04-20-2012, 05:30 PM
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Well, one is a duplicate (backup) and three new items.

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All but the H.I.S. brush came to me via Phil.

Thanks Phil!

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 04-20-2012, 06:08 PM
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  • Johnny
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Oh my, Gary has been busy.

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 04-20-2012, 06:10 PM
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(04-20-2012, 06:08 PM)Johnny Wrote: Oh my, Gary has been busy.

... and spent all his allowance! Laughing1

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 04-20-2012, 07:42 PM
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  • Teiste
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Looking forward to read your impressions about the Vie Long,the Simpson and the 23mm Muhle silvertip fibres.

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 04-21-2012, 01:27 AM
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Gary looks like you got just about everything covered; just toss in a Omega Silvertip oh wai.... I kid. Nice gear. Biggrin

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 04-21-2012, 05:53 AM
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  • Howler
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WOW, nice brush additions.

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 04-21-2012, 06:46 AM
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How do you like the Colonel? I've thought about getting one several times.

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 04-21-2012, 07:06 AM
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(04-21-2012, 06:46 AM)cvac Wrote: How do you like the Colonel? I've thought about getting one several times.

I have tried it for the first time today. That was the break in shave so I will let you know on this and the Vie Long and the Muhle as soon as I have had a chance to use them a few times. I will tell you it has bloomed out nicely.


Here is a picture of the bloom on the Colonel after the first use.

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 04-21-2012, 09:33 AM
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That's quite a bloom there! The only Simpsons Best brush I have is the Rover. It's grown on me a lot as I continue to use it.

How is the scritch on the Colonel? I don't like scritchy brushes.

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 04-21-2012, 11:44 AM
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(04-21-2012, 09:33 AM)cvac Wrote: That's quite a bloom there! The only Simpsons Best brush I have is the Rover. It's grown on me a lot as I continue to use it.

How is the scritch on the Colonel? I don't like scritchy brushes.

Well, it is less scritchy than my Tweezerman or my VDH black badger. That is only based on the single first time use. It is much softer, but if you want to remove the scritch, I think you might have to move up to the super badger. That is a considerable price jump, but if you want additional softness, I think that is the path of progression. Hopefully, in the next couple of weeks I can know a little bit better based on multiple uses.

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 04-21-2012, 11:59 AM
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Yeah, I have a Tulip 3 2-band that is very soft on the tips...softer than my Rover in Best for sure. Guess if I decide to chance it on another Simpsons best and don't like it I could always sell the brush off.

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 04-21-2012, 12:32 PM
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  • Dave
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The Colonel was my favorite of the Simpsons brushes I owned. It was a bowl and face lather champ.

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 04-21-2012, 01:24 PM
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Wow, sir, very nice brushes!

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 04-22-2012, 02:12 PM
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Well this morning was the first time with the Vie Long Zurito. It is softer than my Tweezerman badger and my VDH Pure (Black) and almost as soft as the Colonel but with more backbone. It will still need more breaking in to better determine its properties. Here are the pictures after the first use.

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 04-22-2012, 03:51 PM
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Gary, nice that you give the technical specs, along with the excellent pictures, of your new brushes.

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 04-22-2012, 04:10 PM
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(04-22-2012, 03:51 PM)wknicholas Wrote: Gary, nice that you give the technical specs, along with the excellent pictures, of your new brushes.

Thanks, Nick! The reason why I do that is two fold. One is to allow the reader an opportunity to understand and compare items, especially when there are items that don't seem to have complete commonality, like the size of the H.I.S. brush which is so different from the remaining ones. The second and more important reason is that fact that it allows for a reduced (not eliminated) level of subjectivity. I try to think of what I like to see when a review is made and wherever possible I want to give facts and then give my opinion, because data is data and opinion may or may not line up with what is hard fact.

Again, Nick thanks for the complement. It is appreciated.

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 04-22-2012, 05:16 PM
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(04-22-2012, 04:10 PM)GDCarrington Wrote:
(04-22-2012, 03:51 PM)wknicholas Wrote: Gary, nice that you give the technical specs, along with the excellent pictures, of your new brushes.

Thanks, Nick! The reason why I do that is two fold. One is to allow the reader an opportunity to understand and compare items, especially when there are items that don't seem to have complete commonality, like the size of the H.I.S. brush which is so different from the remaining ones. The second and more important reason is that fact that it allows for a reduced (not eliminated) level of subjectivity. I try to think of what I like to see when a review is made and wherever possible I want to give facts and then give my opinion, because data is data and opinion may or may not line up with what is hard fact.

Again, Nick thanks for the complement. It is appreciated.

Gary, many of us appreciate the quality of your posts on the various shaving forums.

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 04-22-2012, 05:53 PM
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Gary, your reviews have shaped which direction I lean in the brush world! Thank you for all of your excellent reviews!

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 04-23-2012, 06:56 AM
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A very nice lineup!

I am curious to learn how the Muhle 23 mm and the Colonel compare in terms of efficacy and scritch.

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