05-26-2014, 03:29 PM
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Thanks everyone for all the advice. I ended up ordering a Duke 2 today. I think I'll be happy with it. I also emailed a little with Mark asking his opinion. It was a Duke 2 when I told him what I was looking for.

Now the wait on the postage!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm in the market for another Simpson brush. I LOVE my Berkeley and the best hair. I do think I want a little denser knot though. I like the 20-22mm knot size. I mostly face lather as well.

What is the difference between the Classic 1 and the Duke 2? I realize the nominal loft of the Classic is a little less, but it's cost is more. Does that just mean it has more hair?

There are a few Simpsons in that $100 range. Are there any others I should be looking at?

Thank you enablers LOL

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 05-26-2014, 05:42 PM
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  • LORDBISHOP
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My recommendation would be flip a few extra bucks for the Classic 2 ... just slightly larger handle and knot compared to the Classic 1...I absolutely enjoy the Classic 2 in Best every time I use it, and it's hair is THE best grade of Simpson BEST I own, meaning I can't tell the difference between it's hair and my SUPER brushes. The Classic 1 has the advantage of fitting in the travel tube! Both Classics are the densest brushes I own from Simpson beside the P8(equal to Classics) and Chubby line.

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 05-26-2014, 07:11 PM
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  • Lutebro
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I was turned on to the Commodore X3 by Doug (Wingdo) and am supremely impressed! Nice and soft with very good backbone and a very ergonomic handle. Throw in the fact that you can snag a brand new one for $75 and that's a formula that works for me!

Like Doug said when I bought his..... this thing is a do everything workhorse!

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 05-26-2014, 08:49 PM
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  • ben74
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The Classic 1 is like a Chubby 0.5 and subsequently is denser than the Duke...

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 05-27-2014, 03:51 AM
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  • Rufus
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The Colonel 2XL best is outstanding, but it's not as dense as the Duke2 best.

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 05-27-2014, 05:36 AM
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  • Shaun
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I have the Classic 2 and the Duke. The Classic is denser. The Duke is indispensable. I'd like a Classic 1 for travel, but I'm waiting to get myself a two-band in that model. The cost is rather prohibitive, though.

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 05-27-2014, 07:00 AM
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I think I'm going to order a Duke 2 in best. The handle is similar to the Berkeley, which I love, but the knot is a little bigger and longer. I'm sure the Duke is probably a little denser than the Berkeley as well?

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 05-27-2014, 08:40 AM
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  • Rufus
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(05-27-2014, 07:00 AM)BriDroid Wrote: I think I'm going to order a Duke 2 in best. The handle is similar to the Berkeley, which I love, but the knot is a little bigger and longer. I'm sure the Duke is probably a little denser than the Berkeley as well?

Can't go wrong with a Duke2 best. Let us know what you think when you've used it a few times.

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 05-27-2014, 10:03 AM
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I have a Duke 2, Classic 1 and Classic 2. Although they do vary quite a bit, in my experience the Classics are significantly more dense than the Duke and has much better backbone. I think they are overall a superior brush for face lathering. In terms of 1 or 2, the measurements of my Classic 1 are: knot 21mm, loft 44mm, overall height: 84mm, and Classic 2: knot 23.5mm, loft: 42mm, overall height: 82mm. The extremely short loft of the Classic 2 makes it feel even more dense, more so even than my Chubby 2. The Classic 1 is slightly more of an all-rounder and fits in the travel tube, although the handle isn't quite as comfortable to use in my opinion.

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 05-27-2014, 10:38 AM
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Thanks ajpurdon. Just when I thought I had my mind made up. LOL! I'll have to look at the Classics again. Biggrin

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 05-27-2014, 11:28 AM
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(05-26-2014, 07:11 PM)Lutebro Wrote: I was turned on to the Commodore X3 by Doug (Wingdo) and am supremely impressed! Nice and soft with very good backbone and a very ergonomic handle. Throw in the fact that you can snag a brand new one for $75 and that's a formula that works for me!

Like Doug said when I bought his..... this thing is a do everything workhorse!

West Coast Shaving - Simpson Commodore X3

I was recommended this when I asked the same question elsewhere. I haven't been disappointed either.

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 05-27-2014, 11:35 AM
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I bought an Eagle G3 in best for $103 several years ago. One of the best "bang for the buck" purchases I've made. I wish this was a standard option. Even at a much higher price it would be one of my favorite brushes.

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 05-28-2014, 09:34 PM
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Congratulations, the Duke 2 is a face lathering machine.

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 05-28-2014, 09:37 PM
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Congrats on the Duke....

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 05-29-2014, 05:17 AM
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  • Elendil
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The 55, 56 and 57 are in that range or a bit less, and are fantastic brushes.

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 05-30-2014, 12:21 PM
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I got my new baby in the mail today. Here it is fresh out of the box. I'll get some pics later tonight after I shampoo it and test it out.

I feel like a kid a Christmas!

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 05-30-2014, 06:17 PM
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Congratulations on the new brush, Brian! Smile

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 05-31-2014, 06:26 AM
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That's a nice looking Duke, Brian. Enjoy it!

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 05-31-2014, 08:36 AM
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Pics of it next to a Berkeley 46

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Berkeley on top

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 06-01-2014, 12:24 AM
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(05-27-2014, 11:35 AM)TYdeFan05 Wrote: I bought an Eagle G3 in best for $103 several years ago. One of the best "bang for the buck" purchases I've made. I wish this was a standard option. Even at a much higher price it would be one of my favorite brushes.

+1 on that.
The Eagle in best is a fantastic brush.

The Eagle in size 3 itself has a very comfortable handle.
And Best is a knot that perfectly seems to fit this style.




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