Poll: WSP or Simpsons?
 03-26-2013, 05:53 AM
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I just purchased a WSP Prince 2 band, but it has a little too firm backbone for me.
I have a Vie-Long Silvertip flatloft which I like, but not quite firm enough.
I have a few good TGN's, but I want to try something else.

I do not own any Simpsons, so aside from just owning one, is it a better choice over the WSP?

I face lather 90% of the time, I am looking for soft with enough backbone to face lather soaps and creams, so...what do you suggest?

I am looking at the 5 following brushes and actually leaning towards a WSP for now.

WSP Monarch 2 band
WSP Monarch HMW
Simpsons Duke 3 in Best
Simpsons Commadore X2 in Best
Simpsons Colonel X2L in Best

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 03-26-2013, 05:56 AM
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  • ben74
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Simpsons Duke 3 in Best has my vote!

I have not tried any WSP brushes, but I have tried more than few others... Tongue

EDIT: You can also add a poll to your thread if you wish members to vote on your selection... Lightbulb

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 03-26-2013, 06:40 AM
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D3 Best

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 03-26-2013, 06:50 AM
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  • Teiste
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Tough one. I truly like Simpson Duke 3 best badger , which is the best Simpson brush that I have tried so far.The Colonel is also another great all rounder brush.
The WSP The Monarch in HMW is quiet unique too.
And you can always ask Lee to make you one like this : http://shavenook.com/thread-wet-shaving-...tyle-brush with Premium Silvertip , which I found very similar (performing wise) than a Simpson Duke 3 in best.

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 03-26-2013, 07:02 AM
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Mike,
I voted for the Monarch HMW, but really either Monarch will work well for you. Their hairs are finer than the Prince Finest and the loft longer. This will give you a softer feel (less backbone) while still retaining enough to easily load hard soaps. I actually find that the HMW has a touch more backbone than the SuperFine 2-band and really love my custom 23mm HMW set at 50mm.

WSP has knots available so you can get a custom brush made and then set it at the loft you want. Imagine the same Prince knot with a slightly higher loft.

I have only used one Simpson and it was a Commodore X2 in Best. It's a great brush and I enjoyed it while I had it. However, I currently own 0 Simpson's and have 4 WSP brushes with 2 more coming soon. What I am sure about with your list of finalists is that you'll be getting a great brush.

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 03-26-2013, 07:38 AM
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For all-around use, there really is nothing much better than the D3 in Best.

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 03-26-2013, 07:40 AM
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  • blzrfn
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If you haven't owned a Simpson's brush in best, as a fellow face-lathering junkie, do yourself a favor and get one now! I have a Berkeley 46 and Rover (thanks Teiste) in best and the density, backbone and softness can't be beat for the price.

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 03-26-2013, 07:56 AM
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I do not own any WSP brushes so I can't speak to those options, but I can unconditionally recommend the Simpson Duke 3 Best as a superb brush. I own many Simpson brushes, some far more expensive than the Duke 3, yet the Duke 3 remains one of my favorites. It is a great all around brush.

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 03-26-2013, 08:46 AM
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well, it seems overwhelmingly obvious what I should do.
I will add another WSP in the future, but for now will reverse course and get the Duke 3 first if for no other reason than I have not used any Simpson up til now.

Thanks for the inputs!

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 03-26-2013, 09:06 AM
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  • Songwind
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Guess I missed the boat. Smile

I have the Simpson Commodore X2 in best, and it's a great brush. You can't really go wrong w/ the Simpson's Best hair.

That said, I own a WSP Prince in Finest, and have tried the Superfine via the pass-around brush. I like the WSP 2-band hair better than my Simpson's best.

But it's a close call, and I'm happy every time I use either brush.

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 03-26-2013, 09:23 AM
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(03-26-2013, 09:06 AM)Songwind Wrote: Guess I missed the boat. Smile

I have the Simpson Commodore X2 in best, and it's a great brush. You can't really go wrong w/ the Simpson's Best hair.

That said, I own a WSP Prince in Finest, and have tried the Superfine via the pass-around brush. I like the WSP 2-band hair better than my Simpson's best.

But it's a close call, and I'm happy every time I use either brush.

I used that pass around as well, and really loved it. My mistake was not going with Lee's recommendation and getting the Monarch, but getting the Prince because I liked the handle better.
I would just get another WSP and be done with it, but I did too much reading, MikePerry's review on the Duke 3 and other Simpsons reviews and comments just make me want to try one out.

I will be getting another WSP, just might have to wait a couple months.

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 03-26-2013, 09:56 AM
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  • Johnny
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 03-26-2013, 10:38 AM
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  • tgutc
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Duke 3!

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 03-26-2013, 10:40 AM
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(03-26-2013, 09:56 AM)Johnny Wrote: Duke 3

Party time?

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 03-26-2013, 10:41 AM
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Simpson's in best? I've owned four or five. I don't favor them over others precisely because I don't face lather. They seem to me to be ideal for that—soft tips, backbone aplenty. I voted for the Colonel, but the Duke seems to be a runaway favorite.

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 03-26-2013, 10:45 AM
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No contest......

The Duke D3 best


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 03-26-2013, 08:12 PM
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  • ben74
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I voted Duke 3, but you already knew that! Tongue

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 03-27-2013, 05:27 AM
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  • Teddyboy
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Definitely Duke 3 in Best.

I have the WSP Monarch in 2-band Finest. It is very soft, but it is such a flop-mop I get angry thinking about me wasting $80. WSP was gentlemanly in willing to make good, but I could not come up with an idea. Their Stubby line looks interesting, but I doubt that I'll try it.

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 03-27-2013, 06:20 AM
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(03-27-2013, 05:27 AM)Teddyboy Wrote: Definitely Duke 3 in Best.

I have the WSP Monarch in 2-band Finest. It is very soft, but it is such a flop-mop I get angry thinking about me wasting $80. WSP was gentlemanly in willing to make good, but I could not come up with an idea. Their Stubby line looks interesting, but I doubt that I'll try it.

Really??? Then let me suggest to you your next brush...

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Tongue Laughing1

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 03-27-2013, 07:26 AM
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Well, after further investigation and discussions, and based on the overwhelming response for the Simpsons Duke...I am actually ending up going with a Simpsons 58 not even in the poll. Based on the knot being so similar, I wanted the longer handle due to my preference.

I hope I have made a good choice, but based off many comments on TSN about the 50 series, I think I have!
And oh yeah...a WSP Monarch HMW is coming as well Biggrin

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