12-18-2015, 12:09 PM
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I am considering giving the Simpson SilverTip a shot, but before I do so I would like to know how it compares to other silvertips; shavemac 2 band, Thater 2 band, Varlet, Wiborg white, Simpson Best etc...

I like really soft brushes and not necessarily the strongest of backbone. Thank you in advance

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 12-18-2015, 01:15 PM
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  • Rufus
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I prefer my shavemac 2-band to my Simpson 2-band, but they're both excellent knots.  It could be a case of primus inter pares, however.

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 12-18-2015, 01:50 PM
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Sounds like you would really like a Wiborg white badger. Very soft tips with little backbone. I just received a Simpson SiLVERTiP Chubby 2 and I think the tips are softer than the Wiborg but with more backbone.

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 12-18-2015, 01:59 PM
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Silvertip is pretty soft but the backbone is definitely there.  Not nearly as strong as a Manchurian, but defiantly there. 

One of my favorite brushes.

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 12-18-2015, 02:04 PM
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Thanks gentlemen. I have tried wiborg white and I really loved it. Based on what you are saying is it worth it to get the SilverTip? Considering its twice the price!
Also would a less denser knot than the Chubby 2 would be a good option for SilverTip.. I can only think of M7

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 12-18-2015, 02:07 PM
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(12-18-2015, 01:15 PM)Rufus Wrote: I prefer my shavemac 2-band to my Simpson 2-band, but they're both excellent knots.  It could be a case of primus inter pares, however.

May I ask why you prefer the shavemac?

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 12-18-2015, 02:50 PM
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Current Shavemac 2 band is a better value and a better knot at the moment imo, especially second hand off BST where you can get a nice brush for a good deal.

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 12-18-2015, 03:00 PM
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(12-18-2015, 02:50 PM)Shanman Wrote: Current Shavemac 2 band is a better value and a better knot at the moment imo, especially second hand off BST where you can get a nice brush for a good deal.

Price is certainly a main factor, however if it wasn't would you still choose shavemac 2 band?

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 12-18-2015, 03:02 PM
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(12-18-2015, 02:50 PM)Shanman Wrote: Current Shavemac 2 band is a better value and a better knot at the moment imo, especially second hand off BST where you can get a nice brush for a good deal.

i have a 28x52 2 band silvertip that i'm just not in love with. i have a 30x54 2 band silvertip that i have yet to install in a handle that i'm considering getting rid of, i'm afraid it'll be too much like the other one? i want to love it as much as i love the simpson offering Sad

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 12-18-2015, 03:02 PM
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(12-18-2015, 02:50 PM)Shanman Wrote: Current Shavemac 2 band is a better value and a better knot at the moment imo, especially second hand off BST where you can get a nice brush for a good deal.
Couldn't have said it better myself. Shavemac will be consistently better in all categories including price. If you happen to get a really good Simpson SiLVERTiP then it might compete in quality, but if you ask recent Simpson purchasers you might be further driven to Shavemac

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 12-18-2015, 03:55 PM
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I recently purchased a Shavemac in 2-band silvertip. I used the brush for the first time this week. The day after the first use, I ordered five more (pictures forthcoming). I sold all of my Simpsons brushes, including several silvertip brushes last month. There isn't much that can beat Shavemac 2-band silvertip hair. Wish I would have tried them sooner....

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 12-18-2015, 03:56 PM
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There seems to be a difference in the current Simpson 2 Band batch vs the famous 2012-13 batch which is simply outstanding.

I own all the hair types you quote and would rate them very similar in face feel. 

You may also consider Thäter 2 Band that is consistently very soft and of great manufacturing quality.

Only you can decide by trying them. All tend to resell well.

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 12-18-2015, 04:11 PM
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(12-18-2015, 03:56 PM)German Wrote: There seems to be a difference in the current Simpson 2 Band batch vs the famous 2012-13 batch which is simply outstanding.

I own all the hair types you quote and would rate them very similar in face feel. 

You may also consider Thäter 2 Band that is consistently very soft and of great manufacturing quality.

Only you can decide by trying them. All tend to resell well.

This.

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 12-18-2015, 04:29 PM
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So far seems like the shavemac is a winner!
I have used ThaTer 3 band.. Liked it but didn't love it.. I am sure he 2 band is different. Should give it a try.

