03-22-2013, 11:35 AM
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  • mikeperry
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Yet again! a BIG! thank you to Teiste for sending me this shaving brushes to try, review.

Second, you can read Teiste's review on this shaving brush (and drool over far superior photos) HERE...

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Simpsons Duke 3 Best Badger

Brush spec's:
  • Overall height 95mm
  • Handle 46mm
  • Loft 49mm
  • Knot 24mm (Best badger)
Before writing this review I used the brush seven consecutive times -- two with "soft" shaving soap, two with "hard" shaving soap and three with shaving creams.

Please keep in mind I only face lather -- painting strokes are my preferred method of building up and applying lather.

While I really couldn't find any kind of fault with the Classic 1, I do have one (very) minor complaint with the Duke 3 -- the position of the double-raised ridge running around the handle makes my "natural" grip of the handle feel slightly uncomfortable. Honestly, it's a very! minor complaint as the double-raised ridge doesn't go to a *point* (unlike the Case). I have zero complaints with the rest of the handle, beautifully turned with good weight. Aesthetically the handle has classically good looks, with excellent height to width proportions -- I really like the width of the handle, for some reason it's wider than I was expecting, all-in-all just a very nicely proportioned handle.

I can now see and appreciate why so many say the Duke 3 is one of the very best all round shaving brushes on the market...
  • Apart from my personal, very! minor gripe about the position of double-raised ridge, the handle's overall size is probably near enough perfect for face latherers and bowl/scuttle latherers.
  • The knot may not be Classic or Chubby packed, so no solid wall of badger feeling here, nevertheless the Duke sports a well packed knot that's not lacking in the badger department.
  • Simpsons Best Badger hair continues to blow me out of the water, individual hairs are fine, exhibit good flex and tips are soft to velvety soft. Truly excellent stuff.
  • This Duke 3 is filled with exceptionally good Best Badger hair -- the closes I've seen to Super Badger -- three distinct colour bands, tips are creamy white and velvety soft (and I mean velvety soft) to the touch.
  • Combine the loft height (49mm) with the knot size (24mm), hair density and quality of hair, you end up with a truly excellent all round badger knot.
  • Knot has no problems whatsoever picking up shaving creams, "hard" or "soft" shaving soaps, then progressing on seamlessly to build up lather with utter ease.
  • The knot doesn't exhibit Classic or Chubby backbone, no real surprise there, but it does have more than enough backbone to let you feel the knot dancing lightly across your skin.
  • Flow through offered via individual-hair/combined-knot flex is where this knot screams "class", lather is released easily and placed exactly where you direct it -- no fighting with this knot, it does precisely what you command it to do.
  • When painting strokes are employed, you're treated to a flexible badger knot with velvety soft tips, which effortlessly glides across the skin. Very! nice.
  • Switching to circular motion, the knot opens up (very) nicely and you experience a gentle scrubbing/massage feeling (no scratch or scritch is detectable). Again, very! nice.

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Simpsons Duke 3 Best Badger



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Simpsons Duke 3 Best Badger

Q. Would I recommend, buy, this shaving brush?

A. Yes to both, without hesitation (even with my very minor, double-raised ridge, position gripe).

Q. Will I buy this shaving brush?

A. Yes, as this experience has only confirmed what a great all round shaving brush the Duke 3 is. Before trying it, it was on my shaving brush "Wish List" which I've whittled down to "must have" (in a first world problem kind of way). The Duke 3 firmly remains on that list, though I will have to decide if I still want to get a second one filled with Super 2-Band Badger. Decisions, decisions...

Edit: Fixed grammar and rearranged thoughts a little bit...

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 03-22-2013, 11:48 AM
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  • Attila
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Thanks for the comprehensive review! Also, your pictures were great, no need to put yourself down in that regard!

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 03-22-2013, 01:03 PM
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Mike, great review and good luck with the future purchase!

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 03-22-2013, 01:06 PM
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Simpson Best Badger ...

People say it's scritchy or scratchy?

I just don't get it, honestly I don't. You may say I would say that but here's the rub ...

When we acquired the company in 2008 we also took stock of a multitude of Somerset Simpson brush inventory ... we were none the wiser ... it was sold as it was labelled.

These days our Best Badger outperforms just about all of the Silvertip / Finest competition out there in terms of softness & feel ... all in my opinion BUT shared by countless others.

The Super, Two Band & Manchurian take it to another level but pound for pound, dollar for dollar, its my belief our Best hair is the BEST around.

Mark

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 03-22-2013, 01:08 PM
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Good review, thanks, Mike.

