03-18-2015, 07:41 PM
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  • ben74
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I've added a Duke to my noble collection of brushes...


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The Duke 3 is quite possibly my favourite brush from Simpson.


The handle features a subtly beautiful faux Ivory grain and is filled with my favourite grade of hair, "Manchurian." 

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 03-18-2015, 07:49 PM
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  • jamesrobson5
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Beautiful brush Ben! Congratulations! 

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 03-18-2015, 08:11 PM
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Thank-you Jim!  Biggrin

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 03-18-2015, 09:04 PM
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(03-18-2015, 07:49 PM)jamesrobson5 Wrote: Beautiful brush Ben! Congratulations! 

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 03-18-2015, 10:34 PM
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  • refles
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Congratulations Ben! That rod stock is beautiful!

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 03-19-2015, 12:12 AM
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Sweet brush Ben, Simpsons has fantastic brushes, I bought three this week but not The Duke, hopefully someday he will find his way here Smile.

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 03-19-2015, 04:58 AM
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Beautiful! Ben, is that the same rod stock that Simpsons has been using for their LE "ivory stripe" brushes? Because that's stunning and makes me rethink getting one. I always thought that those LE stock handles looked a little too "stripey" if that makes sense. This looks nice and subtle but also with a gorgeous depth to it.


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 03-19-2015, 05:06 AM
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Beautiful brush Ben, enjoy it!
(03-19-2015, 04:58 AM)jpakstis Wrote: Beautiful!  Ben, is that the same rod stock that Simpsons has been using for their LE "ivory stripe" brushes?  Because that's stunning and makes me rethink getting one.  I always thought that those LE stock handles looked a little too "stripey" if that makes sense.  This looks nice and subtle but also with a gorgeous depth to it.


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This is not the "ivory grain" of other Simpson brushes. I am no expert but I have not seen this rod stock used by Simpson in the past.  It almost looks like ivory swirl.  I have a few old M&F brushes that are made from this rod stock.  Regardless of what it's called it sure is beautiful! 

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 03-19-2015, 06:26 AM
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Beautiful brush!

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 03-19-2015, 07:06 AM
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  • Johnny
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Ben's son's are to young now to realize that someday they are going to inherit one hell of a brush collection.

Very nice, Ben.

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 03-19-2015, 07:25 AM
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(03-19-2015, 07:06 AM)Johnny Wrote: Ben's son's are to young now to realize that someday they are going to inherit one hell of a brush collection.

Very nice, Ben.

Very well put, Johnny! (Oh, and congrats, Ben Wink )

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 03-19-2015, 12:32 PM
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(03-19-2015, 05:06 AM)merkur man Wrote: This is not the "ivory grain" of other Simpson brushes. I am no expert but I have not seen this rod stock used by Simpson in the past.  It almost looks like ivory swirl.  I have a few old M&F brushes that are made from this rod stock.  Regardless of what it's called it sure is beautiful! 

Thanks for the info and for confirming what I thought. The only reason I asked is because I've never seen Simpson's use this stock before.


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 03-19-2015, 07:39 PM
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(03-19-2015, 04:58 AM)jpakstis Wrote: Beautiful!  Ben, is that the same rod stock that Simpsons has been using for their LE "ivory stripe" brushes?  Because that's stunning and makes me rethink getting one.  I always thought that those LE stock handles looked a little too "stripey" if that makes sense.  This looks nice and subtle but also with a gorgeous depth to it.


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The rod stock is "Ivory Grain". 

I've had similar rod stock in M&F handles. 

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It is different from previous "Ivory" titled rod stock offered by Simpson.

Simpson have used an "Imitation Ivory" in the past, but infrequently.

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And a less authentic looking (but still attractive) "Ivory Stripe"...

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And of course I do have genuine Ivory compliments of Plisson...

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I feel most "comfortable" with the "Ivory Grain" used for the Duke 3 in my opening post. 

The Ivory debate aside (and for the record, the Plisson is pre CITES), I'm hesitant to use the genuine Ivory on account of it's value.
The "Ivory Stripe" is deliberately artificial and therefore more of a fun interpretation rather than a faithful copy.
The "Imitation Ivory" is very reminiscent of aged Ivory, but I prefer the more youthful appearance of the "Ivory Grain."

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 03-19-2015, 07:55 PM
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(03-19-2015, 07:06 AM)Johnny Wrote: Ben's son's are to young now to realize that someday they are going to inherit one hell of a brush collection.

Very nice, Ben.

You've taken note of my investment justification!  Blush

Seriously, it is my honest intent to leave a legacy of fine shaving instruments for my boys, both as a memory of their father when I am gone, but also to ensure they enjoy shaving as much as I do now. 

Approaching 10 years ago I discovered better shaving techniques and tools after nearly 15 years of shaving hell. My neck is scared from multiple surgeries requisite to cut numerous sebaceous cysts out from it. Carts were all I knew and the absence of my father to instruct me better meant ingrown hairs were far more than simply an annoyance. Every procedure to remove them was prefaced by warnings of the real possibility of damage to facial muscles, impacted speech and facial expression as a result of surgery. Once a daily chore, I'm now a little obsessed I guess, although I prefer to think of it as passionate...

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 03-19-2015, 07:59 PM
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Passionate is, indeed, the most appropriate terminology, Ben!  Thumbup

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 03-19-2015, 08:26 PM
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Great looking brush, Ben. Congrats!

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 03-20-2015, 09:44 AM
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Very nice group & a great addition.Kudos Ben............Ernie

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 03-20-2015, 05:11 PM
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I love the Duke 3.  I've got one in Best, 2-band and Manchurian.  One of the best all-around brushes.

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 03-20-2015, 05:19 PM
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  • ben74
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A family pic...

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 03-20-2015, 05:20 PM
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Beautiful , love the coral duke 3

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