02-04-2016, 10:47 PM
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. I like the size of the duke 2 hair but the handle is a tad small. I like the handle of the duke 3, but feel like it is borderline too much badger on my face

i enjoy face as well as bowl lathering and use primarily hard soaps...think crsw, mwf, mw, mikes, etc.

any suggestions for a loft under 50 high with a beefier handle?

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 02-04-2016, 11:41 PM
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How about a Simpson Classic-2?  It has a knot between the duke 2/3 but at a lower loft for face-lathering.
Otherwise a Chubby-1 would have a similar 23mm knot but a much thicker handle.

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 02-05-2016, 12:46 AM
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Shavemac 177 or 173 and choose your knot dimensions.

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 02-05-2016, 05:14 AM
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Send this exact message to (fill in the brush artisan here) and see what they say to you. 

You prob need a custom. ALL of the duke handles are too small for me. ALL of the duke knots are too small for me.

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 02-05-2016, 05:44 AM
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I had a MONSTER Thater 49125/4 in the same handle style as the Shavemac 173 that I REALLY liked. But the brush was enormous, so I sold it recently.

My ultimate goal and the reason I am trying to find a perfect size brush is to have2 x custom made Shavemac's by Rudy Vey whenever I can make it back home to Kentucky and do some chainsaw work on one of my parents trees to truly get me some wood for my truly "custom" brush.

At the moment, I am trying to get an idea of handles out there that are within the size range of between the Duke 2 and 3, since I dont want to buy every handle made or spend countless hours researching different manufacturers.....especially since no one carries a huge variety of different brushes from different manufacturers.

Since I am leaning towards a Shavemac from Rudy, perhaps I should make an inquiry about visiting their plant about 1.5+ hours north of me to see their entire selection of handles, brushes, etc and perhaps get an idea of what they have to offer so I can just buy one direct from them?

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 02-05-2016, 07:12 AM
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(02-05-2016, 05:44 AM)hillbillyreverend Wrote: Since I am leaning towards a Shavemac from Rudy, perhaps I should make an inquiry about visiting their plant about 1.5+ hours north of me to see their entire selection of handles, brushes, etc and perhaps get an idea of what they have to offer so I can just buy one direct from them?

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 02-05-2016, 04:54 PM
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(02-05-2016, 05:44 AM)hillbillyreverend Wrote: I had a MONSTER Thater 49125/4 in the same handle style as the Shavemac 173 that I REALLY liked.   But the brush was enormous, so I sold it recently.

Agree. I have a 49125/3 (28mm knot) and it's about as big as I'd want to go. Great brush though!

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 02-06-2016, 04:56 PM
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I feel the same way. Duke 3 was great, but too much badger for everyday use for me. I recently bought a Simpson 57 and think it might just be what you're looking for. It definitely was for me. I keep reaching for it out of my brush collection. The 57 has a little smaller knot than the D3, not as dense, and easier to control on the face. Still plenty of backbone and softness. You can also check out the Duke 3 brushes on the Superior Shave website as they post actual specs. You might find one with a smaller knot that could be what you're looking for.
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 02-07-2016, 10:31 AM
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I just picked up a colonel 2xl from tbe bst and find the 50 series also interesting. Thx for the tip.

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