04-03-2012, 08:15 AM
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  • Teiste
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  • Salt Lake City,UT
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This brush,the Simfix Grosvenor super badger two band was the first of the Bullgoose LE (after this the "Eshan" and the "Douglas" were introduced) shaving brushes made by Simpson/Vulfix.

I was lucky enough to get one of the first edition brushes (3 editions were made) and tried it for a couple of weeks.

This brush had a price of 90 dollars,which now seems to me like an absolutely bargain.

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The brush was brilliantly made : with the handle of the Vulfix 404 Grosvenor,a super badger two band hair knot was added and a GORGEOUS brush came to life.

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This brush had the right amount of hair of a 21mm knot and 51mm loft,which made it a perfect brush for facelathering.It was maybe a little bit less softer in the tips than the Morris and Fordran Blonde Badger shaving brush that I also owned at the time,but it was a soap killer,maybe even better than many of my two band badger brushes,including the shavemac D01 two band or the Semogues two band badgers.

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As I said,the brush was loaded with super badger two band hair,which its a type of hair with a lot of backbone,with keeping some flow,something that other two band badger brushes cant say.The tips were white and the "tail" really black,so it gave the brush a distinctive look.

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The handle is a sturdy one,and as I always say,really well made and heavy.Also ergonomic,not being the best one,but not difficult to hold either.

I sold this brush a couple months ago and I regret it.I also did had an "Eshan" (Simpson Colonel with super badger two band) which was another great brush and I tried a "Douglas" (Simpson 57 with super badger two band too) which was a fantastic brush,but for some reason this is my fav of all those 3.

There is a 404 brush coming my way which would be re knotted with a TGN finest badger knot.It wont be the same,but I hope close enough to the brush I tried it.

Well done for Vulfix/Simpson and Bullgoose Shaving.

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 04-03-2012, 08:17 AM
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  • bullgoose
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Teiste -Actually the Ehsan was first followed by the Simfix Grosvenor and then the Douglas. That said, I did re-release the Ehsan for one last run after the last batch of Grosvenor brushes (there were three Ehsan runs in total).

The Douglas was the rarest of the special editions with only one run and a total of 30 brushes. I cannot recall how many Ehsan and Grosvenor LE brushes were made but it was definitely less than 100 each.

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 04-03-2012, 08:23 AM
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That's a great looking brush, guys.

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 04-03-2012, 08:47 AM
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I bought one of those brushes a few months ago from a member of B&B. At the beginning I was not impressed - the brush was nearly new, and so the tips weren't soft at all. The density was nothing to write home about, in fact I was expecting something much more dense.

But slowly, that brush grew on me. With several uses, the tips became very pleasant to use.
And its moderate density became one of its strongest qualities. I believe that the type of hair used in this brush allows it to have a healthy quantity of backbone without the need for an excessive density. And because of its moderate density, it has a great flow-through and it produces dense and thick lather very quickly, much more quickly than many of my other shaving brushes.
It is now one of my favourite badgers.

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 04-03-2012, 09:55 AM
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I love this brush. I have a few Simpson 2 band brushes, this hair is my favourite Smile

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 04-03-2012, 10:02 AM
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Beautiful Brush... I want oneWave1

How many were made?

Hmmm WTB thread coming up

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 04-03-2012, 10:10 AM
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(04-03-2012, 10:02 AM)Chicagotrim Wrote: Beautiful Brush... I want oneWave1

How many were made?

Hmmm WTB thread coming up

I've seen them listed for sale occasionally on the forums the last year or two for $80-85.

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 04-03-2012, 12:10 PM
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  • bullgoose
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  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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(04-03-2012, 10:10 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: I've seen them listed for sale occasionally on the forums the last year or two for $80-85.

I sold them for around $90.00 new.

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 04-03-2012, 12:11 PM
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  • bullgoose
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(04-03-2012, 10:02 AM)Chicagotrim Wrote: How many were made?

I do not remember the exact amount but...around 70 were made give or take.

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 04-03-2012, 12:24 PM
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I vant von!! Very nice brush.

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 04-03-2012, 03:17 PM
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I was fortunate to purchase one of the SIMFIX Grosvenor brushes from Phil. I has been a keeper and will remain in my den. This is one of the brushes that I hope to pass along to a member of my family.

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 04-03-2012, 06:20 PM
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  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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I have one that I purchased new from Phil and...

it's still sitting AS NEW and UNUSED in the box!!!

(I think this is a very clear indication that I may just have a few too many brushes)

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 04-03-2012, 07:00 PM
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(04-03-2012, 06:20 PM)ben74 Wrote: I have one that I purchased new from Phil and...

it's still sitting AS NEW and UNUSED in the box!!!

(I think this is a very clear indication that I may just have a few too many brushes)

Facepalm

Sinner

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 04-03-2012, 08:06 PM
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  • Teiste
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(04-03-2012, 06:20 PM)ben74 Wrote: I have one that I purchased new from Phil and...

it's still sitting AS NEW and UNUSED in the box!!!

(I think this is a very clear indication that I may just have a few too many brushes)

Oh boy,Im sure that your house is a badger shaving brush museum!!!ThumbupSisi1

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 04-03-2012, 08:51 PM
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(04-03-2012, 06:20 PM)ben74 Wrote: I have one that I purchased new from Phil and...

it's still sitting AS NEW and UNUSED in the box!!!

(I think this is a very clear indication that I may just have a few too many brushes)

Ben, you know i could try out the brush for you to let you know how it works! Hehe!

Tieste,
Beautiful photos, again. Great looking brush.

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 06-05-2012, 09:47 PM
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  • jss
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I was able to get a Simfix Grosvenor LE too..It seemed like it might be a great lather maker early, but it took its time winning me over completely..I didn't truly appreciate what a great brush it is for the first 50 shaves..This could definitely be my only brush..Just thanked Phil again last week for saving me one..If you see one go for it..If its not your speed BST will find it a new home soon...

Best,
Julian

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 06-06-2012, 03:56 AM
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  • Balj86
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That is a pretty brush! I also bought the 404 Mixed Bristle brush, but I didn't really like the knot. So i got RV to fix it up for me with a re-knot and replaced it with a Shavemac D-01 3Band. I call it the 'Macfix Grosvenor'. Best transaction i've ever made b/c that handle is amazing.

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 06-06-2012, 04:24 AM
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One of the best handles in all of Shavedom, IMHO...
Strangely, I kinda prefer Vulfix handles to Simpson handles... go figure!

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 06-06-2012, 04:37 AM
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  • TexBilly
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(06-06-2012, 04:24 AM)oversaturn Wrote: One of the best handles in all of Shavedom, IMHO...
Strangely, I kinda prefer Vulfix handles to Simpson handles... go figure!

Emanuel, I agree. The Grosvenor handle is one of the best!

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 06-06-2012, 08:42 AM
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  • Andrew
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Brilliant review of a brush I once owned and enjoyed, Teiste. You know I regretted selling it to you, and thought about buying it back. Why did I let it go? My Morris & Forndran nudged it out if the den. The handles are very similar ergonomically, and I preferred the Morris & Forndran Blonde knot (this one was made at the end of 2010) just barely more. But the Grosvenor LE is one of those brushes I regret selling to this day...

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