12-12-2013, 07:23 AM
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So I've been at this hobby several months now, and currently have a cheap synthetic brush, a small Omega boar, and an unbranded "super badger" brush with a 24mm knot that is actually pretty good, though I don't have anything to compare it to badger-wise. I'd like to buy a "nice" badger brush under $70.

The ones I'm looking at are Simpsons' Berkeley, Commodore X2, and Colonel X2L (all in Best) and WSP's Prince (probably the 3 band, though I could be persuaded otherwise.

Any thoughts on the relative merits of these brushes? Any others I should be considering?

I'm looking for an all-arounder. I mostly bowl and mug lather, but like the idea of face lathering and can see moving more in that direction at some point. I'm just not very good at it yet.

Thanks in advance for your insights.

-Chuck

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 12-12-2013, 07:50 AM
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  • Rufus
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I don't think you can go wrong with the Colonel. This brush performs well with soaps and creams and has excellent flow through. The tips are soft and the hair has ample backbone without being stiff. Simpson's best badger is exceptionally good value. Overall, the Colonel is a high quality brush at a good price.

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 12-12-2013, 08:06 AM
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The Simpsons Commodore X2 Brush in Best Badger is also a good selection.

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 12-12-2013, 08:38 AM
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  • ben74
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Colonel X2L (Best) has my vote, especially since you preference is to bowl lather.

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 12-12-2013, 09:00 AM
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Colonel or Commodore in Best, great suggestions.. excellent brushes and well priced for the luxury that is Simpsons.


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 12-12-2013, 09:34 AM
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Thanks! Seems to be a consensus building that narrows my choice a bit. Difference between the Colonel and Commodore is basically loft and handle; is that correct?

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 12-12-2013, 09:58 AM
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Aye.. There's not much that distinguishes them.. very alike I would say, Minor differences in the handle design, knot dimensions are not too disimilar.

I own a Commodore X3L and Colonel X2L, both in best, and performance wise they are both very good.

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 12-12-2013, 10:54 AM
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I too vote for the Commodore or Colonel. Simpsons' best badger is tops in the entry level badger hair IMO. I got my first "best" when I got the TSN LE, and liked it so much I immediately got a Duke 3 as well. This comes from someone who loves a Ch3 in Manchurian. Just can't go wrong with either the Commodore or Colonel. Get the handle / knot dimensions you want and you are set.

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 12-12-2013, 11:20 AM
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(12-12-2013, 10:54 AM)wingdo Wrote: I too vote for the Commodore or Colonel. Simpsons' best badger is tops in the entry level badger hair IMO.

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 12-12-2013, 11:35 AM
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The Colonel or Commodore would make a great first badger brush for your to bowl or mug lather with. Once you start face-lathering, you should pick up a good TGN Finest 2-band knot or the WSP Prince 2-band! Good luck. Smile

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 12-12-2013, 11:38 AM
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Just used my Commodore X3L with some Nanny's Ice & Slice croap... great brush, and I must have about 30 to compare against.

Top 5... no doubt about it.

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 12-12-2013, 01:21 PM
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Colonel XL2...but you really can't go wrong getting a Simpson Brush

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 12-12-2013, 01:27 PM
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I had all of them , and my preferences are :

-WSP or Colonel.I will go for the Colonel if you have large hands or like to make lather on a bowl.If you are 100% face latherer , looking for a brush with extra soft tips and dense , the WSP 3 band , then.

-Commodore X2 ; perfect for facelathering , too short for my taste for bowl lathering.

-Berkeley : sorry , but I dont like them. They lack hair density and the best badger hair used on them could be very scritchy .Also theyre floppy for my taste.

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 12-12-2013, 06:43 PM
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I was going to say Commodore X2, but Teiste answered first. Great choice of brush for the money!

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 12-13-2013, 02:36 AM
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How about one of the few remaining Phyl8 brushes?
GReat looks, nice knot in Best and above all our inhouse LE!



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 12-13-2013, 02:58 AM
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+1 for the colonel a very good brush for bowl as for FL

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 12-13-2013, 03:11 AM
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I'd vote for the Rudy Vey TGN Finest currently for sale on the BST.

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 12-13-2013, 03:22 AM
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(12-12-2013, 07:23 AM)Chuck F Wrote: So I've been at this hobby several months now, and currently have a cheap synthetic brush, a small Omega boar, and an unbranded "super badger" brush with a 24mm knot that is actually pretty good, though I don't have anything to compare it to badger-wise. I'd like to buy a "nice" badger brush under $70.

The ones I'm looking at are Simpsons' Berkeley, Commodore X2, and Colonel X2L (all in Best) and WSP's Prince (probably the 3 band, though I could be persuaded otherwise.

Any thoughts on the relative merits of these brushes? Any others I should be considering?

I'm looking for an all-arounder. I mostly bowl and mug lather, but like the idea of face lathering and can see moving more in that direction at some point. I'm just not very good at it yet.

Thanks in advance for your insights.

-Chuck
I'd consider going with a Rooney Style 1 or 3 in a small size. Pure, maybe Best would fall into that price range but I like them the best. &50 - $70 range, right? some suggestions I see here are a little bit higher.

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 12-13-2013, 04:30 AM
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Another vote for the Colonel, especially since you bowl lather…..

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 12-13-2013, 05:26 AM
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(12-13-2013, 04:30 AM)Large4mat Wrote: Another vote for the Colonel, especially since you bowl lather…..

It's excellent for face lathering too and for creams and soaps. I currently own 20 brushes and my topic pick in terms of price, quality and performance, would be my Colonel.

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