02-13-2014, 02:05 PM
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  • Elendil
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I have a lot of brushes, with most of the major brands represented and a few custom and artisan brushes to round out the collection. By far, Simpsons form the bulk of my collection, with many Isle of Man stock brushes and customs/LE's to boot. There are also several Carter era Somerset brushes and a few Simpson/Young era vintage brushes to round it out. The downside to having a big brush collection is that if you rotate on a daily basis, you never really get to know the brush. My compromise is to spend a week with each. I decided this week that I would spend about six months rolling around in my Simpson collection, and thought I would post about it here. So without further ado, let's kick it off with....

The Simpson P8 in Best, TSN LE #167/200

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The fan on this knot is fantastic. I put it to my toughest test, bowl lathering Mitchell's.....

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As you can see, it wasn't phased. In fact, it looked at me and scoffed when I suggested it might have a tough time. This brush is a pleasure to use, and despite its 25 mm knot, has been a great, scrubby face latherer.

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 02-13-2014, 02:08 PM
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  • Johnny
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Can I borrow that picture to lather with tomorrow. Wink

They are great brushes.

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 02-13-2014, 03:23 PM
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This should be a treat to view! Biggrin

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 02-13-2014, 05:54 PM
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COVETING thy neghbors brush i am

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 02-13-2014, 06:20 PM
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  • tgutc
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Look forward to seeing what brush you choose every week.

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 02-13-2014, 06:23 PM
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  • Shanman
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 02-13-2014, 06:37 PM
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By making this a project, I won't feel guilty ignoring the others.

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 02-16-2014, 06:47 AM
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On duty this week is the Simpson "Hive" in Manchurian. Pics to follow.

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 02-17-2014, 06:03 AM
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In all its glory, the Simpson Hive in Manchurian:

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For some time, there had been the question of whether Manchurian badger was a marketing ploy or something truly different from the standard grades of badger that were out there. It was clear from the first use that the resilient knot and super soft tips of this brush (my first Manchurian) that it truly was different. My preference is for a knot with greater loft in this grade (and got that with the Jubilee), but it is an outstanding brush nonetheless.

Obligatory pic of a bowl of MWF:

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 02-17-2014, 06:46 AM
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what size is your manchu hive? Smile

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 02-17-2014, 06:59 AM
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  • evnpar
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A beauty to behold. Thanks for sharing your beautiful brushes.

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 02-17-2014, 07:07 AM
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Simpsons are probably my favorite... nice idea for a thread.

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 02-17-2014, 08:58 AM
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(02-17-2014, 06:46 AM)tonsorius Wrote: what size is your manchu hive? Smile

Side by side with the ~25 mm P8 (which is completely drying out before being put away), the Hive looks to have a 22-23 mm knot.

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 02-23-2014, 05:53 PM
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Up this week is a vintage Simpson X1L in Best. Pictures to come shortly.

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 02-24-2014, 03:07 PM
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Fantastic idea. Takes a good amount of discipline not to switch midweek. That hive would have to be my ultimate brush.

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 02-24-2014, 03:27 PM
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(02-24-2014, 03:07 PM)ajpurdon Wrote: Fantastic idea. Takes a good amount of discipline not to switch midweek. That hive would have to be my ultimate brush.

The Hive is unlike any Beehive shaped brush I've tried, if only for the handle. It's a really solid piece of resin.

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 02-25-2014, 08:16 AM
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A vintage Simpson X1L in Best. According to Gary Young, this is an early 1970s vintage brush. It was the first butterscotch brush I obtained, and the knot is in excellent shape.

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A bowl of Mitchell's:

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 02-25-2014, 11:52 AM
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  • P Funk
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Ah...I always wondered why the Colonel was labeled x2l..looks like its smaller predecessor/sibling.

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 02-25-2014, 02:08 PM
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  • blzrfn
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That brush speaks to me Bob, I love me some butterscotch Best Badgers. Tell us how that knot felt on the face!

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 02-25-2014, 02:29 PM
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That's a nice looking old brush. Thanks for sharing it.

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