05-16-2014, 03:14 AM
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I sold a Duke 3 I had for a while and I really miss it. I'm looking to replace it but I keep eyeballing that 58 as well. What do you say gents, 58 or D3?

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 05-16-2014, 05:11 AM
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  • refles
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I admit like the shape of the 58, its a small change to the handle shape that makes it appealing.

Isn't the Lord Randal shape similar to D3 but enlarged from what I remember Phil showing the comparison photos. How much did you like that handle.. could be the key to what you truly want Biggrin

my vote is for the 58 thou, you don't see it as much as the D3. (based on looks thou, never used it before)

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 05-16-2014, 05:13 AM
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(05-16-2014, 05:11 AM)refles Wrote: I admit like the shape of the 58, its a small change to the handle shape that makes it appealing.

Isn't the Lord Randal shape similar to D3 but enlarged from what I remember Phil showing the comparison photos. How much did you like that handle.. could be the key to what you truly want Biggrin

my vote is for the 58 thou, you don't see it as much as the D3. (based on looks thou, never used it before)
Nice observations. Very helpful, thank you.

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 05-16-2014, 05:14 AM
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I've not used a D3 but I own a 58. I love the handle.

Mine is "Best Badger" and although I appreciate it, I prefer a little more backbone and slightly less of a fan shape. A 2-band 58 might be the stuff of dreams...

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 05-16-2014, 05:16 AM
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I have both (D3 and 58) in Best.

The knots are virtually identical.

D3 is a great all-round brush.

58 is like a 'stretch' version of the D3, and has an edge in terms of handle ergonomics ... large hands, bowl lathering, etc.

In the end, you're going to be fine with either choice ... I recommend getting both if you can! Good luck.

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 05-16-2014, 05:45 AM
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The Chubby and Duke get the most attention, but the 58 and 59 have superb handles.

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 05-16-2014, 06:07 AM
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Thanks gents!

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 05-16-2014, 06:20 AM
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  • ben74
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The fifties series is a great handle and resembles the Lord Randal (the Duke does not). The Duke 3 is my all time preferred brush/handle, but I also own 58 and 59. These elongated 50's would definitely appeal to those that had a tendency to bowl lathering as opposed to face lathering...

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 05-16-2014, 07:10 AM
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I like the Simpson's 5x series a lot, but I think they are over-priced. A two band finest knot of these dimensions can be had in a similar quality handle for much less. If those two are your choices, I vote for 58.

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 05-16-2014, 08:33 AM
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I ended up going with the D3 from Bullgoose simply because it's what I had beforeSmile I may very well pick up a 58 down the road. Thanks folks.

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 05-16-2014, 08:34 AM
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  • Agravic
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Very nice, Chris ... Smile

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 05-16-2014, 11:21 AM
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  • refles
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Can't go wrong with either Chris!

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 05-16-2014, 11:37 AM
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I think the Rooney 1/2 is a superior brush and near or below the prices of the Simpson choices. I have owned 40 plus Simpson (5 Duke 3's) and I can say the Rooney tops pretty much all of them. I no longer own the Rooney as I now prefer my 26mm Thater because I am in the extreme comfort portion of my shaving voyage. Been doing this for going on 8 years and have tried everything from a Wee Scot to a Polo 14 and most in between. My Top 3 brushes ever owned are: Plisson HMW #12 in Genuine Horn, Thater 26mm Plexi, and the mentioned Rooney 1/2.

Besides you have too many brushes as it is already...(not to mention your soaps)

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 05-16-2014, 12:41 PM
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(05-16-2014, 11:37 AM)minimalist Wrote: I think the Rooney 1/2 is a superior brush and near or below the prices of the Simpson choices. I have owned 40 plus Simpson (5 Duke 3's) and I can say the Rooney tops pretty much all of them. I no longer own the Rooney as I now prefer my 26mm Thater because I am in the extreme comfort portion of my shaving voyage. Been doing this for going on 8 years and have tried everything from a Wee Scot to a Polo 14 and most in between. My Top 3 brushes ever owned are: Plisson HMW #12 in Genuine Horn, Thater 26mm Plexi, and the mentioned Rooney 1/2.

Besides you have too many brushes as it is already...(not to mention your soaps)

Nice brushes! I definitely own too many soaps but the brushes I'm comfortable with so long as they still fit on my shelf. I won't buy any more than that thoughSmile

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 05-17-2014, 04:19 AM
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(05-16-2014, 07:10 AM)vferdman Wrote: I like the Simpson's 5x series a lot, but I think they are over-priced. A two band finest knot of these dimensions can be had in a similar quality handle for much less. If those two are your choices, I vote for 58.

Have you seen the price of the Harvards?

Re: 58 vs D3, the knots are very similar, and your preference for handle style should guide you.

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 05-17-2014, 04:22 AM
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(05-17-2014, 04:19 AM)Elendil Wrote:
(05-16-2014, 07:10 AM)vferdman Wrote: I like the Simpson's 5x series a lot, but I think they are over-priced. A two band finest knot of these dimensions can be had in a similar quality handle for much less. If those two are your choices, I vote for 58.

Have you seen the price of the Harvards?

Re: 58 vs D3, the knots are very similar, and your preference for handle style should guide you.

I have not seen them but thanks very much for the tip.

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 05-22-2014, 10:10 PM
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58 vs D3 (Manchurian)...

[Image: e2gMoSL.png]

[Image: bGXDDuP.png]

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 05-23-2014, 02:31 AM
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Wow, great pics Ben!

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 05-23-2014, 03:05 AM
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(05-22-2014, 10:10 PM)ben74 Wrote:
58 vs D3 (Manchurian)...

[Image: e2gMoSL.png]

[Image: bGXDDuP.png]

Very nice Manchurian 58 Ben.

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 06-15-2014, 08:21 AM
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The 58 remains of interest. Is the Best hair being offered these days still soft-tipped and without scritch? Just checking.

(05-16-2014, 05:16 AM)Agravic Wrote: I have both (D3 and 58) in Best.

The knots are virtually identical.

D3 is a great all-round brush.

58 is like a 'stretch' version of the D3, and has an edge in terms of handle ergonomics ... large hands, bowl lathering, etc.

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