05-29-2014, 08:37 AM
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  • Lutebro
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  • Olympia, WA
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I've been on somewhat of a tangent lately with brushes and all over the place. Boar, synthetic, mix, horse, badger, I had at least one of each. I made a decision to narrow it down to the ones I would actually use. I have settled and wanted to show them off.

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Simpson Somerset "Carter Era" Polo 10 in Super
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This is my most expensive brush and my favorite. The handle is huge and the hair in it is pillow soft with good backbone. This brush marked my transition into minimalizing my collection.

Simpson Commodore X3 in Best 24x50
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This is my workhorse. Reliable, sturdy and very efficient in any situation.

Wiborg Tortoise in Manchurian 26x50
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I love the logo on this brush. That was the main reason I wanted it and I wanted a tortoise handle as well. It also helps that the knot is Manchurian. Very short loft and wide knot makes it a great face latherer.

Geeoff Anderson Custom in Finest 24x48
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This brush and I have been through a lot together. This brush sat on the BST forever and I couldn't get it out of my head. When I finally pulled the trigger I was psyched to get it. Shortly after getting it I noticed a small crack in the handle. Long story short I sent it to Geoff and he busted it open, took out the knot and put it in another handle. The knot is something special. I have never felt anything like it. Super super soft with great flow through.

It took me a while to get here and I plan on sticking with these for a while and refraining from buying anything else Smile

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 05-29-2014, 09:04 AM
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  • Attila
  • The Hungarian Blade
  • Vancouver, Canada
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Truly special brushes. Very much appreciate the explanation as well Dustin! Congrats on owning some excellent brushes. Where is the knot from on that last one?

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 05-29-2014, 09:14 AM
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Very nice brushes!

I'm going through something similar right now. Weeding out the brushes I don't use anymore.

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 05-29-2014, 09:23 AM
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  • Lutebro
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It's a TGN best we can tell. When Geoff pulled it out that's what he thought but he said there is something special about this knot. He's never felt/seen anything like it.

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 05-29-2014, 09:24 AM
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Dustin, great collection of brushes! Enjoy! Smile

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 05-29-2014, 09:59 AM
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Its bloom doesn't resemble the TGN Super Finest 2-band, at least as I was familiar with it. Curious.

(05-29-2014, 09:23 AM)Lutebro Wrote: It's a TGN best we can tell. When Geoff pulled it out that's what he thought but he said there is something special about this knot. He's never felt/seen anything like it.

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 05-29-2014, 09:59 AM
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  • LORDBISHOP
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  • Westchester, NY
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I'd like to add any one of those brushes to my collection...I have thought of narrowing down to my most often used brushes recently too...I'm finding breaking up with brushes like most other things is hard to do, so I respect anyone who tames their working collection.

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 05-29-2014, 10:11 AM
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  • refles
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great share, wonderful selection and explanation on their purpose. I've always wondered about the Wiborg, you've sure been active moving brushes in and out but looks to have paid off!!

great shaving Dustin!

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 05-29-2014, 10:15 AM
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  • Lutebro
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I really have been active.... too active and it was getting stressful as silly as that sounds.

It is hard to break up with certain brushes. I did the band aid trick and just ripped it off. While I really loved them I was t using them. That didn't make sense.

(05-29-2014, 09:59 AM)rsp1202 Wrote: Its bloom doesn't resemble the TGN Super Finest 2-band, at least as I was familiar with it. Curious.

(05-29-2014, 09:23 AM)Lutebro Wrote: It's a TGN best we can tell. When Geoff pulled it out that's what he thought but he said there is something special about this knot. He's never felt/seen anything like it.

It's a three band. I think it's a bit older so maybe was different stock. Hard to say. Best he could figure it was a THN knot. The bloom might be weird because the knot was set into a new handle and was shaped to the older one that was deeper.

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 05-29-2014, 11:42 AM
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Yeah, now I notice the third band below. My LCD screen sometimes hides details when I'm sitting off-angle a bit, and I just missed it. I've never seen a 2-band with that kind of bloom anyway. Mysteriously great find, whatever it is.

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 05-29-2014, 12:20 PM
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Many of us could live with 4 nice brushes like that.

I don't think it's unusual to go through an acquisition stage, followed by trimming down the collection to the items we prefer. It's an unavoidable process, because the only way to arrive at one's preferences is to try a lot of items. Earlier this year I reduced my DE's to one model. I foresee doing something similar with brushes at some point in the future and reducing the size of my rotation significantly, but probably won't be able to get down to 4 like you.

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 05-29-2014, 12:33 PM
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  • Lutebro
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It was very very hard. I sold two razors that broke my heart, the P8 and the Americana. I wanted to keep them. It the capital tied up in them was too much for how little use they were getting. I agree though that it is a totally natural progression. Hopefully just a one time thing though and I don't go through it again Smile I've come to a point where I stop searching for the next perfect thing that's not out there and appreciate and use what I have.

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 05-29-2014, 01:28 PM
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  • Giorgio
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  • Pennsylvania, US
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That's awesome Dustin, congrats! I think it's wonderful you were finally able to narrow it down... Quite an accomplishment IMO... And very nice selection Biggrin

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 05-29-2014, 02:15 PM
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  • blzrfn
  • Butterscotch Bandit
  • Vancouver USA
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Looks like you have very good tastes Mr Wade. I don't think I would kick any of those brushes out of my rotation. I was interested in the GA brush as well, but I couldn't get any helpful information from the seller so was reluctant to pull the trigger. I'm glad it found a good home a few miles north.

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 05-29-2014, 06:17 PM
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  • Elendil
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You've done well. Really well.

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 05-29-2014, 07:06 PM
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Congrats Dustin, great choices. Dang, that Polo......

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 05-29-2014, 07:14 PM
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  • Lutebro
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(05-29-2014, 07:06 PM)cubbies1908 Wrote: Congrats Dustin, great choices. Dang, that Polo......

It's probably the best brush ever made... I'm just sayin Smile

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 05-31-2014, 07:33 PM
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  • Lutebro
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I guess I spoke too soon. Got a chance to buy back my Americana and jumped at it! The wiborg, which I wanted to like, just wasn't getting enough love so off it went to someone that will appreciate it. Can't wait to get my Americana back!

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 06-01-2014, 04:39 AM
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  • Woodeks
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Got that same wilborg, and Love it! They don't seem to get much love. And I love the engraved handle.

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 06-01-2014, 10:26 AM
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Nice collection......Congrats!

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