06-04-2013, 10:15 PM
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How many handle variations does Simpsons offer... ?

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In the past Simpsons boasted 22 shapes
in a variety of sizes, using 3 grades of hair (Pure, Best and Super)
totalling 75 different standard brushes.

Recently Simpsons have added new handle designs, such as the M7 and Jubilee
new grades of hair, such 2 band Super and Manchurian
and now also different coloured rod stock,
such as Amber, Black, Briar, Butterscotch, Coral, Cobalt, Disco Haze etc...

In recent years I make 27 handle varieties
not including size ranges within a specific model, that would make 63
and not including hair grades or rod stock, that would make... ?
A lot!

Here is the list I came up with:

Astor

Beaufort
B1, B2, B3, B4, B5 and B6

Berkeley 46

Case

Chubby
1, 2 and 3

Classic
1 and 2

Colonel X2L

Commodore
X1, X2 and X3

Duke
1, 2 and 3

Eagle
G1, G2 and G3

Emperor
E1, E2 and E3

Fifty Series
55, 56, 57, 58 and 59

Harvard
H1, H2, H3, H4, H5 and H6

Hive

Jubilee

Keyhole
KH1, KH2 and KH3

Langness

M7

Major

Milk Churn MC2

Persian Jar
PJ1, PJ2 and PJ3

Polo
PL8, PL10, PL11, PL12 and PL14

Rover

Samson

Special

Tulip
T1, T2, T3 and T4

Wee Scot

I didn't include any produced under the Simfix label.

Have I missed any?
(If so please add to the list)

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 06-04-2013, 10:35 PM
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I think it might be fun to see if our membership can claim to have the entire range in our "combined" collections, so to play lets add a pic of each shape variation and size until the list is complete (the only stipulation is that it has to be from your own collection)...

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 06-04-2013, 10:36 PM
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Ok, I'll start with...

The Astor
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 06-04-2013, 10:50 PM
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Two Emperors, size 3, in faux horn an tortoise, in 3 band super silvertip:

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 06-04-2013, 11:20 PM
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I'll add this one for now -
Duke 3 Butterscotch Best

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 06-05-2013, 12:33 AM
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Duke 2
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 06-05-2013, 02:39 AM
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I'd rather not show it to SWMBO...

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 06-05-2013, 04:09 AM
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I Heart those Emperors Wim!

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 06-05-2013, 06:21 AM
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No Simpsons, just Vulfix here. Simpsons needs to make a boar brush.HeartSmiliePig

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 06-05-2013, 07:16 AM
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(06-05-2013, 06:21 AM)Johnny Wrote: No Simpsons, just Vulfix here. Simpsons needs to make a boar brush.HeartSmiliePig

They used to Johnny... See here!

And I believe they intend to again... See here!

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 06-05-2013, 09:28 AM
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Here are the Somerset Keyholes.
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 06-05-2013, 09:46 AM
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I thought the Langness was a Simfix.

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 06-05-2013, 11:39 AM
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At one stage there were actually over 40 handle designs being regularly crafted in Pure, Best, Super, Best Bristle, Hog and Boar mix...
Ivory, imitation ivory, Catalin rod, ebony wood, satinwood, laurel, horn, silver, gold, acrylic...

Handle dims have been changed over the decades for a few of the commonly known designs. American 'versions' have been created-specific designs for specific retailers ( A&S, Boots, etc). Older designs have fallen out of production due to material restrictions ( eg. specific ivory handle designs), demand and lack of experience in turning or loss of patterns.

Great Uncle Alex's and grandad's design sketch books contain over 100 handle designs-most of which have never seen the light of day apart from 'prototypes' kept by the family.

Gary

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 06-05-2013, 03:37 PM
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(06-05-2013, 09:28 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: Here are the Somerset Keyholes.

Wonderful John!

(06-05-2013, 09:46 AM)Elendil Wrote: I thought the Langness was a Simfix.

Langness bears the Simpsons decal, while the similar shaped Snaefell is marked with Simfix...

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Simpsons Langness

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Smifix Snaefell

I don't own either of these, I borrowed the images from the Simpsons website.

