10-07-2013, 05:58 AM
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  • tsimmns
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So I have decided I'm going to purchase a Duke 3. While I know there are many options out there of where to purchase one from I have decided to go with Jarrod at The Superior Shave mainly because I'm OCD about getting stuff and knowing what I'm getting. With that being said below are the pictures of the ones from his sight. Seeing as how I have never owned a Simpsons brush I would like to ask your expert opinions of which one you would order if you were in my shoes. Thanks in advance for the suggestions.

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I posted this on another forum and got mixed reviews, and while I know the decision is ultimately up to me I'm looking for some expert opinions. Especially knowing some of yall are Simpsons badger gurusBiggrin

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 10-07-2013, 07:00 AM
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Hi tsimmns,

Well, firstly ... thank you for choosing a Simpson brush. The Duke 3 is a winner on all counts according to the feedback we receive. I use one in my rotation.

The pictures suggest differing knot shapes but I just want to let you know that a lot of that could be down to the way they have been packed or tissue wrapped.

I like the look of the furthest brush on the right ...

Good luck & thanks again.

Mark

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 10-07-2013, 07:04 AM
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  • Agravic
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I'm not a Simpson brush expert ... far from it in fact, but I would say that all the choices presented look lovely! I don't think you'll be disappointed with any of the 6 options.
Good luck.

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 10-07-2013, 07:17 AM
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Since the Duke is packed pretty tightly, I'd go for a higher loft, so the third from the right would be my choice. Also, its color bands are very nicely bordered.

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 10-07-2013, 07:30 AM
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Thanks Mark and John for the responses. And Ravi, I don't think I will be disappointed as well, but it's just one of those choices that I might need extra help on.Biggrin But then again, if I just went caveman style I wouldn't have this problem.

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 10-07-2013, 07:30 AM
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I believe you will be happy with any of those pictured. In no order of preference, I like #3, #5 and #7. I provided multiple suggestions just in case one or more are already sold when you return to the TSS website.

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 10-07-2013, 07:44 AM
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As the others have stated, I think you would be happy with any of those brushes! Good luck.Smile

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 10-07-2013, 07:52 AM
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Edited post. For some reason I had the same picture up there twice. With that being said, those that did offer opinions, any new advice? Thanks again for help guys. Who knew ordering my first Simpson brush could be this big of a deal as I have been eying this same picture of brushes for over three weeks now.

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 10-07-2013, 08:00 AM
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  • Agravic
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This order anticipation and selection is an important and enjoyable part of the whole acquisition process for me ... I'm excited for you!

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 10-07-2013, 10:33 AM
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I vote for #7, the furthest on the right.

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 10-07-2013, 10:34 AM
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Someone had recommended #3 on the other forum because the tops look better than most best badgers. Is this really something to consider. I know lots of people talk about the difference is Simpsons hair, but is it really that big of a difference? Surely if you order a best badger brush, you get a best badger brush correct?

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 10-07-2013, 11:19 AM
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Farthest right, but I'd take a look at the WSP Manchurian for the same money...

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 10-07-2013, 11:33 AM
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(10-07-2013, 07:17 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: Since the Duke is packed pretty tightly, I'd go for a higher loft, so the third from the right would be my choice. Also, its color bands are very nicely bordered.

That would be my choice too.

The Simpson Duke 3 is my favorite of all Simpson brushes I have tried (and I have tried 3 Duke 3 best badger and 2 Duke two band badger).

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 10-07-2013, 12:34 PM
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  • Johnny
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I would pick #7 just because it has a little larger knot. My second choice would be #3.

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 10-07-2013, 02:28 PM
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I would pick # 7 because of the larger knot.

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 10-07-2013, 02:41 PM
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All the decisions, 7, 3rd from right, #3. Only if I could just get all 3.

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 10-07-2013, 04:08 PM
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Second from the end on the right. It's even marked as being what I prefer, fan shaped.

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 10-07-2013, 05:17 PM
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  • LORDBISHOP
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I say it all the time...If I couldn't choose my brushes in person, the above site's style of picturing hand made brushes is where I would turn for Simpsons...With that said I notice tighter and tighter tolerances in Simpson brushes of the same model as time goes on; it looks like from handle to hair, these brushes are becoming more closely replicated in terms of standard specs than some of the brushes from prior years that had more noticeable differences from brush to brush ...that being said I vote for #7 and then #6

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 10-08-2013, 05:16 PM
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  • ben74
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I like number 3.

The overall shape, colour and specs of the knot appeal to my tastes. The tips appear slightly lighter. There is a nice banding. The shape is balanced, symmetrical and bulbous, but not to any extreme. The loft is slightly higher which offers a counter point to the density.

Looking at all the brushes on offer, there is no real poor choice IMO. The element that stands out the most to me is the uniformity that was not present a few years back.

The only brush that screams any huge difference is number 6. The more hybrid or slightly fan shape will provide a slightly bigger feel on the face. The less compact nature of the knot construction may also provide a more yielding (or softer) presentation to the face.

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 10-08-2013, 05:37 PM
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(10-07-2013, 07:00 AM)Simpson1919 Wrote: Hi tsimmns,

Well, firstly ... thank you for choosing a Simpson brush. The Duke 3 is a winner on all counts according to the feedback we receive. I use one in my rotation.

The pictures suggest differing knot shapes but I just want to let you know that a lot of that could be down to the way they have been packed or tissue wrapped.

I like the look of the furthest brush on the right ...

Good luck & thanks again.

Mark

Mark IS the expert!

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