12-01-2015, 06:58 PM
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I have a couple of brushes coming to me from Mark this week and I want to know - how does the manchurian hold up when compared to M&F finest (gel tips)?
What is the longevity of these brushes - 3-4 years? I read somewhere that Lee had mentioned that average life of a brush was 3 years (though sounds unlikely given the BST deals and member reviews)
I remember reading that manchurian hair had a little bite - at least the early batch in 2013 - is that still true?

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 12-01-2015, 07:13 PM
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That's what I call a gambling man, enjoy your new brushes.

I personally like legacy M&F brushes.

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 12-01-2015, 07:19 PM
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(12-01-2015, 07:13 PM)hrfdez Wrote: That's what I call a gambling man, enjoy your new brushes.

I personally like legacy M&F brushes.

Funny... I literally laughed out ......


You want to know more - I ordered a AS-D2 for 120 and my wife screamed at me - 

Imagine - Polo10/M7/Chubby2 all in manchurian showing with a invoice attached to the box - I think you would then call me a "real" gambling man.....

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 12-01-2015, 07:24 PM
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M&F is twice the brush at half the price.

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 12-01-2015, 07:33 PM
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3-4yrs? Not sure where that comes from.

With rotating multiple brushes, correct knot (hair) handling and proper drying, my guess is you can have a solid quarter century of use and pass it down to someone else.

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 12-01-2015, 07:35 PM
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(12-01-2015, 07:24 PM)nervosa1901 Wrote: M&F is twice the brush at half the price.

I have two of Lee's brushes and I don't think that his prices are that different than Simpsons Manchurian offering for the thanksgiving deal.

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 12-01-2015, 07:36 PM
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(12-01-2015, 07:24 PM)nervosa1901 Wrote: M&F is twice the brush at half the price.

That's true Wink

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 12-01-2015, 07:48 PM
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I have several of Lee's knots: M&Fs, Paladins, a Rooney and a Truefitt & Hill. They are each excellent in their own way, but I pulled the trigger on an M7 Manchurian this weekend during the sale. I have an M6 which I really like even though it's a bit on the small side. I'm really looking forward to breaking in the M7 and seeing what this current batch of Manchurian is all about. The slightly taller handle is a big plus for me. BTW my favorite Manchurian, and only besides the M6, is from Romera, and that was a bargain!

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on your new pair.

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 12-01-2015, 07:59 PM
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(12-01-2015, 07:35 PM)inspectoring Wrote:
(12-01-2015, 07:24 PM)nervosa1901 Wrote: M&F is twice the brush at half the price.

I have two of Lee's brushes and I don't think that his prices are that different than Simpsons Manchurian offering for the thanksgiving deal.
Perhaps, but the latter half of my statement is true for the other 364 days of the year....

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 12-01-2015, 08:14 PM
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(12-01-2015, 07:33 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote: 3-4yrs? Not sure where that comes from.

With rotating multiple brushes, correct knot (hair) handling and proper drying, my guess is you can have a solid quarter century of use and pass it down to someone else.

I figure my brushes will still be in decent shape after I'm in a grave.

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 12-01-2015, 08:34 PM
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(12-01-2015, 07:33 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote: 3-4yrs? Not sure where that comes from.

With rotating multiple brushes, correct knot (hair) handling and proper drying, my guess is you can have a solid quarter century of use and pass it down to someone else.

Signs011 .  Also, I find the new Simpsons Manchurians are very consistent with strong backbone, soft tips and good scrub. I haven't noticed any 'bite', but you do pay a premium.
             I have found M&F Finests to be quite inconsistent when I tried them in the past, but when you get a good one, it is an excellent brush/knot.
             Good luck with the new brushes.

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 12-02-2015, 04:10 AM
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(12-01-2015, 07:48 PM)number six Wrote: I have several of Lee's knots: M&Fs, Paladins, a Rooney and a Truefitt & Hill. They are each excellent in their own way, but I pulled the trigger on an M7 Manchurian this weekend during the sale. I have an M6 which I really like even though it's a bit on the small side. I'm really looking forward to breaking in the M7 and seeing what this current batch of Manchurian is all about. The slightly taller handle is a big plus for me. BTW my favorite Manchurian, and only besides the M6, is from Romera, and that was a bargain!

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on your new pair.

Hi

Out of interest was the M7 on the Simpsons website? I took a look on "black Friday", but didn't see any M7 Manchurians? Probably just missed it, and its too late now anyway, but just wondering....

Thanks

Matt

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 12-02-2015, 04:12 AM
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(12-02-2015, 04:10 AM)MPH Wrote:
(12-01-2015, 07:48 PM)number six Wrote: I have several of Lee's knots: M&Fs, Paladins, a Rooney and a Truefitt & Hill. They are each excellent in their own way, but I pulled the trigger on an M7 Manchurian this weekend during the sale. I have an M6 which I really like even though it's a bit on the small side. I'm really looking forward to breaking in the M7 and seeing what this current batch of Manchurian is all about. The slightly taller handle is a big plus for me. BTW my favorite Manchurian, and only besides the M6, is from Romera, and that was a bargain!

