02-19-2014, 10:11 AM
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  • Barrylu
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  • Portland OR
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I have limited my brushes fairly much to Simpson brushes. Not only to Simpsons but Simpsons in Manchurian or Super Badger exclusively. I have been very pleased with the brushes and the resulting shaves. Simpson then offered TSN Ph8 in Best and I eagerly bought one. I immediately fell in love with the brush. The brush handled, lathered and softened my beard better than some of my more expensive brushes. I have been using the Ph8 for several months now and look forward to it as it nears the top of my list in my brush rotation. Recently, I had the opportunity to acquire a Simpson 57 in Best Badger. I wanted to see if my Ph8 was a freak or was Best badger really that good.
The bottom line is my two Simpson best badgers shave circles around some of my Manchurian as well as my Silvertips. The 2 Best badgers are every bit as good as my favorite Silvertips and Manchurians. I may replace some of these more expensive brushes with Simpson's Best brushes in the near future.

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 02-19-2014, 10:13 AM
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  • Elendil
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Yes, Simpson Best is that good. The overwhelming majority of my brushes are Best, and there is not a piker in the lot.

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 02-19-2014, 10:16 AM
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  • Agravic
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  • Pennsylvania, USA
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Agreed.

I only recently discovered the merits of Simpson Best knots, via the P8.

I now have the CH2 Best as well, and hope to get additional examples.

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 02-19-2014, 10:23 AM
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  • Barrylu
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Good I am not crazy.Two people agree. That settles it my next brush is a CH 1 in Best.

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 02-19-2014, 10:25 AM
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Well, there's no guarantee that I'm not crazy, but the Simpson hair I have anymore is their Best. Yup, it's that good.

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 02-19-2014, 11:15 AM
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Well, I might as well try a Chubby 2 in Best, then, since my Chubby 2 Super is such a lovely brush. I guess it doesn't take much convincing! Biggrin

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 02-19-2014, 11:22 AM
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  • Rufus
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The Best is truly the best. I like it better than my Simpson's supers. The only Manchurian I have is the Jubilee and it's very nice and on a par with my Bests. The only Simpson's badger I have yet to try is the two band. Shavemac's Finest is similar to Simpson's Best in terms of price, quality and performance.

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 02-19-2014, 11:56 AM
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  • TheMonk
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I have a CH2 Best already with a few years (I'd say around 2010) and, to me and everyone else who's tried it, it is nothing short of a Silvertip hair. The tips are quite softer than my Tulip 3 Super, which still puzzles me quite a bit, I must say. Apart from the soft tips, it's also extremely dense, much denser than my CH2 2-Band, and has a very decent backbone.

My P8, although having soft tips, is not nearly as soft as the CH2, but it does have superior backbone (taking into account the smaller knot, of course).

All this to say that the Simpsons Best has not remained quite the same over the years, and I personally prefer the older brushes, but to me it is still a very good all-around badger hair, and represents Simpson's best price/quality offerings.

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 02-19-2014, 11:59 AM
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  • Mr_Smartepants
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  • Cambridgeshire, UK (CONUS post address)
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I must be the exception then.
I've had a few Simpsons (second-hand) in Best and I've sold them all within 2 weeks of using them. They just didn't hold a candle to any of my other brushes (including an old Edwin Jagger Chatsworth in best badger).
They had too much scritch (really irritating) while being too floppy. I even tied some rubber-bands around the base of one of the knots to stiffen the loft but sold it anyway.
The only Simpson brush I still own and use is a Tulip-1 (in Super).
I'm sure my experience is unique, and to be fair I've never bought a Simpson brush from new (always from BST).

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 02-19-2014, 12:39 PM
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If I could only keep one brush, it would be a Simpson in Best. Just the most enjoyable to me.

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 02-19-2014, 12:41 PM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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(02-19-2014, 10:11 AM)Barrylu Wrote: I have limited my brushes fairly much to Simpson brushes. Not only to Simpsons but Simpsons in Manchurian or Super Badger exclusively. I have been very pleased with the brushes and the resulting shaves. Simpson then offered TSN Ph8 in Best and I eagerly bought one. I immediately fell in love with the brush. The brush handled, lathered and softened my beard better than some of my more expensive brushes. I have been using the Ph8 for several months now and look forward to it as it nears the top of my list in my brush rotation. Recently, I had the opportunity to acquire a Simpson 57 in Best Badger. I wanted to see if my Ph8 was a freak or was Best badger really that good.
The bottom line is my two Simpson best badgers shave circles around some of my Manchurian as well as my Silvertips. The 2 Best badgers are every bit as good as my favorite Silvertips and Manchurians. I may replace some of these more expensive brushes with Simpson's Best brushes in the near future.

If you like the P8 and 57, you should get a 58 in best badger. One word describes it, devine.

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 02-19-2014, 12:59 PM
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  • MarkW
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Thank you.

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 02-19-2014, 01:25 PM
#13
  • Samjax
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  • Clearwater, Florida
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Of my last three Simpson Chubby 3s, I actually liked the Best better than either the Super or Manchurian. Crazy I know...but of the three, I really wish I had that Chubby 3 in Best back in my rotation.

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 02-19-2014, 01:26 PM
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  • MarkW
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Forgive my short tirade, born of frustration.

Sometimes it's just good to let it out.

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 02-19-2014, 01:39 PM
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(02-19-2014, 01:26 PM)Simpson1919 Wrote: Forgive my short tirade, born of frustration.

Sometimes it's just good to let it out.

Do all Chubby sizes come in fan shape?

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 02-19-2014, 04:02 PM
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  • Giorgio
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I have always had wonderful experiences with every Simpson's Best I have owned. I have actually never tried the Super (I do have some 2 bands and a Manchurian), but keeping apples to apples, after trying the best, I can't imagine such a good thing getting better with the Super!

I really do need a 58 Biggrin!

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 02-19-2014, 04:05 PM
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  • German
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  • USA
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I have yet to find a Best batch that I like.... Not saying it does not exist...I just have not found it... And thus I decided to refrain from trying it again ... And settled on 2 band instead... Angel

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 02-19-2014, 04:10 PM
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  • Elendil
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Best is like a chameleon in the hands of Mark's brush makers. On one hand, it can make these dense, scrubby brushes like the Chubby, Classic and Duke. On another, it can make meltingly soft brushes like Keyholes and Milk Churns that are less dense. Finally, you can get intermediates like Fifties and Rovers that blend the best of both extremes.

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 02-19-2014, 04:11 PM
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  • Manning
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Best is my favorite over Silvertip, Manchurian, and 2 Band, although I certainly enjoy those grades as well.

My favorite brush is the Chubby 2 in best. It's perfect in my opinion.

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 02-19-2014, 05:56 PM
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  • Elendil
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(02-19-2014, 01:39 PM)CyanideMetal Wrote:
(02-19-2014, 01:26 PM)Simpson1919 Wrote: Forgive my short tirade, born of frustration.

Sometimes it's just good to let it out.

Do all Chubby sizes come in fan shape?

The 2 bands tend to come in bulbs...German can confirm.

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