05-31-2012, 04:45 PM
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.................and almost certainly the most expensive brush I'll ever buy.

Did I overpay? Maybe. Do I regret it? Nah!

Some of you will recognise this brush, and when it came up for sale, I had the money in my Paypal account, so I had to have it as I'm unlikely to see one of these again.

Forgive the crappy cellphone pics, but I couldn't wait to share this with you guys.

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 05-31-2012, 04:53 PM
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  • Dave
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That is a beauty for sure Yohann

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 05-31-2012, 04:53 PM
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  • MaxP
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And I doubt you'll ever regret acquiring it. It's quite stunning.

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 05-31-2012, 04:57 PM
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I think you'll really like it, Yohann. My Somerset CH3 Manchurian is one of my top favorites, both for its beautiful appearance and for its wonderful performance during shaves. I'll look forward to hearing your reports.

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 05-31-2012, 05:00 PM
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  • Edson
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Stunning Brush Yohann! Enjoy!

I may have to seek out a somerset Manchurian someday, but have splurged myself lately and am waiting on the Jubilee for my next brush.

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 05-31-2012, 05:33 PM
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  • Songwind
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Handsome brush!

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 05-31-2012, 05:35 PM
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I was surprised that it came up just when I had the funds to buy it. Usually, these things come up for sale when I'm broke. Smile

I couldn't help myself, and I did a couple of test-lathers with it. It certainly lives up to its looks ---- it feels great and lathers really easily.

The only way to tell what it's really like is to use it for a few shaves. This isn't going to be a museum piece --- it's going to be used.

One thing about Simpsons brushes - they never scrimp on the amount of hair in their brushes. Biggrin

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 05-31-2012, 05:39 PM
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  • Dave
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When I was antiquing, I saw lots of badger brushes. Most of them were junk. The knots were bad and needed replaced. I have yet to see an older Simpsons brush in bad shape. I'm sure there are a few, but I've yet to see one. I guess that Simpsons are just built to last honestly. Am I correct in that assumption?

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 05-31-2012, 05:44 PM
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  • ben74
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Beautiful brush.

I've got a Carter era Chubby 3 "Extra Super" aka Manchurian and it's a fantastic brush. I definitely paid handsomely for it though!

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 05-31-2012, 05:47 PM
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Dave,

After a certain amount of use, any brush knot is going to suffer....including the Simpsons. The hair starts to get brittle and it doesn't get softer with use.

However, since Simpsons brushes tended to be high-end items, they were usually taken good care of, so they survive better than most.

These Somerset Simpsons brushes are not all that old, but some of the decades-old Simpsons brushes I've seen have been in usable shape. Not all, though. Some are only good for the handles, and have to be reknotted.

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 05-31-2012, 05:56 PM
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  • Dave
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When they need a re-knot, will Simpsons do the re-knot or is another knot used?

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 05-31-2012, 06:10 PM
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Simpsons will do it. It will cost a bit more than a TGN knot, though.

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 05-31-2012, 06:10 PM
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  • ben74
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Simpsons will re-knot upon request.

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 05-31-2012, 06:12 PM
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My understanding is that Simpsons will attempt to re-knot with badger hair that approximates the particular grade and quality that originally was in the brush if you want them to do so.

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 05-31-2012, 06:20 PM
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  • ben74
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(05-31-2012, 06:12 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: My understanding is that Simpsons will attempt to re-knot with badger hair that approximates the particular grade and quality that originally was in the brush if you want them to do so.

Best way to honor the old handle too IMO.

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 05-31-2012, 06:41 PM
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  • Johnny
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Yohann, I covet your new brush.BabeandoBabeandoBabeando

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 05-31-2012, 06:48 PM
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  • Songwind
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(05-31-2012, 05:47 PM)yohannrjm Wrote: However, since Simpsons brushes tended to be high-end items, they were usually taken good care of, so they survive better than most.

Yes, I suspect spending a hojillion dollars on a brush is a very good incentive.

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 05-31-2012, 06:48 PM
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  • Dave
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(05-31-2012, 06:12 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: My understanding is that Simpsons will attempt to re-knot with badger hair that approximates the particular grade and quality that originally was in the brush if you want them to do so.

That is really great honestly. Gotta love Mark and Gary. I have to say that one of the best things about this forum is how involved those two have been with telling us company history, showing us upcoming products, and getting feedback on their products. The best brush I ever owned was a Simpsons as well.

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 05-31-2012, 07:05 PM
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I love seeing the really nice brushes you gents buy. I also lust after your brush. But I'm a tightwad, so I'll never own one that expensive.

Please keep us updated after you lather up with that cloud.

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 05-31-2012, 07:29 PM
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  • Songwind
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(05-31-2012, 07:05 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I love seeing the really nice brushes you gents buy. I also lust after your brush. But I'm a tightwad, so I'll never own one that expensive.

Please keep us updated after you lather up with that cloud.

Me too. But that's what wish lists are for, right?

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