05-05-2012, 04:55 PM
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  • Teiste
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If the Simpson Duke 3 best badger shaving brush could be considered the best all around brush out there : Simpson Duke 3 best badger shaving brush. the Simpson Duke 2 best badger hair could be one of the best ever made for face lathering,alongside other Simpson brushes like the Colonel,Commodore X1,the Rooney 1/1 or some shavemacs.

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This brush its a little bit smaller than the Simpson Duke 3 and has the following measures :
  • 21/22 mm knot
  • 47/48 mm loft
  • Around 88/89 mm of total height
which makes them a medium size brush,on the small side.

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As its big brother,the Duke 3,this brush has a sturdy,kind of heavy,resin made handle but maybe too small for people with big hands.For me that I have medium size hands its simply perfect to hold.

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This brush has a 21/22 mm knot,but since its really well packed of best badger hair,the knot seems bigger.Honestly,other brands could learn a little bit more about packing their shaving brushes with extra hair as Simpson does.

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The best badger hair of this brush its what other brands would called "silvertip".Due to its measures (21 mm knot and 47/48 mm loft) and the extra packing of badger hair,this brush has a firm backbone,but not being a "wall of badger hair" since its flow its there,something that I have learn to appreciated after trying so many badger brushes.I sued to like the one with extra firm backbone but not much flow and now Im looking more with the ones with have a balance between firmness of backbone and flow.

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Another thing that I like about this brush is that it doesn't blooms/splays too much one its wet,making facelathering with it a pretty effective task.

It has a hybrid shape,not being totally bulb but either fan,but there are not 2 brushes alike,so you can get one more fan shaped than this or more bulb shaped.

As I said before this is one of those perfect shaving brushes for face lathering : good firm backbone with soft tips and good flow,and doesn't splays on the face while applying/making lather with it.
However,I find the X1 Commodore best badger brush and the Rooney 1/1 a little bit better than this,since both handles are more ergonomic than the Duke one,but not by much more.
I was so surprised about how well packed was also the Simpson Commodore X1 best badger brush for its price.The Duke 2 was more expensive,but there is something about the Duke series that attracts people to it,and I have been one of those...

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 05-05-2012, 05:19 PM
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I have found my Colonel X2L in Best is a great facelathering brush.

Excellent review.

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 05-05-2012, 07:23 PM
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  • MaxP
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I have a D2. Occasionally. I think about letting it go.

Then I use it and decide that it really does have place in my herd.

Besides, I live in the town where John Wayne was born. I gotta have a Duke!


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 05-05-2012, 07:38 PM
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My Commodore X2 is excellent as well for face lathering. It bloomed a ton so a X1 would probably be a bit neater with applying lather but I still really enjoy the X2. Price was the main reason I went with Commodore over the Duke.

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 05-05-2012, 10:36 PM
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Great post Teiste.

Another of my favourites here. I have one in 3 band super and love it.

What I have noticed is that the newer Duke 2's are closer to 50mm in loft rather than 47-48mm.

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 05-05-2012, 11:37 PM
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  • hon
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I look at the latest Duke 2 stock picture from a vendor, it seems like there a slight change of Duke 2 handle shape. The newer Duke 2 handle more toward Duke 3 look now.

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 05-06-2012, 03:13 AM
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The D2 gets it done, whenever and, however; its not my favorite but it has never failed me once.

   

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 05-06-2012, 03:19 AM
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Teiste, Excellent review, I know what you mean regarding lather hog brushes, I have a Chubby 1 in super, and it is a lather hog, just seems a waste of brush and money!
Thanks for the review!
Jim

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 05-06-2012, 07:25 AM
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  • Johnny
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I had a Duke 2 and loved it. Sold it and now kicking myself in the butt for doing so. I will have another someday, or maybe a Simpsons 57.

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 05-09-2012, 04:56 AM
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Excellent review Teiste! I have both the Duke 2 and Duke 3(also reviewed by you), but I have them both in two band Super and I love them both! The Duke 2 is the perfect size for face lathering.

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 05-09-2012, 05:03 AM
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  • ben74
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I just received a butterscotch Duke 3 Manchurian, can't wait to use it...

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 05-09-2012, 02:18 PM
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Great review!!

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 05-09-2012, 04:20 PM
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I had a Duke 3 in Best, an excellent brush, but unfortunately a chronic shedder, until shampooed and combed out several times.
Then it only lost a hair or two every few shaves. I gave it to my son-in-law, and it's doing a good job for him.

I have a Rooney 1/1 in Best, a brush quite comparable to the Duke 2, and it has hardly shed a hair. An excellent little brush.

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 05-09-2012, 06:02 PM
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  • ben74
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My Duke 2...

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 05-09-2012, 11:48 PM
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(05-05-2012, 04:55 PM)Teiste Wrote: I was so surprised about how well packed was also the Simpson Commodore X1 best badger brush for its price.The Duke 2 was more expensive,but there is something about the Duke series that attracts people to it,and I have been one of those...

My X1 has a loft of 42mm, very bulb shaped and the hairs on the side are only 28mm in lenght. Your Duke 2 features a loft of 47/48mm - which is very nice and very usable. 42mm is kind of funny, but due to its tiny loft, not holding much lather for a second pass. Undecided

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 05-10-2012, 06:08 AM
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  • Songwind
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Now you have me thinking of asking for a Duke 2 or 3 for Father's Day.

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 05-10-2012, 07:27 AM
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Great review! I have the Duke 3 and love that brush. In fact, I there could only be one, it would be my Duke 3!!!!

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 05-10-2012, 09:19 AM
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  • Teiste
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(05-09-2012, 06:02 PM)ben74 Wrote:
My Duke 2...


Tell s a little bit more about this beauty,Ben!

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 05-15-2012, 02:19 AM
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  • ben74
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(05-10-2012, 09:19 AM)Teiste Wrote:
(05-09-2012, 06:02 PM)ben74 Wrote:
My Duke 2...


Tell s a little bit more about this beauty,Ben!

LE Duke 2:

Limited Edition, Faux Ivory, 3 Band Super

Overall Brush Height: 90mm
Handle Height: 41mm
Loft Height: 49mm
Knot Diameter: 22mm

The faux ivory Duke 2 is stuffed with 3 Band Super that boasts softer tips than Best. The individual shafts of hair aren't as thick as a 2 Band Super brush, making it less stiff than this grade of hair and it's usual offering in Best. It's densely stuffed, but not Chubby-esuqe, moderate backbone and reasonable flow through. It reminds me of Pre-Vulfix Best...

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 05-15-2012, 06:03 AM
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  • Shanman
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I am totally head over heels for my Duke 3 in 2 band super. Fanflippintastic brush, and I love to face lather this beauty.

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