12-11-2015, 07:49 PM
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Finally got a 57 brand new with a good lower loft (was told 22mmx48mm). Quite happy! Had a colonel that was less dense with a little more give than I would've liked from a brush that would be regularly in my rotation and my former shedder of a Classic 2 is still a bit dense for my taste and the handle is a little squat.

I'm surprised they aren't talked about more. While I understand the Duke to be a very similar knot I wanted a taller handle as I find them nicer for face lathering and this is near perfect. Just in my test lather I could tell this would be a winner. Definitely opens up to be close in size to what the Colonel was but with just the right amount of backbone. 

Now if only Mark put more custom handle/super options out there for the 50 series! 
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 12-11-2015, 08:09 PM
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Nice get. The 57 and 58 handles have always been my favorites, but finding them with lower lofts is a chore, as you allude. (One vendor had a 57 @ 22/47 sitting on his site for months that I was back and forth on. I eventually passed but was surprised that everyone else did too.) That, and the often scritchy Best knot. You didn't mention that so I assume you were one of the fortunates to find one relatively soft-tipped. Can't bring myself to think about a silvertip 2-band.

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 12-11-2015, 08:12 PM
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  • bullgoose
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  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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The 57 was offered in Silvertip Two-band. I called it the Douglas. Biggrin

http://forum.shavemyface.com/viewtopic.p...as#p525426

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 12-11-2015, 08:15 PM
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It has its light scritch, less so than my classic but more than my broken in Colonel had. I figure it will take a good 10 lathers before I can fully judge that. It'll never be near a "super" knot and in general there is less scritch overall than a TGN STA but what scritch there is is more pronounced. 

Still, definitely a good step up over a Colonel if you face lather.

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 12-11-2015, 08:19 PM
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(12-11-2015, 08:12 PM)bullgoose Wrote: The 57 was offered in Silvertip Two-band. I called it the Douglas. Biggrin

http://forum.shavemyface.com/viewtopic.p...as#p525426

Before my intro into wetshaving sadly. My M7 is a two band super brush though and can't see even a Douglas knocking that out.

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 12-11-2015, 09:20 PM
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  • Giorgio
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(12-11-2015, 08:12 PM)bullgoose Wrote: The 57 was offered in Silvertip Two-band. I called it the Douglas. Biggrin


Now THAT is one I missed  Sad....I would have loved a 50 series in Silvertip 2 band!

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 12-11-2015, 10:30 PM
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The Douglas, Ehsan, and Grosvenors that Phil commissioned were some of the best to ever come out of the Simpsons shop.

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 12-11-2015, 11:19 PM
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The Douglas is probably my favourite Simpson brush. I have 2!

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 12-12-2015, 03:20 AM
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I've always thought the 57, 58 and 59 are among the best looking and ergonomic Simpson handles.  I don't know why the 50 series does not get more attention, and would definitely like to see a 57, 58 or 59 in Manchurian or 2-band.

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 12-12-2015, 03:39 AM
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I enjoy using my 58 from time to time.  To me is a nice brush and the Best Badger hair is superb.

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 12-12-2015, 03:48 AM
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  • ben74
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Love mine...

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 12-12-2015, 01:03 PM
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First actual shave with it this morning, the perceivable scritch on the test lather is far less pronounced and It will probably be 2-3 more uses before this is a "good" soft brush. The backbone provides a good cushion that gives unlike my classic's firm cushion. It lathers very well, picking up more soap then the less dense colonel yet having enough flow through to give amazing performance. Compared to my shavemacs and Rooney three bands this is definitely the better lathering brush. 

The main stand outs so far are the cushiony backbone and lathering performance. While not as soft at the tips as a two band it's still fairly good. I've read many people say the best version is actually nicer than the two bands and I can see why.

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 12-12-2015, 05:28 PM
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  • chazt
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I agree that the 50 series is generally overlooked. My 59 has a Great 26x54 Best knot. Soft tips, good backbone, and the handle is surprisingly comfortable considering its mass.

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 12-12-2015, 05:43 PM
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  • ben74
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(12-12-2015, 03:20 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: I've always thought the 57, 58 and 59 are among the best looking and ergonomic Simpson handles.  I don't know why the 50 series does not get more attention, and would definitely like to see a 57, 58 or 59 in Manchurian or 2-band.

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 12-12-2015, 06:29 PM
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  • MaxP
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(12-11-2015, 08:12 PM)bullgoose Wrote: The 57 was offered in Silvertip Two-band. I called it the Douglas. Biggrin

http://forum.shavemyface.com/viewtopic.p...as#p525426

I am fortunate to have a Douglas.  The 57 handle is, indeed, underrated.

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 12-12-2015, 07:01 PM
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  • bullgoose
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(12-12-2015, 03:48 AM)ben74 Wrote: Love mine...

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Great pictures Ben!

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 12-12-2015, 07:09 PM
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  • Barrylu
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Both the 57 and the Keyhole are overlooked and undervalued brushes. Both have found a permanent home in my rotation.

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 12-12-2015, 08:35 PM
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I really enjoy the design of the 59; if only it came in 28-30mm diameters. Biggrin

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 12-12-2015, 10:09 PM
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(12-12-2015, 05:43 PM)ben74 Wrote:
(12-12-2015, 03:20 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: I've always thought the 57, 58 and 59 are among the best looking and ergonomic Simpson handles.  I don't know why the 50 series does not get more attention, and would definitely like to see a 57, 58 or 59 in Manchurian or 2-band.

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That 58 in the traditional Simpson cream is exceptional Ben.

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 12-13-2015, 12:08 AM
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(12-12-2015, 08:35 PM)celestino Wrote: I really enjoy the design of the 59; if only it came in 28-30mm diameters. Biggrin

so my friend, you are basically looking for a 60s series Biggrin

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