07-08-2014, 09:21 AM
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I just got my Commadore X1 yesterday. Defunked it and used it this morning with some MWF. I love the smaller Simpson Best Badger knots, and this X1 is softer than any other Simpson Best I own. It has the same soft, white tips that all the newer Best knots have, I guess with the loft it just feels softer. It's not as dense as the Duke 2 or the Case, but it's right inline with the Berkeley 46. The Duke 2 is almost to dense to me, I don't know how everyone uses the Chubbys? I also really like the handle shape, it feels really nice.

A pic of the collection
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The lineup
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I like playing with iPhoto, so here is the lineup pic unaltered. You can see the creamy white tips better
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 07-08-2014, 09:27 AM
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  • Johnny
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Nice collection there Brian. I agree, the smaller Simpsons are top notched brushes. Your next purchase should be one of the smaller 50's series. Excellent brushes with an excellent handle.

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 07-08-2014, 09:32 AM
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  • ben74
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Congratulations on your "small" Simpson collection!

I was going to suggest adding a Classic, but it is dense so It might be one for you to avoid.

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 07-08-2014, 10:42 AM
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(07-08-2014, 09:32 AM)ben74 Wrote: Congratulations on your "small" Simpson collection!

+1

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 07-09-2014, 06:40 AM
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I wanted to post this because I've been asked via PM and thought others might find it useful.

Ranking the four brushes in terms of density of the bristles:
1-Duke 2
2-Case
3-Berkeley 46
4-Commadore X1

Ranking the four brushes in terms of bristle softness:
1-Commadore X1
2-Duke 2
3-Berkeley 46
4-Case

I know that the above is totally subjective, and YMMV, but that is how I would rank them.

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 07-09-2014, 10:15 AM
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  • blzrfn
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(07-09-2014, 06:40 AM)BriDroid Wrote: I wanted to post this because I've been asked via PM and thought others might find it useful.

Ranking the four brushes in terms of density of the bristles:
1-Duke 2
2-Case
3-Berkeley 46
4-Commadore X1

Ranking the four brushes in terms of bristle softness:
1-Commadore X1
2-Duke 2
3-Berkeley 46
4-Case

I know that the above is totally subjective, and YMMV, but that is how I would rank them.

It is also important to remember that the softness will vary from batch to batch. Density should remain fairly consistent as they weight the amount of hair that goes into each knot.

I have two X3s currently, one brand new one that I've only used once and one Somerset. The hair on the new X3 is considerably softer at the tip, but the knot isn't as dense or scrubby as the lower lofted Somerset model. That said, I'm keeping the modern brush and the Somerset is on the chopping block.

Thanks for sharing your collection, the Special might be a good brush to pursue next.

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 07-09-2014, 12:20 PM
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  • Woodeks
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I jumped up from X2 to a new X3, and I just love the new ones larger size. It's perfect for me.

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 07-09-2014, 01:53 PM
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Love the collection, enjoy!

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 07-11-2014, 02:55 PM
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Beautiful Brushes!

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 07-11-2014, 09:40 PM
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Yup, the Commodore X1 is a very nice brush. I 2nd the suggestion of the Special.

I like Simpsons Best. It's everything I need in badger.

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 07-14-2014, 06:35 PM
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(07-11-2014, 09:40 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I like Simpsons Best. It's everything I need in badger.
Brian, I agree. But I don't have any higher grade Simpsons so it might be "ignorance is bliss" on my part.

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 07-15-2014, 09:15 PM
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(07-14-2014, 06:35 PM)mswofford Wrote:
(07-11-2014, 09:40 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I like Simpsons Best. It's everything I need in badger.
Brian, I agree. But I don't have any higher grade Simpsons so it might be "ignorance is bliss" on my part.

Mike, I have 2 brushes that are considered to be "higher" grades. Maybe I was lucky with my Simpsons best brushes, but they are uniformly fantastic. The higher grades in the other brushes aren't better than my Simpsons best hair. I do understand that the grade is variable though.

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