01-04-2016, 07:35 PM
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  • ben74
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My best brush...

I've quite a collection of brushes (as many of us here do).
Yet I'm still surprised when one really stands out from the crowd.
Currently, its this Simpson Chubby 3 Manchurian.

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Although the rod stock is traditional and my preference is for something more colourful, the knot is something very special indeed and earns it a very unique place in my collection.
Bulbous, extremely soft tipped, ample backbone and pleasing splay. This brush is simply ALL about the knot!
Almost a cross between current Manchurian and SilverTip and perhaps more akin to an extremely pleasing batch of 2 band super from about 5 or 6 years ago.
It seems to be perfect!

So what's your best brush... ?

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 01-04-2016, 07:47 PM
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Beautiful ben. Now that's a brush!


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 01-04-2016, 08:00 PM
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Beautiful Chubby 3, Ben.

I currently have two favorites, A Simpson Chubby 3 Manchurian from 2013, and a Thäter 28 mm 2-Band from 2012.

Both compliment each other very well.

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 01-04-2016, 08:26 PM
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Note to self: pick up a Chubby 3 manchurian

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 01-04-2016, 08:26 PM
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  • ARGH
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Thank you for starting this thread! Here are my two most favorite brushes - Paladin Falstaff in Finest and Chubby 3 in Manchurian. 

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 01-04-2016, 08:52 PM
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My M&F 2XL in Finest takes the cake for me. Unbelievably soft tips and a luxurious feeling on the face. The perfect brush for me and one that will always have a place in my den.


~Jesse~

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 01-04-2016, 08:58 PM
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Hard to pick one, but Thater does it for me....

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 01-04-2016, 09:52 PM
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  • evnpar
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Larger sized Thäter and Shavemac 2-Bands for me.

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 01-05-2016, 04:43 AM
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Tough to pick just one, but if pressed, it would have to be a Simpson M7 in 2 Band.

The below is a custom from 2012 with a 24/52mm knot. 

Dense but not überdense
Backbone but not stiff
Soft but not floppy

The M7 handle is my favorite overall. This brush stands out and proudly leads the Simpson 2 Band line-up.

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 01-05-2016, 05:56 AM
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Tough call as I love my M7 Manchurian and my M&F Blonde.  Probably my Rudy Vey custom Shavemac 2-band Silvertip bulb takes the title though (26x52):

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 01-05-2016, 05:56 AM
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I am with Claus on this:  my favorites are a Chubby 3 Manchurian and a Thater, the same vintage as yours, Claus.   I enjoy a number of other brushes, including an original Rooney finest with a 32 mm knot, but -- to tell the truth -- I could stick with the Chubby 3 for a lifetime and not feel unhappy about it.

All the best to the group,

Stanley

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 01-05-2016, 06:07 AM
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I have a CH2 similar to the CH3 you posted Ben.  In contrast to your preferences, I very much prefer the traditional ivory handles. Also, I find your observations accurate, it is very different hair when compared to current Manchurian, kind of like a cross between current Manchurian and Super Badger from a few years ago. I think it is the density and soft fine tips that make it seem closer the fabled 2-band Super Badger of 2011. I love the more bulbous shape of it. Here it is:
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 01-05-2016, 06:08 AM
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My best brush needs to be broken down into 2-band and 3-band.

2-Band
The Stubby/Chubby series from Morris & Forndran filled with Rooney Finest knots from the Classic Shaving sale back in 2013.  In late 2015 I finally found the size large and completed the set.  I thoroughly enjoy each of them but my favorite currently is the size large.  I missed out on the original sale of these brushes but I am grateful to the gentlemen who made it possible for me to reunite these wonderful brushes.


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Here is the size large by itself, absolutely spectacular in my opinion!

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3-Band
Rooney Stubby 3 Heritage 3-Band (extra dense).  This brush is also from a random Classic Shaving sale back in 2011.  They "found" 9 brushes that they advertised as extra dense and somewhat similar to Rooney Finest.  The first claim regarding density turned out to be true however, they couldn't have been further from reality in likening it to Rooney Finest, as it has no similarity other than the hair comes from a badger.  Even though their description was off, the brush is the best 3-band I have ever used.  I have also collected two other brushes from this sale a Stubby 2 and a Chubby 2, but of the three the stubby 3 is my favorite. However I have to admit that my vintage Plisson brushes are making a strong showing in the 3 band category and may over take this beautiful old Rooney.


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 01-05-2016, 06:25 AM
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These are my favorites at the moment, I'm really gravitating to this handle style lately.

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 01-05-2016, 06:39 AM
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After a bunch of trial and error so far the list consists of
1. CH3 Manchurian - best combo of backbone and tip softness  I have tried. The densest knot I have seen and I love them. 
2. CH3 Super - same as above but the feel of the Manchurian is what I like a bit better
3. CH2 Super - this one comesl third only because the handle is a bit small and I also like larger knot. Still awesome brush.

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 01-05-2016, 06:52 AM
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  • ben74
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(01-05-2016, 06:07 AM)merkur man Wrote: I have a CH2 similar to the CH3 you posted Ben.  In contrast to your preferences, I very much prefer the traditional ivory handles. Also, I find your observations accurate, it is very different hair when compared to current Manchurian, kind of like a cross between current Manchurian and Super Badger from a few years ago. I think it is the density and soft fine tips that make it seem closer the fabled 2-band Super Badger of 2011. I love the more bulbous shape of it. Here it is:

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Nathan, yes your CH2 knot definitely mirrors mine. I think we really scored when receiving these particular brushes.

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 01-05-2016, 07:05 AM
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I wish to add the pleb's choice. My favorite brush for the last 2 years has been my broken in Omega 48. 

I keep trying to kick it out. I keep spending 20x what the Omega 48 cost me on highly recommended badgers (including the Chubby series) but none of them seem to stick around.

It's probably my faulty upbringing - which has involved 20+ years of boar brushes so far.

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 01-05-2016, 07:36 AM
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I like 7-style brushes. The Chiefs and M&F shown above (without the top lip) are looking particularly nice this morning, even without makeup.

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 01-05-2016, 12:49 PM
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Some jolly good examples of mighty fine brushware! I'm a simple man, my best happens to be a Chubby 3 in Best. Good thing as it leaves room for improvement.

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 01-05-2016, 01:07 PM
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(01-05-2016, 12:49 PM)JHamel Wrote: Some jolly good examples of mighty fine brushware! I'm a simple man, my best happens to be a Chubby 3 in Best. Good thing as it leaves room for improvement.

The Chubby 3 in Best, IMHO, is a spectacular brush.  It may leave room for improvement, but not much!   I could live with that one for a lifetime, also.   

Stanley

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