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 03-22-2013, 01:16 PM
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(03-22-2013, 01:06 PM)Simpson1919 Wrote: Simpson Best Badger ...

People say it's scritchy or scratchy?

I just don't get it, honestly I don't. You may say I would say that but here's the rub ...

When we acquired the company in 2008 we also took stock of a multitude of Somerset Simpson brush inventory ... we were none the wiser ... it was sold as it was labelled.

These days our Best Badger outperforms just about all of the Silvertip / Finest competition out there in terms of softness & feel ... all in my opinion BUT shared by countless others.

The Super, Two Band & Manchurian take it to another level but pound for pound, dollar for dollar, its my belief our Best hair is the BEST around.

Mark

I agree !

The Chubby 2 LE Swirled ivory I own in Best is quite frankly astonishing - I hope you have received my PM about the Duke 3 in 'Best of the Best' :)

(03-22-2013, 11:35 AM)mikeperry Wrote: Yet again! a BIG! thank you to Teiste for sending me this shaving brushes to try, review.

Second, you can read Teiste's review on this shaving brush (and drool over far superior photos) HERE...

[Image: SZ2d3Fp.jpg]

Simpsons Duke 3 Best Badger

Brush spec's:
  • Overall height 95mm
  • Handle 46mm
  • Loft 49mm
  • Knot 24mm (Best badger)
Before writing this review I used the brush seven consecutive times -- two with "soft" shaving soap, two with "hard" shaving soap and three with shaving creams.

Please keep in mind I only face lather -- painting strokes are my preferred method of building up and applying lather.

While I really couldn't find any kind of fault with the Classic 1, I do have one (very) minor complaint with the Duke 3 -- the position of the double-raised ridge running around the handle makes my "natural" grip of the handle feel slightly uncomfortable. Honestly, it's a very! minor complaint as the double-raised ridge doesn't go to a *point* (unlike the Case). I have zero complaints with the rest of the handle, beautifully turned with good weight. Aesthetically the handle has classically good looks, with excellent height to width proportions -- I really like the width of the handle, for some reason it's wider than I was expecting, all-in-all just a very nicely proportioned handle.

I can now see and appreciate why so many say the Duke 3 is one of the very best all round shaving brushes on the market...
  • Apart from my personal, very! minor gripe about the position of double-raised ridge, the handle's overall size is probably near enough perfect for face latherers and bowl/scuttle latherers.
  • The knot may not be Classic or Chubby packed, so no solid wall of badger feeling here, nevertheless the Duke sports a well packed knot, no shortage of badger hair.
  • Simpsons Best Badger hair continues to blow me out of the water, individual hairs are fine, exhibit good flex and tips are soft to velvety soft. Truly excellent stuff.
  • This Duke 3 is filled with exceptionally good Best Badger hair -- the closes I've seen to Super Badger -- three distinct colour bands, tips are creamy white and velvety soft (and I mean velvety soft) to the touch.
  • Combine the loft height (49mm) with the knot size (24mm), hair density and quality of hair, you end up with a truly excellent all round badger knot.
  • Knot has no problems whatsoever with picking up shaving creams, "hard" or "soft" shaving soaps, then progressing on seamlessly to build up lather with utter ease.
  • The knot hasn't got Classic or Chubby backbone, no real surprise there, but it does have more than enough backbone to let you feel the knot, lightly dance across your skin.
  • Flow through offered via individual-hair/combined-knot flex is where this knot screams "class", lather is released easily and placed exactly where you place it -- no fighting with this knot, it does precisely what you command it to do.
  • When painting strokes are employed, no scratch or scritch is detectable, instead you're treated to a flexible, velvety soft badger knot, which effortlessly glides across the skin. Very! nice.
  • Moving over to circular motions, the knot opens up very nicely and you're treated to a gentle scrubbing/massage feeling. Again, very! nice.

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Simpsons Duke 3 Best Badger



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Simpsons Duke 3 Best Badger

Q. Would I recommend, buy, this shaving brush?

A. Yes to both, without hesitation (even with my very minor, double-raised ridge, position gripe).

Q. Will I buy this shaving brush?

A. Yes, as this experience has only confirmed what a great all round shaving brush the Duke 3 is. Before trying it, it was on my shaving brush "Wish List" which I've whittled down to "must have" (in a first world problem kind of way). The Duke 3 firmly remains on that list, though I will have to decide if I still want to get a second one filled with Super 2-Band Badger. Decisions, decisions...

Very nice review, Mike !

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 03-22-2013, 02:39 PM
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Mike, thank you for an informative and thoughtful review of one of the truly classic brushes.