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 06-05-2013, 03:39 PM
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(06-05-2013, 11:39 AM)Gary Young Wrote: At one stage there were actually over 40 handle designs being regularly crafted in Pure, Best, Super, Best Bristle, Hog and Boar mix...
Ivory, imitation ivory, Catalin rod, ebony wood, satinwood, laurel, horn, silver, gold, acrylic...

Handle dims have been changed over the decades for a few of the commonly known designs. American 'versions' have been created-specific designs for specific retailers ( A&S, Boots, etc). Older designs have fallen out of production due to material restrictions ( eg. specific ivory handle designs), demand and lack of experience in turning or loss of patterns.

Great Uncle Alex's and grandad's design sketch books contain over 100 handle designs-most of which have never seen the light of day apart from 'prototypes' kept by the family.

Gary

Wow, I would love to see that sketch book!

Fascinating insight in to the Simpsons history as usual Gary, thank-you.

I do hope the book idea comes to fruition one day.

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 06-14-2013, 10:59 AM
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(06-05-2013, 03:39 PM)ben74 Wrote:
(06-05-2013, 11:39 AM)Gary Young Wrote: At one stage there were actually over 40 handle designs being regularly crafted in Pure, Best, Super, Best Bristle, Hog and Boar mix...
Ivory, imitation ivory, Catalin rod, ebony wood, satinwood, laurel, horn, silver, gold, acrylic...

Handle dims have been changed over the decades for a few of the commonly known designs. American 'versions' have been created-specific designs for specific retailers ( A&S, Boots, etc). Older designs have fallen out of production due to material restrictions ( eg. specific ivory handle designs), demand and lack of experience in turning or loss of patterns.

Great Uncle Alex's and grandad's design sketch books contain over 100 handle designs-most of which have never seen the light of day apart from 'prototypes' kept by the family.

Gary

Wow, I would love to see that sketch book!

Fascinating insight in to the Simpsons history as usual Gary, thank-you.

I do hope the book idea comes to fruition one day.

Ben, one more for the list.......... Keyhole KH4

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 06-14-2013, 11:31 AM
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(06-05-2013, 03:39 PM)ben74 Wrote:
(06-05-2013, 11:39 AM)Gary Young Wrote: At one stage there were actually over 40 handle designs being regularly crafted in Pure, Best, Super, Best Bristle, Hog and Boar mix...
Ivory, imitation ivory, Catalin rod, ebony wood, satinwood, laurel, horn, silver, gold, acrylic...

Handle dims have been changed over the decades for a few of the commonly known designs. American 'versions' have been created-specific designs for specific retailers ( A&S, Boots, etc). Older designs have fallen out of production due to material restrictions ( eg. specific ivory handle designs), demand and lack of experience in turning or loss of patterns.

Great Uncle Alex's and grandad's design sketch books contain over 100 handle designs-most of which have never seen the light of day apart from 'prototypes' kept by the family.

Gary

Wow, I would love to see that sketch book!

Fascinating insight in to the Simpsons history as usual Gary, thank-you.

I do hope the book idea comes to fruition one day.

Ben

I'm sure quite a few brush makers would also love to see the old designs book! It's from a past era and we want to make sure that our most unique designs don't get cannibalised-as 'flattering' as it may be to have our designs copied. All the original Simpson designs have deep personal connections with my family and dilution of the creativity does make us a tad upset that others benefit from all the hard slog that took place to create them.

Once upon a time it used to be exciting to see what new handle/brush design appeared on the market. Now it's much easier to 'create' a variation on a theme. There are some unbelievably talented artisan brush makers around today who manage to work to the same principles as my forefathers and spend time drawing up designs, turning prototypes, etc and I take my hat off to the effort and obvious love of the product that they have. There are also many 'new' 'brush makers' who have cashed in on others hard work from times past and have taken the easy route. Being a brush maker isn't just about making a decent brush. It's the individuality and capability of being 'original' that counts-one of the reasons why Simpson has so many designs available that have been developed and tweaked over the last century.

Gary

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