12-23-2013, 09:06 AM
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  • Teiste
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My turn to test this new Simpson shaving brush and my first impressions of it are very positive.

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Its really been a right guess for Simpson to introduce their new "synthetic badger" brushes with the iconic Chubby 2.Why ? Well , while not always in the world of shaving brushes more hair means better , in the case of these particular synthetic fibre , its much better.

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I must admit that the brush is a beauty in itself and the new synthetic fiber doesn't diminishes its beauty a bit.

Of course the handle is the regular Chubby two with the "synthetic badger" stamped on it.I must also say that I must say that I dont like that Muhle or Simpson are naming their top synthetic brushes "Silvertip" or "badger" , since this could lead to a wrong approach from people who have used badger brushes before.They "act" and "behave" differently and have their tricks if we truly want to make them shine.If people use them like regular Silvertip or badger brushes are going to be disappointed.

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These fibers are the same than Muhle are using in their current "Silvertip Fibre" brushes as well as the HIS or the Frank Shaving Pur Tech.

This particular brush has a more bulb shaped knot than the Muhle , HIS or Frank Shaving Pur Tech brushes I have tested in the past , which were more fan shaped.

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Here with the current Muhle Silvertip Fibre 25 mm brush :

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While the Simpson has a bigger knot (around 27 mm) , it doesn't feels like it has more fibre than the Muhle STF 25 mm , maybe its just an first impression due to the fact than the Muhle has a fan shaped knot while the Simpson is more of a hybrid/bulb knot.

Here a pic to compare fiber density : Muhle on right , Simpson on left :

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and from a different perspective :

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I used it today for the first time , and here are my first impressions of this brush :

- Its a lather beast (well , most of synthetic are , right ?) . Shaved my head first with TOBS Lavender shaving cream and made thick lather in less than 15 seconds.I used it with circular strokes and I was very pleased with it.

-After my shower , was time to shave my face , so I used Musgo Real shaving cream.Again , it made lather out of a tiny little bit of cream , enough for 4 or 5 passes , and quiet thick and dense.

-The tips are extra soft , but due to its hybrid/bulb shaped knot and its "short" loft (compare it with other synthetic brushes ) , I did choose to use it with painting strokes than circular ones.I will use it with circular strokes (on my face) on my next shaves.

-While it has a good , firm backbone , it not a stick , and has some fiber flexibility.I think that due to the fact that this brush doesn't have a noticeable glue bump and that's helps a lot.

-It doesn't retains a lot of water and its better to shake the excess of it prior to make lather , unless you want to be wet all over your arm.

-Quiet heavy on the hand , more than I was expecting , and almost like the regular Chubby 2 in super and best badger , for what I remember.

So now I do have to test it more and report my final impressions about it.

Thanks to Simpson shaving brushes to allow me testing this new model.

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 12-23-2013, 09:09 AM
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  • Agravic
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Very nice ... photos and preliminary review, Teiste.

This synthetic knot sounds promising indeed ... and what a lovely presentation, coupled with the iconic CH2 handle.

Once they are available for purchase ... sign me up!

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 12-23-2013, 09:21 AM
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Excellent review. Just like you, I found that the slight "knot flex" at the handle and the lack of glue bump really works in this brushes favor. I look forward to your final impressions.

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 12-23-2013, 09:50 AM
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Lovely photos, Teiste. Enjoy the brush while you have it! Biggrin

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 12-23-2013, 09:51 AM
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Good review, Teiste, thanks for doing it. The more I read about this brush the better it sounds.

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 12-23-2013, 10:20 AM
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  • TheMonk
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Very nice first impressions, Teiste.
I agree, this brush is sounding better every day.

Looking forward to your final review.

Cheers.

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 12-23-2013, 10:35 AM
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  • srgjazz
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Excellent review.

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 12-23-2013, 10:42 AM
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  • robk
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+1 on sign me up.

