hair , the hair density , the handle and Im glad Simpson is behind it : for me are the best brushes being made in UK.

The brush have the following measures :
  • 26 mm knot
  • 50 mm loft
  • 50 mm handle height
  • 100 mm total height

which makes it a medium , on the big side (for my taste) shaving brush.

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The handle of this brush reminds me of the "Stubby" from another maker , which seems it copied it from an old Vulfix design.For me is another winner like the Rooney series 1 handle.This one is elegant like no other , very sturdy , quiet heavy , well finished and boy , did I tell you that is very comfortable to hold while using it ? Yes , its very , very comfortable to hold it.As I said , could compete with the Rooney 1 series handles to be the most comfortable to hold (on my book).

This brush also has a very high hair density.Like a Chubby 2 maybe? Not quiet , but very close.Its true that the Chubby 2 has a 28 mm knot and this one a 26 mm knot (also the Chubby 2 is more expensive too ).Here a pic with the Chubby 2 ,so you can compare sizes and hair density :

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As I stated earlier , this brush has best badger hair , the same kind used by Simpson , and for me , this is a high quality silvertip badger hair.The tips are white and very soft , forget about scratchiness or even any hint of scritchiness , while keeping the perfect balance between the flow and a firm backbone.The hair knot doesnt blooms too much, so allows to used it on the face with circular strokes while making the lather.

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If the D.R. Harris H1 could be the perfect brush for facelathering 100% , the H2 could be the all rounder brushes (like the Simpson Duke 3) , this is a perfect brush to bowl lathering shaving soaps or creams , but due to the characteristics of its knot (well densely packed with hair , which doesn't make it blooms when gets wet) it can be used for facelathering too.Is it my favorite of the D.R. Harris H series for facelathering ? No , the H2 and H1 will win on that task for my personal preferences , but this one is another example of nice "excess" that I sometimes enjoy , like the Simpson Chubby 2.

On the bowl is a master , making lather with no effort at all , and of course , remember to use quiet a bit of soap or cream , if you want mountains of thick lather.Another good thing about this brush is that is not a lather hog , like a Chubby 2 could be.

Here a pic with the other D.R. Harris shaving brushes , the H1 (right) and H2 (center) :

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This brush cost 95 British pounds on the D.R. Harris online shop , which are around 146 dollars (shipping not included) , and its cheaper than a Rooney 1/3 in super silvertip (not on the Truefitt and Hill version).

I can see myself getting this brush in the future with no shadow of a doubt.This is a very high quality shaving brush , made by the best brush maker in the UK , and perfect when I feel for some "excess" or just for bowl lathering , something that I enjoy once a while.

Thanks to Mike Perry for lending me this shaving brush and looking forward to buy it soon.

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 02-19-2013, 09:59 AM
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  • tgutc
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I'm glad you reviewed this brush I think it looks fantastic. This brush is in my top two brushes to buy right now.

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 02-19-2013, 10:41 AM
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  • mikeperry
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Hi Teiste

Nice to hear you're enjoying the brush and your comments seem to align pretty much with mine, see here...

Take care, Mike

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 02-19-2013, 04:52 PM
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  • tgutc
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(02-19-2013, 10:41 AM)mikeperry Wrote: Hi Teiste

Nice to hear you're enjoying the brush and your comments seem to align pretty much with mine, see here...

Take care, Mike

Mike, If I'm correct I believe you have a Chubby 3 too? If so, how does this brush compare in size to a Chubby 3? Teiste I see it's bigger than the Chubby 2. How does your H2 compare in size to the Chubby 2?

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 02-19-2013, 05:16 PM
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  • Johnny
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After reading all your reviews Teiste, makes me wonder why I sold you that H1 and H2.Biggrin

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 02-19-2013, 06:16 PM
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  • mikeperry
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(02-19-2013, 04:52 PM)tgutc Wrote: Mike, If I'm correct I believe you have a Chubby 3 too? If so, how does this brush compare in size to a Chubby 3? Teiste I see it's bigger than the Chubby 2. How does your H2 compare in size to the Chubby 2?

Hi

I don't own a Chubby 3 (nor have I ever used one), last year I did have a Chubby 2 in Best (was loaned to me for 6 weeks).

That Chubby 2 in Best definitely had a more densely packed knot, in fact I would say it was crazy dense, felt I had to almost fight the knot to release the lather within.

I do now own my "dream" shaving brush, a Chubby 2 in Super (completely different animal to that Chubby 2 in Best). I plan to post a review of the Chubby 2 in Super sometime within the next week (once I've used it 14 consecutive times).
  • DR Harris H3 -- Height: 100mm / Loft: 50mm / Base: 50mm / Knot: 28mm
  • The Chubby CH2 - Super Badger -- Height: 96mm / Loft: 52mm / Base: 44mm / Knot: 29mm
Therefore apart from handle height those two brushes are near enough identical (dimension wise).

Take care, Mike

Edit: Fixed "The Chubby CH2 - Super Badger" dimensions.

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 02-19-2013, 07:30 PM
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  • Teiste
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(02-19-2013, 04:52 PM)tgutc Wrote:
(02-19-2013, 10:41 AM)mikeperry Wrote: Hi Teiste

Nice to hear you're enjoying the brush and your comments seem to align pretty much with mine, see here...

Take care, Mike

Mike, If I'm correct I believe you have a Chubby 3 too? If so, how does this brush compare in size to a Chubby 3? Teiste I see it's bigger than the Chubby 2. How does your H2 compare in size to the Chubby 2?

Ill take a pic tomorrow of the H2 and the chubby 2 together , so you can have a better idea.

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 02-19-2013, 07:37 PM
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  • tgutc
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Thanks gentlemen.

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 02-19-2013, 07:47 PM
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Nice brush, Teiste!

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 02-19-2013, 11:01 PM
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Nice review Teiste, these brushes look tempting... It is interesting how much the handles resemble the Rooney 1 series, the hair definitely looks like Simpson like you said, the Rooney knots look much different to me.

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 02-20-2013, 01:18 AM
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Nice review, Teiste. Thanks !

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 02-20-2013, 07:27 AM
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  • Teiste
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(02-19-2013, 11:01 PM)cessnabird Wrote: Nice review Teiste, these brushes look tempting... It is interesting how much the handles resemble the Rooney 1 series, the hair definitely looks like Simpson like you said, the Rooney knots look much different to me.

This is a Simpson made brush , I dont have a doubt about it.Biggrin

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 02-20-2013, 11:35 AM
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  • Cobre
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It would be very interesting to know who makes what in terms of brushes, I am sure there would be some nice surprises there

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 02-21-2013, 09:16 PM
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Good review!

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