The Simpson Duke 3 Best is in my opinion an exceptional brush for virtually any shaving brush collection.

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 03-22-2013, 02:47 PM
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Thank you very much. After reading your review I've ordered a Duke 3 in best. It will be my first Simpson and I know it will not be the last.

Both good reviews.

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 03-22-2013, 03:35 PM
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(03-22-2013, 01:06 PM)Simpson1919 Wrote: Simpson Best Badger ...

People say it's scritchy or scratchy?

I just don't get it, honestly I don't. You may say I would say that but here's the rub ...

When we acquired the company in 2008 we also took stock of a multitude of Somerset Simpson brush inventory ... we were none the wiser ... it was sold as it was labelled.

These days our Best Badger outperforms just about all of the Silvertip / Finest competition out there in terms of softness & feel ... all in my opinion BUT shared by countless others.

The Super, Two Band & Manchurian take it to another level but pound for pound, dollar for dollar, its my belief our Best hair is the BEST around.

Mark

Agreed Mark, I've always maintained Best is Best!

However, Manchurian is pretty close to perfection!

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 03-22-2013, 04:09 PM
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The one Simpson I have in Best is the 59 and it is one of my favorite brushes. The Best in my 59 is, to me, virtually indistinguishable from Silvertip.

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 03-22-2013, 05:48 PM
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  • Johnny
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Thanks for the review Mike. And as someone else said, your pictures take a back seat to no one. The Duke 3 is on the top of my list when I decide to buy another badger brush.

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 03-22-2013, 05:54 PM
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The Duke 3 is so good, that I'm currently waiting on 3 special ones from Mark!

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 03-22-2013, 09:44 PM
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Even I am waiting...

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 03-22-2013, 10:10 PM
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  • Teiste
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Yes , you have summarized my thoughts , once again , regarding this brush.If I could own only 3 Simpson brushes , the Duke 3 will be alongside the Classic 1 and the Colonel.

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 03-23-2013, 04:23 AM
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Very nice review, Mike. You guys are going to make be buy a Simpsons yet Cool

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 03-23-2013, 05:05 AM
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  • Shaun
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Here is the Somerset Nimmer Mill 1965 Duke 3, and another of the same next to the more recent Duke 2. Deliberately crap photos because I didn't want Mike to feel inferior Smile

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 03-23-2013, 09:12 AM
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  • mikeperry
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Everyone, thank you for the kind feedback, even with regards to my "inferior" photo taking skills Blush

Shaun, I'm quite use to "feeling inferior", it goes with the territory of being an Englishman/Irishman Confused

I hope those that decide to acquire a Simpsons Duke (3) find the brush to be to their liking and experience a (very) good to truly excellent all round performer... If you don't, please don't hunt me down and break my legs.

Shaun, that, "Somerset Nimmer Mill 1965 Duke 3", is a beautiful looking brush, the colour of the handle is very natural looking...

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 07-09-2013, 09:35 AM
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(03-22-2013, 11:35 AM)mikeperry Wrote: Q. Would I recommend, buy, this shaving brush?

A. Yes to both, without hesitation (even with my very minor, double-raised ridge, position gripe).

Q. Will I buy this shaving brush?

A. Yes, as this experience has only confirmed what a great all round shaving brush the Duke 3 is. Before trying it, it was on my shaving brush "Wish List" which I've whittled down to "must have" (in a first world problem kind of way). The Duke 3 firmly remains on that list, though I will have to decide if I still want to get a second one filled with Super 2-Band Badger. Decisions, decisions...

To keep married life sailing along blissfully I made the (wise and equally cowardly) decision to treat myself to only one Duke 3, but due to good fortune on my end I was able to push the boat out and order a *custom* one...

Below is what Mark (from Simpsons) put together for me Euro

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Simpsons Duke 3 Super 2-Band Badger - faux Jade



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Simpsons Duke 3 Super 2-Band Badger - faux Jade



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Simpsons Duke 3 Super 2-Band Badger - faux Jade



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Simpsons Duke 3 Super 2-Band Badger - faux Jade



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Simpsons Duke 3 Super 2-Band Badger - faux Jade

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 07-11-2013, 11:58 AM
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@Mike.

Beautiful! If that isn't a Goldilocks brush, then I can't imagine what would be.

I'm a die hard classic ivory fan, but your's in jade...nice. Very nice.

Congrats. I expect it will serve you well.

(And if for some odd reason, it doesn't serve you well, send me a PM. Wink)

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 07-11-2013, 02:04 PM
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Very nice two band. Any thoughts on how it would perform compared to the current Limited in Best?

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