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on your new pair.

Hi

Out of interest was the M7 on the Simpsons website? I took a look on "black Friday", but didn't see any M7 Manchurians? Probably just missed it, and its too late now anyway, but just wondering....

Thanks

Matt
They had the Black Marble, Butterscotch, Arabscato Marble, and Faux Ivory that i saw listed.

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 12-02-2015, 05:45 AM
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(12-02-2015, 04:12 AM)Jsanchez Wrote:
(12-02-2015, 04:10 AM)MPH Wrote:
(12-01-2015, 07:48 PM)number six Wrote: I have several of Lee's knots: M&Fs, Paladins, a Rooney and a Truefitt & Hill. They are each excellent in their own way, but I pulled the trigger on an M7 Manchurian this weekend during the sale. I have an M6 which I really like even though it's a bit on the small side. I'm really looking forward to breaking in the M7 and seeing what this current batch of Manchurian is all about. The slightly taller handle is a big plus for me. BTW my favorite Manchurian, and only besides the M6, is from Romera, and that was a bargain!

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on your new pair.

Hi

Out of interest was the M7 on the Simpsons website? I took a look on "black Friday", but didn't see any M7 Manchurians? Probably just missed it, and its too late now anyway, but just wondering....

Thanks

Matt
They had the Black Marble, Butterscotch, Arabscato Marble, and Faux Ivory that i saw listed.

Was that in the limited edition section??? Never saw them. Maybe they were sold out before I looked?

Oh well. :-)

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 12-02-2015, 10:01 AM
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I saw them on thursday and friday at the bottom of the limited edition page along with the Classic 1 and Duke 3 and a Hive in Disco Haze.  They had big pictures of them compared to the others which were small.  When I checked back on saturday they were removed.

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 12-02-2015, 10:11 AM
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M&F Finest vs. Simpson's Manchurian.....The answer to this question, for me, depends on which version of M&F Finest we are talking about.  If we are talking about currently available Manchurian and currently available Finest I'd take the Manchurian no questions asked.  A couple of years ago the decision would have been exactly the opposite. In my experience, Finest has greatly declined and Manchurian has drastically improved.

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 12-02-2015, 10:27 AM
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(12-01-2015, 08:34 PM)celestino Wrote: Signs011 .  Also, I find the new Simpsons Manchurians are very consistent with strong backbone, soft tips and good scrub. I haven't noticed any 'bite', but you do pay a premium.
             I have found M&F Finests to be quite inconsistent when I tried them in the past, but when you get a good one, it is an excellent brush/knot.
             Good luck with the new brushes.

Funny that I have the exact opposite experience. 

For the past year every Finest brush I've gotten from Lee was on point. Were they all the same batch of hair? Definitely not, but it has been pretty consistent in terms of face feel.

On another note, I have gotten lucky with Manchurians in the past and they were wonderful knots, but the last one I tried from a friend was noticeably scritchy even after what seemed to be a 5 inch loft.

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 12-02-2015, 10:38 AM
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Latest Simpson manchrian ch3 batch is amazing !!!


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 12-02-2015, 10:41 AM
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(12-02-2015, 10:27 AM)NSmalls Wrote:
(12-01-2015, 08:34 PM)celestino Wrote: Signs011 .  Also, I find the new Simpsons Manchurians are very consistent with strong backbone, soft tips and good scrub. I haven't noticed any 'bite', but you do pay a premium.
             I have found M&F Finests to be quite inconsistent when I tried them in the past, but when you get a good one, it is an excellent brush/knot.
             Good luck with the new brushes.

Funny that I have the exact opposite experience. 

For the past year every Finest brush I've gotten from Lee was on point. Were they all the same batch of hair? Definitely not, but it has been pretty consistent in terms of face feel.

On another note, I have gotten lucky with Manchurians in the past and they were wonderful knots, but the last one I tried from a friend was noticeably scritchy even after what seemed to be a 5 inch loft.

As they say, YMMV! Biggrin

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 12-02-2015, 11:43 AM
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(12-02-2015, 10:11 AM)merkur man Wrote: M&F Finest vs. Simpson's Manchurian.....The answer to this question, for me, depends on which version of M&F Finest we are talking about.  If we are talking about currently available Manchurian and currently available Finest I'd take the Manchurian no questions asked.  A couple of years ago the decision would have been exactly the opposite. In my experience, Finest has greatly declined and Manchurian has drastically improved.

My experience almost exactly.   The newest Finest seems to me to be a quite different animal from the classic Finests some years ago, whether with the Rooney or the M&F name.   As for Manchurian, these have in the last couple of years been consistently superb.  And with rotation and good care, all of them should be usable by our heirs.

Stanley

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