02-08-2016, 07:21 AM
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Anyone have experience with these to compare?

i find my duke 3 a bit too much badger, already have a duke 2, and am wondering how a smaller loft and knot would compare to the duke 2.

is the grip on the 56 much smaller than on a duke 2?

the 57 appears to be a similar grip size to the duke 3, right?

thanks for the inputs!

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 02-08-2016, 07:40 AM
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  • refles
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From the writeup's I've seen Simpson 58 is the most similar to the Duke 3 in handle shape, but longer but the knot isn't as dense... Found this thread on the D3/58 which has great detail (plus pictures!) but didn't see mention of the 56/57

http://www.shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=16770



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 02-08-2016, 04:34 PM
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I've owned all four of those brushes. I currently only have the 57. The D2 and D3 were more dense than the 56 and 57, and I also felt it was too much badger and didn't make for a good everyday brush for me. If I wanted a luxury, high density brush I'll go with a Chubby 2 or 3 as opposed to the Dukes. Now, the knot on the 56 is spectacular, perfect for me and perfect for daily use. I just didn't care for the handle as it felt small in the hand. The Duke 3 is the best handle I've ever had. With the 57, I get a great knot with the closest handle to a Duke 3, IMO.


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 02-08-2016, 06:39 PM
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(02-08-2016, 04:34 PM)Jairow Wrote: I've owned all four of those brushes. I currently only have the 57. The D2 and D3 were more dense than the 56 and 57, and I also felt it was too much badger and didn't make for a good everyday brush for me. If I wanted a luxury, high density brush I'll go with a Chubby 2 or 3 as opposed to the Dukes. Now, the knot on the 56 is spectacular, perfect for me and perfect for daily use. I just didn't care for the handle as it felt small in the hand. The Duke 3 is the best handle I've ever had. With the 57, I get a great knot with the closest handle to a Duke 3, IMO.


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What's wrong with using a Chubby 2 or Chubby 3 as your daily brush ?

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 02-08-2016, 07:45 PM
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Nothing wrong, I suppose. But for me, it did take longer to load, longer to rinse, longer to dry, and ate up quite a bit of soap every use. Plus, it felt so good on the face you just want to keep lathering, and lathering slowly and methodically. It's a luxury I personally couldn't savor on a daily basis. Sometimes a quickie will have to do, if that makes sense.

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 02-08-2016, 09:43 PM
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I can comment on handle sizes:

1. 56 handle is MUCH smaller in Diameter than Duke 2, plus the 56 is a bit taller in the hand.  That said - the 56 with a good knot to loft ration is one of the best 3-band brushes anyone could have, unfortunately, knots that are handmade are not all alike... 
2. Duke 2 is much more dense than 56, but 56 has a shorter loft, so scrub for scrub they feel  similar.
3. 56 is more closely suited for comparison to a Classic 1.
4. Duke 3 is about as dense as a Chubby 1, but with a taller loft, which makes it feel floppier and less dense.
4. Duke 3 is similar in diameter to 58, but the 58 is MUCH Taller, as is the loft.

Clear as mud, right?

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 02-08-2016, 11:10 PM
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Crag...that is an EXCELLENT comparison.

It appears the 57 is closest to the Duke 2 in both handle diameter size and knot:loft ratio(depending on what size one gets) with just a longer handle.

Decisions....decisions.....

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 02-09-2016, 12:07 AM
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Got a 57 mainly due to the handle size. Duke seemed too small in the pictures I saw. The 57 easily broke into my top brush rotation.

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 02-09-2016, 01:56 PM
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(02-08-2016, 09:43 PM)Crag Wrote: Clear as mud, right?

Biggrin

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