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 12-23-2013, 11:01 AM
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  • Johnny
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(12-23-2013, 09:06 AM)Teiste Wrote: My turn to test this new Simpson shaving brush and my first impressions of it are very positive.

These fibers are the same than Muhle are using in their current "Silvertip Fibre" brushes as well as the HIS or the Frank Shaving Pur Tech.

If this is in fact the case, what is the advantage of one brush over the other?

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 12-23-2013, 11:12 AM
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(12-23-2013, 11:01 AM)Johnny Wrote:
(12-23-2013, 09:06 AM)Teiste Wrote: My turn to test this new Simpson shaving brush and my first impressions of it are very positive.

These fibers are the same than Muhle are using in their current "Silvertip Fibre" brushes as well as the HIS or the Frank Shaving Pur Tech.


If this is in fact the case, what is the advantage of one brush over the other?


How the knots are constructed, hand made versus machine made, fan versus bulb or hybrid is up to the brush manufacturer. The skills and techniques translate into differences in performance.

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 12-23-2013, 12:07 PM
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What is the loft of this brush? Thanks for the review!

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 12-23-2013, 12:28 PM
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(12-23-2013, 12:07 PM)Ronnie Aloha Wrote: What is the loft of this brush? Thanks for the review!

Simpsons Synthetic Badger
Knot Size 28 MM
Overall Height 98 MM
Handle Height 44 MM
Loft 54 MM

http://shavenook.com/thread-a-new-simpso...art-review

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 12-23-2013, 01:10 PM
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Perhaps we are all in self denial, we just can't handle the fact a synthetic brush as finally started to challenge real bager grade hair, who knows perhaps we never will, after all I have friends that still attend confession they actually believe they can commit a sin every week then turn up and some guy sanctioned by God will forgive them.:-)

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 12-23-2013, 01:23 PM
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  • Exapno
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As has been said before, synthetics are another type of shaving brush that has its own merits, strengths and weaknesses, alongside badger, boar and horse. It doesn't really challenge badger hair in my opinion, it's an alternative to it but not a replacement for it.

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 12-23-2013, 05:16 PM
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Interesting first thoughts Teiste, thanks for sharing. Great pictures as usual.

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 12-23-2013, 05:42 PM
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  • Arcadies
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Very nice, I am still waiting on the price on these...I suspect, being Simpson and all..they're going to be $60+.
IMO no synthetic is worth more than $60. Also, after recently snagging a 28mm Pur-Tech from the Bay for a paltry $30 and falling in love with it, I am even starting to question the value in $50+ synths.




**EDITED** I love my brushes but not that much.

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 12-23-2013, 05:53 PM
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(12-23-2013, 05:42 PM)Arcadies Wrote: Very nice, I am still waiting on the price on these...I suspect, being Simpson and all..they're going to be $60+.
IMO no synthetic is worth more than $60. Also, after recently shagging a 28mm Pur-Tech from the Bay for a paltry $30 and falling in love with it, I am even starting to question the value in $50+ synths.

A few of us fortunate souls got ours at those low prices.

Some FS reps are asking around $110 for them now and $60 for the FS standard butterscotch style handle in 28mm.

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 12-23-2013, 06:32 PM
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(12-23-2013, 05:53 PM)GDCarrington Wrote: A few of us fortunate souls got ours at those low prices.

Some FS reps are asking around $110 for them now and $60 for the FS standard butterscotch style handle in 28mm.

Wow.. I really like the brush, it's quickly becoming my favorite synthetic..but I just don't think it's worth more than perhaps $45-50. I admit though, I am a cheap bastard at heart. Biggrin

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 12-23-2013, 08:57 PM
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Byron, I also got two of the FS Gen 4 knots with handles for less than $50 and I see that they have now increased in value!

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 12-23-2013, 10:25 PM
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  • slr31
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Teiste, thanks for the review and superb pictures. Knowing how much I love the V1/V2 Muhle fibres, I am looking forward to this one.

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