12-19-2015, 02:31 PM
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Got this in the mail today. From what I can make out after a quick wipe with neatsfoot oil is that it's a vintage horn handled Simpson 10 Best Badger. The horn was really dried out so its hard to make out the writing. But if you hold it in the right light you can see it. There's only one corner of the original label left also. The knot is really dense. The horn has some beautiful streaking in it. I'd love to soak it and sand it back smooth and shiny but I don't want to lose what little lettering is left on it. I have refinished plenty of vintage horn straight razor scales and they can look as smooth as glass if done right would love for this to look the same way.

The knot is 26mm at the base and has a loft of 51mm.

Anyone have any thoughts on it? Was also curious if anyone else has any vintage Simpson horn brushes.

Thanks for any help anyone can offer.

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 12-19-2015, 02:44 PM
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Matt, that is a very cool brush. Maybe you should contact Mark at Simpson and see if he can shed some light on the brush, or maybe even have him restore it for you.
Congrats on the find.

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 12-19-2015, 03:05 PM
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Awesome!

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 12-20-2015, 12:42 AM
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I think that knot is just fine! I would definitely give it a shot from what I can see! Stunning beauty you got there!

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 12-21-2015, 09:06 AM
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  • blzrfn
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Matt,

It is not often that a brush causes me jealousy, but I must admit this one does.  Very nice find!  I have seen a few other horn Simpson brushes, but they certainly aren't common.

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 12-22-2015, 04:14 PM
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That's a beauty! Congratulations!

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 12-22-2015, 05:26 PM
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Thanks everyone. I did a little sanding with some 3k wet/dry after I gave it a good soak. Shampooed the knot out and it shed 3 hair. This sucker is dense, seems pretty well identical to the vintage chubby I had. Still needs a little polishing and a new sticker but I think it turned out beautiful.

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 12-22-2015, 05:34 PM
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Wow! Nice work, Matt. Both the handle and the knot look amazing.

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 12-22-2015, 06:04 PM
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Never use the word SHED around Mark. he wont reply.

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 12-22-2015, 06:27 PM
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(12-22-2015, 06:04 PM)kav Wrote: Never use the word SHED around Mark. he wont reply.

Haha. Three hairs that must have came off of my head and feel in the lather. Smile


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 12-23-2015, 04:49 AM
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Beautiful brush and great job. 
Enjoy

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 12-23-2015, 07:18 AM
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(12-22-2015, 05:34 PM)Dinder1 Wrote: Wow! Nice work, Matt. Both the handle and the knot look amazing.

Thumbsup

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 12-23-2015, 07:25 AM
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What a great find! Congratulations!!

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 01-14-2016, 12:22 PM
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I'd send it to mark if you want to restore it

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 01-14-2016, 12:35 PM
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Very nice work

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 01-15-2016, 08:51 PM
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Super pretty thanks for sharing.. how does the horn feel in the hand?

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 01-15-2016, 08:56 PM
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Fantastic brush...love horn handles

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 01-15-2016, 11:03 PM
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That is flat out gorgeous. Great work!

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 01-16-2016, 12:00 AM
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(12-22-2015, 06:04 PM)kav Wrote: Never use the word SHED around Mark. he wont reply.

I had an old Rover that was losing about 30-40 hairs per shave and I still avoided the SHED word when I emailed Mark to have him restore it.  

But Matt your brush looks really great.  Enjoy it.

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 01-16-2016, 12:04 AM
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Very beautiful brush. Glad you kept the original knot. It's perfect.

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