(12-18-2015, 03:55 PM)nervosa1901 Wrote: I recently purchased a Shavemac in 2-band silvertip. I used the brush for the first time this week. The day after the first use, I ordered five more (pictures forthcoming). I sold all of my Simpsons brushes, including several silvertip brushes last month. There isn't much that can beat Shavemac 2-band silvertip hair. Wish I would have tried them sooner....

Wow! That's serious commitment haha.. On a serious note it says a lot about shavemac quality.
Can you please elaborate as to why you found the shavemac 2 band SilverTip superior to that of simpson?

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 12-18-2015, 04:32 PM
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(12-18-2015, 04:29 PM)jr23 Wrote: So far seems like the shavemac is a winner!  
I have used ThaTer 3 band.. Liked it but didn't love it.. I am sure he 2 band is different. Should give it a try.


(12-18-2015, 03:55 PM)nervosa1901 Wrote: I recently purchased a Shavemac in 2-band silvertip. I used the brush for the first time this week. The day after the first use, I ordered five more (pictures forthcoming). I sold all of my Simpsons brushes, including several silvertip brushes last month. There isn't much that can beat Shavemac 2-band silvertip hair. Wish I would have tried them sooner....

Wow! That's serious commitment haha.. On a serious note it says a lot about shavemac quality.
Can you please elaborate as to why you found the shavemac 2 band SilverTip superior to that of simpson?

Shavemac 2-band ST hair is the softest I have ever experienced, and by a wide margin. I love Thater as well, but Shavemac takes the cake in terms of softness. Simpsons ST was nowhere near as soft as Shavemac...

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 12-18-2015, 05:22 PM
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(12-18-2015, 03:02 PM)e-dub Wrote:
(12-18-2015, 02:50 PM)Shanman Wrote: Current Shavemac 2 band is a better value and a better knot at the moment imo, especially second hand off BST where you can get a nice brush for a good deal.

i have a 28x52 2 band silvertip that i'm just not in love with. i have a 30x54 2 band silvertip that i have yet to install in a handle that i'm considering getting rid of, i'm afraid it'll be too much like the other one? i want to love it as much as i love the simpson offering Sad

Bulb or fan shape?

I am really trying to like my Shavemac 2 band silvertip 30/58 but it is just not what I consider a knot with good backbone. 
I am thinking of may be giving a fan shape a try and if it does not work for me I am going to get a Simpson 2-band Silvertip .  I love my Chubby 2 Super, Chubby 3 Super and Manchurian.

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 12-18-2015, 05:31 PM
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both are fans.

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 12-18-2015, 06:01 PM
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(12-18-2015, 02:07 PM)jr23 Wrote:
(12-18-2015, 01:15 PM)Rufus Wrote: I prefer my shavemac 2-band to my Simpson 2-band, but they're both excellent knots.  It could be a case of primus inter pares, however.

May I ask why you prefer the shavemac?

The tips of the shavemac are very soft, softer than the Simpson's.  The shavemac feels a bit more flexible than the Simpson and it is a little less dense.  I should note that I purchased the Simpson 2-band nearly three years ago so the current batch of 2-band may not be the same.  My shavemac, however, was purchased within the last month.

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 12-18-2015, 06:35 PM
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(12-18-2015, 03:00 PM)jr23 Wrote:
(12-18-2015, 02:50 PM)Shanman Wrote: Current Shavemac 2 band is a better value and a better knot at the moment imo, especially second hand off BST where you can get a nice brush for a good deal.

Price is certainly a main factor, however if it wasn't would you still choose shavemac 2 band?

For me, it would still be Shavemac, and believe me, I love my 2 band Simpsons from 3-4 years back. You would be hard pressed to find a more consistently shaped brush that is set exactly how you request in nearly any handle you can think up in a very fine knot of 2 band hair.

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 12-18-2015, 06:42 PM
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(12-18-2015, 06:01 PM)Rufus Wrote:
(12-18-2015, 02:07 PM)jr23 Wrote:
(12-18-2015, 01:15 PM)Rufus Wrote: I prefer my shavemac 2-band to my Simpson 2-band, but they're both excellent knots.  It could be a case of primus inter pares, however.

May I ask why you prefer the shavemac?

The tips of the shavemac are very soft, softer than the Simpson's.  The shavemac feels a bit more flexible than the Simpson and it is a little less dense.  I should note that I purchased the Simpson 2-band nearly three years ago so the current batch of 2-band may not be the same.  My shavemac, however, was purchased within the last month.

That's actually good, I forgot to mention I am not a big fan of too dense knots either.
One thing I keep reading about shavemac is consistency, makes me feel more comfortable ordering from them.

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