02-24-2013, 10:25 PM
  • GreekGuy
  • Not saving money yet....
  • La Jolla, CA
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My SBAD is striking up again. Last year I parted with a good number of Rooney Finest brushes, which in many ways I regret. Alas, instead of despair, I view this as an opportunity to go shopping.

I'm looking for a brush with TONS of backbone. Scritch is a plus. I'm thinking a large Simpson's Manchurian at this point, but I've been out of the brush discussions for a while so I'm not aware of everything on the market. What would you guys recommend? Price should not be the determining factor

I look forward to hearing your suggestions

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 02-24-2013, 10:27 PM
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Have you seen Bob's huge D01 2-band? IIRC it is a 33mm. Just search for "The Beast"!

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 02-24-2013, 11:59 PM
  • Shaun
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  • St Peters, NSW, Australia
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Chubby 2 in Best. Best is very good in a Simpsons. Some can't discern the difference going up a grade.

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 02-25-2013, 12:04 AM
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+1 to the above posts. Also, a CH2 or CH3 in Manchurian would be great choices.
A Shavemac in DO1 two band would be a soap killer as well.

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 02-25-2013, 01:32 AM
  • Hanzo
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  • Oakland, California
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If you haven't tried one , an Omega Professional boar.

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 02-25-2013, 01:45 AM
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Turkish #6 Horse. Under 5$us. Buy 2 or 3 for your rotation. Great brush.

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 02-25-2013, 05:13 AM
  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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Semogue SOC 2012 SE

Now I love my Simpsons Manchurian and recommend them without hesitation, but you owe it to yourself to try the badger/boar mix from Semogue. At a fraction of the price, what do you have to lose? It's a soap destroyer! Backbone galore (but not crazy like 2 band DO 1 Fan) and enough scritch to provide a Rooney Finest-esque sensation.

Otherwise, Chubby 3 Manchurian. Big investment, but a ton of backbone and some scritch. My smaller Manchurians are softening up, but the CH 3 is stuffed to capacity and not yielding at all! It would eat a puck a day if I let it!

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 02-25-2013, 07:00 AM
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I also recommend the Manchurian Chubby 3. You could also opt for a brush like my Rudy Vey/Shavemac "Beast" and specify a shorter loft for added backbone.

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 02-25-2013, 07:28 AM
  • Teiste
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  • Salt Lake City,UT
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Nick , good to see you around here again.

Since scritch its a plus , I can't recommend you the Wet Shaving Products "Stubby" in HMW badger ,with 26 mm knot , which its a soap killer.

As the others have pointed , a Simpson Tulip 3 or Classic 1 or 2 in Manchurian badger , or a shavemac D01 two band would be what you are looking for.

Good luck !

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 02-25-2013, 07:57 AM
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Another vote for Shavemac D01 2-band, or Semogue 2-band. Neither of which come without some scritch, but I like it that way Biggrin

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 02-25-2013, 08:29 AM
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Short lofted horse-hair brush. Scritch & soap destruction in one easy package. Vie-Long have some really beautiful handles, too.

Semogue SOC 2-ban or 2012 SE. The basic 2-band is scritchier than the the special, but both are lovely.

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 02-25-2013, 11:40 AM
  • blzrfn
  • Butterscotch Bandit
  • Vancouver USA
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If you don't mind scritch then the Simpson Beufort series is just what you are looking for, super stiff brushes. I couldn't handle the scritch though, so my second recommendation would be the SOC 2-band which has a little scritch, but is still stiff yet comfortable enough to face lather with. I used mine this morning with a La Toja stick and it was great.

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 02-25-2013, 12:25 PM
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Simpson Colonel X2L! It is a scrubby brush that will pick up soap in no time at all!

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 02-25-2013, 01:17 PM
  • greyhawk
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Semogue 2012 SOC SE.

A fantastic brush in every way...with the added benefit of being reasonably priced. If I were forced to choose one desert island brush, I'm not sure this wouldn't be the one.

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 02-25-2013, 01:19 PM
  • tgutc
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  • Michigan
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SOC 2 Band or SOC Special Edition 2012

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 02-25-2013, 01:21 PM
  • Triad
  • Triad Razor Handles
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This one meets the criteria!!
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 02-25-2013, 02:55 PM
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D01 2-band in fan with a ratio less than 1:2 in fan or flattop. Best one for me.

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 02-25-2013, 04:57 PM
  • Edson
  • Artisan Razor Restorer
  • Oregon
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Of the current brushes you can get, either a Chubby 2 Manchurian or a D01 Flat top.

The Chubby 2 is on my list and I just got a D01 flat top 26/50mm recently. I really like this brush, but it does feel more like a 28-29mm brush because of the flat top.

I don't remember your size preference, but my Tulip T3 Manchurian is a soap killer and has decent scritch and plenty of backbone.

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 02-25-2013, 05:09 PM
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D01 two-band!!

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 02-25-2013, 07:52 PM
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Not big on brushes, but my Omega Pro 49 tears through soap pretty quickly. A little scratch, plenty of backbone. Ya know, if you're into boar. Wink

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