12-09-2013, 03:49 PM
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For years Simpsons has been known as one of the premier producer of Badger hair shaving brushes. Their history dates back using the current name almost 100 years. Time marches on and the Traditional Shaving community has seen a major change, especially in the past five years, with a new option in knots. Synthetic knots have taken off in user popularity, with manufacturers such as Mühle, Frank Shaving, Kent, Omega and others, vying for the revenue potential of the latest Generation 3, and especially Generation 4 Synthetic Fibers. Up until now, there have been three manufacturers that have been able to utilize Generation 4 Synthetic Fibers. The first was H.I.S. whose brush was in existence before 2010 according to the manufacturer, but became popular in early 2012. The next manufacturer to come on board was Mühle in the winter of 2012. The last of the three was Frank Shaving with their Pur-Tech line in the summer of 2013. So that made three companies that were perched upon the Generation 4 mountaintop, but now all that has changed. Simpsons has decided to release a brush using Generation 4 Synthetic Fibers and here is a detailed view of that brush with a review in the second thread to follow.

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The new brush uses the Chubby 2 handle and is the most compact of three Generation 4 brushes that use a 28 mm knot (the largest STF Mühle sells is a 25 mm at the time of this posting). Simpsons calls the fibers "Synthetic Badger" as seen in the image. The handle is, of course, a classic Simpsons Chubby design, which is hand made and easy to grip even for a knot this size. This is a pre-release model, which has been graciously supplied by Mark Watterson of Simpsons for this review. The next picture compares the now four Generation 4 offerings both in side by side shots and down shots of the knots.

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One thing that strikes me about the Simpsons brush is the knot itself. It is much more dense than any of the other offerings. The tips are just as soft to the touch as the other three offerings and they feel the same to my skin when they are dry (which is an excellent method to tell the differences between synthetic fibers). The denser knot makes for a firmer cushion than the other three and time and testing will tell how it compares against the other three models. That testing, which will commence tomorrow, will be discussed in part two of this series when completed.

An extra thanks to James SanSouci (a.k.a. Codfish) for working with Mark Watterson to allow the pre-release model to be sent for this test and review.

This thread is intended to inform and is not a sign up sheet for brush testing. Please refrain from using this as a sign up sheet since any signups on this thread will not be considered. Thank you for your understanding on this matter.

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 12-09-2013, 04:06 PM
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RATS! I just bought a Muhle! Oh well, the more the merrier! I look forward to the review and comparing the two myself.

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 12-09-2013, 04:07 PM
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Looking forward to your insights...!!

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 12-09-2013, 04:09 PM
  • ben74
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The brush looks fantastic! Eagerly awaiting your review!

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 12-09-2013, 04:18 PM
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Gary, thanks to you, Jim, and of course Mark for getting us an early look. I look forward to your review Biggrin

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 12-09-2013, 04:37 PM
  • grantmm
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Would a synthetic chubby be known as a snubby?

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 12-09-2013, 04:39 PM
  • Agravic
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How exciting!
I look forward to your insightful and comprehensive review ... Smile

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 12-09-2013, 04:47 PM
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This might be the first synthetic that actually tempts me....

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 12-09-2013, 05:02 PM
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this looks very promising and exciting. i welcome simpsons to the new era of shaving brushes. it's not about being first - but better! it will not surprise me the slightest if we see a new market leader here. cheers Biggrin

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 12-09-2013, 05:10 PM
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Thanks for the update, Gary and I look forward to your review! Smile

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 12-09-2013, 05:12 PM
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(12-09-2013, 04:47 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: This might be the first synthetic that actually tempts me....

Yeah if I get one it'll be this one.

- Josh -

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 12-09-2013, 05:16 PM
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(12-09-2013, 04:47 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: This might be the first synthetic that actually tempts me....

I had a sinking suspicion that this would be the one to get your attention. This is one of the few I have looked forward to reviewing in a while. Tomorrow is a brand new day.

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 12-09-2013, 05:58 PM
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I'm also looking forward to this brush.

Does it have a similar glue bump to the FS?

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 12-09-2013, 06:15 PM
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(12-09-2013, 05:58 PM)tailoredfamcam Wrote: I'm also looking forward to this brush.

Does it have a similar glue bump to the FS?

It is not exposed about the breech like the FS. The bump is inside the handle.

The glue bump issue has a lot to discuss over when it is your brushes ally or enemy, but we will not need to go into that for this brush.

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 12-09-2013, 08:25 PM
  • Teiste
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That brush simply looks amazing...Smile

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 12-09-2013, 08:36 PM
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Oh Boy, those are some sweet looking brushes from each brand...I've been holding out on my first synthetic since Mark W at Simpson showed this Chubby a lil' while back...Can't wait to hear more Lightbulb

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 12-09-2013, 08:43 PM
  • Lradke
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Thanks for the announcement Gary! It's good to see that Mark got some synthetic fivers to work out! I eagerly await the review! Smile

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 12-09-2013, 10:37 PM
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I will buy this brush model with 99,99% certainty Cool

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 12-10-2013, 01:50 AM
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I saved up for this brush but I've spent the money on a 1940's english tech and some soaps. It looks beautiful though, I may get this model or the classic 1, can't decide. Huh

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 12-10-2013, 02:19 AM
  • TheMonk
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Looking forward to your review, Gary, and also somewhat afraid it won't live up to the hype... Let's wait and see! Smile

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