02-13-2016, 11:04 PM
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I'm pretty new, I'd like to add both HMW and Manchurian to my collection but some info online says one one vendor's best is another's super and so and so forth. Who do we buy it from if we want a real HMW (neck of meles meles) and Manchurian?

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 02-13-2016, 11:51 PM
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Simpsons have some great manchurian hair. Some have really touted how great the latest batch is. You can PM me and I can give you another vendor that is not a member of this forum that has both manchurian and hmw that I have enjoyed using and would recommend.

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 02-14-2016, 12:28 AM
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(02-13-2016, 11:51 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote: Simpsons have some great manchurian hair. Some have really touted how great the latest batch is. You can PM me and I can give you another vendor that is not a member of this forum that has both manchurian and hmw that I have enjoyed using and would recommend.

Awesome. Thanks man Smile

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 02-15-2016, 12:50 AM
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Manchurian - Simpson

High Mountain White - Plisson

Those are the two people who "coined the terms," so to speak. 

Hope you've saved up some  Wink

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 02-19-2016, 03:25 AM
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(02-15-2016, 12:50 AM)NSmalls Wrote: Manchurian - Simpson

High Mountain White - Plisson

Those are the two people who "coined the terms," so to speak. 

Hope you've saved up some  Wink

Eh not so much... lol

But little by little, and at least I would know who to get it from when I'm ready.

Thanks man.

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 02-19-2016, 10:33 AM
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The thing to keep in mind, is that though Simpson and Plisson coined the terms it doesn't necessarily follow that the knots of other manufacturers wouldn't compare performance wise...

I have some knots that are very much comparable to the characteristics of those two, yet made by different manufacturers.  The only thing you are assured of in purchasing from Simpsons and Plisson (aside from the usual high standards of manufacturing quality) is getting the actual name of those two types of knots on the handles and paying a premium for the name. 

Naming conventions are not standardized.  The brush world is very complicated indeed.

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 02-19-2016, 02:07 PM
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Hmm.. I'm seeing something here. So it means these terms can just be used willy nilly by any manufacturer?

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 02-20-2016, 01:03 AM
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I have a Nathan Clark 2-band that is just about as good and dense as a Chubby 3 I SiLVERTiP, but I only paid around $100 for it. Simpson and Plisson make great brushes, but not the ONLY brushes. Thater, Shavemac, Romera, are also good alternatives for Manchurian and I haven't been able to tell them apart.

Rudy Vey makes some of the nicest handles around!

You don't have to spend top dollar to get top quality.

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 02-20-2016, 07:29 AM
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(02-19-2016, 02:07 PM)1Geralt Wrote: Hmm.. I'm seeing something here. So it means these terms can just be used willy nilly by any manufacturer?

Absolutely correct. There isn't any ISO standardization for badger hair grades, just what's customarily been considered silvertip, finest, best, pure, super, etc. based on what part of the badger pelt is used. Unless I'm mistaken, this is largely self-policed by the badger farmers, and there are plenty of examples of cheap "silvertip" knots actually just being bleached pure badger hair.

More info on Simpson's "Manchurian" naming - http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=4261

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